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Records of Hospital Committees

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GOS/1
Held at: Great Ormond Street Hospital Archives
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Full title: Records of Hospital Committees
Date(s): 1852-2000
Level of description: Sub fonds
Extent: 18 metres of bound volumes
Name of creator(s): Great Ormond Street Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children was founded on its Bloomsbury site in 1852, as the Hospital for Sick Children. It became part of the National Health Service in 1948.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Hospital Committees of Great Ormond Street Hospital, 1852-2000, comprising: GOS/1, Annual Reports of the Committee of Management and Board of Management, 1852-1947; GOS/1/2 Minutes of the Committee of Management and Board of Management, 1850-1948 (includes the Provisional Committee Minutes Book, 1850-1852, text of Charles Dickens' 1855 speech on behalf of the Hospital, and the award of Honorary Governorship to him in 1858, a letter from Dr Jenner at Osbourne House in 1862, and a letter from Dr Jenner on gift of toys by the Queen in 1876.

GOS/1/3, Minutes of Board of Governors’ Meetings, 1869-1982; GOS/1/3/4- 25, Board of Governors Minute Books,1948-1982; GOS/1/4 Administrative and Executive Committee Minutes, 1938-1952; GOS/1/5/1-19, House Committee Minutes 1867-1938; GOS/1/5/20-44, House Committee papers, 1892-1921; GOS/1/6/1-57 Medical Committee Minutes, 1852-1971; Joint Medical Executive Committee, 1972 -1982.

GOS/1 /6/58, Transitional Executive Committee Minute Book, 1968-1969; GOS/1/6/59- 73, Executive Medical Committee Minute Book, 1971-1982; GOS/1/6/74-92 Medical Committee Papers, 1894-1936.

GOS/1/6/2, Comprising the Minute Books of the Divisional Subsidiaries of the Medical Executive Committee, known as the Cogwheel System, 1971-1990, including the Division of Physicians, the Division of Surgeons, the Division of Radiologists, the Division of Anaesthetists, and the Division of Pathologists.

GOS/1/7 Minute Books of the Joint Committee(on Medical Appointments), known after 1950 as the Medical Appointments Committee, 1894-1965; GOS/1/8 Finance Committee Minutes, 1858-1982; GOS/1/9 Building Committee Minutes, 1876-1981, Building Sub-Committee Minutes; GOS/1/10 Nursing Committee Minutes, 1922-1981; GOS/1/11 Policy and Development Committee Minutes, 1964-1977; GOS/1/12 Research Committee Minutes, 1946-1977; GOS/1/13 Medical Ethics Committee Minutes (including registers of cases for members' consideration), 1969-1984; GOS/1/14 General Medical Staff Committee Minutes,1971-1983; GOS/1/15 Establishment Committee Minutes, Establishment Committee Minute Book, 1948-1951.

GOS/1/16 Junior Staff Committee Minutes, 1930-1933; GOS/1/16/2 Junior Staff Training Committee Minute Book, 1972-1977; GOS/1/17 Doctors' Clinical Club Minutes (including non Great Ormond Street staff), 1875-1896 (includes photographs of annual excursions); GOS/1/18, Private Nursing Committee Minutes, 1917; GOS/1/19 Private Wards Administrative Committee Minutes, 1938-1947; GOS/1/20 Advisory Committee on Nursing Education Minutes,1970-1976; GOS/1/21 Cross-Infection Sub-Committee and Group Infection Committee Minutes, 1964-71982; GOS/1 /22 Organ Transplant Sub-Committee Minutes, 1964; GOS/1/23 Tumour Committee Minutes, 1965-1969.

GOS/1 /24 In-Patients After-Care Trust Minutes, 1913-1938; GOS/1/25 Social Services Committee Minutes,1949-1968; GOS/1 /26 Almoner’s Committee Minutes, 1918-1949; GOS/1/27 Committee of Chairmen Minutes, 1951-1952; GOS/1/28 Pensions Committee Minutes,1931-1933; GOS/1 /28/2 Pensions Committee Standing Orders, 1931-1945; GOS/1/28/3 Pensions Sub-Committee Minute Book, 1928-1931; GOS/1/29, Investment Sub-Committee Minutes,1958; GOS/1/30 Medical Workshop Committee Minutes, 1959-1968; GOS/1 /31 Catering Committee Minutes, 1945-1967; GOS/1/32 Laundry Committee Minutes, 1952.

GOS/1 /33 Managing Committee Minutes, 1885; GOS/1/34 Reception Committee Minutes for Opening of New (South) Wing, 1892-1893; GOS/1 /35 Imperial Coronation Bazaar Committee Minutes,1902; GOS/1/36 Sub-Committee for the Management of Festival Dinners Minutes, 1857-1863; GOS/1/37 Appeal Committee Minutes, 1908-1909; GOS/1/38 Appeals Council Minutes, 1935-1941; GOS/1 /39 Peter Pan Sub-Committee Minutes,1954-1966; GOS/1 /40 Special Appeal Committee Minutes, 1930-1937; GOS/1/41 Centenary Sub-Committee Minutes, 1948-1952.

GOS/1/42 Local Government Committees on Hospital Reconstruction: GOS/1/42/1Reconstruction Fund, Borough of Holborn Committee Minute Book, 1933-1934; GOS/1/42/2 Reconstruction Fund; Borough of St Pancras Committee Minute Book, 1931-1933; GOS/1/43 Co-ordination Committee Minutes, 1939-1945; GOS/1/44, Law and Publicity Committee Minutes, 1931-1939.

GOS/1/45 Minutes of the London School of Paediatrics, 1941-1945; GOS/1 /46, League of Remembrance Minutes, 1946-1982; GOS/1/47 Institute of Child Health Staff Case Conference Minutes, 1947-1962; GOS/1/47/2; ICH Case Conference papers and GOS/ICH Training prospectus, c 1980-1990s. (These items came from Professor Aynsley-Green’s office.)

GOS/1/48 Sub-Committee on Nursing, Domestic Services, and Supplies Minutes, 1961-1963; GOS/1/49 Minutes of the Select Committee on Metropolitan Hospitals; GOS/1/49/1 Minute Book of the Select Committee on Metropolitan Hospitals, 1889; GOS/1/50 Kampala Sub-Committee (also known as Assistance to Hospitals in Uganda) Minutes, 1957-1969; GOS/1/51/1-4 Agenda Books for major Hospital Committees, 1908- 1935; GOS/1/51/5 Register of Committee Members, 1947-1956.

GOS/1/51/6 File, miscellaneous Committee resolutions, memoranda, membership lists and correspondence, 1903-1942; GOS/1/51/7 Volume containing signatures of Board of Management and Medical Committee members, circa 1940; GOS/1/52 GOSH Health Records Committee Minutes and Reports 1998-2000.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Bound registers, kept in sequence in the archive storeroom.

Conditions governing access:

The bulk of the sub fonds is open, but Medical Committee files that contain details of identified patients or staff are closed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies and digital photographs of the open material may be made in the archive reading room, although fragile material will be sent to the Hospital's Medical Illustration Department for copying. There is a charge for these services.

Finding aids:

A catalogue, in typescipt and on the hospital computer, in available for consultation in the archive office.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The records were created by the various committees of the hospital, retained and organised by the Hospital Secretary and Management Offices, and passed to the archive when no longer immediately relevant.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Hospital Secretary until 1948, then Management Board.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Andrea Tanner

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2010

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