Records of the Discovery Foundation for Christian Work Among Nurses and Associated Professions

Scope and Content

Records of the Discovery Foundation comprising signed minutes of meetings of Foundation members, 1967-1992; annual reports for years 1967-1992; account book, 1967-1992; annual statements of accounts for years 1968-1992; correspondence and legal papers relating to the establishment and closure of the Foundation and miscellaneous papers comprising research papers relating to medical research supported by the Foundation.

Administrative / Biographical History

Administrative/Biographical History

The Discovery Foundation was established in 1967, using a gift of funds following the winding up the Nurses' Christian Movement. It was a registered charity, (number 252505), and ceased to exist in 1992.

Reference: University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department, Online Archive Catalogue ( ). Accessed April 2002.


The collection has been arranged into six series: minutes, annual reports, cash books, statements of accounts, correspondence and legal papers, and papers relating to research supported by the Foundation. Thereunder the files are arranged in chronological order.

Access Information

Access Conditions

Open. Access to all bona fide researchers. All papers held at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre will be viewed at the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department. Please contact the University Archivist for further information.

Acquisition Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were deposited as a gift in 1994 by the last secretary and chairperson of the Discovery Foundation.


Contains research papers in Mende (the language spoken in Eastern and Southern Sierra Leone)

Other Finding Aids

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Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Custodial History

Following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges and the University of Birmingham in 1999 the custodial ownership of collections belonging to the Selly Oak Colleges and held at the Orchard Learning and Resource Centre (OLRC) was transferred to the University. These collections now form part of the University's Special Collections Department and are available for consultation at the Main Library on the University's Edgbaston Campus.

Related Material

The Orchard Learning Resources Centre and the University of Birmingham, Special Collections Department holds a rich collection of archives relating to missions, charities and other religious and ecclesiastical organisations and individuals. Material relating to this collection may be found in the records of the Nurses' Christian Movement, DA31.