ARCHON Directory includes contact details for record repositories in the United Kingdom

Archives Hub
A national gateway to descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges

Register of Australian Archives and Manuscripts

New Zealand National Register of Archives and Manuscripts

UNESCO Archives Portal
An international gateway to information for archivists and archives users.


EAN: European Archival Network

The British Library
A significant collection of Florence Nightingale letters are housed here [as well as in the Wellcome Library].
The British Library
St Pancras, 
96 Euston Road, 
London, NW1 2DB
Nightingale Letters at British Library

Danish Museum of Nursing History
The museum is housed in a former sanitorium for children with tuberculosis. A library and an archive are also housed here.
Fjordevej 152
Strandhuse, 6000 Kolding
[email protected]
Danish Museum of Nursing History

European Archives
The collection of millions of primary documents dating from the 1950's and formerly housed in the EU embassy in Washington, DC is the only complete EU Archives/Library besides the one in Brussels. While many European institutions have partial holdings any scholar working in the post-1960 period in history of medicine/science who wants access to the complete EU archives/library has to either come to Pittsburgh for total open access or go to Brussels and fight their way through the complex EU institutional bureaucracy. The contact person for access to the EU Archives at the U. of Pittsburgh is Dr. Phil Wilkin who can be reached at [email protected]. Information on available housing near the university can be gotten by contacting John Erlen, Ph.D. at [email protected] or 412-6488927.

Florence Nightingale Museum Trust
2 Lambeth Palace Road, 
London SE1, 7EW UK
Telephone: 00 44 20 7620 0374    Fax: 00 44 171 928 1760
[email protected]
Florence Nightingale Museum Trust

Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation
In 1994, the Robert Bosch Foundation launched a grant program for projects on the history of nursing. Since then nursing history has become one of the main research fields of the Institute for the History of Medicine, complementing the two other areas of research, i.e. social history of medicine and history of homeopathy. Currently there are three Ph.D. students working on the history of nursing. The Institute organises national and international congresses and workshops. It also keeps enlarging its research library by buying books on nursing history. The Institute cooperates with the Ruhr University of Bochum in collecting nursing history sources from the German speaking countries. 
Straussweg 17 
D-70188 Stuttgart, Germany 
Robert Bosch Foundation

The Royal British Nurses' Association Archives
Minutes from 1887, membership records, other organization archives are housed at House at Kings College, Kings's College, The Strand, London, WC2R 2LS. To use the archives contact the RBNA: 
Riverbank House Business Centre, Room 502
1 Putney Bridge Approach
London SW6 3JD 
Royal British Nurses' Association Archives

Royal College of Nursing, Scotland - Archives and Oral History Collection 
The RCN Archives are a unique record of the development of the profession of nursing in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1916, the archives record its role as a professional organization with international links, as an educational body providing the first post-registration courses for nurses in the UK, and as a trade union negotiating, lobbying and campaigning.  The RCN Archives hold the records of other nursing organisations and of hundreds of individual nurses in its oral history collection. Hours are Monday-Friday 09.30-16.30 by appointment.
42 South Oswald Road
Edinburgh, EH9 2HH, United Kingdom 
[email protected]
RCN Archives

UCD Irish Centre for Nursing & Midwifery History
The UCD Irish Centre for Nursing & Midwifery History was established in 2009 with grant funding from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). The Centre is an academic centre of University College Dublin (UCD), is aligned with the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland and is a constituent member of the European Nursing History Group. The Centre is currently engaged in a programme of research, including studies into hospital sanitation and infection control, disciplinary development and identity, and the development of the nursing profession in Ireland. The Centre is planning a national archive of historical materials, including online materials. Centre Director: Professor Gerard Fealy. For details of the Centre’s work and links to resources for nursing history, visit:

UK Centre for the History of Nursing 
The UK Centre for the History of Nursing is a joint venture between The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University College (QMUC) that provides a focus for nursing history in Europe. Both RCN and QMUC have outstanding archive and educational resources that are the heart of the centre. Its task is to build awareness of the importance of nursing history through education and research. 
Nurses and other students can take the country's first postgraduate diploma in history of nursing, developed specifically by QMUC, while students and researchers can visit the RCN's unique archive in Edinburgh. The website has links to archival material in the UK. The centre will lead UK-wide research activity through a network of universities and institutions led by Oxford Brookes University, and including the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of Glasgow.
UK Centre for the History of Nursing

Wellcome Library
Collections of books, manuscripts, archives, films and pictures on the history of medicine from the earliest times to the present day. There is a significant collection of Nightingale material in this collection and a guide is available online: Guide to Nightingale Sources at Wellcome Library
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE 
Wellcome Library