Papers of Joan Goodman

Scope and Content

This collection comprises letters, copies of speeches, essays, research notes and honorary membership certificates of Joan Goodman, together with printed event programmes and invitations, articles, newspaper cuttings and photographs, relating to her experiences as a midwife and her time as President of the Royal College of Midwives between 1947 and 1991, with references to perceptions of midwives and their expanding responsibilities, rates of maternal and perinatal mortality, the definition of maternity care and the work of the International Congress of Midwives.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joan Goodman (fl. 1930-2000) was a midwife who completed her training in 1937. She became the chairman of the Council of the Royal College of Midwives in 1965 and was elected as President from 1966 to 1970. Before this appointment she had been a non-medical Supervisor of Midwives for the London County Council, and then later Borough Nursing Officer for midwifes and district nurses in Lewisham.

Access Information

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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).

Other Finding Aids

Further details of the contents of this material are available on request.

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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.