Archives, rare books & journals

Drawing by Sir William Gowers

The Queen Square Archive seeks to provide access to the historical records of the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and the Maida Vale Hospital. The aim is to use these records to tell the medical, scientific, educational and social story of the development of Neurology and Neurosurgery, of Queen Square, and the people who worked here; to make this available to as wide an audience as possible, and to promote further academic and public understanding of these areas.

The combination of the Library & Archive collections are a unique resource of international significance.

The Queen Square Library holds a unique collection of historical and rare books,  journals and reprints. The Rare Book Collection extends to some 3000 volumes from 1695 onwards, print journal collections dating from 1848 covering much foreign language material unique to the UK as well as English language specialist material; and an extensive collection of published and unpublished research papers including 45 items of unpublished work by John Hughlings Jackson.

The Queen Square Archive collections are also housed in and managed by the Library. They comprise the archives belonging to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) and those of UCL Institute of Neurology (IoN).

You can explore catalogued items and digitised versions of some the archives on the Queen Square Archives website. Additional un-catalogued archives and images are held. The Archives include a collection of approximately 1500 bound volumes of case notes covering the years 1863-1946; extensive administrative records for the Hospital from 1859 – 1946; employment records from 1860-1946; Cine films; over 3000 photographs.

The Archive also contains objects such as an anatomical model from the 1850s, some original handmade items made to raise funds to establish the Hospital, medical instruments and other artefacts. 

To find out more about the collections and how you can access them, please use the links above, and the catalogues below.

Important note: access to the archives is by prior appointment. Access to sensitive information is also covered by a range of regulations and approval in advance is required. Please refer to the access page for information and application forms.

The collections are open to researchers, students and members of the public during library opening hours.

Please check our holdings before your visit. To search the collections use our catalogues:

  • Most of the Library historical book collection has been catalogued and is searchable using our library catalogue online.
  • Please contact us in advance if you want to access a book marked "Neurology HISTORICAL" on the catalogue, as it may be at the Wellcome as part of the UK Medical Heritage Library digitisation project 
  • The archive and image collections are part catalogued. Progress to date can be browsed here: Queen Square Archives. Full details of the archives cataloged to date are also on the UCL Special Collections catalogue (choose UCL Institute of Neurology as the storage site to limit to our holdings).

Library, museum and archive refurbishment generously supported by the Brain Research Trust and the National Brain Appeal.


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