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Financial Records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GOS/3
Held at: Great Ormond Street Hospital Archives
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Full title: Financial Records
Date(s): 1887-1973
Level of description: Sub Fonds
Extent: Approximately 6 metres.
Name of creator(s): Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children


Administrative/Biographical history:

Great Ormond Street Hospital was founded in 1852 by Charles West on its current site in Bloomsbury as the Hospital for Sick Children. It was the first children's hospital in Britain. It became part of the NHS in 1948 and took over the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Sick Children in 1968. It went through several changes of name during this period and adopted its current name in 1994.


Scope and content/abstract:

Financial records of Great Ormond Street Hospital, comprising GOS/3/1-12, Ledgers, Journals and Statements; GOS/3/1/15 General Fund Income Cash Book, 1942; GOS/3/1/14 Balance Sheets (bound in volume) of Endowment Funds, 1890-1902; GOS/3/1/15 Monthly Financial Statements, 1924-1928; GOS/3/1/16 Monthly Financial Statements, 1933-1938; GOS/3/2 Wage Books, 1896-1944; Matron's Pay books, 1907-1938 (contains details of named individuals); Staff Salaries Ledgers, 1932-1967 (contains details of named individuals).

GOS/3/3 Financial Records Concerning Premises and Goods Supplied, 1896-1972, including Housekeeping Book of weekly consumption of provisions by patients and staff, 1906-1907.

GOS/3/4, Miscellaneous Financial Records, including GOS/3/4/1, Museum Account Book, 1871-1946; GOS/3/4/2, Enquiry Officer's Report Book on the financial status of parents of potential patients, 1900-1901; GOS/3/4/3, Endowment Fund Ledger and Letter Book, 1903-1919; GOS/3/4/5, Account Book of Runabouts Convalescent Home, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, 1941-1946; GOS/3/4/6, Sister Superintendent's Account Book for Special Fund for Extras, 1949-1968; GOS/3/4/7-13, Out-patient donations, general bills, insurance policies, financial statements, investments data, annual accounts (from 1894), Hospital Saturday Fund patient statistics, income from fetes, Almoner's Report (1920), bills, correspondence with banks, tenders for contracts, 1887-1934; GOS/3/4/14, Financial statements, reports and salary lists, 1945-1962 (includes accounts for repair of 1940 bomb damage); GOS/3/4/15, insurance policies, 1918-1930; GOS/3/4/17, Royalties receipts from 'Alice in Wonderland', 1965-1966; GOS/3/4/21 -23, Accounts submitted of general expenditure, 1970- 973; GOS/3/4/24, Register of Tenders for Hospital Contracts, 1970-1982; GOS/3/4/25-26, Correspondence on Endowment Funds, 1948-1973; includes Hospital registration with Charity Commissioners, and list of investments since 1948.

GOS/3/4/26, Memorandum on Hospital improvement schemes to be funded by Endowment Funds, 1984; GOS/3/4/27, Correspondence regarding the insurance of the Hospital's silver inkstand (presented to Doctor West by Lady Byron) and other valuables, 1977.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Seven archives boxes and 11 bound ledgers.

Conditions governing access:

Open to the public.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Items can be copied without restriction, subject to the agreement of the archivist.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue and master catalogue on Archive Room computer available for consultation in the Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Andrea Tanner

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:
December 2010

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