Pybus (Professor Frederick) Archive

Subject strengths: Medicine, Military History, History

The Pybus (Professor Frederick) Archive complements the Pybus book collection, and comprises the personal papers of Professor Pybus. The majority of the archive reflects Pybus' medical career, featuring certificates of qualifications, case notes, reprints of his publications and correspondence. Many of the records relating to his career are explicitly linked to his extensive research into the causes of cancer and its links to atmospheric pollution. 

The archive also contains documents which reflect Pybus' work in the Royal Army Medical Corps. During the First World War, Pybus was part of the team who recquisitioned Newcastle University's Armstrong College as the 1st Northern General Hospital. The collection includes records showing the treatments which took place in the hospital during the War. There are also documents relating to his short involvement with the 17th General Hospital in Alexandria.

The archive also contains a large amount of information on Pybus' book collecting activities, including the acquisition, identification and conservation of the volumes which comprise the internationally important Pybus Collection of rare medical texts. The records feature correspondence with sellers, collectors and specialists, receipts for purchases, and documents relating to the donation of the collection to Newcastle University Library in 1965. 

In addition to this, the archive includes minutes and memoranda of the Gateshead and District Hospital Management Committee and other hospital committees, as well as a variety of personal material including photographs and Pybus' academic gown.


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Pybus (Professor Frederick) Archive

Archive Ref Code: GB186/FP

Date Range of Material

1900 - 1975

Type of Material

Personal and academic research archive of Professor Frederick Pybus

Size of Collection

6 Linear Metres of shelving 

How To Order Items From This Collection

Please use the finding aid below to search through a list of the individual items we have within this collection.

If you find an item you would like to consult in the Special Collections reading room, simply make a note of the reference number and title of the item(s) you are interested in (for example Box 1 Letters of professional matters).

You can then place your order by linking to our Request Form

Finding Aid

Archival catalogue available via Archives Hub.

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If you are unable to visit our reading room, we also have a virtual reading room service and a digitisation service.

Other Resources

See Pybus (Professor Frederick) Collection for books on the history of medicine collected by Professor Pybus.

Material from this collection was used in our Treasures of the Month feature for October 2013 and the exhibition Cataloguing the Collector: The life and career of Frederick Charles Pybus.

A digitised copy of Pybus' list of operations performed at the 1st Northern General Hospital is available on Page Turners, our browser-based viewer.

See more digitised content from this collection at CollectionsCaptured.