The Archives and Manuscripts Collection holds materials relating to health promotion and education, vaccination and the practice and management of public health medicine. The materials span the 18th to the 21st centuries, though most of materials relate to the 19th and 20th centuries.
If you are looking for specific aspects of public health, such as maternity and child welfare or sex and sexual health, the archives and manuscripts guides will point you in the right direction..
Read more about featured collections
The Archive of the Health Visitors’ Association
The Association started life in 1896 as the Women Sanitary Inspectors Association. This article from the journal 'Medical History' discusses how their work developed over the 20th century.
The Society of Medical Officers of Health archive
An article by archivist Amanda Engineer about the history of this important group of public health officials. The reports of the London Medical Officers of Health have been digitised and are freely available on the London's Pulse website.
Papers relating to Edward Jenner
An article about the papers at the Wellcome Library relating to Edward Jenner, his family, and the early history of vaccination. This article examines the background to the collection, which represents one of the most important manuscript sources for the life and work of Jenner.
Archives sources guides
Our archivists have compiled extensive lists of material relating to public health and health education.
These in-depth sources guides provide access to the detailed information held in the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue. From here you may also request material from closed stores for viewing in the Library.
Health education and promotion
Vaccinations and vaccines
Women's health since 1900
How to order material
All of the items in the Library's Archives and Manuscripts Collection must be requested from the closed stores for viewing in the Rare Materials Room. Find out more about request and delivery services.
To contact the Collections team, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)20 7611 8899 during Library opening hours.