Rhodes House Library have recently converted the Catalogue of the papers of the Overseas Nursing Association to EAD format, and now published them online. The Overseas Nursing Association, formerly the Colonial Nursing Association, was established in 1895 to provide trained nurses for hospital and private work in the British colonies and among other British communities abroad. When Queen Elizabeth’s Overseas Nursing Service (as the Overseas Nursing Association came to be known) closed on 1 December 1966 the Executive Committee agreed to donate their papers to the Oxford Colonial Records Project. The papers were received by Rhodes House Library in February 1967. An association for members (Queen Elizabeth’s Overseas Nursing Service Association) was formed on 25 May 1966 and continued until 2006.
The collection covers the whole period of the association’s existence, 1896-1966, and includes some earlier papers concerned with its formation (MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 400 / 120 / 1, fols. 1-20) and some later papers concerned with financial matters (MSS. Brit. Emp. s 400 / 18a). There are 119 bound volumes – minutes of meetings, ledgers and registers, and printed material – and 32 boxes of correspondence and other records including the complete series of annual reports. In the final annual report the work of the association is reviewed in a “Historical Survey” (MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 400 / 131, item 53).
The full list of items can be found here – Catalogue of the papers of the Overseas Nursing Association, and will be of interest to those studying Colonial History, as well as History of Medicine and Nursing History.
A reminder that the reading room at Rhodes House will be closing on 12 September 2014 and reopening in the Weston Library on 22 September 2014. The archives and rare books will be moved to the Weston stacks in August-September. The majority of the rest of the book collection has now been moved to the BSF at Swindon. Information about the Weston Library is available on the Bodleian website and this will be added to over the coming months.
The Weston Library opening hours have also now been decided. The reading rooms will be open at the following times:
Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 19:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00