archive summary

The Royal Society of Medicine archive holds records dating back to 1805 to the present day.

The archive includes records from the 17 medical societies, which in 1907 amalgamated with the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society and later became the Royal Society of Medicine. The full list of our predecessor societies is listed below and its catalogue can be viewed by clicking on the name of the Society.

Records also cover wartime committees, covering both World Wars, and various health committees dating back to 1913.

For further information about records held by the RSM archive, please contact the RSM Library. Catalogue records are also searchable on The National Archive’s Discovery catalogue.   

The archives include records from the following societies:

Society of Anaesthetists 1893-1908
British Balneological and Climatology Society 1895-1909
Clinical Society of London 1868-1907
Dermatological Society of London 1882-1907
Dermatological Society of Great Britain and Ireland 1894-1907
Society for the Study of Diseases in Children 1900-1908
British Electrotherapeutic Society 1901-1907
Epidemiological Society of London 1850-1907
British Gynaecological Society 1884-1907
British Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Association 1888-1907
Laryngological Society of London 1893-1907
Neurological Society 1886-1907
Obstetrical Society of London 1858-1907
Odontological Society of Great Britain 1856-1907
Otological Society of the United Kingdom 1899-1907
Pathological Society of London 1846-1907
Therapeutical Society 1902-1907

The Royal Society of Medicine (Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society until 1805)

Council minutes and attendance books from 1805
General Scientific Meetings minutes and papers from 1834
Charters, by-laws and related papers from 1834
Financial records from 1874
Deeds & Building records from 1796
General correspondence from 1890



Emergency Surgical Aid Executive Committee 1914-1926
Surgical Advisory Committee 1917-1919
War-time committees on Physical Protection of Members of the Fighting Forces, Interned Medical Aliens, and Inter-Allied Conferences on War Medicine 1940-1945


Ministry of Health and Advisory Committee on Public Health and Welfare of the Medical Profession 1918-1922
Welfare of the Medical Profession 1918-1922
Venereal Diseases Committee 1913-1914
Physical Health Committee 1920
Prevention of Cancer Committee 1923



Committee on Schaeffer Method of Resuscitation

Scientific Committee 1861-1893


Medical Parliamentary Committee 1918
Ministry of Health Committee 1918-1922
Amalgamation correspondence 1903-1907
Conference programmes from 1980
Lectureships, prizes and medal papers from 1873