Records of Lebanon Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders, Beirut, Lebanon

Scope and Content

  • Annual reports, 1941-1952;
  • Miscellaneous, 1933-1955.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders in Beirut, Lebanon (for some years the only psychiatric hospital in the Middle East) was opened in 1900. It relied heavily on funds raised outside Lebanon and had a central committee which was based in London and on which Dr MacNiven of Glasgow served. In 1948, it opened a School of Psychiatric Nursing, the first of its kind in the Middle East. The hospital closed c.1982 but the London Committee continued to operate in a trusteeship role in respect of trust funds held in the UK.

The Papers listed below are from the collection of Dr Angus MacNiven, former Physician at Gartnavel, who was a member of the general committee in London. A number of the Lebanon Hospital's staff had been attached to Gartnavel for a time, these including two of the Lebanon Hospital's Medical Superintendents.


Arranged in series

Conditions Governing Access

Because of the sensitive nature of much of the information contained in these records there is a 75 year closure period on all patient records. There is a 100 year closure period on records of minors. Those seeking information on patient records which are less than 75 years old should contact the archivist.

Acquisition Information

Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow.

Other Finding Aids

A paper-based finding aid can be located in the searchroom.

Appraisal Information

Appraised according to standard GB 0812 procedure.

Custodial History

Records held by Dr Angus MacNiven prior to transfer.


No further accruals expected.

Related Material

GB 0812 HB13 Records of Gartnavel Royal Hospital, psychiatric hospital, Glasgow.

Geographical Names