Papers of Winifred Welch, nurse and midwife of Nottingham, 1893-1978

Scope and Content

The collection contains papers concerning the personal life, training and career of WinifredWelch, nurse and midwife. The principal series present are:

  • Correspondence, including letters from grateful patients. 1917-1925 (MS 713/1);
  • Professional references. 1918-1925 (MS 713/2);
  • Certificates. Includes birth certificate and nursing certificate. 1893-1922 (MS 713/3)
  • Photographs. c.1914-1945 (MS 713/4)
  • Manuscript pocket book containing notes about midwifery and about the babies that she helped todeliver and their mothers. 1917 (MS 713/5);
  • Autograph book containing poems and drawings created by friends and colleagues of Winifred Welch.1917-1969 (MS 713/6);
  • Printed works relating to midwifery and nursing. Includes nurses diaries, two of which containmanuscript entries by Nurse Welch. 1915-1931 (MS 713/7);
  • Nursing diaries and other printed items relating to nursing and midwifery supplies andtechniques. 1917-1928 (MS 713/8);
  • Other manuscript items. 1917-1978 (MS 713/9);
  • Two items of needlework (sent with MS 713/9/13) and a patient record board (that works with MS713/9/10-11). Undated (MS 713/10).

Administrative / Biographical History

Winifred Annie Elizabeth Welch was born in Basford, Nottinghamshire in January 1893 to George andEllen Welch. During 1913-1916 she trained as a nurse at the Bagthorpe Institute Nottingham, whichlater became known as the City Hospital. In 1917 she progressed to a qualification in midwifery andbetween November 1917 and August 1920 she worked at the venereal disease clinic in North ChurchStreet Nottingham. She subsequently worked in private nursing homes (18 Park Row, and 5 WellingtonCircus, Nottingham) between February 1921 and August 1925. She was employed at the Ear, Nose andThroat clinic located at 63 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham for 3 years between September 1925 and1928. Her subsequent career is not recorded in the present collection. She was still alive in 1968.


The collection has been divided by document type into twelve series.

Access Information

ACCESS: The principal series are accessible to allregistered readers by appointment, but there is restricted access to papers referring topatients.

Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advancein writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (

Custodial History

The collection was transferred to The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections in January 2001 from the university's medical library.