Archives and manuscripts guides

Discover the wide range of personal papers, manuscripts and organisational archives held in the Archives and Manuscripts Collection.

The Archives and Manuscripts Collection covers a broad range of themes relating to health and medicine. Unpublished material, drafts, notes, letters, photographs and more can be found in personal papers, manuscripts and organisational archives held at the Wellcome Library.

These guides highlight some of the most interesting collections or items by topic. Where the Library has particularly strong collections on a topic, we have created in-depth sources guides in the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue of the material available to researchers.

Alcohol and drugs

Research primary source material from the Archives and Manuscripts Collection about alcohol, drugs and smoking.

Alcohol and drugs

Anatomy and physiology

Research primary source material about the structure and function of the human body.

Anatomy and physiology

Animals

Research primary source material on the study of animals in nature, their care, and use in medicine and science.

Animals

Alternative medicine

Research primary source material about alternative medicine in the Archives and Manuscripts Collection.

Alternative medicine

Diseases and disorders

Research primary source material relating to particular diseases and groups of disorders.

Diseases and disorders

Food and medicine

Research primary source material from the Archives and Manuscripts Collection relating to food and medicine.

Food and medicine

Health professions

Research primary source material on nurses, midwives and health visitors and professional relations in health services.

Health professions

Heredity and genetics

Research primary source material in the Archives and Manuscripts Collection relating to heredity and genetics.

Heredity and genetics

Hospitals

Research primary source material from the Archives and Manuscripts Collection relating to hospitals.

Hospitals

Local history

Research primary source material relating to the local history of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Local history

Locations and travel

Research the primary source material relating to medical travellers and their experiences in locations around the world.

Locations and travel

Maternity and child welfare

Research primary source material from the Archives and Manuscripts Collection about mother and child welfare.

Maternity and child welfare

Medical imaging

Research primary source material relating to clinical photography, radiology, radiotherapy and radiobiology.

Medical imaging

Mental health and psychiatry

Research primary source material relating to mental health and the sciences of the mind.

Mental health and psychiatry

Public health

Research primary source material on public health, preventive medicine and environmental factors in health.

Public health

Sex and sexual health

Explore primary source material relating to sex and sexual health, family planning and sexual behaviours and customs.

Sex and sexual health

Society and culture

Explore primary source material that illuminates health, medical and wider issues in society and culture.

Society and culture

Treatment and therapy

Find primary source material about the treatment of and therapeutic approaches towards certain medical conditions.

Treatment and therapy

War and medicine

Explore primary source materials relating to military medicine, surgery, healthcare, and medical practice during wartime.

War and medicine