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Paget, Dame Rosalind (1855-1948)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/236
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Paget, Dame Rosalind (1855-1948)
Date(s): 1848-1987
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 10 boxes
Name of creator(s): Paget | Dame | Rosalind | 1855-1948 | nurse and midwife
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Nursing Notes Ltd was set up in 1929 by Dame Rosalind to produce the journal Nursing Notes, more recently called Midwives, which she had begun in 1887 for nurses and midwives. She personally funded the publication and was involved in its administration and production. Other members of the Paget family subsequently became involved, notably Kathleen and Guy Paget. The offices of the journal served as the focal point for the administration of the journal, and also a Trust Fund which Dame Rosalind established in 1919. She was a trained nurse and midwife and a prominent member in the movement to raise the status of midwives and nurses, and to improve the standards in these professions. The records in this collection reflect just a part of her activities, which also included the development of the Midwives Institute, now the Royal College of Midwives, and she also helped set up the Queen's Nursing Institute. She was also an active member of the Chartered Society of Massage and Medical Gymnastics which became the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personal and family papers of Dame Rosalind Paget, 1851-1952, including minutes, correspondence, draft articles, accounts, photographs, ephemera and scrapbooks relating to Nursing Notes, 1887-1987 and papers relating to the Rosalind Paget Trust Fund set up to support midwives and the midwifery profession, 1919-1984.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: A. Personal and family papers 1848-1952 B. Journal records 1887-1984 C. Trust Fund Records 1919-1971 D. Lecture notes [n.d.]

Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

This collection was given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre in early 1998 by Mr P New, the Company Secretary of Nursing Notes Ltd, after the company was wound up at the end of 1997.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records relating to Paget's work at the Queen's Nursing Institute can be found in SA/QNI. Complete set of Nursing Notes in the Wellcome Library. See also SA/CSP for more on Rosalind Paget.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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:
Jun 2008

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