Royal College of Midwives Special Collections

Scope and Content

This collection comprises primarily personal papers originally deposted at the Royal College of Midwives, including case registers, pupil case books, notebooks, diaries, photographs and printed material, relating to the experiences of midwives and how childbirth has changed throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


The material within this collection is arranged as received, as well as in accordance with chronology, format and subject.

Access Information

Access restrictions may apply if material includes personal information of living individuals. All other records are open to research by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. For further information about accessing the collection and visiting the reading room, please contact:


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

Other Finding Aids

Further details of this collection are available on request.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of material is at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Custodial History

The material within 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 by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


The acquisition of additional material is expected.

Related Material

Also see the organisational records of the Royal College of Midwives (Archive reference: RCM).