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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 MS
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Date(s): Created 1852-2000
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
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Extent: 63 boxes; 272 volumes
Name of creator(s): St Mary's Hospital Medical School


Administrative/Biographical history:

St Mary's Hospital Medical School was founded in 1854. St Mary's Hospital had been founded in 1845 as a voluntary hospital for the benefit of the sick poor, and from its foundation was intended to be a teaching hospital. The first two clinical students were admitted in 1851 when the hospital opened. Until 1933 the School was housed in South Wharf Road before moving to its present site in Norfolk Place.

The running of the Medical School was the responsibility of the Medical School Committee, one of the standing Committees of the Hospital. The Commitee was ultimately responsible to the Board of Governors or Board of Management of the Hospital, although the Medical School was always allowed a great degree of autonomy. The School was recognised as a School of the University of London in 1900.

In 1948, the Medical School became independent of St Mary's Hospital, gaining it's own Council. It also gained responsibility for the Wright-Fleming Institute, although this remained autonomous with its own Council and administration until 1967, when it became part of the Medical School.

In 1988, St Mary's Hospital Medical School merged with Imperial College to become its fourth constituent college (the others being the Royal College of Science, Royal School of Mines and City and Guilds College). The College was renamed Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. The School was managed by a Delegacy responsible to the Governing Body of Imperial College. In 1997 the Imperial College School of Medicine was formed from the existing institutions on the St Mary's and Royal Brompton campuses, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of St Mary's Hospital Medical School, comprising records of Committees, 1877-1986, notably minutes of the Medical School Committee, 1877-1947; Medical School Council, 1948-1989; Delegacy, 1989-1997; Board of Studies, 1889-1949; Academic Board, 1987-1989; Medical Studies Committee, 1985-1987; Finance Committee, 1904-1988; Policy and Resources Committee, 1988-1993; medical staff and lecturers' meetings, 1902-1949; Medical School Committee sub-committees, 1906-1952; minutes of the Development Policy Committee, 1983-1986;
student records, 1852-1977, notably roll of pupils, 1852-1977; index of pupils, 1852-1929; student record cards, [1892]-1957;
administrative records, 1898-1988, notably financial records relating to students and fees, 1898-1987; papers relating to the financial situation of the Medical School, 1900-1902; student numbers and entry, notably to London Medical Schools, [1870-1901], annual entry of students, [1852-1944]; papers relating to the admission of women students, 1915-[1952]; University Grants Committee returns, 1929-1965; scholarships, 1923-1933; examination pass and failure rates, 1919-1935; World War Two arrangements, 1939-1941; Centenary fund, 1954-1957; Fleming Memorial Appeal, exhibition and Centenary, 1955-1981; athletics ground, 1972-1982; development policy quinquennium, 1973-1982; papers relating to the University of London, 1985-1988, including merger with Imperial College, 1985-1987; plans of St Mary's Recreation Centre, 1983;
administrative records of Imperial College, 1988-1996, notably minutes of the Governing Body and committees,1988-1992; Imperial College Gazette, 1988-1993; Felix, Student's Union newpaper, 1988-1993;
works records, 1951-1958, relating to new student's hostel, (Wilson House), 1951-1953; Medical School North wing extension, 1958-1959;
papers of Professor Peter Richards, 1945-1995, notably relating to the Flowers' Report, 1977-1981; merger with Imperial College, 1985-1993; working notes and memoranda, 1980-1995; papers of Harold Edwards, [Dean, 1973-1979], 1970-1978; papers relating to University of London Committees, 1980-1981; collaboration between St Mary's Hospital Medical School and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, 1979-1993; grants and NHS funding, 1981-1994; press releases and cuttings, 1945-1995;
report book of the Pathological Chemistry laboratory, 1905-1908;
records of the Finance Department, 1899-1988, notably minutes of the Finance Sub-Committee, 1904-1980; signed accounts of income and expenditure for the Medical School, 1899-1980;
records relating to St Mary's Hospital Gazette, notably minutes of St Mary's Hospital Gazette Committee, 1959-1971; copies of the Gazette, [1911]-2000;
records of the Huggett Laboratories, 1963-1988, notably minutes 1974-1988; accounts, 1963-1976; papers relating to working parties, 1980-1985;
papers of Professor Thomas Ernest Oppé, relating to St Mary's Hospital Paediatrics Department, 1960-1984, notably relating to Paddington General Hospital (later St Mary's Hospital, Harrow Road), 1960-1972; redevelopment of St Mary's Hospital and Medical School, 1970-1978; paediatrics in St Mary's Group, 1969-1975;
records of Societies and Clubs, 1866-1985, notably minutes of St Mary's Hospital Medical Society, 1866-1963; records of St Mary's Hospital Students' Union, 1925-1985;
papers of Professor Hugh Dudley, 1945-1988, relating to the Surgical Unit of St Mary's Hospital, notably alterations to the laboratories, 1966-1973; training and research of St Mary's Hospital Medical School students, 1973-1988; minutes of Committees, 1971-1988; St Mary's Hospital redevelopment, 1977-1987.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged in sections as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the Trust Archivist, St Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY, telephone 020 7 886 6528, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist, and is dependent on the condition of the original document. Photocopies are supplied for research use only.

Finding aids:

A catalogue is available in the reading room of the Trust Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Created and accumulated by St Mary's Hospital Medical School during the course of business.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of St Mary's Hospital (SM), held at the Trust Archives.

Minutes and papers relating to St Mary's Hospital Medical School, 1919-1945, (reference: PP/CMW/A), held at the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine; administrative records of St Mary's Hospital, 1883-1953, held at London Metropolitan Archives; records of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, held at the College Archives.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: National Register of Archives; HOSPREC Hospital Records Database. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2000

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