Catalogues and collections

RCSI Heritage Collections maintains the College Archive, charting the development of RCSI from its establishment as the national training body for surgery in 1784 to its present day iteration as a world-leading health sciences university.

The collections also comprise the personal papers and private collections of prominent individuals associated with RCSI and Ireland’s medical heritage, as well as various special collections including medical instruments, antiquarian books, medical pamphlets and artwork and sculpture. 

Digital Heritage Collections

Discover a growing body of digital material and online resources exploring the history of RCSI and the development of healthcare in Ireland from RCSI Heritage Collections.

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Heritage Collections online catalogue

The RCSI Heritage Collections online catalogue provides researchers with access to detailed information about the collections, opening a portal to the wealth of knowledge that resides within.

This material is in a variety of formats such as casebooks, diaries, medical instruments, photographs, illustrations and pamphlets.

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A mens ward in Richmond Hospital c1900

Antiquarian books

Our antiquarian book collection is a valuable source of information on surgery, medicine and allied topics.

Works by Irish surgeons and doctors, particularly those associated with RCSI, form the basis of the collection, which dates from the 1700s to the present day.

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