Minutes of the College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Minutes of nine regular meetings, seven chaired by Sir Arthur Stanley (three jointly with Mrs Rome), and two by Miss Sparshott, plus two ‘formal’ meetings, one chaired by Miss Sparshott, and one by Mrs Rome, which dealt solely with College membership. An extraordinary meeting, chaired by Mrs Rome, took place in April. The Council meetings received reports from the following committees: Finance; Education; Establishment and General Purposes; Library; Parliamentary; Press and Publications; Private Nurses; Public Health; Roll and Branches.

In 1933, Council discussed:

Finance and the extension of Cavendish Square and Henrietta Street buildings

The College's worsening financial situation and the drive to increase membership

The recruitment and training of nurses

Schedule of fees and working conditions of private nurses

ICN Congress in Paris and Brussels

The role and recompense of Area Organisers as discussed by branches


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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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.