Minutes of the College of Nursing Council meetings

Scope and Content

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.

Topics discussed by Council during 1921 included:

Nursing income tax

Unemployment Insurance Act

Establishment of a college club, the Cowdray Club

New library and library committee, first librarian

War bonds

Nurse training

Political situation in Ireland and its effect on nurses

The League of Nations

Health Visitors

Seaside cottage, Bonchurch

Nurses with tuberculosis in sanatoria

Disabled nurses

Superannuation (retirement) fund for nurses

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 1920 to 31 Mar 1921 and one which runs from 1 Apr 1921 to 31 Mar 1922. These volumes are kept in Store B. The other set is a typed copy of the original and is split over two volumes - one which runs from 8 Apr 1920 to 17 Mar 1921 and one which runs from 7 Apr 1921 to 27 Mar 1922. 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

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Conditions Governing Use

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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.