Papers of Dr. John Fleetwood

Repository: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitlePapers of Dr. John Fleetwood
Archive ReferenceIE RCPI/JF
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Datesc1940s-2007
Extent Medium6 boxes


Creator(s): John Fleetwood (1916-2007)

  • Administrative History ↴

    John Fleetwood was born in Dublin in 1916. He attended Blackrock College before studying medicine at UCD. Having qualified, Fleetwood volunteered for the Local Defence Force during the emergency, and worked at the Coombe hospital, before setting up in General Practice in Blackrock. Fleetwood became increasingly interested in gerontology (care of the elderly), having attended an International Gerontology conference. Fleetwood was instrumental in establishing the Irish Gerontological Society in 1950, and was an active member. He was also involved in founding of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Irish College of General Practitioners, was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and contributed regularly to the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. In 1961 Fleetwood was appointed to Our Lady's Hospice in Blackrock, were he spoke and wrote on gerontological subjects. He was also involved in palliative care and the hospice movement. Fleetwood researched and wrote widely on the history of his profession. He published “The History of Medicine in Ireland” (1951) and “The Irish Body Snatchers” (1988), as well as a variety of shorter pieces on a range of topics from Irish spas to an Irish Field Ambulance in the Franco-Prussian War. He also contributed regularly to medical publications such as Hospital Doctors of Ireland and Medicine Weekly. Fleetwood's wider literary interests included plays and pantomimes, of which he wrote several, the history of golf on which he published All the World's a Links in 1999, and he was a regular contributor to the RTE programme Sunday Miscellany. John Fleetwood died in July 2007.
  • Archival History ↴

    This collection was donated to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland by John Fleetwood.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: John Fleetwood (1916-2007) ↴

    Papers of Dr John Fleetwood relating both to his medical career and his activity as a medical historian.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    SECTION 1 – Medical Career
    SECTION 2 – History of Medicine
    PART 1 – Reseach Files
    PART 2 – Correspondence
    PART 3 – Papers and Publications
    SECTION 3 – Radio Work and Other Writing
    SECTION 4 – Advertisements and Illustrations
    SECTION 5 – Invitations, Menus and Programmes
    SECTION 6 – Newspaper Cuttings
    SECTION 7 – Miscellaneous

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 Datesc1940s-2007
Extent Medium6 boxes
Finding Aids The collection list is available on line and in the reading room 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 Descriptions40299