Collection CM - Papers of Catherine Morrison

Identity area

Reference code

GB 1534 CM

Title

Papers of Catherine Morrison

Date(s)

  • 1915 - 1977 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

2 archive boxes

Context area

Name of creator

(1899 - ? (fl 1921-1947))

Biographical history

Catherine Charlotte Robinson Morrison was born on the 16th of December 1899. In 1918 she joined the Scarborough Union - a workhouse - where she worked as a Probationer Nurse until 1920, then as an Assistant Nurse until 1921. She then underwent training to become a Nurse at Stepping Hill Poor Law Hospital near Stockport, which she completed in 1925. During this period she took courses in Elementary Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical and Surgical nursing. She then undertook a further year of training at the Moorfield Eye Hospital in Bedford. Having qualified, she worked at the 5th(1st) General Scottish Hospital at Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire. It was from here that she was recruited by the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), and on the 25th June 1940 left on the HMS Aquitonia for Egypt. She then worked at the 15th Scottish General Hospital in Cairo for the majority of the war, before working in India. During this time she visit numerous places, including Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka, capturing the places she visited in photographs. She later returned to Scotland, received her Ophthalmic Nursing Diploma from the Ophthalmic Nursing Board in 1952, and by the later 1960s was living in the village of Meigle.

Archival history

Catherine Morrison's papers were donated to Glasgow Women's Library in September 2016.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Accession: 2017-4

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This collection consists of records related to the life of Catherine Morrison, including photographs, professional certificates and testimonies, a diary, correspondence, and memorabilia. The material primarily focuses on her work as an Ophthalmology Nurse and her War Service in Egypt and India between 1940 and 1947.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

No accruals expected.

System of arrangement

Organised into four thematic series. Sub-series are also organised thematically, with files and items arranged chronologically. Original order has been maintained where possible.

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Conditions governing access

Open, with the exception of restricted item CM/4/3.

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Language of material

  • English

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Description identifier

GB 1534 CM

Institution identifier

GB 1534

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000)

Status

Draft

Level of detail

Partial

Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by Katie McDonald, 6th November 2017.

Language(s)

  • English

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