The records comprise the archives of the League and of the Meath Home, Ottershaw, including admission registers and cards. They also include various files documenting the involvement of the family of the Earl of Verulam with the League.
A detailed summary of the main series of records is below:
7919/1/ MINISTERING CHILDREN'S LEAGUE CONSTITUTION -
7919/2/ MINISTERING CHILDREN'S LEAGUE MINUTES AND ANNUAL REPORTS 1888-1972
For minutes of committees for Meath Home, Ottershaw, see below, section -/5/-.
7919/3/ FINANCIAL RECORDS 1914-1986
For financial correspondence see section -/6/-.
7919/3/ Annual accounts 1938-1984
7919/3/ Bank books 1914-1931
7919/3/ Other financial records 1944-1986
7919/4/ MINISTERING CHILDREN'S LEAGUE BRANCHES 1925-1948
Index cards recording details of UK and overseas branches of the Ministering Children's League.
7919/5/ THE MEATH HOME, OTTERSHAW 1888-1965
7919/5/ Homes committee 1888-1936
The Homes committee until 1931 dealt with all matters relating to the Meath Home, having oversight of the general administration, staff, applications for admission and fund-raising activities etc. The minutes include references to the care of individual children, whose names are included in the indexes. For a composite index to children's names appearing in -/5/1-5 see -/5/18.
7919/5/ House committee 1931-1937
The House committee was set up in 1931 by the Homes committee to carry out the interim business of the Homes committee and to implement any matters approved in principle by the Homes committee. Authorised to sanction routine expenditure and to engage and dismiss staff, it was responsible for the general welfare of the staff and children. Some minutes are contained in the volumes of Homes committee minutes above.
7919/5/ Meath Home committee 1945-1965
From Oct 1945 to May 1949 this was called the Liaison committee of the Invalid Children's Aid Association and The Ministering League. It was responsible for the co-ordination between the ICAA and MCL with regard to the Meath Home.
7919/5/ Children's records 1888-1944
The admissions books typically include the following: name of child, age or date of birth, family background, by whom recommended to the Home, date and destination on leaving the Home. The name of the cot they occupied is also sometimes recorded. The covering dates given are admission dates. Information appears to have been copied from one register to another so one child may appear in more than one admissions book. Additional information on individuals may be obtained by consulting all registers covering a particular date. For typescript index to children's names appearing in admissions books -/5/16-17 and in minutes books -/5/1-5, see -/5/18.
7919/5/ Payments for cots 1929-1947
7919/5/ Inventory 1945-1950
7919/6/ MINISTERING CHILDREN'S LEAGUE CORRESPONDENCE FILES 1910-1983
The correspondence in these files had apparently been removed from older files, possibly 'weeded', and placed in new labelled folders, probably just before or just after their deposit at Gorhambury. It is likely, but not certain, that the file labels were copied directly from the old files. The contents of the folders have been retained as deposited.
7919/6/ Trustees' correspondence 1927-1949
7919/6/ Correspondence relating primarily to financial matters 1949-1983
See also -/6/1.
7919/6/ Correspondence relating to property 1934-1963
See also -/6/1.
7919/6/ Correspondence relating to annual exhibition 1933-1939
7919/6/ Correspondence with individuals 1910-1957
7919/6/ Correspondence with other charitable organizations 1921-1965
See also -/3/10.
7919/6/ Correspondence relating to the Meath Home, Ottershaw 1931-1966
7919/6/ Correspondence with overseas Ministering Children's League branches 1925-1967
7919/7/ PUBLICITY AND OTHER PRINTED MATERIAL 1860-1947
7919/7/ Ministering Children's League Magazine 1889-1947
From its early days the Ministering Children's League produced a magazine to provide news of its activities at home and abroad. The magazine contained articles on the opening of new branches, branch activities, the various homes supported by the MCL, extracts from annual reports and stories and competitions. The magazine was first called The Ministering Child, then the Ministering Children's League Magazine or the Ministering League Magazine and then Goodwill. It was produced quarterly (from 1935 three times a year) and the following bound volumes contain all the issues for each year, except where indicated.
7919/7/ Cuttings books 1885-1921
The cuttings books include newspaper cuttings, reports and notices of MCL events and activities in the UK and overseas, and some copies of The Ministering Child and Ministering Children's League.
7919/8/ PHOTOGRAPHS [LATE 19TH CENT]-1910
7919/9/ MINISTERING CHILDREN'S LEAGUE BANNERS [LATE 19TH CENT]
According to a note found with these banners, they were found in the attic of Meath School beside the box of Tasmanian photographs (-/8/9) when the building was being re-roofed in 1986.
7919/10/ THE MEATH HOME OF COMFORT, GODALMING 1939-1989
The Meath Home of Comfort, Godalming, was founded by Mary, Countess of Meath, in 1892 as a home for epileptic women and girls. It does not appear to have had any connection with the Ministering Children's League, apart from being founded by the Countess.