Ludhiana Medical College

Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 381189
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Ludhiana Medical College
Date(s) of contents: 1899-1994
Level of description: Collection
Extent and medium: 2 boxes


Name of creator(s):
Ludhiana Medical College | India
North India School of Medicine for Christian Women | Ludhiana, India
Women's Christian Medical College | Ludhiana, India
Christian Medical College | Ludhiana, India

Administrative/Biographical history: The Women's Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, was founded in 1894 by Dr Edith Brown (1864-1956), a graduate of the London School of Medicine for Women. It had been decided at the 1893 Conference of Women Medical Missionaries that a medical school for women, attached to a women's hospital, was needed in India, and the Ludhiana Zenana Hospital accordingly offered to provide clinical facilities. The North India School of Medicine for Christian Women opened in the following year, with four staff and four students. In 1911, the School changed its name to the Women's Christian Medical College. In 1915, the Lahore Medical College closed its women's department, and the female students transferred to Ludhiana. To reflect this change, the college added the statement "with which is incorporated the Punjab Medical School for Women" to its title. The Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, celebrated its centenary in 1994.

Custodial history: The collection was presented to the Royal Free Archive Centre by Professor Ruth Bowden, a great-niece of Dr Edith Brown. It was transferred to the Library at SOAS, University of London, in December 2013, Upon the closure of the Royal Free Archive Centre.

Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred to SOAS Library from the Royal Free Hospital Archives Centre in December 2013.


Scope and content/abstract: A collection of papers made by Dame Edith Brown, relating to the Ludhiana Medical College, comprising annual reports, pamphlets, photographs and ephemera. Also includes images of Mary Scharlieb and photographs and papers relating to the Kitchener Memorial Hospital, Cairo.

System of arrangement: Arranged by document series and then broadly by date.


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open to researchers.

Conditions governing reproduction: Apply to SOAS Archives & Special Collections in first instance.

Finding aids: Full description available through the SOAS Archive Catalogue.


Publication note: See Miss Brown's hospital: the story of the Ludhiana Medical College and Dame Edith Brown, its founder, by Francesca French (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1954), ref: CWML C.18/24


Date(s) of descriptions: December 2013.

Adult education institutions
Medical education
Medical missionaries
Medical missionary work
Mission educational institutions
Missionary medical training
Missionary training
Missionary training institutions
Missionary work
Women missionaries
Women's education
Women's missionary work

Personal names
Brown | Edith | 1864-1956 | doctor and founder of the Ludhiana Medical College

Corporate names
Christian Medical College | Ludhiana, India
Ludhiana Medical College | India
North India School of Medicine for Christian Women | Ludhiana, India
Women's Christian Medical College | Ludhiana, India

South Asia