Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held once a month. They are arranged in the following order: minutes of the previous meeting, minutes of current meeting, agenda of current meeting, papers of current meeting.

Items addressed at every meeting are: the location of the meeting, attendees and apologies, matters arising, correspondence, Congress, membership matters, reports from committees, reports from national boards, use of the seal, membership numbers.

During 1953 the topics discussed by Council include:

Nation's Fund for Nurses

The coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Birmingham Education Centre

The death of Her Majesty Queen Mary, first Royal Patron of the College

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becoming Royal Patron

Lois Oakes' 'New Dictionary for Nurses'

Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust - the work of nurses in hospital wards

Rest breaks for nurses and midwives

Conferences

Fees paid to lecturers of student nurses

This record relates to two separate sets of minutes: the original set is signed. This volume is kept in Store B.

The other set is a copy of the original, split into two volumes. One volume runs from 22 Jan to 14 May 1953, and the other from 23 Jul to 17 Dec 1953. These volumes are kept in Store A.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact the RCN Archives in advance of their first visit.

Other Finding Aids

Most recent online Royal College of Nursing Archives Catalogue is available at http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library_and_heritage_services.

Conditions Governing Use

Royal College of Nursing

Custodial History

The main bulk of volumes came from London library historical collection to Edinburgh with the Archives' collections in 1992. Library maintained a copy set. From 1992 up until 2009 the papers were transferred directly by Council and Committee Admin (previously 'General Secretariat', or 'General Secretary's Office') One copy went to RCN Library for binding and the original to Archives, unbound. In January 2017 the two sets were brought together to create one full run of papers and an additional run, with copies of most years. The more complete set is held in Store A and the less complete set in Store B.