Reference number
  • IMS
Date
  • 1890-1990
Level
  • Collection
Description
  • Yearbooks, 1927-1941; annual reports and accounts, 1938-1969; series of minutes, 1903-1971, including those of the Executive Council, Finance Committee, Finance and General Purposes Committee, Training Committee and Professional Practices Committee meetings; subject files on training courses, 1926-1967; publications, including 'The Almoner', 1948-1970. Also included are early papers about the appointment of almoners at various hospitals such as the Royal Free Hospital, 1895-1906, and St George's Hospital, 1900-1903, and Institute of Medical Social Workers' student records.
Extent
  • 53 boxes
Admin history
  • In January 1895 Mary Stewart became the first hospital almoner when, through the Charity Organisation Society (COS), she started work at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Similar appointments followed and in 1903 a group of almoners formed the Almoners' Committee, which became the Hospital Almoners' Committee in 1911. This committee changed its name to the Association of Hospital Almoners in 1920 and the Hospital Almoners' Association in 1927.

    In 1907 a separate Hospital Almoners' Committee was established by the Charity Organisation Society to deal with education and training. At its second meeting it was re-named as the Hospital Almoners' Council and in 1922 it became the Institute of Hospital Almoners.

    In 1945 the Hospital Almoners' Association and the Institute of Hospital Almoners amalgamated to form the Institute of Almoners, which 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. R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, British Association of Social Workers. Supplementary Catalogue to the Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970. Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1988.
Appraisal
  • These archives have been weeded for duplicate ephemeral material.
Arrangement
  • The archives of BASW's predecessors were listed before their deposit in the Centre. A published catalogue is available for purchase. The archives of the different organisations are distinguished by different initials.
Finding aids
  • The catalogue of this archive by the British Association of Social Workers was printed in 1987, with a supplement in 1988. See above.

    Authority records exist for the British Association of Social Workers (GB 0152 AAR0993), Institute of Medical Social Workers (GB 0152 AAR0997), Institute of Almoners (GB 0152 AAR1004), Institute of Hospital Almoners (GB 0152 AAR1005), Hospital Almoners' Council (GB 0152 AAR1006), Hospital Almoners' Association (GB 0152 AAR1007), Association of Hospital Almoners (GB 0152 AAR1008), Hospital Almoner's Committee (GB 0152 AAR1009) and Almoners' Committee (GB 0152 AAR1010) .
Access Conditions
  • These papers are open except for membership records which were deposited in 2003, student card files, Training School records, and other records restricted by the Data Protection Act, 1998.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • MSS.378/BASW contains records after 1970, when this association was merged with others to form the British Association of Social Workers.

    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).
Subject
  • Social work
  • Hospitals