Records of the Standing Committees of the Royal College of Midwives

Archive Unit

Scope and Content

This collection comprises minutes, reports and correspondence of the following standing committees of the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) (1903-1971):

  • RCM/C1 - Executive Council and Club Committee (1903-1930)
  • RCM/C2 - Executive Committee (Affiliated Associations) (1910-1932)
  • RCM/C3 - Benevolent Fund Committee (1914-1999)
  • RCM/C4 - Executive Committee (General Purposes) (1931-1949)
  • RCM/C5 - Editorial Committee (1942-1954)
  • RCM/C6 - Education Committee (1944-1950)
  • RCM/C7 - Library Committee (1945-1954)
  • RCM/C8 - International Relations Committee (1946-1950)
  • RCM/C9 - Honorary Officers Meetings (1952-1971)
  • RCM/C10 - Overseas Committee (1955-1962)

Administrative / Biographical History

The standing committees of the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) are appointed to support the formulation of policy and executive decisions made by the Council, which are then implemented by staff at the headquarters.


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.

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The binding of some of the early minute books within this collection are fragile and should be handled with care.

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.