Souvenir Album presented to Lord and Lady Aberdeen to commemorate their viceroyalties in Ireland in 1886 and 1905-1915, given as a farewell gift by members of their staff.
Contains photographs, including: Irish Industries Garden Party at the Vice Regal Lodge, 1886 - 'All Guests were required to use Irish material for their dress as much as possible'.
An Exhibit of Irish Industries was held at the same time in the Racquet Court.'
Irish Industries Tours of Ireland and drawing of Irish Industrial Village at the World's Fair 'holding a Drawing Room in St. Patrick's Hall'

Pictures of aristocracy, including 'Ladies connected with the V.R. Household, 1908'.

The 1907 International Exhibition, the first Tuberculosis Exhibition organised by the

Women's National Health Association, joint winner of prize as most effective anti-tuberculosis campaign in 1908 and invited to visit some 90 districts in Ireland, by local authorities and other organisations.

'Uí Breasail' Exhibition Photographs.

Babies' Club.

Cookery, dance and flower exhibits.

Health & Housing Exhibition, which travelled Ireland

Jubilee Nurse's Cottage.

Lace classes.

Lace workers from around Ireland, including 'Workroom of the Sisters of Mercy, Sligo'.
'A Council Meeting of the Women's National Health Association' & the 'Health Caravan 'É'ire'' starting her tour--'.

'Sláinte Clubs'.

Allan A. Ryan Home Hospital for Consumption.

Opening of city playgrounds.

Peamount Sanatorium.

Rossclare Sanatorium.

Milk Commission

Folk Dancing.

First Aid.

Nursing classes.

Nursing staff at Dublin Castle

Red Cross Hospital & wards in staterooms.

Resignation of Lord Aberdeen, and departure from the Viceregal Lodge, 1915.

Women's National Health Committee & VADs.

Partially indexed volumes of presscuttings, 1906-c.1945, c.100 volumes. A wide variety of newspapers: 'Australian Trading World'


'The Railway Gazette', [1906].

Record of social and political events, mainly those affecting the Aberdeens during their Viceregal tenure. But also general political events, for example, James Larkin, and medical reports, and matters of general public interest, relevant to Lord Aberdeen's role, for example, the 'painful' M'Cann case, June, 1911, relating to the removal by the Roman Catholic husband of their children from his estranged Presbyterian wife's home, and her lack of redress.(Roman Catholic church pronounced marriage void; General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland protested against a decree of ne temere),

Lady Aberdeen's Health Campaign and Public Health Congress [1911], the hospital's work, fundraising, and Lady Aberdeen's visits to Peamount [1934], The War against Tuberculosis. [1945].

Box files, c.40 files, c.1911-1990s, containing correspondence relating to a variety of subjects including Committee Members, monthly returns of occupied beds, general nursing personnel, staff pensions, hospital units and equipment, Workers Union of Ireland, the hospital farm, the new Mental Handicap unit, (early 1970s), also data for annual reports.
Also contains files of early pamphlets relating to milk pasteurisation, the Ui Breasail exhibition, Women's National Health Association, etc., 1911.

Peamount Settlement and draft speeches for tuberculosis campaign, c.1928-1932.

Committee of Management Minutes, 6 volumes:

Details of Lady Aberdeen, the Dowager Lady Everard and a number of other women on the committee, including the attendance of Dr Alice Barry [1930]. The Minutes discuss finances, food, equipment, staffing, shop (see also Finance and Friends' Committees' Minutes), interview with the Industrial Workers leading to a letter to the Roscommon Health Board, 1940s.

1940s Minutes also have Christmas bonus' with lists of staff, discussion on waiting lists.
In the 1960s Minutes women on the committee include Mrs Hugh Kennedy Miss Norah Fitzgerald, Mrs J.W. O'Neill, Mrs J.M. Walsh, Dr Shirley Fry, Miss Florence Vere O'Brien, Mrs Alexis Fitzgerald, Mrs T.J. O'Driscoll, 1962.

Discussion relating to finances, wages, fabric staff, both clinical and administrative.

Financial statements of Women's National Health Association of Ireland (Incorporated) Peamount Sanatorium, these show receipts from Board of Health, Hospital Trust Board and investments, and payments, mainly to staff. In 1960 administrative staff were paid c. £2,736, medical staff £5,066 nurses £18,601 & employees including radiographer and chaplains, £5,715.

Letter supporting nurses wage claim from Irish Nurses Organisation, 1960.

Later volumes have reports on various units, (Chest, Mentally Handicapped) Peamount Industries, farm accounts.

The administrative centre of the hospital has several photographs hung on the walls of offices of events and committee members, etc. There is also a large oil painting of Mrs Clare Kennedy, done by Leo Whelan in the 1920s on the main staircase. She was Vice President of the Women's National Health Association, and sat on the Peamount Management Committee and the Peamount After Care Guild 1925 to 1972. She died in 1973.

Two volumes of indexed Finance Committee Minutes, 1962-1983. The Finance Committee became Finance and General Purposes Committee in 1980. (Meetings often held in Buswells' Hotel). Breakdown of expenditure and of income, appointments and salaries. The current standing of the hospital affected grants, videlicet, 'Dr Logan reported that the average bed occupancy was down. Most of our Adult beds are occupied, whilst most of our Children's beds are empty. There is an increase in our number of Non-T.B. cases with the possibility of a further increase. Local Hospital in Wexford is closing down and it is expected that these patients will be sent to Peamount, 9 August 1962.

Records of individual patients would be closed to researchers for 75 to 100 years and any access would be by permission of senior staff in the hospital. It is not known how many files on individual patients are extant: there are a great quantity from the 1950's on. Details of patient, insurance, address and occupation, general health and smoking habits of patient and patient's family, history of illness, treatment and charts of progress.

Register of patients admitted from Dublin, 1974-1986: names, ward, date of admission, date report posted, remarks.

A large number of Financial Records, Cash Books, Ledgers and various Account Books, c.100 volumes and folders.

These books are not arranged, and it is not known what dates they cover.
These include:
Maintenance Accounts or Payments from County Boards of Health for the patients in

Peamount; Benevolent society patients and paying patients, 1937-1944

Weekly Report of counties sending patients to Peamount with number of men and women, 1930s.

Ledger of Accounts with various businesses and organisations in England and Ireland (probably for supplies)

Personnel Record for Pension Scheme, 1960s

Banking Books with accounts of salaries and other staff payments.

Glove Trade Invoice Book, Leprechaun Glove Factory, Peamount Industries, 1930-1940

Shop Accounts.

Friends of Peamount Sanatorium Limited Meeting Minute Book, 1959-1977. Committee members mostly women in the earlier part of the volume, (Mrs Greta Coyle, Miss Eva Hackett, Miss D.A. Early). Discussion relating to bring and buy sales, shop profits, 'Ways and Means' Fund.

Clinical Records, c.1960s-1980s, which would not be available for research without special permission, include clinical trial reports, medical staff correspondence, files on diseases, medical research and treatments. Papers and conferences in Ireland and abroad.

A short series of manuscript trial notes taken over two months [no date c.1960s] on patients, treatments, post mortems.

Copies of papers and trials in other hospitals.

Women's National Health Association Records:
Copy Articles of Association, 1937, and Copy Indenture between the Women's National Health Association of Ireland and The Minister for Local Government and Public Health, relating to a grant to extend Children's Pavilion, 1938.

Presscuttings Book relating to the Women's National Health Association of Ireland, February-November 1907. Mainly Irish newspapers.

Supplement to 'Sláinte': 'Then - 1910, and Now-1912' with pictorial record of a family without insurance whose father fetches up in the Dublin Workhouse Infirmary and dies, leaving a fatherless family, set against the new version of an employed contributor receiving sanatorium treatment and regaining his health.

Press cutting book of the Tuberculosis Exhibition in Dublin, October 12th to November 7th, 1907 and Southern Circuit (Limerick, Carlow, Athy, Cork, Bantry, November 1907 to January 1908). Local newspapers' reports of the event and lectures and speeches.

Press cuttings book on Washington Congress, October, 1908. Most cuttings are from the Washington Post'. Volume contains loose poster re 'Summer Care of Babies' -'Mother's Milk is the Best of all Foods',

See also press cuttings.

A disused chapel contains a large amount of printed material - advertisements, instructions and guidelines, reports, from c. 1960s on.

And see Anna Day, Turn of the Tide, The Story of Peamount, (Brophy Books, 1987).

Copies of Annual Reports are held in the manager's office.

Staff Records: staff files.
Some are kept in a disused chapel with patients' files. Because of the highly contagious nature of tuberculosis, detailed records were kept on the health of members of staff.The files also include details of appointment and departure from the hospital.

Nurses' Off-Duty Record Books (no date c.1980s).

Ward Report Books, hardback journal kept by ward staff per month. They give a detailed daily log of each patient's diet, drugs, general condition, etc., from 1960s, probably not complete. [100 volumes or more]

Matron's Report Books on each ward, similar to above. From early 1980s.

Drug Books, by ward, showing issues from pharmacy and use of (alphabetically ordered) drugs. From late 1970s. [Twenty plus volumes found].

Pharmaceutical and stores requisition slips [no date c.1980s].

Admission and Treatment Registers, 1912-1980s:
Women's National Health Association of Ireland Patients' Register, 1912-1926. This details Men and women's names, addresses, County Council responsible, certifying doctor, dates of arrival and departure, rate per week and observations (in main building)

Patients' files and x-rays from c1950s to present are stored in a disused chapel on the site. These are current medical records.

Also (in disused chapel) index cards with names, ages, addresses, occupations, medical history and family's medical history, admission numbers, from c.1915.

Admission Registers for 1940s (c.5 volumes.), men and women's admissions kept separate
County Admissions Registers, 1930-1960s: usually names and addresses, dates of admission and discharge. Lists divided into men women, girls and boys. One example, for Dublin for 1940s has children only. Weight recorded and progress

Later Admission Registers (c.1980s) are property books.

Radiographic Report Registers, volumes 1-5, 1933-1939, men and women, indexed. Later series are boxed up, so no date.

Children's Pavilion X-ray Index, [c.1940s]: name, county, number and volume reference.

Post Books for forwarded mail, with addresses, 1950s- 1960s.

Diet Sheets, no date, c.1980s.

AccessThe records of Peamount Hospital are now held by the National Archives of Ireland. Access to the collection is restricted and will only be allowed on receipt of permission from the institution. For details on how to request access, contact the National Archives.
Century19th, 20th
Repository NamePeamount Hospital
AddressNational Archives of Ireland 8 Bishop Street Dublin 8
EircodeD08 DF85
Telephone(01) 407-2300
Repository Web Address
CommentThe records of Peamount Hospital are now held in the National Archives of Ireland.