Records of Family Planning Association, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes and reports, 1937-1990;
  • Working files, 1963-1990;
  • Branches' records, 1946-1986;

Administrative / Biographical History

The first family planning clinic in Scotland was the Glasgow Women's Welfare Clinic which opened in 1925. Other clinics followed and in 1937 a Scottish Federation of Mother's Welfare Clinics was formed. It appears that by that time the Scottish clinics were affiliated to the National Birth Control Association (later re-named the Family Planning Association).

In 1964 a major reorganisation took place in the FPA: that year's AGM resolved that it should become a "... unitary national organisation...". Previously the bulk of the FPA's funds had been held by the branches and clinics.

From the 1960s onwards the FPA employed a number of "regional organisers", one of whom was based in Glasgow until 1990 when the Scottish office was closed down. The FPA's Scottish Advisory Council / Federation had a coordinating role but limited funds and executive power.

The records described below were transferred to the FPA offices in London in 1990. The assistance of the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre at the Wellcome Institute in securing their repatriation to Glasgow is gratefully acknowledged.

There are some records relating to the work of the FPA in Scotland in the FPA Archive which is deposited in the Wellcome Institute. These include copies of the minutes of the Scottish Advisory Council / Federation, 1934-66, and some correspondence with the full-time organiser in Glasgow.

Access Information

Arranged in series.

Other Finding Aids

An paper-based finding aid can be located in the searchroom.

Appraisal Information

Appraised according to standard GB 0812 procedure.


No further accruals expected.

Related Material

GB 0120 SA/FPA, Records of Family Planning Association, Wellcome Trust.

Location of Originals

This material is original.