Northern Ireland Hospitals Authority Archive

Scope and Content

The collection consists of reports and monographs on the location, construction and administration of hospitals in Northern Ireland covering the period 1948 to 1974. Items include reports from The Northern Ireland Hospitals Authority, Hospital Management Committees, research organisations and central government. The archive constitutes the nucleus of the Northern Ireland Hospitals Authority library which passed to The Queen's University of Belfast at the Authority's demise in 1973. Queens University Medical Library continues to maintain an archive of material related to health and social services provision in Northern Ireland.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Authority was established on creation of the National Health Service in 1948 , charged with responsibility for hospital services and replacing the previously independently administered voluntary hospitals.Its remit included hospitals planning, building and administration. The Authority ceased to exist when local authority reorganisation integrated hospital, health and social services under common administrative arrangements.

Access Information

Open to consultation

Acquisition Information

Material relating to health and personal social services in Northern Ireland continues to be acquired by Queen's University Medical Library and held in the Medical Library Archive collection.


Description compiled by Clare McVeigh (RASCAL Project), entered by Deirdre Wildy, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

Northern Ireland Hospitals Authority Library card catalogue

Conditions Governing Use

Subject to condition an copyright restrictions

Appraisal Information

The collection provides a unique record of the development of hospital and health services in Northern Ireland post NHS inception up to and including hospital and health services reorganisation in 1973.

Custodial History

Assembled as the core of an active library serving and maintained by The Northern Ireland Hospitals Authority, the collection was donated to The Queen's University of Belfast when The Authority was disbanded in 1973. The stock remained active for a further year after which it was closed and consigned to store. Thereafter, a library service was supplied to health service staff from Queen's University Medical Library by arrangement with the Northern Ireland Department of Health and Social Services.



Related Material

Queens University Medical Library Archive Collection


Jones, Katharine M.L. The development of the hospital services of Northern Ireland: an annotated guide to the literature with a chronological table of the principle events and a brief historical sketch. (N. pl.):The Author, 1974. Thesis FLA 1973Katharine Jones cites the NIHA (Northern Ireland Hospitals Library) as a known location for many of the documents listed in her thesis

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