History of Medicine collections


The University has been involved in medical education and research since the 17th century.  Its strong links with the development of Glasgow’s health care systems are well documented in these collections.

History of Modern Genetics at Glasgow

We have received grants from the Wellcome Trust’s Research Resources in Medical History (RRMH) grants scheme to widen access to the archives relating to Modern Genetics held at Glasgow University Archive Services (GUAS).  We aim to achieve this by cataloguing and creating detailed electronic catalogues for the archives of three of Glasgow’s most influential geneticists: Guido Pontecorvo, James Harrison Renwick and Malcolm Ferguson-Smith.


Understanding the brain

Again thanks to the Wellcome Trust’s Research Resources in Medical History (RRMH) grants scheme we have received a grant to catalogue and improve access to the papers of Thomas Ferguson Rodger.  This collection contains material relating to the development of psychiatry and the treatment of mental health disorders in the mid twentieth century, and fits in with the RRMH grant scheme’s current theme: ‘Understanding the brain’.


Archives & Special Collections Medical Humanities

For information on our latest Wellcome Trust supported projects, including a link to the Research Bursaries Scheme, please visit our Medical Humanities collection page on the University Library website.  Here you will find information on our most recent Wellcome Trust funded cataloguing projects:



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