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University of Dundee Archives


Archive Services,
Culture & Information,
Tower Building,
University of Dundee,


Phone number:

01382 384095

Email address:

Opening hours:

Monday - Wednesday: 9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Thursday: Closed to readers

Friday: 9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm


Visits currently by appointment only.

When visiting the archive for the first time, please bring proof of identification. We will then issue you with a reader ticket and explain how you can find and access the items you need. Material may only be consulted in the archive and may not be borrowed. However, reprographic services are available.

Please note that some material may be closed if it contains sensitive information or is too fragile to produce safely. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

The University of Dundee Archives hold a wide variety of collections that contain a wealth of material for all types of researcher: academic staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students, private researchers, including family historians, and school pupils.

The diversity of medical related research themes to be found within the collections is immense and includes history of insanity, tropical medicine, medical missions, surgery, pathology, infectious diseases and the experiences of women in the medical and nursing professions. These include documents and photographs from NHS Tayside (asylums, hospitals, Boards of Management, Colleges of Nursing, for example); Dundee Dental Hospital; Manuscript Collections; and the University Records Collection which contains the records of various medical professors and lecturers.

The collection houses various pathological materials, including drawings, engravings and photographs. The majority of the pathological drawings are by Neil Stewart and feature comments by Sir William Tennant Gairdner, the eminent pathologist and physician.

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