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  • 1. SAVING OXFORD MEDICINE A project to preserve the history of medicine in Oxford
  • 2. Historical context
    • For over 400 years the Bodleian Library has collected medical archives
    • It has strong holdings for the 17 th century and early 18 th century
    • Archives were acquired with collections such as the Ashmole manuscripts and the papers of the Radcliffe Trust
  • 3. Duke Humfrey’s Library
    • Re-opened in 1602
    • Originally devoted to books on the ‘Higher Faculties’: theology, law and medicine
  • 4. Medicine in the 19 th century
    • The Bodleian holds extensive papers of 19 th century scientists and physicians
    • These include the papers of H.W. Acland (1815-1900), Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford
  • 5. Henry Wentworth Acland
    • Regius Professor of Medicine, 1857-94
    • Helped to found the Honour School of Natural Science, 1850
    • Championed the building of the University Museum
  • 6. Construction of the University Museum, 1850s
  • 7. Papers of H.W. Acland
    • The Bodleian has preserved his diaries, correspondence, lecture notes, personal documents and photograph albums
    • These archives document the creation of the University’s science area
  • 8. The project
    • Collaboration between Medical Sciences Division and the Bodleian Library
    • Funded by the Division
    • Advisory board with membership from Medical Sciences Division and the Bodleian
    • 18 months initially
  • 9. Objectives
    • Surveying archive materials generated by current and retired members of the Division
    • Cataloguing medical archives already in the Bodleian
    • Web archiving pilot: sites relating to medicine at Oxford
    • Raising awareness of medical archives through our website
  • 10.  
  • 11. Surveying and acquisition
    • Assessment of historical value, extent, resources required for cataloguing, preservation and access
    • Formats – paper, digital, audio-visual
    • Need to be selective: cost considerations
    • Primary materials shedding light on work of national and international significance
    • ‘ Personal’ archives: Oxford University Archives holds administrative records of Divisions
  • 12. Collections currently being catalogued:
    • Papers relating to Ida Mann (1893-1983) Ophthalmologist
    • Papers of Edith Bulbring (1903-1990) Pharmacologist
  • 13. Ida Mann (1893-1983) Ophthalmologist
    • Enrolled at the London School of Medicine for Women in 1914
    • Appointed senior surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, aged 34
    • Research on chemical warfare agents
  • 14. Ida Mann in Oxford
    • Appointed Margaret Ogilvy Reader in Ophthalmology, Oxford, 1941
    • First woman to hold the title of professor at Oxford
    • Oversaw the building of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology
  • 15. Among papers relating to Ida Mann are:
    • her published articles and books
    • typescript of her autobiography
    • letters to her friend and colleague, Dorothy Potter
    • personal photographs and slides
    • patient record cards
  • 16. Edith B ülbring (1903-1990) Pharmacologist
    • Left her native Germany for England in 1933
    • Joined the Pharmacology Department at Oxford 1938
    • Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford 1967-1971
  • 17. Professor Edith B ü lbring and colleagues, Groningen, June 1979
  • 18. Papers of Edith B ülbring
    • The papers include a file on the Vogt family of Berlin
    • Cecile and Oscar Vogt, prominent anatomists, harried by the Nazi regime
    • Their daughter, Marthe, a pharmacologist, moved to England
    • Edith B ülbring supported Marthe’s appeal against internment in 1940
    • Marthe Vogt became one of the leading neuroscientists of the 20 th century
  • 19. Edith B ülbring in support of M arthe Vogt’s appeal, 1940
  • 20. Contact us
    • Chrissie Webb and Catherine Parker
    • Project archivists
    • 01865 277597
    • chrissie.webb@
    • catherine.parker@