Records of the Publications Department of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Scope and Content

The records consist of the Journal Committee minutes of meetings and papers, 1961-19911 and the Business Affairs Committee/Publications Management Board minutes of meetings and papers, 1987-1998.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Publications Department of the Royal College of Psychiatrists was established in the late 1970s, although the idea of establishing a journal goes back to the founding years of the College`s predecessor bodies. The British Journal of Psychiatry was first published in 1853 as the Asylum Journal, later changing its name to the Journal of Mental Science, and finally the British Journal of Psychiatry in 1963.

The College also publishes other journals, namely, The Psychiatrist which was previously known as the Psychiatric Bulletin, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment and International Psychiatry. The College has been publishing books under the the Gaskell imprint. These books range from small booklets to large textbooks, and are aimed at diverse audiences running from extremely specialist academic groups to the general public.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the records is by appointment with the Archivist on telephone: 0207 235 2351 ext 6169, e-mail: . The College Archives is open Mondays to Friday from 09.00 hrs to 16.30 hrs. The Archives is not open during weekends anad bank holidays.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Francis Maunze, Archivist and Records Manager, 2012.