Image: a hospital in Palestine. Lantern slide, Church Missionary Society collections, ref. CMS 33/43
The descriptions below link to online catalogues and in some cases to very detailed descriptions of individual files or photographs.
- RCMS 77 Indian nursing collection of Diana Hartley (Diana Hartley, 1894-1986, was the first full-time Secretary of the Trained Nurses Association of India (T.N.A.I.), 1935-1944. She died on 15 July 1986)
- Y3022NNN Diana Hartley's Indian photographs, circa 1935-1944.
- Y3022OOO Indian nursing photographs of Dora Chadwick (Miss Dora Chadwick, O.B.E., Kaisar-i-Hind Gold Medal, was matron of the Government General Hospital for Women and Children, Madras, from 1928 until 1941, when she was promoted to Principal Matron with the Government of Madras, the first such appointment to be made. She was President of the Trained Nurses Association of India).
- Photos from the RCS Gallery Photographs of nursing in Asia
- Y3043TT-VV Weston collection: Nursing in West Africa (Elsie May Weston, who died at the age of 61 in February 1988, worked as a nurse in Northern Nigeria and Ghana, 1950-1966, with fellow nurse Miss Gladys M. Pearce Simmonds ('Simmie'). For a blog post with images from this collection, see: Ghana: health and nursing.
- Y304E/127-138 Institute of Education African Collection: Maternity and child welfare in Freetown, Sierra Leone. (circa 1946-1954)
- Y3011U/408-418 Institute of Education Collection: A health visitor in Africa (A series of British Official photographs taken in Nairobi, Kenya during the 1940s)
- RCMS 134 Mary Ward collection (relating to Nigeria and Sierra Leone,1840–1987). Mary Alexandria Ward (1866-1965) joined the staff of the Princess Christian Hospital in Sierra Leone, where she worked until 1897. She was in government service in Nigeria, 1899-1917, during which time she took charge of the base hospital at Cape Coast during the Ashanti Campaign of 1900. From 1917 until her retirement in 1930 she was Honorary Matron of the Princess Christian Hospital. Mary Ward died on 8 September 1965.
- Photos from the RCS Gallery Photographs of nursing in Africa
From the RCS Gallery:
- COI/N Central Office of Information photograph collection: Commonwealth Doctors and Nurses Training in Britain (1982-1985)
- There are many individual photographs in the Royal Commonwealth Society collections depicting nurses, hospitals and health care, including many within the Church Missionary Society collections. Descriptions of these may be found on Janus by selecting Advance search, restricting your search to Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society collections and adding nurse as a search term.
These may be viewed in the RCS Gallery:
- Image galleries, where they are arranged geographically.
For guidance searching for items in the Royal Commonwealth Society collections, please refer first to the RCS web pages, in particular:
For guidance in searching for official publications within the RCS collections, see:
The Royal Commonwealth Society Library is not actively collecting new archival collections, photographs or manuscripts. However, donations of small collections which complement its existing collections will be considered.
Potential donors should contact the Smuts Librarian with details of their collection including, in the case of photograph collections, approximately how many images, whether or not they are captioned, geographical regions covered, dates, and, where known, the names of photographers or collectors.
Consideration will be given to the size and condition of the collection, as well as its subject content and provenance. If the Library feels unable to accept a collection, advice about alternative repositories will be given.