Papers of the Society of Mental Welfare Officers

Archive Collection

Administrative / Biographical History

The society was established in 1954 by the amalgamation of the National Association of Authorised Officers and the Mental Health Workers' Association. In 1970 it merged with six other social workers' organisations to form the British Association of Social Workers.

Reference: R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1987. R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, British Association of Social Workers. Supplementary Catalogue to the Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1988.

Arrangement

The archives of BASW's predecessors were listed before their deposit in the Centre. A published catalogue is available for purchase. The archives of the different organisations are distinguished by different initials.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/holdings/class/. It is compatible with  ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers, except for membership records and other records restricted by the Data Protection Act, 1998.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the British Association of Social Workers, 17 July 1997. BASW deposited its own archives in the Centre in 2003.

Other Finding Aids

Reference: R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1987. R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, British Association of Social Workers. Supplementary Catalogue to the Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1988.

An authority record exists for Society of Mental Welfare Officers (GB 0152 AAR1000).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

These archives have been weeded for duplicate ephemeral material.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

MSS.378/BASW contains records after 1970, when this association was merged with others to form the British Association of Social Workers.

Related archives held in the Centre are: Association of Children' Officers (MSS.378/ACO); Association of Child Care Officers (MSS.378/ACCO); Association of Family Case Workers (MSS.378/AGFC); Moral Welfare Workers' Association (MSS.378/MWWA); Association of Psychiatric Social Workers (MSS.378/APSW); Association of Social Workers (MSS.378/ASW); Institute of Medical Social Workers (MSS.378/IMSW); Association of Tuberculosis Care Workers (MSS.378/TUB) ; National Association of Probation Officers (MSS.378/PROB); and Standing Conference of Organisations of Social Workers (MSS.378/SCOSW).