Minutes of the Royal College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

Meetings were held roughly monthly, with meetings in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, September and November. 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 1963 the topics discussed by Council include:

European Common Market

Ministry of health


Economies in the health service

Impartial review of the nursing profession

Communication between the Council and the membership

Salmon Committee

Royal charter

Committee structure and budgetary control

Amalgamation of the Royal College of Nursing and the National Council of Nurses



Nursing staff ratios

Nursing Mirror exhibition and conference

Nursing and midwifery staff census

Admission of members to Council meetings

Nurses and midwives Whitley Council

Associate membership

Welfare of nurses in adversity


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 17 Jan to 9 May 1963, and the other from 5 Jun to 21 Nov 1963. 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.