The core of the Archive Collection is the stock of handwritten texts, originally known as the Manuscripts Collection, such as correspondence, lecture notes, manuscripts, medical memos and diaries, reports and prescriptions, as well as printed circulars and reports. This extensive collection of source material was begun by Max Neuburger and constantly expanded, as a result of which it now documents a good 300 years of medical history.
In addition to these documents, it also contains a number of doctors’ estates. The estates of Julius Tandler, Julius Wagner-Jauregg and Guido Holzknecht are just a few of those of particular significance. Another collection of note is that of Theodor Billroth’s autograph manuscripts, made available by the Society of Doctors (Gesellschaft der Ärzte) and containing over 300 letters.
The collection also holds certificates, coins and medals relating to medicine.
The Archive Collection is accessible via a handwritten index and filing cards but is currently being catalogued digitally.