Nursing History Collection
Leap N (2013) The midwife’s tale: an oral history from handywoman to professional midwife, Great Britain: Scarlet Press.
McIntosh T (2012) A social history of maternity and childbirth: key themes in maternity care, London: Routledge.
Worth J (2008) Call the midwife, Great Britain: Orion Publishing.
Our Permanent Collection consists of nursing specific core items and rare items. It is viewable by appointment at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre. Here is a small selection of items from our collection.
Pritchard E (1934) The new-born baby a manual for the use of midwives and maternity nurses, London: Henry Kimton.
Radcliffe W (1967) Milestones in midwifery, Bristol: John Wright
Robinson H (1909) The midwives pronouncing dictionary of obstetrical and gynaecological terms, London: Scientific Press.
Midwives chronicle and nursing notes (1946-1994).
The official journal from the Royal College of Midwives. It charts the progress of midwifery. The journal has changed its name throughout the years. It is now called Midwives (RCM). Viewable by appointment at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre.
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Nursing Record/British Journal of Nursing (1888-1956)
Digitised journal available online.
The RCN Archive contains many references to midwifery within the personal papers collections. One of the most significant midwifery collections in our archive is that of midwifery tutor Gertrude Baker. Mrs Baker collected material for a museum of midwifery, the papers of which have been donated to the RCN. These include research and career information of not only Mrs Baker, but many individual midwives who gave her their own collections towards her work, including certificates, badges and photographs. For more details search the Archive catalogue for RefNo C502.