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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KH/NL/PP5
BROWN, Isobel Christine Stewart (1924-1990)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box


Name of creator(s)

Brown, Isobel Christine Stewart, 1924-1990, nurse

Administrative / Biographical history

Brown was born on 17 Feb 1924. She was educated at private schools, 1929-1937, and Wimbledon High School, 1937-1941. She trained as a Registered Sick Children's Nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, London, 1942-1945; undertook general nurse training at King's College Hospital (KCH), London, 1947-1949; and was registered as a Nurse Tutor by the Royal College of Nursing, 1957. Brown worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital as a staff nurse; in private wards, 1945-1947; as Ward Sister, 1950-1955; and Nurse Tutor, 1957-1961. During 1961-1962, she was employed as an Officer in the Hospitals Department of the Royal College of Nursing, London, and from 1962-1969 was Secretary of this department. Appointed Sister Matron (later Chief Nursing Officer) of KCH in 1970, retiring in 1982. Died 1990.

Archival history

Acquired by King's College Hospital Nurses' League.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred to King's College London archives, 1985

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Isobel Christine Stewart Brown comprising University of London Diploma of Sister-Tutor, 10 Oct 1957; King's College Hospital (KCH) certificate of training, 1947-1949; KCH Nursing School certificate of first place in the Final Examinations, and Monk Memorial Prize, 26 Oct 1949; KCH Nursing School certificate awarding the Monk Memorial Prize, Sep 1949; file containing copy of Brown's application for appointment as and District Nursing Officer, King's Teaching District of the Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Area Health Authority (Teaching) ; copy of contract of employment as Chief Nursing Officer, Jan 1974; Brown's correspondence; papers relating to the staff structure Senior Nursing staff 1970; papers relating to the Professional Services Committee, International Council of Nurses; papers relating to elections to the Council of the Royal College of Nursing, 1973; carbon copy of Brown's curriculum vitae; papers re nomination to Regional Hospital Boards, 1971; minutes of meeting with Divisional Nursing Officers and Director of Nurse Education to discuss alterations in the Management Structures, 5 Nov 1976; certificate of the United States Army School, Europe, Executive and Career Development Department for completion of Personnel Management for Executives Programme, 11-20 Mar 1970; brochure for the Army Regional Training Centre, US Army School, Europe, Oberammergau, on Personnel Management for Executives [1970s]; typescript paper 'Communication within and among nursing organisations' presented to the International Council of Nurses Congress, Frankfurt, Jun 1965, by Christine Brown, representing the Royal College of Nursing and National Council of Nurses of the United Kingdom; invitation to Miss Isobel Brown, KCH, to attend the Queen's Garden Party, Buckingham Palace, Jun 1979; letter from the Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary relating to the recommendation of Brown for appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), 1 May 1981, with related correspondence, 1981-1982; OBE medal and ribbon and British Empire Brooch; certificate of The International Council of Nurses in recognition of services during term of office as a member of the Professional Services Committee, 1973-1981; two cards signed by many staff on the occasion of Brown's retirement; menu for dinner of the Sisters of KCH to mark the retirement of Brown, 22 Apr 1982; black and white photograph [Brown and HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother]; typescript biography of Brown.

System of arrangement

Arranged as outlined in the scope and content

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alison Field

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

April 2004

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  • Paramedical personnel
  • Paramedical personnel training
  • People
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Personal names

  • Brown, Isobel Christine Stewart, 1924-1990, Nurse
  • Brown, Isobel Christine Stewart, 1924-1990, Nurse

Corporate names

  • International Council of Nurses
  • King's College Hospital, London
  • King's College London College Archives

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