Institute of Medical Social Workers 1895-1971


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Summary

Administrative Information

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Institute of Medical Social Workers 1895-1971

The cataloguing of the predecessors of the British Association of Social Workers was arranged by the Association with the aid of funding from the Manpower Services Commission through its Community Programme and a grant of approximately 4,000 from the Barrow and Geraldine S. Cadbury Trust.


Summary

Held at Modern Records Centre
Reference MSS.378/IMSW
Title Institute of Medical Social Workers
Dates of Creation 1895-1971
Extent 3.502 cubic metres
Level Fonds Language of material English unless otherwise stated

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Administrative Information

The archive of the predecessors of the British Association of Social Workers was transferred to the Centre from the Association's headquarters on the 17th July 1997. There have been no further accruals since that date.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme which is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000). For further details see the Centre's web pages.

The archive was listed before its arrival in the Centre. A published catalogue is available for purchase. The British Association of Social Workers' predecessor and related archives held in the Centre are : Association of Child Care Officers (MSS.378/ACCO); Association of Family Case Workers (MSS.378/AGFC); Association of Psychiatric Social Workers (MSS.378/APSW); Association of Social Workers (MSS.378/ASW); Moral Welfare Workers Association (MSS.378/MWWA); Society of Mental Welfare Officers (MSS.378/SMWO); Association of Tuberculosis Care Workers (MSS.378/TUB); Association of Children's Officers (MSS.378/ACO); National Association of Probation Officers (MSS.378/PROB); and Standing Conference of Organisations of Social Workers (MSS.378/SCOSW).

An authority file exists for the Institute of Medical Social Workers (GB 0152 AAR998) and its predecessors : the Institute of Almoners (GB 0152 AAR1004); the Institute of Hospital Almoners (GB 0152 AAR1005); the Hospital Almoners' Council (GB 0152 AAR1006); the Hospital Almoners' Association (GB 0152 AAR1007); the Association of Hospital Almoners (GB 0152 AAR1008); the Hospital Almoners' Committee (GB 0152 AAR1009); and the Almoners' Committee (GB 0152 AAR1010).

Preferred citation : Institute of Medical Social Workers (MSS.378/IMSW), Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick

Access : Open except for membership records, student card files and Training School records.

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Historical Note

Established in 1903 as the Almoners' Committee; became the Hospital Almoners' Committee in 1911; the Association of Hospital Almoners in 1920 and the Hospital Almoners' Association in 1927. Joined the Institute of Hospital Almoners in 1945 to form the Institute of Almoners; became the Institute of Medical Social Workers in 1964. In 1970 the institute merged with six other social workers' organisations to form the British Association of Social Workers.

Reference: R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970. Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1987.

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Scope and Content

Yearbooks, 1927-41; annual reports and accounts, 1938-69; various series of minutes, 1903-71, including Executive Council, Finance Committee, Training Committee and Professional practices Committee meetings; subject files re training courses, 1926-67; various publications, including The Almoner, 1948-70. Also includes early papers re the appointment of almoners at various hospitals such as the Royal Free Hospital, 1895-1906, and St George's Hospital, 1900-3, and IMSW student records.

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