Art of Nursing Papers

1902-2007, undated
The Country Doctor Museum Manuscript Collection, CD 01.44
Creator(s)
The Country Doctor Museum
Physical description
1.53 Cubic Feet
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.
Repository
Laupus Library History Collections
Access
No restrictions

The collection contains materials used for research and display in the Country Doctor Museum's "Art of Nursing" exhibit.


Biographical/historical information

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.


Scope and arrangement

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 eight 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.


Administrative information
Custodial History

Various donations; Donor information unknown. 2015, July 15: Program. Gift of Virginia Coppridge Hayes. 2014: Letterhead. Donor information unknown. 2016: Dictionary. Gift of Michlle Kennedy.

Source of acquisition

Donor information unknown. Gift of Virginia Coppridge Hayes. Gift of Michelle Kennedy.

Processing information

Processed by Allison N. Miller and Ashley Williams, 2015. Updated by Layne Carpenter, 2018.

Copyright notice

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


Language of material

English

Related material

Mary Louise Brantley Ordess Papers (CD 01.46), The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Joyce Parker Goforth Papers (CD 01.47), The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

J. Robert Boykin Collection (CD01.106), The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Related artifacts held at The Country Doctor Museum, Bailey, North Carolina.


Key terms
Topical
Medical museums--Exhibitions
Museum exhibits
Nursing--Study and teaching
Schools, Nursing--history

Container list
Box 1 Folder 1 Correspondence, 1996-1997
Box 1 Folder 2 Research, Histories, and Templates, ca. 1996-1997
Box 1 Folder 3 Ada Deans' Papers, 1939-1944, 2007
Box 1 Folder 4 Berniece Osborn Papers, 1943-1947, undated
Box 1 Folder 5 Nursing Notes, 1955
Box 1 Folder 6 Papers from Leslie J. Boone Jr., 1947, 1957-1969, 1974, undated
Box 1 Folder 8 Joyce Parker Goforth photos, undated
Box 1 Folder 9 Hospitals, 1950-1958
Box 1 Folder 10 Betty King photos, 1953
Box 1 Folder 11 Nursing Advertisements, undated
Box 1 Folder 12 Nurse Uniforms, 1903, 1933, 1975, undated
Box 1 Folder 13 Polio photographs, undated
Box 1 Folder 14 Ames Company Diagnostic Kit Pamphlets, ca. 1950s
Box 1 Folder 15 "Body Structure and Functions" workbook, 1954
Box 1 Folder 16 Clippings, undated
Box 1 Folder 17 Disease Information Booklets, ca. 1950s
Box 1 Folder 18 Heart Disease Pamphlets, 1953-1955
Box 1 Folder 19 History of Nursing in Lenoir County, 1976
Box 1 Folder 20 Homecare Guides, 1948-1955
Box 2 Folder 1 Leaflets, 1927, undated
Box 2 Folder 2 Medical Catalogs, 1992-1995
Box 2 Folder 3 Microtherm Manual, undated
Box 2 Folder 4 Mountains of Health magazine, undated
Box 2 Folder 5 "A Nurse's Education" booklet, ca. 1900
Box 2 Folder 6 Nursing ephemera, 1920s, 1947, 1953, undated
Box 2 Folder 7 Sphygmomanometer booklets and information, 1969
Box 2 Folder 8 Thorzaine treatment, 1955
Box 2 Folder 9 Cadet Nurse Corp photograph, 1945-1946
Box 2 Folder 10 Carolina General Hospital, 1922-1953
Box 2 Folder 11 Highsmith Alumnae, 1902-1970
Box 2 Folder 12 Woodard-Herring Hospital, 1963-1964, undated
Box 2 Folder 13 Rex Hospital: Alumnae Association 50th Anniversary, 1974
Box 2 Folder 14 Rex Hospital: History, undated
Box 2 Folder 15 Rex Hospital: Lillian Jerrigan Papers, 1948
Box 2 Folder 16 Rex Hospital: Nightingale Event, 1948
Box 2 Folder 17 Rex Hospital: School of Nursing Graduation, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1945, 1990
Box 2 Folder 18 Rex Hospital: School of Nursing Photos (many from 1948 Nightingale), 1948, undated
Box 2 Folder 19 Rex Hospital: Jewel Stephenson Papers, 1942-1945
Map-case 3 Drawer 1 Rex Hospital: School of Nursing Poster from "Night Song", undated
Map-case 3 Drawer 1 Watts Hospital, 1975, 1977, 1985, 1999
Box 3 Folder 1 Highsmith Hospital Heritage Video, 1995
Box 3 Folder 2 North Carolina Schools of Nursing Memories Scrapbook, ca. 1910s-1980s
Box 2 Folder 20 Watts Hospital: Program Naming Library for William Maurice Coppridge, M.D., June 6, 1965
Box 4 Folder 1 Wilson School of Nursing: Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 1952