Cow-Pock Institution

Repository: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleCow-Pock Institution
Archive ReferenceIE RCPI/CPI
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1804-1885
Extent Medium6 items


Creator(s): Cow-Pock Institution

  • Administrative History ↴

    In 1800 the Dispensary for Infant Poor in Dublin, under their Surgeon John Creighton, began vaccinating children against cow-pock, one of the greatest killing and disfiguring diseases of the time. By 1804 demand was so high that a special Cow-Pock Institution was established at 1 North Cope Street, Dublin. The Institution offered free inoculation and to supply packets of vaccination to be sent by post, with no charge for those sent to army or navy surgeons. Dr Labatt was the first secretary of the Institution. In 1889 the Institution moved to Upper O'Connell Street and became the Vaccine Department of the Local Government Board.
  • Archival History ↴

  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Cow-Pock Institution ↴

    Small collection of the papers of the Institution including minute books, letters, subscription and vaccination registers.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Items are arranged chronologically

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Access Guidelines
Conditions Governing ReproductionCopying of archive material is subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Copying Guidelines
Creation Dates1804-1885
Extent Medium6 items
Characteristics Tech ReqMost of the bound volumes have damage to their spines
Finding Aids A collection list is available in the reading room or online Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteHarriet Wheelock
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000. IGAD: Irish Guidelines for Archival Description. Dublin: Society of Archivists, Ireland, 2009. National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997.
Date of Descriptions40634