The Archives and Manuscripts Collection contains material relating to:
- neonatal health
- infant care
- and the health and welfare of children and adolescents.
These materials span the 18th century to the 21st century; most deal with individuals and organisations active during the 19th and 20th centuries. The domestic medicine and receipt books listed in the Food and Medicine guide also include material on childcare and motherhood.
For much of the 20th century the local Medical Officer of Health (MOH) was responsible for the provision for maternal and infant welfare, and the Medical Officer of Health reports (the London reports are available online) are an invaluable source of information on these topics.
There are also digitised films on pregnancy and birth and parenting available on the Wellcome Library's YouTube channel.
For information about particular maternity and specialist childrens’ hospitals please see our guide to Finding medical archives elsewhere.
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National Birthday Trust Fund
A journal article about the work of the National Birthday Trust Fund, which was set up to supplement the fees of midwives and support hospitals in the provision of maternity services.
As the new school year begins…
Archivist Lesley Hall identifies some early child study organisations in the nineteenth century, such as the Committee on The Mental and Physical Condition of Children. From the Wellcome Library blog.
Archives sources guides
Our archivists have compiled extensive lists of material relating to maternal, infant and child welfare. These in-depth sources guides provide access to the detailed information held in the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue. From here you may also request material from closed stores for viewing in the Library.
Children and adolescents
Mothers and babies
How to order material
All of the items in the Library's Archives and Manuscripts Collection must be requested from the closed stores for viewing in the Rare Materials Room. Find out more about request and delivery services.
To contact the Collections team, email email@example.com or phone +44 (0)20 7611 8899 during Library opening hours.