Papers of Minnie Gertrude King

Scope and Content

Ms notebook containing essays, written by Minnie Gertrude King, possibly in the course of her revision for the examination of the Obstetrical Society of London (circa. 1984-1895), concerning how to restore an asphyxiated infant, the management of the third stage of labour, the reasons why some mothers cannot breastfed and alternatives to breastfeeding, reasons for prolonged or abnormal labour, the risks of breech births and how to deal with them, the duties of a midwife, forceps deliveries, the differences between twin and a ordinary labour, how to examine the placenta, the effects of pregnancy on the bladder, the characteristics of a healthy mother and child, abdominal examinations and the prevention of septic poisoning, together with an ms timetable of duties carried out by midwives in the nursery of an unidentified maternity hospital and a photograph of three midwives learning about the anatomy (circa. 1900), as well as a newspaper article from the Scarborough News (19 August 1971), celebrating the 100th birthday of Miss King.

Administrative / Biographical History

Minnie Gertrude King was born in Lough, Lincolnshire on 19 August 1971. She trained as a midwife at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in London.

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Acquisition Information

There is no record of the date or source of acquisition before the collection was deposited at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in May 2011.


Catalogued by Clare Sexton, Project Archivist in accordance with ISAD(G).

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Custodial History

This collection was originally deposited at the Royal College of Midwives. It is now held under the terms of a service level collection care agreement at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.