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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Level of description
Sub-fonds of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
9 linear metres


Name of creator(s)

St Thomas's Hospital Medical School

Administrative / Biographical history

In 1842 the Governors of St Thomas's Hospital stepped in to rationalise and improve the medical school's status, taking responsibility for the management of the school until 1858. The School's finances and administration was radically re-organised. A medical school fund was established and administered by the Hospital Treasurer to pay for the general running costs of the school, including the salaries of the non-teaching staff. A Medical School Committee was created to govern the school, appoint lecturers and oversee expenditure. The first Dean, Dr Henry Burton, was appointed in 1849, and the School began to take on a formal corporate identity. In 1858, management of the school was restored to the physicians and surgeons and in 1860 to the teaching staff, as the school had become self-financing. With the establishment of the National Health Service the medical school became a separate corporate body in 1948 and one of the general medical schools of the University of London.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Administrative records of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School, 1836-2001, comprising minutes of meetings of St Thomas's Hospital Medical & Surgical School 1836-1845; St Thomas's Hospital Collegiate Establishment Committee 1847-1852; Committee of Lecturers 1849-1979; Medical and Surgical Staff Officers 1864-1901; Obstetric Physicians 1866-1879; Surgeons' Meetings 1867-1924; Physicians Meetings 1871-1879; Museum Committee 1865-1879; Registration Sub-committee (and Publication Committee) 1867-1896; Medical School Committee 1871-1879; various committees 1880-1909; School Council 1913-1921; Medical Council 1929-1939; Combined Hospitals Committee 1934-1939; St Thomas's Hospital Gazette Committee 1953-1968; House Committee 1973-1974; School Academic Board 1978-1982 (copies); School Council 1978-1982 (copies); Finance Committee 1980-1982 (copies); Index 1971-1881; Committee members 1937-1947; Rules and Regulations 1874-[1886];

Dean's and Secretary's Files 1929-1946; General administrative files 1870-1873, 1938-1975; Anatomy Catalogues c.1904; Museum Catalogues 1829; Library Committee Minutes 1888-1985; Library Suggestions Book 1935-1957; Library Accessions Register 1952-1972; Library Annual Reports 1939-1979; Lambeth Hospital Medical Library Subcommittee 1964-1976; History of Works of Art committee 1984-1990; Librarian's administrative files 1945-1990; Biographical Information 1960s-1980s; Research Subject files (A-Z) 1825-1990; Material relating to Archive collections 1933-2001; Library Financial Accounts 1955-1989;

Departmental Records 1945-1955; St Thomas's Hospital Medical School timetables and notices 1932-1940; Examinations question papers, 1909-1976;

Building estimates 1867; War Memorial Fund Committee 1919-1932; War Memorial Fund files 1919-1927; Cash books 1953-1979; Ledgers 1934-1972; Journal of payments 1980-1981; Working papers for annual accounts 1974-1978; Register of Benefactors 1963-1981; Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund 1967-1982; Wages books 1908-1910; Publications Ledger 1936-1938; Annual Accounts 1842-1845; Deeds 1892-1895.

System of arrangement

As outlined in Scope and Content

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with 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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

May 2002. Revised June 2004

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  • Academic libraries
  • Academic teaching personnel
  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Administrative structure
  • Educational personnel
  • Finance
  • Financial administration
  • Financial statements
  • Health services
  • Health services
  • Health services
  • Higher science education
  • Hospital administration
  • Hospital finance
  • Hospital management
  • Hospitals
  • Hospitals
  • Hospitals
  • Human and social sciences
  • International conflicts
  • Libraries
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical education
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Medical students
  • Museums
  • Pathological museums
  • Physicians
  • Social welfare
  • Specialized museums
  • Students
  • Surgeons x Physicians
  • Teachers
  • War
  • World War One, 1914-1918

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital Medical School
  • St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School
  • St Thomas' Hospital Medical School, London
  • St Thomas' Hospital, London

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