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Paget, Dame Rosalind (1855-1948)

  • Paget, Rosalind, Dame, 1855-1948.
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About this work


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



Physical description

10 boxes 2 o/s folders Portrait


A. Personal and family papers 1848-1952

B. Journal records 1887-1984

C. Trust Fund Records 1919-1971

D. Lecture notes [n.d.]

Acquisition note

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

Biographical note

Dame Rosalind Paget, DBE, ARRC (1855-1948), was a pioneering nurse and midwife. 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. Records relating to her work regarding the latter can be found in SA/QNI. She was also an active member of the Chartered Society of Massage and Medical Gymnastics which became the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Related material

In the Wellcome Library:

For more information on Rosalind Paget, see the archive collections SA/QNI (Queen's Nursing Institute) and SA/CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists).

There is a complete set of Nursing Notes in the Library.

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