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Wellcome Library


183 Euston Road


020 7611 8722




The library was founded on the collections formed by Henry Wellcome (1853-1936), the pharmaceutical entrepreneur. After his death his collections were bequeathed to the Wellcome Trust which oversees the library. The holdings includes books, manuscripts, archives, films and photos on the history of medicine from the earliest times to the present day.

Other key resources include:

§  The Medical Directory dating back to the mid-19th century and other medical directories.

§  Eighteenth-Century Medics reference book.

§  Transcripts of licences to practice as a doctor issued by the church authorities.

§  Apprenticeship indentures, also available to search via the online catalogue.

§  Membership lists of various medical colleges.

§  Register of Nurses.

§  Midwives Roll.

§  Histories and annual reports of hospitals and asylums.


Patient records including admission registers mainly from asylums and some patient records from private practices from the 19th century or earlier.

An online catalogue of archives and manuscripts is available on their web site which includes some obituaries. Their guide to resources 'Biographical and Family History Resources in the Wellcome Library' is available here whilst a guide to the general resources at the library can be found at the website.