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Mary Ward collection

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 134

Scope and Contents

Letters, reminiscences, printed items, photographs and medals relating to Mary Ward. The collection also includes material concerning Ward's brother Leonard, the Cossey, Voysey and Sargent families and Bishop Walmsley.


  • Creation: 1840 - 1987


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Biographical / Historical

Mary Alexandria Ward (1866-1965) was born at Brentwood, Essex, on 13 July 1866. She trained as a nurse at Tottenham Hospital before joining the staff of the Princess Christian Hospital in Sierra Leone, where she worked until 1897. She was in government service in Nigeria, 1899-1917, during which time she took charge of the base hospital at Cape Coast during the Ashanti Campaign of 1900. From 1917 until her retirement in 1930 she was Honorary Matron of the Princess Christian Hospital. Mary Ward died on 8 September 1965.


.033 archive box(es) (3 archive boxes and 1 folder) : card/metal/paper/photograph

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 43

Other Finding Aids

There is a detailed catalogue entry in MSS Addenda, vol. I, including a listing of each piece of correspondence.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Dr Rachel Elliott, 1985-1986.


'Sister Ward of West Africa' in 'Royal Commonwealth Society library notes', no. 273 (1986), pp. 1-5, describes Mary Ward's career and gives an outline list of this collection.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Ward, Mary Alexandria, 1866-1965, nurse

Includes index.
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Repository Details

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