Minutes of the College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held roughly every month, and the minutes of each meeting start with noting date, time and place. Items standard at each meeting: Present, letters and messages of regret, minutes of previous meeting, matters arising, correspondence, reports of standing committees (Finance; Education; Establishment and General Purposes; Roll/Membership; Salaries and Superannuation; Press and Publications; Private Nurses and Branches) and date of next meeting.

In 1926, Council members discussed:

The first meeting of Council in the new permanent home of the College of Nursing

Thanks to the Viscount and Viscountess Cowdray for their generosity to the College in providing the new building

The College lift

Training for Health Visitors

The official opening of the new College building

Registration of nursing homes

Lease of bedrooms and basement rooms in the College building

The proposed British College of Nurses

Superannuation scheme

International students and club membership

Seaside Cottage, Bonchurch

The Nursing Times

Petition to the Privy Council for the granting of a Royal Charter

Irish nurses' club

Diploma in nursing

There is no index for 1926.

This record relates to two separate sets of minutes: the original set is signed, and is split into two volumes - one which runs from 1 Apr 1925 to 31 Mar 1926 and one which runs from 1 Apr 1926 to 31 Mar 1927. These volumes are kept in Store B.

The other set is a typed copy of the original and is split over two volumes - one which runs from 19 April 1923 to 18 Mar 1926 and one which runs from 15 Apr 1926 to 29 Mar 1928. These volumes are kept in Store A.

Access Information

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Conditions Governing Use

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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.