Minutes of the College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

The Council of College of Nursing first met on 1 Apr 1916. Meetings were held roughly every fortnight and started with the location of the meeting, attendees and apologies, resolutions from previous meetings, financial reports and correspondence received. At the end of each meeting numbers of members were reported.

In the first meeting, Council members discussed the following topics:

The memorandum and articles of association of the College of Nursing Ltd, drafted by Hon. Sir Charles Russell.

Sir Cooper Perry was appointed honorary secretary of the college and 83 Pall Mall, London SW was created the registered office of the college.

An official seal was unveiled and placed in the custody of Sir Arthur Stanley.

Members of Council were appointed and representatives were agreed for the State Registration Committee.

It was agreed that letters would go to training schools regarding the establishment of a consultative board.

During the rest of 1916, Council discussed the following topics:

The setting up of the Scotland office and the Scottish Board's constitution

The inclusion of Scottish, Welsh and Irish Boards

This record relates to two separate sets of minutes: the original set is handwritten and signed, and in a volume which runs from 1 Apr 1916 to 1 Feb 1918. This volume is kept in Store B. The other set is a typed copy of the original and in a volume which runs from 1 Apr 1916 to 18 Jun 1919. This volume is kept in Store A.

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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.