Papers of Katherine Tait (nee Jones)

Scope and Content

This collection of papers and correspondence relates to the operations of the RCN in Birmingham and the organisation of a conference in 1941.

Circular letter from The Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Birmingham, regarding a nomination for Lord Mayor, with hand-written pencil notes on back concerning visit to the College of Nursing, 17 Jul 1941.

Carbon copy of letter from F. R. Smith, Chairman, Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch), to the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, regarding use of a room in the Council House for a meeting, and inviting the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to attend, 14 Jul 1941.

Second carbon copy of letter from F. R. Smith, Chairman, Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch), to the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, regarding use of a room in the Council House for a meeting, and inviting the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to attend, 14 Jul 1941.

Carbon copy of draft of letter from the Chairman, Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch), to the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, regarding use of a room in the Council House for a meeting, and inviting the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to attend, 14 Jul 1941.

Letter from The Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Birmingham, accepting the above invitation, and asking for the proposed date of the meeting, 21 Jul 1941.

Carbon copy of letter from the Matron Woodlands Hospital, Birmingham, responding to a phone call (details on attached slip), discussing likely numbers for the meeting on 18 September, and sending an agenda, 16 Sep 1941.

Letter from The Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Birmingham to Miss F. R. Smith, Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, The Woodlands, Birmingham, accompanying invitations to the Tea at the Royal College of Nursing conference, 18 September 1941, to be distributed by Miss Smith, 2 Sep 1941.

Attached to the above, carbon copy of letter from the Matron thanking the Lord Mayor’s Secretary for the invitations, 3 Sep 1941.

Letter from the Chief Demonstrator, City of Birmingham Gas Department, asking for a ticket to the event on 18 September, 11 Sep 1941.

Attached to the above, carbon copy of letter of thanks from the Matron, 12 Sep 1941.

Letter from Hilda Adams, Area Organiser, Royal College of Nursing, accepting Miss Smith’s offer of accommodation during the conference, 15 Sep 1941.

Carbon copy of letter from the Matron to Miss Adams, giving directions, 16 Sep 1941.

Letter from Hilda Adams, Area Organiser, Royal College of Nursing, accompanying her cheque for the luncheon on 18 September, 6 Sep 1941.

This collection consists of the following items:

Carbon copy of letter of thanks to Miss Adams from the Matron, 8 Sep 1941.

Hand-written letter for thanks from Mary F. Carpenter, Royal College of Nursing, to Miss Jones, but including particular thanks to ‘Mrs Tait’ for her work in Birmingham in establishing ‘the Centre’, 18 Jul 1960.

Programme Sub-Committee agenda, 10 Sep 1934.

Programme Sub-Committee agenda, undated.

Blank invitation from the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham to tea at the Council House after the Royal College of Nursing meeting on 18 September, 1941, Sep 1941.

Carbon copy of notice of cost of luncheon at Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch) meeting, 18 September 1941, Sep 1941.

Letter to Miss Smith from the programme Sub-Committee, The College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch), accompanying a draft programme, 22 Sep 1934.

Letter to the Chairman, Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch) from the Ministry of Health, declining an invitation to speak, 12 Aug 1941.

Carbon copy of letter of acknowledgment from the Chairman, Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch) to the Ministry of Health, 14 Aug 1941.

Letter of thanks to the Chairman, Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch) from the Ministry of Health, saying the invitation to speak is under consideration, 1 Aug 1941.

Carbon copy of letter from the matron to the Birmingham Mail, asking if they could publicise the 18 September meeting, 3 Sep 1941.

Carbon copy of letter from the matron to the Chief Reporter, the Birmingham Gazette, asking if they could publicise the 18 September meeting, 3 Sep 1941.

Carbon copy of letter from the matron to the Birmingham Post, asking if they could publicise the 18 September meeting, 3 Sep 1941.

Letter from The Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Birmingham to Miss F. R. Smith, Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, The Woodlands, Birmingham, accepting the invitation to preside at the 18 September meeting, and offering a tea to the delegates, 26 Jul 1941.

Carbon copy of letter of thanks to the Lord Mayor’s Secretary from the Matron, 29 Jul 1941.

Carbon copy of letter from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, The Woodlands, Birmingham, to the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, asking if he will preside at the 18 September meeting, 25 Jul 1941.

Typed copy of letter from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, The Woodlands, Birmingham, to the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, inviting him to attend the opening meeting on 18 September, 14 Jul 1941.

Letter to Miss Smith from the Matron, Birmingham United Hospital, concerning arrangements for the conference, 8 Aug 1941.

Carbon copy of letter to the Matron, Birmingham United Hospital, from Miss Smith, 11 Aug 1941.

Letter to Miss Smith from the Matron, Birmingham United Hospital, confirming a speaker for the forthcoming conference, 12 Sep 1941.

Letter to Miss Smith from the Assistant Matron, Birmingham United Hospital, concerning potential speakers for the forthcoming conference, 26 Aug 1941.

Carbon copy of letter of thanks to the Assistant Matron, Birmingham United Hospital, from the Assistant Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham, 27 Aug 1941.

Carbon copy of letter from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham, to Miss Snowden, Chelmsford, asking if she would speak at the forthcoming meeting, 14 Aug 1941.

Carbon copy of letter from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham, to Mr Ernest Brown, Minister of Health, asking if he would speak at the forthcoming meeting, 29 Jul 1941.

Carbon copy of letter from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham, to Miss Armstrong, editor, Nursing Times, thanking her for attending the conference and giving further details, 22 Sep 1941.

Invoice to the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham, from the Silk Screen printing Co., Birmingham, 12 Sep1941.

Carbon copy of letter of acknowledgement from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham to the Silk Screen printing Co., Birmingham, 17 Sep1941.

Carbon copy of letter of thanks from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham to Miss Gray, Messrs. Lewis Ltd, for recommending the Silk Screen printing Co., Birmingham, 12 Sep 1941.

Business card for the Silk Screen printing Co., Birmingham, undated.

Carbon copy of letter of acceptance of quotation from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham to the Silk Screen printing Co., Birmingham, 6 Sep1941.

Letter to the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham from Miss Gray, Messrs. Lewis Ltd, for recommending the Silk Screen printing Co., Birmingham, 4 Sep1941.

Draft programme for Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch) Nursing Conference, 18-20 September, 1941, undated.

Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch) Sub-Committee agenda, 30 Jul 1941.

Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch) Sub-Committee agenda, 29 Jul 1941.

Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch) Executive Committee agenda, 7 Oct 1941.

Carbon copy of letter of thanks from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham to Professor A. P. Thomson, Birmingham, 8 Oct 1941.

Carbon copy of letter of thanks from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham to Dr G. Knight, Birmingham General Hospital, 8 Oct 1941.

Carbon copy of letter of thanks from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham to Dr W. Parker, Worcester, 8 Oct 1941.

Carbon copy of letter of thanks from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham to the Matron, Birmingham Accident Hospital, 8 Oct 1941.

Carbon copy of letter of thanks from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham to the Matron, Birmingham General Hospital, 8 Oct 1941.

Carbon copy of letter from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham to Miss Carless Birmingham, enclosing a letter from Miss Ashton, 27 Jun 1941.

Hand-written letter from Miss Ashton, Chairman, Public Health Section, Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch), suggesting a conference, 22 Jun 1941.

Royal College of Nursing (Birmingham and Three Counties Branch) request to attend a new sub-committee on 26 July 1941, undated.

Copy of letter to the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham, from P. M. Lodge, St Chad’s hospital, Birmingham, with suggestions for the forthcoming meeting, 16 Sep 1941.

Carbon copy of the programme for 18 September 1941, undated.

Carbon copy of letter from the Matron, Royal Cripples Hospital, Birmingham, to Miss I. Ward, M.P., , asking if she would attend the forthcoming meeting, 15 Aug 1941.

Hand-written schedule for the Midland and Three Counties Branch of the College of Nursing, Special Course of Study for nurses in General Nursing and Public Health, 19-24 November 1934, undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

Katherine M. Tait (nee Jones) worked for the RCN in London and Birmingham, where she was Education Officer.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact the RCN Archives in advance of their first visit.

Other Finding Aids

Most recent online Royal College of Nursing Archives Catalogue available at http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services.

Conditions Governing Use

Royal College of Nursing

Custodial History

This catalogue entry was created using information compiled by volunteer Alison Nuttall in Sep 2017.