Material relating to Ludhiana Medical College

Scope and Content

A collection of papers made by Dame Edith Brown, relating to the Ludhiana Medical College, comprising annual reports, pamphlets, photographs and ephemera. Also includes images of Mary Scharlieb and photographs and papers relating to the Kitchener Memorial Hospital, Cairo.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Women's Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, was founded in 1894 by Dr Edith Brown (1864-1956), a graduate of the London School of Medicine for Women. It had been decided at the 1893 Conference of Women Medical Missionaries that a medical school for women, attached to a women's hospital, was needed in India, and the Ludhiana Zenana Hospital accordingly offered to provide clinical facilities. The North India School of Medicine for Christian Women opened in the following year, with four staff and four students. In 1911, the School changed its name to the Women's Christian Medical College. In 1915, the Lahore Medical College closed its women's department, and the female students transferred to Ludhiana. To reflect this change, the college added the statement "with which is incorporated the Punjab Medical School for Women" to its title. The Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, celebrated its centenary in 1994.

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Custodial History

The collection was presented to the Royal Free Archive Centre by Professor Ruth Bowden, a great-niece of Dr Edith Brown. Upon the closure of the Archive Centre, material was transferred to SOAS Library.


See 'Miss Brown's hospital: the story of the Ludhiana Medical College and Dame Edith Brown, its founder', by Francesca French (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1954), ref: CWML C.18/24