Records of the Working and Joint Committees of the Royal College of Midwives

Scope and Content

This collection comprises minutes, reports, correspondence and papers of the following working and joint committees of the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) (1890-1995):

  • RCM/D1 - Midwives Bill Guaranteed Fund Committee, 1895-1902
  • RCM/D2 - Evelyn Mary Eden Memorial Benevolent Fund Committee, 1923-1965
  • RCM/D3 - Departmental Committee on Maternal Mortality (1924-1938)
  • RCM/D4 - Subsidiary Problems Committee (1929-1943)
  • RCM/D5 - Chairman's Committee (1935-1937)
  • RCM/D6 - Interdepartmental Committee on Abortion (1936-1938)
  • RCM/D7 - Midwives Salaries Committee (1941-1947)
  • RCM/D8 - Post-War Planning Committee (1944)
  • RCM/D9 - European Commission Midwives Liaison Committee (1972-1995)
  • RCM/D10 - RCM Commision on the Legislation of Midwives (1990-1992)
  • RCM/D11 - Joint RCM/RCOG Committee (1990-1991)
  • RCM/D12 - Organisational Review Task Force (1992-1994)

Administrative / Biographical History

Over the years the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute) has formed a number of different working and joint committees, often in coordination with other external bodies. The meetings of these working and joint committees are called on an ad hoc basis in order to accomplish a certain task or solve particular problems affecting the midwifery profession.


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.