Art of Nursing Papers, 1902-2007

The Country Doctor Museum Manuscript Collection, CD 01.44

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Art of Nursing Papers
    Creator: Country Doctor Museum.
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: The collection contains materials used for research and display in the Country Doctor Museum’s “Art of Nursing” exhibit.
    Extent: 1.355 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    The collection contains materials used for research and display in the Country Doctor Museum’s “Art of Nursing” exhibit. Materials include correspondence with individuals discussing donations, as well as some of those donated items. Items were listed under an individual when discernable. This includes photographs, notebooks, correspondence, pamphlets, booklets, advertisements, and various ephemera from five nursing schools in North Carolina. Among the photographs are images of the exhibit, hospital scenes, and nurses. Printed materials discuss various health issues and the developments of medical care. In the nursing school ephemera, there are graduating class photos and programs, images of the nursing school hospitals, and a scrapbook.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    In 1997, the Country Doctor Museum put on an exhibit entitled “Art of Nursing,” with a supplementary exhibit on polio treatment. The exhibit displayed the history and development of the nursing profession, particularly within eastern North Carolina.

    Since it's founding, the Museum had a goal to "interpret the history of registered nurses and the kind, loving and skilled bedside care they provided patients." Additions and renovations to the Museum's buildings in the mid-1990s along with the enthusiastic assistance of registered nurses from Raleigh and Wilson helped bring this goal to a reality. Helen Massengill Creech, R.N. (Rex Hospital School of Nursing '49) and Sadie Coleman corbet, R.N. (Wilson School of Nursing '53) emerged as leaders of their respective alumnae groups to become coordinators of the project. Sadie Corbet even drafted her two carpenter cousins to work on the renovation after the devastation resulting from Hurricane Fran made it impossible to obtain contracters.

    With the generosity of many and the tireless efforts of Creech and Corbet, an outstanding collection was assembled. Lillian Jernigan Todd, R.N. (Rex Hospital '48) contributed all her cherished memorabilia and was also the largest single financial contributor. Numerous registered nurses contributed capes, caps, pins, diplomas, anniversary cups, textbooks, annuals, and other items. Josephine T. Melchior, one of the Museum founders, contributed her entire valuable collection of invalid feeders and pap boats collected during her professional life and travels.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    Various donations; Donor information unknown

    Acquisition Information

    Donor information unknown

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Art of Nursing (CD 01.44), The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Allison N. Miller and Ashley Williams, 2015

    Sponsor Statement

    Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina Access and Digitization Grant Program.

Container List

  • Photos, 1903, 1933, 1950-1958, 1975, undated
     
    Joyce Parker Goforth photos, undated
    Hospitals, 1950-1958
    Betty King photos, 1953
    Nursing Advertisements, undated
    Nurse Uniforms, 1903, 1933, 1975, undated
    Polio photographs, undated
  • Printed Materials, 1920-1955, 1969, 1976, 1992-1995, undated
     
    Ames Company Diagnostic Kit Pamphlets, ca. 1950s
    "Body Structure and Functions" workbook, 1954
    Clippings, undated
    Disease Information Booklets, ca. 1950s
    Heart Disease Pamphlets, 1953-1955
    History of Nursing in Lenoir County, 1976
    Homecare Guides, 1948-1955
    Leaflets, 1927, undated
    Medical Catalogs, 1992-1995
    Microtherm Manual, undated
    Mountains of Health magazine, undated
    "A Nurse's Education" booklet, ca. 1900
    Nursing ephemera, 1920s, 1947, 1953, undated
    Sphygmomanometer booklets and information, 1969
    Thorzaine treatment, 1955
  • Nursing Schools, 1902-1999, undated
     
    Cadet Nurse Corp photograph, 1945-1946
    Carolina General Hospital, 1922-1953
    Highsmith Alumnae, 1902-1970
    Woodard-Herring Hospital, 1963-1964, undated
    Rex Hospital: Alumnae Association 50th Anniversary, 1974
    Rex Hospital: History, undated
    Rex Hospital: Lillian Jerrigan Papers, 1948
    Rex Hospital: Nightingale Event, 1948
    Rex Hospital: School of Nursing Graduation, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1945, 1990
    Rex Hospital: School of Nursing Photos (many from 1948 Nightingale), 1948, undated
    Rex Hospital: Jewel Stephenson Papers, 1942-1945
    Rex Hospital: School of Nursing Poster from "Night Song", undated
    Watts Hospital, 1975, 1977, 1985, 1999
    Highsmith Hospital Heritage Video, 1995
    North Carolina Schools of Nursing Memories Scrapbook, ca. 1910s-1980s

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Container List

  • Photos, 1903, 1933, 1950-1958, 1975, undated
     
    Joyce Parker Goforth photos, undated
    Hospitals, 1950-1958
    Betty King photos, 1953
    Nursing Advertisements, undated
    Nurse Uniforms, 1903, 1933, 1975, undated
    Polio photographs, undated
  • Printed Materials, 1920-1955, 1969, 1976, 1992-1995, undated
     
    Ames Company Diagnostic Kit Pamphlets, ca. 1950s
    "Body Structure and Functions" workbook, 1954
    Clippings, undated
    Disease Information Booklets, ca. 1950s
    Heart Disease Pamphlets, 1953-1955
    History of Nursing in Lenoir County, 1976
    Homecare Guides, 1948-1955
    Leaflets, 1927, undated
    Medical Catalogs, 1992-1995
    Microtherm Manual, undated
    Mountains of Health magazine, undated
    "A Nurse's Education" booklet, ca. 1900
    Nursing ephemera, 1920s, 1947, 1953, undated
    Sphygmomanometer booklets and information, 1969
    Thorzaine treatment, 1955
  • Nursing Schools, 1902-1999, undated
     
    Cadet Nurse Corp photograph, 1945-1946
    Carolina General Hospital, 1922-1953
    Highsmith Alumnae, 1902-1970
    Woodard-Herring Hospital, 1963-1964, undated
    Rex Hospital: Alumnae Association 50th Anniversary, 1974
    Rex Hospital: History, undated
    Rex Hospital: Lillian Jerrigan Papers, 1948
    Rex Hospital: Nightingale Event, 1948
    Rex Hospital: School of Nursing Graduation, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1945, 1990
    Rex Hospital: School of Nursing Photos (many from 1948 Nightingale), 1948, undated
    Rex Hospital: Jewel Stephenson Papers, 1942-1945
    Rex Hospital: School of Nursing Poster from "Night Song", undated
    Watts Hospital, 1975, 1977, 1985, 1999
    Highsmith Hospital Heritage Video, 1995
    North Carolina Schools of Nursing Memories Scrapbook, ca. 1910s-1980s


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