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Marie Celeste Samaritan Society

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0387 SS
Held at: Royal London Hospital
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Full title: Marie Celeste Samaritan Society
Date(s): 1791-2000
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Marie Celeste Samaritan Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Samaritan Society was founded in 1791 by Sir William Blizard to provide social welfare services at the London Hospital. Such services have included straightforward financial aid, help with lodging and travel, the supply of surgical appliances and provision of convalescent facilities. Until 1910 the Committee met weekly to consider each application received; after 1910 detailed work was referred to a Sub-Committee, later called the Rota Committee.
The Society added the name Marie Celeste to its title in 1899 as a memorial to the first wife of James Hora, who left 120,000 to the Society in his will.

The Trustees of the Zachary Merton Home, Banstead were nominated by the Marie Celeste Samaritan Society and approved by the House Committee of the London Hospital. They managed the Home from its foundation in 1937 until 1946, when Management was transferred to the Trustees of the London Hospital. From 1940 to 1945 the home was let to the British Red Cross Society. Croft Home, Reigate was opened in 1920 to provide convalescence for mothers of large families, particularly from the East End of London, as was the Catherine Gladstone Convalescent Home in Mitcham, Surrey. The Catherine Gladstone Home closed in 1939.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Marie Celeste Samaritan Society, 1791-2000, comprising minutes of general meetings, 1839-1947; Committee minutes, 1837-1966; Sub-Committee, later Rota Committee minutes, 1910-1919; summaries of cases assisted, 1951-1976; minutes of the Trustees of the Zachary Merton Home, Banstead, 1937-1946; annual reports of the Society, 1850-2000, including an address and regulations, 1791;
correspondence of and concerning James Hora, 1903-1915; papers concerning the estate of James Hora, 1916-1927, including his will;
papers concerning the reorganisation of the Society, 1920-1921; Marie Celeste Annexe, Reigate opening and visitors' book, 1927-1944; National Health Service, 1946-1949; statistical returns concerning Queen Mary's Maternity Home, Zachary Merton Home, Banstead, Croft Home, Reigate, and the Herman de Stern Home, Felixstowe, 1947-1951; purchase of property and management of the Marie Celeste Home, Woodford, 1949-1957, and patient death procedures, 1955-1972; establishment and management of the James Hora Hostel, Whitechapel, 1980-1985; re-opening of the Catherine Gladstone Convalescent Home, 1923;

financial records, 1834-1977, comprising ledgers, 1834-1855, 1911-1974; Committee accounts for "Margate and Country Air", 1834-1856; cash books for Herman de Stern Home, Felixstowe, 1942-1951 and Marie Celeste Annexe, Woodford, 1968-1972; annual accounts, 1937, 1976; registers of cases helped, 1906-1911, 1962-1977; approved applications for grants, 1945-1946; salaries and wages journal, 1961-1972; cash book for New Buildings fund, 1934-1943;
photographs of the Marie Celeste Home, Woodford, [1950s] and new ambulances, 1923.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged as follows: administrative records; financial records; photographs.

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 list is available at the Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were transferred in 1984 from the Marie Celeste Samaritan Society.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of the London Hospital (reference: LH), annual reports of the Society, 1791-1933, in hospital annual reports (reference: LH/A), photographs of convalescent homes (reference: LH/P), records of the Accident Relief Society, 1844-1875 (reference: AR) and papers relating to the Catherine Gladstone Convalescent Home (reference: PP/HAL) held at the Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum. London Metropolitan Archives also hold papers relating to convalescent homes (reference: A/KE/247).

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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:
June 2001

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