London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Library

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,
Keppel Street,
London WC1E 7HT


c. 1500 volumes on the history of medicine and medical biography, c. 500 volumes and pamphlets on the history of public health and tropical medicine.

The rare books collection consists of the Reece collection on smallpox and vaccination and a general collection of rare books relating to tropical disease and public health, this collection dates from 1650s to early 20th century. Access is via a paper catalogue.   

The archives of the School date from the mid-nineteenth century and consist of correspondence and personal papers of scientific, medical and public health professionals involved in the search for preventative measures and cures to diseases including malaria, filariasis, cholera and leprosy. These include the papers of Sir Patrick Manson (tropical medicine specialist), Major General Sir Leonard Rogers (tropical public health physician) and Sir Ronald Ross (discoverer of the mosquito transmission of malaria). There are also administrative papers of the School, an extensive photographic collection, and scientific and medical artefacts. These resources relate to the United Kingdom and countries in Asia and Africa. See for the archival collections online catalogue.

16th-17th Century
18th-19th Century
20th Century
21st Century
Administrative history
Ancient history
Demography and Ethnicity
Environmental history
Gender history
Imperial and Colonial
International history
Science and Technology
Social history
Urban history
Asia and Middle East
Australasia and Pacific
Britain and Ireland
Latin America and West Indies
Middle East
North America
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