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Library Europe's largest nursing-specific collection

Royal College of Nursing Archive

Using the archive

The RCN Archives contains some of the most important collections dedicated to the history of the nursing profession in the UK.

The majority of records relate to the work and history of the Royal College of Nursing and include postcards, photographs, pamphlets, badges and much more. The RCN Archive catalogue contains descriptions and some images of the records we hold in our Edinburgh Archive. The catalogue provides details on how to search and what it contains in more detail.

Please be aware that access to the Archives is by appointment only.

Should you wish to book a visit, please send your details to: RCN Library and Archive Services

These should include:

  • Your name
  • Contact email address 
  • Information about your archives request