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 1962 the topics discussed by Council include:

The European Common Market

Salary negotiations and the effect of the national situation

Compulsory early retirement on efficiency grounds

British Federation of Business and Professional Women

The use of part-time nursing staff

The family's part in caring for the patient

Developments in nursing service

Five year plan

Royal charter revisions

Use of branch funds

Third British Congress on the history of medicine

Wearing of indoor uniform out of doors

Founders Day 1963

Relationship between the Royal College of Nursing and the Nursing Times

Nurses and midwives Whitley Council

Presidential chain of office

Communication between Council and members


Coat of Arms


National Council of Nurses

Minimum age of entry into the nursing profession

Impartial review of the nursing profession


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 18 Jan to 17 May 1962, and the other from 19 Jul to 13 Dec 1962. These volumes are kept in Store A.

Access Information

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.