The College Archives
Accommodation: Accommodation agreements,
leases, plans etc for the College and its predecessor bodies, late
19th and 20th centuries.
Anniversary: Various items relating to 150th
anniversary in 1991 of the establishment of the Association of
Medical Officers of Asylums and Hospitals for the Insane.
Appeals: Minutes, correspondence etc relating
to College Appeals, 1972-88.
Asylum plans: Asylum plans and photographs,
19th and 20th centuries.
Badges, medals and seals: Royal
Medico-Psychological Association nursing and other badges and
Campaigns: Publicity and administrative
material for Defeat Depression Campaign, 1990s, Stigma Campaign,
1999 onwards and other campaigns; fact sheets and press releases,
late 1980s onwards.
Deposited papers: The College does not as a
rule accept the papers of individuals. The deposited papers
mentioned below have either been in the College since before 1987
or were accepted by personal arrangement by the Honorary Librarian
in the 1990s.
- Dr Alexander Walk: history of the College and its predecessor
bodies and on psychiatry in general.
- Drs Barraclough: Curb project, Eliot Slater's tribute,
neurosurgical units and psychosurgery, all late 1970s.
- Dr Clark: minutes, constitution of the proposed College, 1960s,
on the College Ethical Committee, 1974-7 and on the misuse of
psychiatry in the Soviet Union, 1970s.
Divisions: The oldest divisions date from
the 1890s although there were earlier regional meetings in Ireland
and Scotland. The archives of the divisions are incomplete and
include only papers from the following divisions:
Minutes, mainly 20th century, of the Chiltern and Thames Valley,
East Anglian, Midlands, North East, North West, Northern and
Midland, Southern, South East, South West and Welsh Divisions.
Faculties: The faculties developed from
sub-committees of the standing Research Committee, established
1927. The faculty/section archives are mainly from the late 20th
century and include the following:
Minutes of Child and Adolescent, Forensic, General and Community,
Learning Disability, Liaison, Old Age, Psychotherapy, Research and
Clinical, Rehabilitation and Social and Substance Misuse Psychiatry
Foundation Archive: Minutes, correspondence etc
on negotiations for the Royal Charter and for College status,
mainly 20th century.
Groups: Minutes and correspondence from the
Audio Visual Group, Biological Psychiatry Group, Mental Health
Informatics Group, History Group, Management Group, Philosophy
Group, Private Practice in Psychiatry Group and Transcultural
Psychiatry Group, mainly late 20th century.
Joint Committees: Minutes and correspondence from
the Medical Planning Committee, British Geriatric Society, British
Paediatric Association, British Psychological Society, Nursing
Liaison Committee and College of Occupational Therapists, mainly
mid to late 20th century.
Manuscripts: The College does not collect
manuscripts; the following few items either relate to the history
of the Association or were received by donation before
Institutional records: Camberwell House, Otto House, Hanwell, and
Personal papers: Freud, Sigmund (4 letters); Galton, Francis,
Meyer, Alfred; Miscellaneous: letters to Samuel Tuke; portraits of
contributors to Tuke's Dictionary of Psychological Medicine; album
of MPA chairmen and presidents; scrapbook by Henry
Meetings: Proceedings and programmes for annual
and other meetings, 1924 onwards.
Membership Records: Membership lists were
printed in the Journal of Mental Science from the 1850s to
the 1960s; these are in the College Library. Year Books from the
1930s to late 1969s listing members are in the archives.
Nursing Examinations: The (R)MPA organised
examinations for asylum attendants or nurses from the 1890s to the
Lists of successful examination candidates 1890s-1950s; nursing
committee minutes, nursing examination papers and booklets, nursing
Photographs: Photographs of members,
non-members and groups, mainly 20th century.
RMPA and College annual reports and annual reviews.
(R)MPA minutes: minutes of annual, Council and
quarterly and some divisional meetings, 1841-1970, have been
abstracted onto a database available in the College Library. The
majority of these minutes have been printed in the Journal of
Mental Science. Minutes of the standing Education Committee,
1893-1970, and Parliamentary Committee, 1906-70, have also been
abstracted onto this database. These minutes have not been printed
and are in the archives. This database includes the dates and
places of meetings, key participants and key decisions.
Special Committee on Unethical Psychiatric
Minutes and correspondence, 1970s to 1990s
Some collections of printed material are stored with the
College Archives. These are as follows:
- Hospital histories: a small collection of
hospital histories and asylum reports from the mid-19th to the late
- Nursing handbooks: A series of Handbook
Committees produced 'the Red Handbook' for mental nurses and the
'the Green Handbook' for mental deficiency nurses. The College
holds most, but not all, editions and also holds the 1931 edition
of the Green Handbook.
- Old Publications: Reports, statements and
guidelines that no longer represent current College policy, plus
statements issued by the (Royal) Medico-Psychological Association,
and some 19th and early 20th century items of general
- Parliamentary papers: Acts of Parliament
relating to asylums, lunacy and mental health from the 17th century
onwards; evidence and other supporting material; reports of the
Commissioners in Lunacy and the Board of Control and of Lunacy
Commissioners in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.