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JONES, Mary (1813-1887)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KH/NL/PP16
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: JONES, Mary (1813-1887)
Date(s): 1861-1868
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 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.


Scope and content/abstract:

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).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

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.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

Acquired by King's College Hospital Nurses' League

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

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.

Date(s) of descriptions:
May 2004

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