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Medical Officers of School Association

  • Medical Officers of School Association (f.1884)
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The following is an interim description which may change when detailed cataloguing takes place in future:

The archive spans the Medical Officers of School Association's (MOSA) history from its inception in 1884 to the 2000s. The records fall largely into the following key categories:

  • Council minutes 1884-1960, 1955-1973 (signed), 1989-1999 (signed)
  • AGM and General Meeting minutes, 1884-1933, 1971-1995
  • Planning and Advisory Committee minutes (signed), Jan 1989-Sep 1999
  • Council and committee agendas, papers and minutes (loose), 1954-2005
  • Attendance books, 1908-1983
  • Rules, 1925-1984
  • Lists of members, 1897-1915, 1984, 1996
  • Honorary Secretary's correspondence files c.1890-1930s, 1946-1948, 1960s-mid-2000s
  • Correspondence re MOSA Handbook, 16th-18th editions (1985-1997)
  • Annual Proceedings and Reports, 1926-2003
  • Quarterly Newsletter, 1969-2005
  • Annual Clinical Meeting, 1982-2000s
  • Annual Summer Meeting, 1985-1997
  • Subject files on wide variety of topics (see indicative list of subjects below), largely 1970s-2000s but some material dating back to early 20th century
  • Copies of key MOSA publications (e.g. Handbook for Medical Officers of Schools on School Health and Communicable Diseases, Code of Rules for the Prevention of Infectious and Contagious Diseases) and reference publications kept by MOSA have been transferred to the library's printed collection. These can be found in the library catalogue by searching on the term 'MOSA'.



    Physical description

    19 transfer boxes

    Acquisition note

    Given to the Wellcome Library by the The Medical Officers of School Association in November 2012.

    Biographical note

    The Medical Officers of School Association (MOSA) was founded in 1884 in response to "the need for the general adoption of more definite rules for guarding our great educational establishments from the outbreak and spread of preventable infectious disease". Currently MOSA is a professional association concerned with the provision of medical care in (mainly independent) schools. Members seek to provide care in the areas of pupils' physical health , mental health (intellectual, psychological, emotional, spiritual and social health) and societal health (the environment in which the young person lives). Most of MOSA's members are General Practitioners who act as Medical Officers to independent schools in their practice area.

    Ownership note

    The bulk of the records were held at West Yorkshire Archives Service on behalf of MOSA for several years (WYAS reference C724), having been transferred there for safe-keeping by the MOSA Honorary Archivist Dr Peter McWilliam. Since the archive does not relate specifically to the West Yorkshire area and is UK-wide in remit, MOSA and West Yorkshire Archives Service agreed in 2012 that the archive be transferred to the Wellcome Library.

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