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 1927, Council members discussed:

Irish nurses' club

Lord Iveagh's gift to Council

Student Nurses' Association

Library of nursing

Royal Charter

Negotiations with the Stepney board of guardians

National Council of Nurses of Great Britain

There is no index for 1927.

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 1926 to 31 Mar 1927 and one which runs from 1 Apr 1927 to 31 Mar 1928. These volumes are kept in Store B.

The other set is a typed copy of the original and is contained in the volume which runs from 15 Apr 1926 to 29 Mar 1928. This volume is 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.