Sheffield Medical Portrait Collection

Ref: SLI 11

Title: Sheffield Medical Portrait Collection

Photographs and other portraits of medical personnel and institutions associated with Sheffield and its University, along with a small number of related documents
Dates: c.1800-1980
Level: Fonds
Extent: 110 (approx.) items
Name of creator: University of Sheffield Library

Sheffield Medical Portrait Collection

Administrative / biographical history:

The collection has been formed from material already held by the Library, both from University records and from donated material, and consists of photographs and other portraits of both medical personnel and institutions associated with Sheffield and / or its University, as well as a small number of related documents. Given the close association between the Medical School of the University and the teaching and clinical practice associated with local hospitals there is inevitably a considerable overlap of interest between the two areas, particularly with respect to the Sheffield General Infirmary, opened in 1797 - from its centenary accorded the title `Royal Infirmary´ - and the Sheffield Royal Hospital, growing out of a Dispensary opened circa 1829. Both institutions amalgamated in 1939, their separate sites closing in more recent times and their identity within 'United Sheffield Hospitals' being reborn as the modern Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

What was to become the University Medical School began life in the early 19th century as two rival institutions in the city centre, founded in 1828 and 1829, and coexisting for some years before eventually merging. In 1882 the School began an association with the recently founded Firth College, and in 1897 was incorporated into University College. It formed an integral part of the new University of Sheffield founded in 1905.

  • Related collections: : Innes Smith Medical Portrait Collection; Sheffield University Alumni Photographs
  • Source: Assembled from material held by the Library, 2001
  • System of arrangement: By category
  • Subjects: Hospitals - Great Britain - Sheffield
  • Names: Sheffield Medical School; Sheffield Medical Institution; Sheffield Royal Infirmary; Sheffield Royal Hospital; University of Sheffield - Faculty of Medicine
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: None
  • Copyright: University of Sheffield; some items copyrighted elsewhere
  • Finding aids: Listed