Minutes of the College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Minutes of seven regular meetings, six chaired by Sir Arthur Stanley and one by Miss Sparshott, plus four ‘formal’ meetings, chaired by Miss Sparshott, which dealt solely with College membership.

The Council meetings received reports from the following committees:

Finance; Education; Establishment and General Purposes; Membership; Press and Publications; Private Nurses and Branches.

In 1932, Council discussed:

Alternative training schemes

Funding for the 999 year lease and extension of Cavendish Square and Henrietta Street buildings

Agreement with the publishers Macmillan about the Nursing Times

Death of and memorial to Annie, Vicountess Cowdray

Area Organiser role

Ministry of Health Committee on the position of the nursing profession

Working conditions of private 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. This volume is kept in Store A.

Access Information

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Other Finding Aids

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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.