Records of the Editorial Committee of the Royal College of Midwives

Scope and Content

This collection comprises minutes, correspondence and reports of the Editorial Committee of the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute)(1942-1955), relating to the policy of, and advertisements that appeared in the journal, ‘The Midwives Chronicle and Nursing Notes’.

Administrative / Biographical History

In January 1888 'Nursing Notes', was launched independently by editor and proprietor, Emma Brierly. The journal was subsequently edited in house at the premises of the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) and produced by the Women's Printing Society Limited. At the turn of the twentieth century, 'Nursing Notes' was the principle means the organisation employed to communicate with nurses and midwives across the country.

By 1908 the journal was renamed as the 'Nursing Notes and Midwives Chronicle', signifying how it had become increasingly concerned with issues primarily concerning the midwifery profession.

After the death of Emma Brierly in 1924, the journal was taken over by Rosalind Paget's niece and nephew, Kathleen Paget and Major Guy Paget, who formed a limited company.

At a meeting of the Board of Directors of Nursing Notes Ltd on 17 September 1942, it was decided that the 'Midwives Chronicle and Nursing Notes', as it had become known, should remain an independent journal. However the Directors called for the Council of the Royal College of Midwives to nominate two to four members to the Board, who would also become shareholders.

This Board was responsible for appointing an editor. It also went on to elect an Editorial Committee, which first met on 25 February 1943 and then on a monthly basis, to discuss the editorial policy of the journal as well as all matters printed in it, including advertisements.


The original order of material is retained, although where this is not possible the arrangement of files has been based on the functions and activities of the organisation as well as chronology, subject and the needs of users.

Access Information

Permission is required for external access to records less than twenty years old. Also restrictions apply if material includes personal information of living individuals. All other records are open to research by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. For further information about accessing the collection and visiting the reading room, please contact:

Acquisition Information

There is no record of the source or date of acquisition before this material was deposited under the terms of a collection care agreement at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in May 2011.


Catalogued by Clare Sexton, Project Archivist in accordance with ISAD(G).

Other Finding Aids

Further details of the contents of this collection are available on request.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright belongs to the Royal College of Midwives. To reproduce this material, please apply via the College Archivist:

Custodial History

This collection was previously held at the Royal College of Midwives.

Related Material

The library at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists holds a complete series of the journal 'Nursing Notes' (later known as the Midwives Chronicle').