International Day of the Midwife

To celebrate the International Day of the Midwife, the archives is highlighting the recent donation of The Morgan Family.  This donation includes nursing and medical textbooks as well as medical documents including a medical register kept by midwife Helen James of London between 1942 and 1946. This donation provides rich insight into medical practices in England during WWII. Items are searchable in the York Library Catalogue.

Register of births kept by London midwife Helen James in the  1940s

Register of births kept by London-based midwife, Helen James.

Researchers can often find supplementary sources for archival material in our special collections. York University
Libraries have in recent years acquired rare books relating to the history of nursing to complement archival
holdings like the Morgan Family fonds and the School of Nursing Program at the university. One of the most recent additions has been this early 18th century treatise on midwifery.

Title page of 1718 edition of Culpepper's compleat and experience'd midwife, call number 11221.