An opportunity to contribute towards the
history and development of psychiatry
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is inviting
you to donate towards the conservation and repair of its
antiquarian book collection.
The College has a large collection of antiquarian
books, with some dating as far back as the 15th century. Most of
the books were donated to the College in 1895 in the form of
donations from the libraries of doctors Daniel Hack Tuke, J Lord, C
Lockhart Robertson and J Whitwell. The collection is an
important source of information on the history and development of
the medical discipline of psychiatry.
What is covered?
The collection is a great source of
information on the study of psychiatry, subjects
- The structure, functions and diseases of the
- Causes and cures of nervous
- Administration of asylums;
- Philosophy and anatomy of sleep;
- Causes, prevention and treatment of mental
- Habitual drunkenness
The collection contains books written by
notable authors, such as Daniel Hack Tuke, Forbes Winslow, Henry
Maudsley, John Connolly, Emil Kraepelin and many others.
The appeal for donations is directed
at anyone who is interested in restoring and conserving the
collection to a condition suitable for its use by
researchers, historians, and members of the public.It is also
directed at those who are interested in preserving the
collection as part of our national heritage.
How to adopt a book
You can adopt a book by getting in touch with
the College Archivist, Francis Maunze who can be found in the
Library Office (ground floor) or you can contact him on telephone:
020 3701 2539, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you
A bookplate with your details will be placed
in the book that you adopt. Bookplates can either carry the name of
a donor or be dedicated to another person, perhaps in their memory
or to mark a special occasion such as retirement. (See
the designs here).
For a list of the books available to
be adopted, and donation forms, please
see the above links. Or, for more information contact
Archivist at the following address:
Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot St,
E1 8BB Tel: 020 7235 2351 x 2539
Direct Line: 020 3701 2539