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House Governors and Secretaries of the London Hospital

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0387 LH/A/23-24
Held at: Royal London Hospital
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Full title: House Governors and Secretaries of the London Hospital
Date(s): 1745-1975
Level of description: Sub-fonds of Royal London Hospital records
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Extent: 5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): London Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

Executive authority was at first split between several officers: the Secretary, the Steward, the Apothecary and the Chaplain all exercised varying degrees of authority at different times. In 1806 the first Superintendent was appointed, and in 1810 John Jenkinson was elected Steward and Superintendent. In 1816 he also took over the office of Apothecary. After his death, in 1818, the office of Superintendent was separated from that of Apothecary and united with the office of Chaplain. The title of this office was changed to House Governor, the principal Executive Officer of the Hospital. The reports of Superintendents and House Governors were made to meetings of the House Committee.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence and papers of London Hospital House Governors and Secretaries, 1745-1975, relating to a variety of matters, including applications for posts, 1750-1759; increase in salary, 1762; contract for work, 1752; payment of tradesmen, 1751; certificate of service, 1788; newspapers with notices relating to the Hospital, 1807; invitations and dinner tickets, 1808-1850; death of William Blizard, 1836; printed form for food supplies, 1838; proposed links with Poplar Hospital, 1854; disposal of poultices to pigs, [1866]; nurse's behaviour, 1864; opinions on the admission of women students to the Medical College, 1876; antiseptic carbolic gauze, 1879-1880; legal cases and claims involving the Hospital, [1872]-1926; purchase of site for proposed Convalescent Home at East Lodge, Brighton, and subsequent sale, 1877; alteration and extensions to the Medical College, 1882-1885; care of instruments and sterilisation, 1912; correspondence from Dr Henry Head concerning London Hospital Trust for Medical Research, 1913; correspondence between Lord Knutsford, Ernest Morris and Dr Henry Head, principally regarding Head's resignation, 1918-1921; grant of Hospital coat of arms, 1927; annual report of the Catherine Gladstone Memorial Home, Mitcham, 1922; letters from Hugh Cairns to Ernest Morris, relating to courses, Queen's Hospital, mercury vapour lamp, 1928-1929; correspondence concerning the letters of Benjamin Franklin, 1929-1944, including a letter of Franklin's, 1765; methods of admission, 1937, transfer of funds and assets, 1948-1950; reports, 1964-1974, including on the Medical Records Department, 1973, and on Regional Drug Information Network, 1973; returns of medical staff, 1966-1974; list of officers at the hospital, 1745; two letters from Florence Nightingale regarding the presentation of an Honorary life Governorship of the London Hospital to her, 1856; letter from Eva Lückes regarding her appointment as Matron, 1880; minutes, 1895-1915 and papers, 1904-1919, relating to Mrs Kitto's Convalescent Home and orphanage, Reigate, Surrey:

House Governors' Office files, 1898-1974, notably relating to solicitors, 1898-1906, 1934-1955; architects, including some plans, 1900-1906; legacies and trusts, 1899-1948; extracts from wills, 1932-1938; pensions, principally of nursing staff, 1899-1959; London Voluntary Hospitals, 1929-1937; Zachary Merton Trust, 1931-1945; Physical Medicine Department, including the Electrical and Massage Department, 1934-1953; Medical Council, 1935-1965; Marie Celeste Samaritan Society, 1944-1948; effects of radium, 1945-1959; development of the Hospital and precinct, 1945-1967; research funds, 1946-1961; association with Mile End, St Clement's and the London Chest Hospitals, 1946; civil defence, 1950-1958; Hayes Grove home for sick nurses, 1951-1972; Dental Department and new Dental Institute, 1952-1967; disused burial grounds, 1958-1962; Research Sub-Committee correspondence and papers, 1965-1974; Teaching Hospitals Association copy minutes and agenda papers, 1965-1969, correspondence, 1963-1969, papers relating to an inquiry into the administration of teaching hospitals, 1966-1967; liaison with St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1968-1970; Urological Steering Group minutes and papers, 1970-1974; Physiotherapy, 1967-1973; Dental Council, 1959-1973.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are generally arranged as outlined in the scope and content. The House Governors' Office files are arranged chronologically and by subject.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the archives should first contact the Trust Archivist, The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, E1 1BB, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

A catalogue is available at the Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred to the Archives in 1984.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Administrative records of the London Hospital, 1741-1980 (reference: LH/A/1, 15-22), Committee records of the London Hospital, 1740-1968 (reference: LH/A/2-3, 5-10, 12-13), records of the governing bodies of the hospital (reference: LH/A/4, 11, 13) and papers of Chairmen of the London Hospital House Committee, 1898-1948 (reference: LH/A/25) held at the Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July 2001

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