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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KH/NL/PP16
JONES, Mary (1813-1887)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box


Name of creator(s)

Jones, Mary, 1813-1887, nursing sister

Administrative / Biographical history

Mary Jones was born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, 1813, the daughter of Robert Jones, cabinet maker. In 1853, she was elected as Superintendent of St John's House, London. Here she undertook to train and dispatch parties of Sisters and nurses to serve under Florence Nightingale in the Crimea. St John's flourished under her management, and in 1856, took over nursing at King's College Hospital, Sister Mary becoming the Sister-in-Charge. In 1866, St John's accepted a nursing contract with Charing Cross Hospital, London, and Sister Mary was also Sister-in-Charge there. In 1868, she resigned from St John's. With a number of other sisters, she founded a new Community known as the Sisterhood of St Mary and St John, located initially at 5 Mecklenberg St, moving to Percy House, Percy Circus, near King's Cross in 1868. In 1872/3, the sisterhood, with Mary as Mother Superior, moved to 30 Kensington Square, and founded the St Joseph's Hospital for Incurables. She contracted typhoid fever and died on 3 Jun 1887.

Archival history

Acquired by King's College Hospital Nurses' League

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from King's College Hospital Nurses' League, [1985-2000].

Content & structure

Scope and content

Material relating to Mary Jones comprising a collection of photographs of letters from Florence Nightingale to Mary Jones 1861-1868; photocopy of letter to [Jones] from Florence Nightingale, 12 Jan 1867, and 25 Jan1868; photographs of letters to Jones from William Rathbone, 27 Jun 1860, relating to the building of the Liverpool Royal Infirmary, also a list of specifications for the new hospital; letter from Jones to Nightingale relating to the Liverpool Infirmary, 29 Jun 1860; letter to [Jones] from William Rathbone, Secretary, Central Relief Committee, 8 Dec 1864, relating to the work of District Nurses. Also typescript list of Florence Nightingale letters photographed; biographical information on Mary Jones (undated).

System of arrangement

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

Original letters of Florence Nightingale and Mary Jones are held at the London Metropolitan Archive.

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

May 2004

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  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Paramedical personnel
  • Paramedical personnel training
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Surgery
  • Vocational training subjects

Personal names

  • Jones, Mary, 1813-1887, Nursing sister
  • Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910, Reformer of hospital nursing
  • Rathbone, William, 1819-1902, MP and Philanthropist

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • Liverpool Royal Infirmary


  • Liverpool, Lancashire, England
  • London, England

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