About Us

Overview and History

The groundwork leading to the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine Founders' Archive began in 1985 when discussions between interested Faculty members, the University Librarian and archival advisors led to the formation of a Faculty of Medicine Archive Committee which began investigating the possibility of forming an archival repository for the medical school. This initial interest came to the forefront again almost fifteen years later with the formation of a new Archive Advisory Committee, which actively pursued the development of a repository for the Faculty of Medicine within the Health Sciences Library. The Archive became a reality, when on July 13, 1999, a contractual Archivist was hired to begin collecting and caring for archival material related to the history of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial.

The official opening of the Faculty of Medicine Founders' Archive was held on Wednesday, April 5, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. in the Kenneth B. Roberts Historical Collection room in the Health Sciences Library.

Mandate and Terms of Reference

The Faculty of Medicine Founders' Archive exists to:

Collect and provide access to archival material relevant to the founding and operations of the Faculty of Medicine of Memorial University of Newfoundland and to the role played by the Faculty of Medicine in the evolution of health care in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The archive also collects research material relating to projects carried out within the Faculty of Medicine. As well, the archive collects material of physicians and surgeons in the province. It will not collect material relating to other Memorial University health sciences schools or other health organizations except where formal arrangements to do so have been made with the organization;

Arrange and describe these materials according to acceptable, current archival principles and make them accessible to staff, faculty, students and the general public, unless otherwise restricted by legal requirements or written agreements with the donor(s);

Provide adequate and appropriate environmental and storage conditions for the material.

Advisory Committee:

The Archives Advisory Committee exists to advise the Associate University Librarian (Health Sciences) and the Dean of Medicine on issues related to the archive.


The Faculty of Medicine Founders' Archive is a special collection of the Health Sciences Library. The Health Sciences Library is responsible for the operation and development of the archive.