The Faculty of Medicine Founders' Archive exists to collect and provide access to archival material relevant to the founding 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 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.