Records of the General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives

Scope and Content

This collection comprises the correspondence, reports and papers of the following individuals who served as the General Secretary of the Royal College Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute):

  • RCM/E3/2/1 - Paulina Fynes-Clinton (1914-1916)
  • RCM/E3/2/2 - Edith Simpson (1930-1939)
  • RCM/E3/2/3 - Florence R. Mitchell (1935-1955)
  • RCM/E3/2/4 - Audrey Wood (1946-1971)
  • RCM/E3/2/5 - Brenda Mee (1970-1979)
  • RCM/E3/2/6 - Ruth Ashton (1977-1992)
  • RCM/E3/2/7 - Julia Allison (1991-1996)
  • RCM/E3/2/8 - Karlene Davis (1994-2000)

Administrative / Biographical History

The General Secretary Department is responsible for making executive decisions, regarding the day to day running and management of the Royal College of Midwives (formally known as the Midwives Institute). This involves drawing up agendas for meetings, organising the annual conference and conducting all correspondence with the branches of affiliated midwives associations and external bodies with mutual interests, as well as being a member on various standing and joint committees.


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.

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.