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The John Rylands Research Institute

Cataloguing projects

As a result of a Wellcome Trust grant a new medical collections cataloguing project began in September 2016.

This new cataloguing project began in September 2016 to tackle some of the remaining uncatalogued medical archive and visual collections in the library with a view to seeing the majority of the medical collections catalogued by the project’s end. 

The largest of these collections are the patient case files of neurosurgeon Geoffrey Jefferson, who worked in Manchester at the University and the Royal Infirmary in the early to mid-20th century and was at the forefront of research and practice in the field of neurosurgery at this time.

Another significant aspect of the project focuses on the medical illustrations created by Manchester artist Dorothy Davison and some of her students. Davison worked closely with a number of medical professionals to produce intricate drawings of pathological specimens and operations. This included Jefferson and a number of her drawings correspond directly to the Jefferson case files. Other collections include William Waugh’s papers relating to pioneer of the artificial hip Sir John Charnley and papers relating to Manchester physicians Sir John Stopford and Bill Beswick.

Karen Rushton, Medical Archivist, is managing this project.