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Administrative records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GOS/1
Held at: Great Ormond Street Hospital Archives
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Full title: Administrative records
Date(s): 1852-2008
Level of description: Sub fonds
Extent: Approximately 54 metres, made up of 30 boxes and 360 bound volumes.
Name of creator(s): Great Ormond Street Hospital x Hospital for Sick Children | Great Ormond Street x Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust x The Hospital for Sick Children x The Hospital for Children


Administrative/Biographical history:

Great Ormond Street Hospital for children was founded in 1852 by Charles West on its current site in Bloomsbury. It was the first children's hospital in Great Britain. The administrative records were kept by the boards and committees of the hospital from its foundation.


Scope and content/abstract:

Great Ormond Street Hospital administrative records, comprising GOS/1, Annual Reports of the Committee of Management and Board of Management, 1852-1947 (containing many duplicates, and reports bound in year volumes throughout).

Minutes of Hospital Committees, comprising GOS/1/2 Minutes and associated papers of the Committee of Management and Board of Management, 1850-1948; GOS/1/3, Minutes of Board of Governors’ Meetings, 1869-2008; GOS/1/4 Administrative and Executive Committee Minutes, 1938-1952; GOS/1/5 House Committee Minutes, 1867-1938.

GOS/1/6 Medical Committee Minutes, 1852-1971; the Joint Medical Executive Committee Minutes, 1968-1982; the Medical Executive Committee Minute Book, 1981-1982; the Medical Advisory Committee, 1982-2010; Division of Physicians Minute Book, 1981-1990; Division of Surgeons Minute Book, 1971-1990; Division of Radiologists Minute Book. 1971-1989; Division of Anaesthetists Minute Book, 1971-1989; Division of Pathologists Minute Book, 1971-1989.

GOS/1/7, Joint Committee on Medical Appointments Minutes, 1894-1965 (from 1950, renamed the Medical Appointments Committee); GOS/1/8 Finance Committee Minutes, 1858-1982 (known from 1952 to 1982 as the Finance, Establishment and General Purposes Committee).

GOS/1/9 Building Committee Minutes, 1876-1981; 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, 1969-1984; GOS/1/14, General Medical Staff Committee Minutes, 1971-1983; GOS/1/15 Establishment Committee Minutes, 1948-1951; GOS/1/16/1 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 (membership not exclusively Great Ormond Street), 1875-1896.

GOS/1/18/1, Private Nursing Committee Minutes,1917; GOS/1/19/1 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, 1964-1983; GOS/1 /22/1, Organ Transplant Sub-Committee Minutes,1964; GOS/1/23 Tumour Committee Minutes, 1965-1969; GOS/1 /24/1, 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/1/27/1 Committee of Chairmen Minutes, 1951-52; GOS/1/28, Pensions Committee Minutes and Standing Orders, 1931-1945; GOS/1/29/1 Investment Sub-Committee Minutes, May 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, Fund Raising Managing Committee Minutes, October-December 1885; GOS/1/34 New South Wing Reception Committee Minutes, February 1892-June 1893; GOS/1 /35, Imperial Coronation Bazaar Committee Minutes, January – May 1902; GOS/1/36, Sub-Committee for the Management of Festival Dinners Minutes, 1857-1863; GOS/1/37 Appeal Committee Minutes, July 1908-June 1909; GOS/1/38 Appeals Council Minutes, 1935-1941.

GOS/1 /39, Peter Pan Sub-Committee Minutes, January 1954-June 1966; GOS/1 /40, Special Appeal Committee Minutes, 1930-1931; GOS/1/40/2, Special Appeal Committee Minute Book, 1932-1937; GOS/1/41, Centenary Sub-Committee Minutes, 1948-1952.

GOS/1/42, Local Government Committees on Hospital Reconstruction Minute Books, 1931-1934; GOS/1/43, 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, October 1947-December 1962; GOS/1/47/2 ICH Case Conference papers and GOS/ICH Training prospectus, circa 1980 to circa 1990s (these records came from Professor Aynsley-Green’s office); GOS/1/48, Miscellaneous Sub-Committee Minutes, 1961-1963.

GOS/1/49 Minutes of the Select Committee on Metropolitan Hospitals, 1889.

GOS/1/50 Kampala (Assistance to hospitals in Uganda) Sub-Committee Minutes, 1957-1969; GOS/1/51 Committee Agenda Books and Membership Lists, 1908-1956; GOS/1/52, GOSH Health Records Committee Minutes/reports 1998-2000.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See above Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Mainly open, but individual sections may be closed where they give personal details of patients post 1910 and staff post 1940.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Scanning available subject to UK copyright law.

Finding aids:

Currently only available on Word catalogue from the Archives reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Historically, received from the Hospital Secretary.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Andrea Tanner

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2010

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