Papers of the Institute of Medical Social Workers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Yearbooks, 1927-1941; annual reports and accounts, 1938-1969; various series of minutes, 1903-1971, including Executive Council, Finance Committee, Training Committee and Professional Practices Committee meetings; subject files re training courses, 1926-1967; various publications, including The Almoner, 1948-1970. Also includes early papers about the appointment of almoners at various hospitals such as the Royal Free Hospital, 1895-1906, and St George's Hospital, 1900-3, and Institute of Medical Social Workers student records.

Administrative / Biographical History

Established in 1903 as the Almoners' Committee, it became the Hospital Almoners' Committee in 1911; the Association of Hospital Almoners in 1920 and the Hospital Almoners' Association in 1927. It joined the Institute of Hospital Almoners in 1945 to form the Institute of Almoners and became the Institute of Medical Social Workers in 1964. In 1970 the institute merged with six other social workers' organisations to form the British Association of Social Workers.

Reference: R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1987. R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, British Association of Social Workers. Supplementary Catalogue to the Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1988.

Arrangement

The archives of BASW's predecessors were listed before their deposit in the Centre. A published catalogue is available for purchase. The archives of the different organisations are distinguished by different initials.

Conditions Governing Access

These papers are open except for membership records which were deposited in 2003, student card files and Training School records, and other records restricted by the Data Protection Act, 1998.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the British Association of Social Workers, 17th July 1997. BASW deposited its own archives in the Centre in 2003.

Other Finding Aids

Reference: R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1987. R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, British Association of Social Workers. Supplementary Catalogue to the Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1988.

An authority file exists for the Institute of Medical Social Workers (GB 152 AAR0997).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

These archives have been weeded for duplicate ephemeral material.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

MSS.378/BASW contains records after 1970, when this association was merged with others to form the British Association of Social Workers.

Related archives held in the Centre are : Association of Child Care Officers (MSS.378/ACCO); Association of Family Case Workers (MSS.378/AGFC); Association of Psychiatric Social Workers (MSS.378/APSW); Association of Social Workers (MSS.378/ASW); Moral Welfare Workers Association (MSS.378/MWWA); Society of Mental Welfare Officers (MSS.378/SMWO); Association of Tuberculosis Care Workers (MSS.378/TUB); Association of Children's Officers (MSS.378/ACO); National Association of Probation Officers (MSS.378/PROB); and Standing Conference of Organisations of Social Workers (MSS.378/SCOSW).