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Private Collections

RCSI Heritage Collections hold the private collections of over 20 individuals including prominent medical figures associated with RCSI and Ireland’s medical history. Highlights include:

Charles Cameron (1852-1921) This collection comprises diaries, scrapbooks, personal artefacts and ephemera relating to the life and work of Sir Charles A Cameron (Superintendent Medical Officer of Health for Dublin 1862-1921; President RCSI 1885)

Abraham Colles (1773-1843) This collection comprises medical certificates, personal items, correspondence, photographs and lecture notes that are related to surgeon Abraham Colles’ life and medical career. It also includes documents relating to the family history and genealogy of the Colles family.

James Deeny (1906-1994) Chief Medical Officer of Ireland, Senior Administrator in the World Health Organisation, This collection comprises correspondence, administrative documents, published material, diaries, personal items that are related to James Deeny’s life and medical career.

Emily Winifred Dickson (1866-1944) As the first female Fellow of RCSI elected in 1893, this collection comprises correspondence, photographs, certificates, published material, and newspaper cuttings relating to Emily Winifred Dickson’s life and medical career.

John Freeman Knott (1853-1921) This collection comprises medical certificates, pamphlets, medical and historical reviews, newspaper cuttings and correspondence, which are related to the life and medical career of surgeon John Freeman Knott.

Thomas Heazle Parke (1857-1893) This collection comprises manuscript diaries written while on the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition (1887-1890), correspondence, photographs, newspaper cuttings, Parke’s published account of the expedition ‘My Personal experiences in Equatorial Africa’ (1891) and numerous accolades bestowed on Parke after returning from Africa with Henry Morton Stanley.

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