GD17 Royal Edinburgh Asylum Physicians Library

Collection Summary

Reference Code: GB239 GD17
Title: Royal Edinburgh Asylum Physicians Library
Dates of Creation of Material: 1814-1939
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description: 56 shelf metres: bound volumes

Name of creator(s): Royal Edinburgh Asylum Physicians Library
Administrative History: The earliest reference to books being borrowed from a specifically medical as opposed to a patients' library at the Royal Edinburgh Asylum occurs in 1843, and it is reasonable to assume that it was founded around that time. The library evolved into the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Medical Library, which was amalgamated with the University of Edinburgh Department of Psychological Medicine, subsequently it became the class library of the Department of Psychiatry.
Archival History: Items held within Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer: Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Scope and Content: Annual reports of Asylums 1814-1908; General Board of Commissioners in Lunacy and General Board of Control Reports 1851-1939; printed journals and books 1823-1946
Accruals: No further accessions are expected
System of Arrangement: Chronological within record class

Conditions Governing Access: None
Conditions Governing Reproduction: Reproduction is subject to closure periods and physical condition
Language/Scripts of Material: English

Related Units of Description:
Rosslynlee Hospital (LHB33)
Royal Edinburgh Hospital (LHB7)
Royal Medico-Psychological Association, Scottish Division (GD15)

Journal of Mental Science (GD43)

Archivists' Notes: Compiled by Mike Barfoot and Jenny McDermott using existing handlists
Rules or Conventions: Description based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description International Council on Archives (2nd edition), 2000
Date(s) of Description: May 2000; revised August 2002