Ludhiana Medical College
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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.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
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.
ACCESS AND USE
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.