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Archive of the Pathological Society of Manchester

Date range: 1885–1950.

The Pathological Society of Manchester was founded in 1885 as a forum for Manchester physicians with an interest in pathology.

Its declared object was: ‘The cultivation and promotion of Pathology, by the Exhibition of Specimens, Microscopic Preparations, Casts, Models etc., illustrative of Morbid Conditions; by the investigation of Morbid Products; by the reading of papers and by such other means as may be found desirable.’ In 1903 the Society held its first laboratory meeting, where members were invited to demonstrate specimens.

In 1906 the P.S.M. played an important role in the formation of the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1950 the Society merged with Manchester Medical Society and became its Section of Pathology.

The Society’s archive constitutes a fairly complete record of its activities throughout its history, including copies of the Society’s laws, annual reports, minutes of the Committee and of meetings of the Society, published Transactions, and papers delivered to the Society.

There is also an incomplete set of membership records.

See also

the Manchester Medical Society archive

Finding aids

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.


Main Library

Using the reading room in the Main Library