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Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia records

MC 5B

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia.
Title:
Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia records
Date [inclusive]:
1855-1987
Call Number:
MC 5B
Extent:
23.8 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The records of the Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia document a wide range of themes and issues in home nursing and the care of the indigent poor. The collection includes trustees' minutes, board correspondence, committee reports, and branch association files. Also included is a well documented collection of photographs.
Cite as:
Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

On March 2, 1886, a group of Philadelphia women gathered to establish an organization to give nursing care to the sick in their homes. They named it the District Nurse Society after a system employed in Britain. Mrs. William Furness Jenks founded the organization (which was later renamed Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia in 1887). She recalled that, "No one had ever heard of such a thing as nursing the sick poor except in hospitals." Only Buffalo and Boston preceded Philadelphia in bringing this innovation to the United States. Mrs. Jenks envisioned a voluntary organization which would assist the contagiously and chronically ill who were turned away from institutions or who needed additional help during childbirth. Churches, relief organizations, and individuals contributed food, clothing, bed linens, and money to the organization.

In its first year, the organization made 380 home visits. Most of these visits were to run-down areas which housed the city's workers. Many were immigrants from Europe and Blacks from the rural South. Typhoid and diphtheria were common among the poor. Tuberculosis, the "great white plague," reached epidemic proportions during the nineteenth century and was a leading cause of death. The Society applied new concepts about the treatment of these diseases after it became known that they were communicable. The nurses sought to isolate tuberculosis patients and to educate them and their families about the role of personal habits and hygiene in reducing the risk of contamination. As one early officer of the organization explained, the nurses also did many things which were not technically nursing but were considered important to it, such as "cleaning the sick room of lumber and unnecessary furniture, sweeping floors, and lighting fires." The nurse was expected "to set an example of that neatness, order, sobriety, and obedience which she was to impress upon others." The work was so exhausting that few of the nurses employed by the Society in its first decade stayed more than eighteen months.

More than half the cases involved maternity and child care. The nurse aided physicians with home deliveries and made follow-up visits to help the mothers bathe and feed the newborns. They also provided care and instruction for expectant mothers to reduce infant mortality. During the early 1900s the Society joined with physicians, city officials, and social workers in a movement to educate the public about recent discoveries which showed that many once-fatal and debilitating illnesses could be prevented. Because of its familiarity with neighborhood health and social conditions, the Society was a valued member of this crusade. It staged dramatic exhibits about tuberculosis as well as festive events like Better Baby contests to spread the gospel of improved child care. In 1903, the Society cooperated with the city's Bureau of Public Charities to conduct a medical inspection to reduce the incidence of ringworm, pink eye, and nutritional disorders such as rickets among schoolchildren. This was the beginning of the school nursing program that was taken over by the city in 1908. From 1905-1908 the Society stationed a nurse at Starr Centre Association of Philadelphia, 7th and Lombard, to help with maternity and child care clinics, vaccination drives, nutritionally sound "penny lunch" programs, and in distributing inspected milk.

World War I accelerated the growth of the nursing profession and the demand for home care. With this development, the Society turned to new groups of clients and new interests. Between 1913 and 1922, the Society caseload nearly doubled. In 1925, the Society described itself as "a visiting hospital with wards all over the city corresponding to the various branches." It employed more than 80 nurses in a downtown building and at several branch offices including Kensington (opened 1896), Manayunk (1901), Germantown (1902), and West Philadelphia (1903). The Society borrowed public relations techniques from hospitals with whom it was now competing for patients. Society branch staffs were encouraged to enlist neighborhood people to serve on home nursing committees and fundraisers and to keep the central office in touch with the needs of each locality. Brochures emphasized that all of the Society's nurses were hospital-trained. The Society was still actively involved in the treatment of communicable diseases, maternity, and child care, but it was no longer an exclusively low-income patient population. Contracts with insurance companies and manufacturing firms to provide care for industrial policy-holders brought annual caseloads to record highs of 40,000 or more in the late 1920s. Seventy percent of the patients were less than 45 years of age. By 1920, the Society was also treating a greater number of older patients in a new occupational therapy program. The Society added a mental hygiene supervisor in 1934. A decade later, physical therapy (1943) and orthopedic service (1944) became mainstays of the Society's program.

Society superintendent Katherine Tucker (1916-1928) and her successor, Ruth Weaver Hubbard (1928-1955), were instrumental in transforming the organization from a multipurpose home welfare agency into a modern professional nursing organization. Both women held offices in the National Organization for Public Health Nursing and helped widen educational opportunities for home nurses. They also developed the Society internship program which allowed nursing students to complete in-service training at the Society.

Despite the progressive leadership of its professional staff and board, the Society lost half its revenues when insurance companies, which had previously contracted for home nursing, terminated these arrangements after World Ward II. The Society also lost some of its traditional clients to city programs for maternity cases and preventive care. These problems were addressed in the Philadelphia Public Health Survey produced by the City Planning Commission in 1950. The Commission recommended a merger of the nursing activities of the City and voluntary home care agencies. The City invited Society director Hubbard to help merge City and private home care services into a single operation. Negotiations continued until May 1959, when the Society's president, Mrs. Samuel Y. Gibbon, joined City Health Commissioner Dr. James Dixon and Mayor Richardon Dilworth to create Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia (CNS).

Plans for CNS focused on the health center: a multiservice facility for consolidating public and voluntary nursing programs. Before 1959, the Society primarily did home bedside care while City nurses worked in Department of Public Health clinics, making house calls as required by their work in child hygiene, tuberculosis, and venereal disease. Before the creation of CNS, it was possible for both Society nurse and city nurse to call on a single family. Under CNS, each nurse would be a general practitioner who could administer bedside care as well as preventive treatment. The centers would serve all residents of a designated area, in much the same fashion used in the combined Starr Centre Association/Society branch office opened in Germantown in 1944. This pilot project became the model for dividing the city into health districts based on a Planning Commission scheme for using census tracts as the unit for organizing health services on a uniform geographical basis. Actually, the plan built on the Society system for conducting generalized nursing out of its branches. With this framework in place, CNS made rapid progress under Directors Dorothy Wilson and Margaret Kauffman toward integrating nursing personnel and caseloads in all ten City health districts.

During the late 1970s the environment for providing home health services in the public and private sectors underwent many changes which led the Society and city officials to reorganize their relationships. Today the city contracts for home nursing services through CNS's successor—an independent, voluntary nonprofit organization, Community Home Health Services of Philadelphia (CHHSP), created in 1979. The Visiting Nurse Society is now a foundation which is a leading source of support for CHHSP's work with the indigent.

One change has been increased care for the elderly. In 1951, 72 percent of Society's patients suffered from long-term illnesses. Some participated in its intensive Home Care Plan (1949), an early attempt to coordinate medical and social services for the chronically ill. More recently, the Society and its successor, CHHSP, have sought to develop programs that address medical and personal consequences of cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and mental changes associated with aging. Medicare, created in 1965, increased public funding for these services. In 1985, over 68 percent of CHHSP's patients were over 65 years of age.

Another contemporary characteristic is size. In 1886 the Society began with one room, one nurse, one table, and $100. In 1985 its successor, Community Home Health Services of Philadelphia, made 220,000 visits and had an operating budget of $9 million. At one time, the Society was the only professional organization involved in home nursing. Today it is part of a complex national health industry transformed by science, technology, and public oversight. Plans, procedures, and methods have also changed with the needs of the patients.

Despite innovations in financing and fundraising, home nursing still retains elements that were present a hundred years ago. CHHSP is an active presence in the health and medical communities. Both historical roles-those of health educator and health planner-continue to find a place in its work.

Scope and Contents

The records of the Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia document a wide range of themes and issues in home nursing and the care of the indigent poor. It dates from the inception of the visiting nurse movement in the United States in the 1880s and continues up through 1977. The collection includes trustees' minutes, board correspondence, committee reports, and branch association files. There is also a significant amount of material documenting the Society's role in the public health crusades of 1902-1918, including school nursing services, infant and maternity care, and care of tuberculosis patients. Other material represents the impact of hospitals on home nursing beginning in the 1920s, as well as the efforts of agency officials to respond to the needs of an aging population especially after World War II. There are also files relating to the Philadelphia Home Care Plan (1949-1960s) and Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia (1959 1979) which was planned and run conjointly with the City of Philadelphia. Also included is a well-documented collection of photographs, many of which were reproduced in the Society's annual reports at the turn of the century.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Center staff, updated by Bethany Myers

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Center with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of G. Lloyd Kirk.

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Related Materials

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Community Home Health Services of Philadelphia (CHHSP).
  • Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Occupation(s)
  • Public health nursing
Personal Name(s)
  • Jenks, William Furness
  • Tucker, Katherine
Subject(s)
  • Community health nursing
  • Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919.
  • Visiting nurses
  • World War, 1914-1918--Medical care

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Administration, 1887-1987.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials documenting the Society's founding and early activities. It provides perhaps the best overview, from an administrative perspective, of the activities of the Board of Managers. By 1916, the day to day administrative work of the Society gradually shifted to Katherine Tucker, the Society's first superintendent. Included in this series is the original charter of the Society and subsequent revisions (1887-1912); bylaws and subsequent revisions; a complete run of annual reports (1886-1987); minutes of the Board of Managers (1886-1986), its Executive Committee (1912-1919), and of the Society's annual meetings. The correspondence files include incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Board (1921-1982) and selected correspondence with coordinated funding agencies. There are also a few contemporary files dealing with issues such as minority representation on the Board and policies relating to conflicts of interest.

Box Folder

Original charter, 1887.

1 1

Other charters, 1887-1912.

1 2

By-laws.

Box Folder

1959.

1 3

1965.

1 4

1965 and 1978.

1 5

Annual reports.

Box Folder

1886-1901.

1 6

1886-1906.

1 7

1889-1911.

1 8

1902-1914.

2 9

1902-1916.

2 10

1916-1924.

2 11

1916-1924.

3 12

1916-1936.

3 13

1931-1957.

3 14

1966-1987.

3 15

Annual reports, copied.

Box Folder

1886-1891.

3 16

1892-1895.

3 17

1896-1899.

3 18

1900-1905.

3 19

1906-1909.

4 20

1910-1913.

4 21

1914-1916.

4 22
Box Folder

Minutes, Executive Committee, 1912-1916.

4 23

Minutes, Executive Committee, 1916-1919.

4 24

Minutes, Board.

Box Folder

1886-1888.

5 25

1888-1889.

5 26

1889-1890.

5 27

1890-1891.

5 28

1892-1896.

5 29

1896-1898.

5 30

1902-1900.

5 31

1899-1902.

5 32

1902-1904.

5 33

1904-1908.

6 34

1908-1913.

6 35

1913-1919.

6 36

1919.

6 37

1920.

6 38

1921.

6 39

1922.

6 40

1923.

6 41

1924.

6 42

1925.

6 43

1926.

7 44

1927.

7 45

1928.

7 46

1929.

7 47

1930.

7 48

1931.

7 49

1932.

7 50

1933.

7 51

1934.

7 52

1935.

7 53

1936.

7 54

1937.

7 55

1938.

7 56

1939.

7 57

1940.

7 58

1941.

7 59

1942.

7 60

1943.

7 61

1944.

7 62

1945.

8 63

1946.

8 64

1947.

8 65

1948.

8 66

1949.

8 67

1950.

8 68

1951.

8 69

1952.

8 70

1953.

8 71

1954.

8 72

1955.

8 73

1956.

8 74

1957.

8 75

1958.

8 76

1959.

8 77

1960.

8 78

1962.

8 79

1962.

8 80

1963.

9 81

1964.

9 82

1965.

9 83

1966.

9 84

1967.

9 85

1968.

9 86

1969.

9 87

1970.

9 88

1971.

9 89

1972.

9 90

1973.

9 91

1974.

9 92

1975.

10 93

1976.

10 94

June 1977.

10 95

August - December 1977.

10 96

January - July 1978.

10 97

August - December 1978.

10 98

1979.

10 99

1980.

11 100

1981.

11 101

1982.

11 102

1983.

11 103

1984.

11 104

1985-1986.

11 105

Minutes, Board, photocopied, 1886-1889.

11 106

Minutes, Board, photocopied, 1889-1891.

11 107

Minutes, Annual Meeting.

Box Folder

1887-1915.

12 108

1925-1931.

12 109

1933-1935.

12 110

1940-1944.

12 111

1945-1949.

13 112

1950-1968.

13 113
Box Folder

Minutes, Nursing Executives Responsibilities, 1911-1957.

13 114

Correspondence, Board.

Box Folder

1921-1952.

13 115

1953-1971.

13 116

1972-1979.

13 117

1980-1982.

13 118
Box Folder

Correspondence, with Community Fund, Community Chest, United Fund.

14 119

Treasurer's report, 1952-1979.

14 120

Board members reference guide, 1953.

14 121

Board members, 1967-1987.

14 122

Representation of minorities, 1970-1975.

14 123

Conflict of interest policy, 1977-1978.

14 124

Commendations.

Box Folder

Richardson Dilworth, Mayor of Philadelphia, 1961.

53 3

Dick Thornburgh, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1986.

14 125

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Series 2.  Histories, 1915-1980.

Scope and Contents note

This small series consists of published and unpublished histories by and about the Society ranging in date from 1915 to 1974; biographies of Board members including three folders about Ruth Weaver Hubbard, the Society's general director from 1929 to 1955. There are also a few files dealing with Board matters of antiquarian interest such as the restoration of several historical plaques.

History of Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia.

Box Folder

1915.

14 1

1919.

14 2

1925.

14 3

1936.

14 4

1937.

14 5

1938.

14 6

1943.

14 7

1944.

14 8

1951.

14 9

1956.

14 10

1960.

14 11

1960.

14 12

1960.

14 13

1960.

14 14

1960.

14 15

1965.

14 16

1965.

14 17

1974.

14 18
Board members, biographies.
Box
14
Folder
19
Hubbard, Ruth Weaver.
Box Folder

Articles and letters, 1940-1952.

14 20

Articles and letters, 1953-1955.

15 21

Biographical information.

15 22

VNS plaque restoration, 1980-1902[?].

15 23

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Series 3.  Committees, 1913-1979.

Scope and Contents note

Found within this series are the files of the Society's committees including the Advisory Committee (1973-1976), Budget Committee (1965-1979), Local Committee, Medical Advisory Committee (1936-1967), Men's Finance Committee (1935-1979), Nominating Committee (1952-1976), Nurses Committee (1919-1946), Public Relations Committee (1947-1977), Supervisor Conference/Staff Council (1945-1960), Personnel Committee (1967-1979), and Social Service Committee.

Box Folder

Administrative Committee, 1976.

15 1

Advisory Committee.

Box Folder

To the Executive Director, 1973-1976.

15 2

To the Executive Director review of management positions.

15 3

Budget Committee, 1965-1979.

15 4

Local Committee.

Box Folder

Committee on Local Committees.

15 5

Committee on Local Committees Development.

15 6

Membership list.

15 7
Box Folder

Medical Advisory Committee review of standing orders.

15 8

Medical Advisory Committee, 1936-1967.

15 9

Men's Finance Committee, 1935-1965.

15 10

Men's Finance Committee, 1966-1979.

15 11

Nominating Committee, 1952-1976.

15 12

Nurses Committee.

Box Folder

Minutes, 1919-1934.

16 13

Minutes, 1935-1946.

16 14

Supervisor conference/staff council, 1945-1960.

16 15

Nurses monthly report, 1913.

16 16
Box Folder

Personnel Committee, 1967-1979.

16 17

Public Relations Committee.

Box Folder

Minutes, 1947-1957.

16 18

Minutes, 1957-1977.

16 19
Box Folder

Social Service Committee.

16 20

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Series 4.  Public Relations, 1915-1984.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes a variety of materials used for public relations purposes. This series consists of material that was created by the Public Relations Committee or by other sources whose origin is not apparent in the records. Although most of the documents were created and used in the post 1950s era, there are some brochures, pamphlets and press releases as early as 1915. Some typical examples of this series include fact sheets, radio and television scripts, and publicity relating to anniversary years.

Box Folder

Brochures and pamphlets, 1915-1960s.

16 1

Press releases, 1915-1976.

16 2

VNS of Philadelphia "Girard Letter", 1936.

17 3

60th anniversary, 1946.

17 4

Fact sheet for volunteer speakers, 1947-1951.

17 5

VNS scripts for radio and television.

17 6

Script for slide lecture, 1954-1957.

17 7

Dear Friend fund raising appeal, 1954-1965.

17 8

70th anniversary, 1956.

17 9

PR material from other agencies.

17 10

75th anniversary, 1961.

17 11

Nurse recruitment, 1961-1970.

17 12

80th anniversary, 1966.

17 13

PR survey, 1975.

18 14

Correspondence, PR, 1976-1984.

Box Folder

1957-1975.

18 15

1976-1984.

18 16
Box Folder

VNS/CNS service recognition tea, 1979.

18 17

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Series 5.  Branches, 1928-1982.

Scope and Contents note

In an effort to offer the Society's services to new population distributions in Philadelphia, and perhaps to attract middle class patients, the Society opened several branch offices in other parts of the city. The first was the Germantown Branch (later renamed the Germantown and Chestnut Hill Branch) whose records begin in 1933. This was followed by the West Branch (1937), South Philadelphia Branch (1939), Frankford Branch (1947), North Branch (1957), Northeast Branch (1957), Northwest Branch (1958), and the South Philadelphia Branch (1939). This series, arranged alphabetically by branch, also includes one file describing the branch boundaries in 1959. The files of the Germantown and Chestnut Hill Branch and the Northwest Branch are the most complete with minutes, bylaws, correspondence, and financial files.

Box Folder

Branches, boundaries, 1959.

18 1

Frankford Branch.

Box Folder

Committee, Local, Financial Records, 1947-1952.

18 2

Clippings.

18 3

Germantown and Chestnut Hill Branch.

Box Folder

Germantown clippings, 1933-1970s.

18 4

Account sheets, 1944-1964.

18 5

Brochures.

18 6

Committee representatives, 1928-1930.

18 7

Bylaws, 1932-1954.

18 8
Minutes.
Box Folder

1933-1943.

18 9

1933-1943.

18 10

1944-1947.

19 11

1948-1952.

19 12
Box Folder

Annual reports, 1931-1952.

19 13

North Branch.

Box Folder

Officers, 1957.

19 14

Health Districts 5 and 6, 1965-1968.

19 15
Box Folder

Northeast Branch, receipts and expenditures, 1957-1962.

19 16

Northwest Branch.

Box Folder

Correspondence and reports, 1958-1963.

19 17

Correspondence and reports, 1972-1976.

19 18
Financial records.
Box Folder

Account sheets, 1972-1976.

19 19

Bank statements, 1975-1976.

19 20

McNeil Trust, investment statements.

19 21

Checking and savings account, 1976-1982.

19 22
Box Folder

Committee Membership Lists, 1959-1976.

20 23
Minutes.
Box Folder

1952-1955.

20 24

1956-1959.

20 25

1960-1968.

20 26

1974-1977.

20 27

1979-1982.

20 28
Box Folder

Volunteers.

20 29

Volunteer manual.

20 30

South Philadelphia Branch.

Box Folder

Committee, 1939-1970.

20 31

West Branch.

Box Folder

Minutes, 1937-1942.

20 32

Committee membership lists, 1961-1967.

20 33

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Series 6.  Nursing Services, 1914-1984.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes nursing service programs either sponsored by the Society or by other agencies with the Society. It includes the files of Com¬munity Home Health Services of Philadelphia (1980-1984) and the yearbooks of the Child Federation of Philadelphia (1914-1915). There are also files relating to the Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia (1955-1979), a program coordinated by the Health and Welfare Council which ran conjointly the nursing programs of the City of Philadelphia with those of the Society. This includes background material, board member registers, manuals, minutes, annual reports, correspondence, evaluations and proposals, and financial reports. Also included are some correspondence files with the Health and Welfare Council (1949-1979); and general files about the Philadelphia Home Care Plan (1958-1965) and other nursing agencies.

Community Home Health Services of Philadelphia.

Box Folder

Auditor's reports, 1980-1981.

20 1

PR, brochures, reports.

21 2

Long range strategic plans, 1984.

21 3

Child Federation of Philadelphia.

Box Folder

Yearbooks, 1914-1915.

21 4

Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia.

Background.
Box Folder

1955.

21 5

1955.

21 6

1960.

21 7

1961.

21 8

1961.

21 9
Board members.
Box Folder

1953.

21 10

1959-1979.

21 11
Manuals.
Box Folder

1959.

21 12

1961.

21 13

1979.

21 14

1979 (copy 2).

21 15
Minutes.
Box Folder

October 1974.

21 16

December 1974.

21 17

January-February 1975.

21 18

March 12, 1975.

21 19

April 1975.

21 20

May-June 1975.

21 21

July 1975.

21 22
Annual reports.
Box Folder

1973-1974.

21 23

1975.

21 24
Correspondence.
Box Folder

Correspondence and proposals, 1950-1957.

21 25

Department of Health.

21 26

Correspondence and proposals, 1958-1959.

21 27
Box Folder

Combining Public Health Nursing Agencies.

22 28

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania evaluation, 1975.

22 29

Evaluations and proposals, 1977.

22 30
Financial reports.
Box Folder

1961.

22 31

1962.

22 32

1963.

22 33

1964.

22 34

1965.

22 35

1966.

22 36

1967.

22 37

1968.

22 38

1968, special.

22 39

1969.

22 40

1970.

22 41

1970.

22 42
Box Folder

Financial statements, 1971-1979.

22 43

Health and Welfare Council, Inc.

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1956-1964.

23 44

Committee on Public Health Nursing Services, 1953.

23 45
Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia.
Box Folder

Community Nursing Services, Inc.: A Proposal, 1955.

23 46

Community Nursing Services, Inc.: A Proposal, 1955, Copy 2.

23 47
Health Center Services for Philadelphia.
Box Folder

Report.

23 48

Report.

23 49
Box Folder

Reports on public health nursing, 1949-1953.

23 50

Interim report by GLS Associates, 1978.

23 51

Printed materials, public relations.

23 52

Printed materials, public relations.

24 53

Printed materials, public relations.

24 54
Committee, Medical Advisory.
Box Folder

January 1976 - January 1979.

24 55

November 1972 - November 1975.

24 56
Box Folder

Community Nursing Services Report by H. Wilbert, 1946.

24 57

Cns report on red hook.

24 58

Staff nurses, 1953-1972.

24 59

Home care survey, 1976.

24 60

Committee, Program, April 1975.

24 61

Agreement between City and VNS, 1959.

24 62

Agreement between City and VNS, April 1961 - January 1979.

24 63

Philadelphia Home Care Plan.

Box Folder

Reports, 1947-1956.

24 64

Correspondence, 1958-1963.

24 65

Reports, 1960s.

24 66

Biographies on home care, 1958-1960.

25 67

Pamphlets, 1953-1965.

25 68

General nursing agencies.

Box Folder

Brochures from other agencies, 1960s-1970s.

25 69

National Organizations of Public Health Nursing.

25 70

Public health nursing general information.

25 71

Public health nursing curriculum guide.

25 72

Visiting nurse associations in the U.S., list, 1954.

25 73

VNS role in public health services.

25 74
Starr Centre Association of Philadelphia.
Box Folder

Auditor's report.

25 75

Bylaws.

25 76

Information.

25 77

Funds.

Box Folder

December 1929 - November 1935.

29 35

1935-1940.

31 36

December 1933 - November 1934.

31 37

Donations, 1941-1950.

31 38

Donations, 1951-1959.

32 39
Endowment fund.
Box
32
Folder
40
Box Folder

1920-1935.

32 41

1922-1933.

32 42

Donations, 1972-1977.

32 43

Donations, 1978-1982.

32 44

Anna E. Rohrman Fund.

32 45

Charles J. Biddle Fund, 1973.

32 46

Dolan Scholarship Fund, 1930-1973.

32 47

Donation from patients, 1970-1975.

33 48

Gifts to endowment fund, 1886-1945.

33 49

Lily Dungan Shalcross Fund.

33 50

Loan funds, 1947.

33 51

Margery Eiseman Fund, 1972-1981.

33 52

Margery Eiseman Fund, 1974-1978.

33 53

Mary Mundy Fund.

33 54

Mrs. Richard K. Stevens Fund.

33 55
Ruth Weaver Hubbard Foundation.
Box Folder

Articles of incorporation.

33 56
Contributions.
Box Folder

1956-1957.

33 57

1957.

33 58

1958-1961.

33 59

1958-1962.

34 60
Box Folder

Correspondence, 1956-1957.

34 61

Correspondence, 1956-1957.

34 62

Educational Committee meeting.

34 63

Educational Committee meeting minutes.

34 64

Financial Records.

Box Folder

1956-1969.

34 65

Bank statements.

34 66

Treasurer's reports.

34 67

Investments, 1956-1969.

34 68

Receipts, 1956-1961.

35 69

Merger with VNS.

35 70
Scholarship applications reviewed.
Box Folder

1956-1965.

35 71

Awarded, 1964.

35 72

1967-1973.

35 73

1966-1967.

35 74

1968.

35 75
Box Folder

Reviewed, 1969-1978.

35 76

Scholarship publicity, 1956-1970.

36 77
Box Folder

Special purpose and endowment funds, 1961-1965.

36 78

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Series 7.  Financial Information, 1886-1986.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes the reports of the Society's auditor (1924-1970), cash books (1950-1960), correspondence (1945-1977), cost analyses and custodial accounts (1954-1968), and financial statements (1971-1986). There are also files describing the various general and named funds of the Society. This includes scholarships, endowed nurses, and donations to patients. Most notable is the Ruth Weaver Hubbard Foundation providing scholarship money to nurses interested in public health work. There are also agreements with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and the John Hancock Company for patient care. The Society maintained several ledger books which are files in this series recording funds received from and expended on behalf of the Welfare Federation (1930-1936), its succeeding agency, the Community Fund of Philadelphia (1936-1949). The Society also maintained a general ledger for the years 1949 through 1956.

Auditor's reports.

Box Folder

1923-1927.

25 1

1929-1933.

25 2

1934.

25 3

1935.

25 4

1936.

26 5

1937-1938.

26 6

1939-1940.

26 7

1941-1942.

26 8

1943-1944.

26 9

1945-1947.

26 10

1948-1950.

26 11

1951-1953.

26 12

1954-1956.

27 13

1956-1959.

27 14

1960-1961.

27 15

1961-1963.

27 16

1964-1967.

27 17

1968-1978.

27 18
Box Folder

Automobile accident reports, 1966-1970.

27 19

Bellevue Stratford Corporation securities, 1979-1981.

28 20

Cashbooks, 1950-1954 and 1954-1957.

28 21

Cashbooks, 1957-1960.

28 22

Correspondence, 1945-1977.

28 23

Cost analysis.

Box Folder

1954-1958.

28 24

1960-1964.

28 25
Box Folder

Cost analysis.

29 27

Custodial accounts, 1960-1961.

28 26

Statistics, 1963.

29 28

Time and cost studies, 1963.

29 29

Financial statements.

Box Folder

1971-1973.

29 30

1974-1976.

29 31

1977-1980.

29 32

1981-1983.

29 33

1984-1986.

29 34
Box Folder

Income tax, 1955-1959.

36 79

Investments.

Box Folder

1974-1976.

36 80

1976-1977.

36 81

1978-1979.

36 82

Ledgers.

Box Folder

Welfare Federation, financial statements, 1930-1936.

52 4
Community Fund of Philadelphia, financial statements.
Box Folder

1936-1944.

52 5

1944-1949.

52 6
Box Folder

General ledger, 1949-1956.

52 7
Box Folder

Medical Health and Welfare Association.

36 83

Medical Health and Welfare Association statements, 1946-1960.

36 84

Pensions, miscellaneous reports, 1944-1958.

37 85

Social Security, 1951-1966.

Box
37
Folder
86
Box Folder

Schurer, Mathilda, 1932-1953.

37 87

Hamilton, Mary Jane, 1960-1961.

37 88

Receipts, December 1932-November 1933.

37 89

Receipts, 1933-1934.

37 90

Scholarship applications, 1975-1976.

37 91

Scholarship applications, 1977-1978.

37 92

Statement of assets, 1975-1979.

37 93

Stock and bond register, 1922-1934.

38 94

Workman's compensation claims, 1951-1963.

38 95

Workman's compensation claims, 1964-1969.

38 96

VNS agreement with Metropolitan Life, 1933.

38 97

VNS agreement with John Hancock.

38 98

Workman's compensation claims, 1935-1960.

38 99

Yarnall, Biddle & Co., 1967-1976.

38 100

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Series 8.  Property, 1855-1979.

Scope and Contents note

This is a small series that documents the properties acquired by and owned by the Society. In addition to the Society's properties, this series also includes the deed to the Starr Centre Association of Philadelphia, which the Society later acquired.

Box Folder

Agreement with Philadelphia Trust Co., 1925.

38 1
FlatFile Folder

Land titles and deed, 1855-1911.

5 1
Box Folder

Girard Trust Company agreements, 1857-1968.

38 2

Office at 1340 Lombard Street, 1905-1964.

38 3

Office at 311 South Juniper Street, 1961-1979.

38 4

Starr Centre Association of Philadelphia Land Title Deed, 1905-1961.

39 5

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Series 9.  Clippings and Publications, 1872-1977.

Scope and Contents note

A variety of clippings, newspaper supplements, pamphlets, and manuals make up this series. Most of the materials promote the Society's work, others address broader social reform issues such as Mrs. James T. Fields' "How to Help the Poor." There are also some clippings relating to the Starr Centre Association of Philadelphia.

Box Folder

How to Help the Poor, by Mrs. James T. Fields.

39 1

Alice Lippincott Memorial, 1898.

39 2

Public Health Nursing, 1946.

39 3

VNS Handbook, 1959.

39 4

Florence Nightingale to Gil Wylie, Correspondence (facsimile), 1872.

39 5

VNS nursing manuals, 1925-1947.

39 6

Sunday Bulletin Magazine, 1964.

52 1

Clippings, scrapbook, 1918.

52 2

Clippings.

Box Folder

1886-1915.

39 7

1916-1933.

40 8

1943-1977.

40 9

Clippings, photocopied.

Box Folder

1886-1907.

40 10

1908-1915.

40 11

1916.

40 12

1917-1933.

40 13

Starr Centre Association of Philadelphia.

Clippings.
Box Folder

1943-1959.

40 14

1960-1977.

41 15

1917-1958.

41 16

Your United Fund column.

41 17
Box Folder

Manuals and pamphlets, duplicates.

41 18

Pamphlets and annual reports, duplicates.

41 19

Terra Cotta pieces, undated.

41 20

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Series 10.  Photographs, circa 1900-1986.

Scope and Contents note

The photographs making up this series are largely from the twentieth century. The Society, like other reform groups of the era, used photographic images to communicate their message to broader audiences. Once it became economical to reproduce photographs in publications, the Society's use of photographs increased dramatically. The Society reproduced many of the photographs found in this series in their annual reports beginning in 1907. For a complete visual record of the Society's activities, consult the annual reports in "Series I. Administration." Due to the nature and use of photographs by the Society, this series has been divided into two subseries of representing photographs created between 1900 to 1939, and 1940 to 1986. Within each subseries, they are divided into exterior and interior images and thereunder by subject of the images, i.e. general, group, nurses, people, etc.

1900-1939.

Exteriors.
General.
Box Photo

The new home of the visiting nurse society, 1911.

42 1

Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia offices, 191?.

42 2
Group.
Box Photo

Visiting nurse with woman and child, 191?.

42 3

Visiting nurse entering building, 189?.

42 4

Nurse chatting with old woman, 1925.

42 5
Nurses.
Box Photo

Eight nurses on front steps of Lippincott House, 1907.

42 5.5

Nine nurses ready for work, 1909.

42 6

Thirteen visiting nurses leaving for work, 193?.

42 7

Harriet Frost, a visiting nurse 191?.

42 8

Harriet Frost sweeping, 191?.

42 9
People.
Box Photo

Mrs. Parker sitting in a chair, 191?.

42 10

Mrs. Parker sitting in a chair, 191?.

42 11

Woman and child on Percy street, 191?.

42 12
Interiors.
General.
Box Photo

Sale of patients' work, 1921.

42 13

Sale of patients' handicrafts, 1921.

42 14

Christmas packages ready for delivery, 1927.

42 15
Nurses treating adults.
Box Photo

Nurse in white treating middle-aged woman, 1925.

42 16

Nurse with chronically ill woman, 1910.

42 17

Nurse taking elderly woman's pulse, 1914.

42 18

Nurse taking elderly woman's pulse, 1914.

42 18.1

Nurse with paralyzed, blind, old woman, 1915.

42 19

Nurse with paralyzed, blind, old woman, 1915.

42 19.1

Nurse attends to seated elderly woman, 1912.

42 20

Nurse caring for man with tuberculosis, 1936.

42 21
Nurses treating children.
Box Photo

Nurse caring for mother and newborn twins, 1912.

42 22

Nurse holding malnutritioned boy, 1886.

42 23

Nurse with two mothers and their children, 1912.

42 24

Nurse with two mothers and their children, 1912.

42 24.1

Nurse with two babies, 1908.

42 25

Nurse with mother, child and twins, 191?.

42 26

Nurse bathes baby while mother and three daughters look on, 191?.

42 27

Nurse taking boy's pulse, 1919.

42 28

Nurse with mother holding twins, 191?.

42 29

Nurse at elementary school, 191?.

42 30

Nurse pays post-natal visit, 191?.

42 31

Nurse with woman and two children, 191?.

42 32

Nurse and mother with two boys, 1908.

42 33

Nurse and mother with two boys, 1908.

42 33.1

Nurse teaching girl basketry, 193?.

42 34

Nurse and asian immigrant family, 193?.

42 35

Nurse bandaging boy's leg, 193?.

42 36
FlatFile Folder Photo

Nurse with mother and premature baby, 1915.

2

Box Photo

Nurse with two women and newborn baby, 191?.

42 38

Nurse with marasmic baby and family, 1910.

42 39

Nurse holding infant, 1919.

42 40

Nurse attending two sick young men, 1916.

42 41
People.
Box Photo

Nurse holding twin infants, 1919.

42 42

Two women in a room filled with toys, 1928.

42 43

Asian family portrait, 192?.

42 44

Woman and five children, 192?.

42 45

Girl with beadloom, 192?.

42 46

Woman using sewing machine, 1908.

42 47
Public relations.
Box Photo

Fifty Years of Service, 1936.

42 48

1940-1986.

Exteriors.
Group.
Box Photo

Nurse shaking boy's hand, 1961.

42 49

Nurse with little girl and boy, 1958.

42 50

Nurse Pera and girl with doll, 1964.

42 51

Nurse Pera shaking old man's hand, 1964.

43 52

Nurse Pera and the Pannells, 1964.

43 53

Nurse Pera with Gary, Joel and Phyllis Pannell, 1964.

43 54

Nurse Pera holding child's hand, 1964.

43 55

Nurse Pera talking with neighborhood children, 1964.

43 56

Nurse Pera watching children play, 1964.

43 57

Children following Nurse Pera, 1964.

43 58
Nurses.
Box Photo

Five nurses leaving the Society offices, 1958.

43 59

Five nurses on the doorstep of a building, 1958.

43 60

Five nurses on the doorstep of a building, 1958.

43 60.1
Public relations.
Box Photo

75th anniversary display, 1961.

43 61

75th anniversary display, 1961.

43 61.1

75th anniversary exhibit, 1961.

43 62

Visiting Nurse Society display, 1966.

43 63

Visiting Nurse Society display, 1966.

43 64

Hospitals Without Walls display, 1965.

43 65

Mobile unit presentation, 1953.

43 66

Nurse Zachwieja starting rounds, 1949.

43 67

Nurse Zachwieja starting rounds, 1949.

43 67.1

Nurse Eakle, 1949.

43 68

Nurse Eakle, 1949.

43 68.1

Nurse oliver in white uniform, 1963.

43 69

Nurse oliver in dark uniform, 1963.

43 70

Nurse Horrick, 1963.

43 71

Nurse in dark uniform, 1963.

43 72

Nurse Pera on the stairs, 1964.

43 73
Interiors.
General.
Box Photo

Volunteer in Child Health Conference play area, 1960.

43 74

Children at Child Health Conference, 1960.

43 75

Adult and Children at Child Health Conference, 1960.

43 76
Group shots.
Box Photo

Two women and two children at filing cabinet, 195?.

43 77

Nurse dispensing medicine, 1957.

43 78

Nurse and elderly woman in medical office, 1976.

43 79

Elderly woman playing with four children, 1976.

43 80

Photo series beginning with nurse and couple, 1961.

43 81

Photo series beginning with nurse, doctor, and child, 1961.

43 82

Nurse and couple in waiting room, 1961.

43 83

Nurse and couple in waiting room, 197?.

43 83.1
Nurses.
Box Photo

Elderly woman at filing cabinet, 1976.

43 84

People at meeting, 196?.

43 85

Nurse holding syringe, 1957.

43 86

Nurse holding stethoscope, 1957.

43 87

Two nurses with supervisor, 1950.

43 88

Nurse Pera on SEPTA, 1964.

43 89

Nurse Pera and her bag, 1964.

43 90

Nurse Pera and district supervisor, 1964.

43 91

Nurse Pera at a Meeting, 1964.

43 92

Nurse Pera at desk, 1964.

43 93

Nurse Johnston at a desk, 1949.

43 94

Nurse Johnston at a desk, 1949.

43 94.1
Nurses treating adults.
Box Photo

Nurse giving medicine to old woman, 194?.

43 95

Nurse giving sponge bath, 1949.

43 96

Nurse giving sponge bath, 1949.

43 96.1

Two nurses give man physical therapy, 1946.

43 97

Nurse helping woman with knitting, 1947.

43 98

Nurse and woman going over vitamin chart, 1947.

43 99

Nurse prepares to give old man a sponge bath, 194?.

43 100

Nurse attending to an old man in wheelchair, 1947.

43 101

Nurse King teaches a woman to knit, 1947.

43 102

Nurse giving man a shot, 196?.

43 103

Nurse showing medication and a woman, 1957.

43 104

Nurse helping woman with telephone, 1947.

43 105

Nurse helping woman to embroider, 1947.

43 106

Nurse visiting female patient, 1958.

43 107

Nurse watching woman raise herself with trapeze, 1958.

43 108

Nurse taking woman's pulse, 1958.

43 109

Nurse taking woman's pulse and temperature, 1958.

43 110

Home health aide giving elderly woman a meal, 1965.

43 111

Home health aide giving elderly woman a meal, 1965.

43 111.1

Home health aide combing an old woman's hair, 1965.

44 112

Home health aide combing an old woman's hair, 1965.

44 112.1

Home health aide combing an old woman's hair, 1965.

44 112.2

Home health aide holding the arm of old woman, 1965.

44 113

Home health aide holding the arm of old woman, 1965.

44 113.1

Home health aide giving vitamins to old woman, 1965.

44 114

Home health aide applying bandage to old woman's leg, 1965.

44 115

Home health aide applying bandage to old woman's leg, 1965.

44 115.1

Home health aide applying bandage to old woman's leg, 1965.

44 115.2

Home health aide applying bandage to old woman's leg with husband present, 1965.

44 116

Home health aide applying bandage to old woman's leg with husband present, 1965.

44 116.1

Home health aide giving drinks to old couple, 1965.

44 117

Home health aide giving drinks to old couple, 1965.

44 117.1

Home health aide giving drinks to old couple, 1965.

44 117.2

Home health aide and woman with walker, 1965.

44 118

Home health aide and woman with walker, 1965.

44 118.1

Home health aide and woman with walker, 1965.

44 118.2

Home health aide giving pills to woman amputee, 1965.

44 119

Home health aide giving pills to woman amputee, 1965.

44 119.1

Home health aide giving pills to woman amputee, 1965.

44 119.2

Home health aide soaking woman's amputated foot, 1965.

44 120

Home health aide soaking woman's amputated foot, 1965.

44 120.1

Nurse Pera helping woman comb hair, 1964.

44 121

Nurse Pera helping woman comb hair, 1964.

44 121.1

Nurse Pera helping woman comb hair, 1964.

44 121.2

Nurse Pera checking man's heart rate as his wife looks on, 1964.

44 122

Nurse Pera checking man's heart rate, 1964.

44 123

Nurse Pera and arthritic woman, 1964.

44 124

Nurse Pera giving woman nutritional guidance, 1964.

44 125

Nurse Pera preparing a man's bandage, 1964.

44 126

Nurse Pera preparing a man's bandage, 1964.

44 126.1

Nurse Pera preparing man's dressing, 1964.

44 127

Nurse Pera talking with old man, 1964.

44 128

Nurse Pera and ms victim, 1964.

44 129
Nurses with children.
Box Photo

Nurse fitting leg brace on child, 1958.

44 130

Nurse working with child's feet, 1958.

44 131

Nurse helping child put on leg braces and shoes, 1958.

44 132

Nurse greeting child, 1958.

44 133

Doctor and nurse giving polio vaccine to crying girl, 1955.

44 134

Doctor and nurse looking in child's ear, 1949.

44 135

Doctor, nurse, mother and infant, 1949.

44 136

Doctor, nurse, woman and little girl, 1949.

44 137

Doctor, nurse, woman and little boy, 1949.

44 138

Nurse, mother and little boy and infant, 1949.

44 139

Nurse bathing baby as mother watches, 1949.

44 139a

Nurse and woman with infant, 197?.

44 140

Nurse weighing baby on scale, 1957.

44 141

Nurse looking into asian child's throat, 194?.

44 142

Nurse with Asian woman and her two sons, 194?.

44 143

Nurse massaging boy's leg, 1946.

44 144

Nurse putting brace on boy's leg, 1946.

44 145

Nurse and mother bathe infant, 1957.

44 146

Nurse looking in child's mouth (front view), 1957.

44 147

Nurse looking in child's mouth (side view), 1957.

44 148

Nurse examines baby's scalp, 1957.

44 149

Nurse showing carrot to child and mother, 1966.

44 150

Nurse talking to young boy, 195?.

44 151

Nurse rubbing cotton on baby's face, 1958.

44 152

Nurse showing pamphlet to infant's mother, 1958.

44 153

Nurse showing ammonia to mother and child, 1957.

44 154

Nurse playing with child and puzzle, 1957.

44 155

Nurse measuring Virginia, 194?.

44 156

Nurse weighing infant, 194?.

44 157

Nurse weighing infant on fairbanks scale, 1949.

44 158

Nurse cleaning boy's teeth, 1949.

44 159

Nurse weighing little girl, 1949.

44 160

Nurse Pera helps a mother put leg braces on a boy, 1964.

44 161

Nurse Pera and child smiling at each other, 1964.

44 162

Nurse Pera and child looking off camera, 1964.

44 163

Nurse Pera smiling at boy on crutches, 1964.

44 164

Nurse Pera holding baby and smiling, 1964.

45 165

Nurse Pera holding baby, 1964.

45 166

Nurse Pera bathing baby while mother watches, 1964.

45 167
People.
Box Photo

Woman sewing, 1946.

45 168

Woman making dolls, 1946.

45 169

Man using table saw, 1946.

45 170

One-legged woman knitting, 1947.

45 171

Woman weaving, 1947.

45 172
Portraits.
Box Photo

Mary Randal, 1949.

45 173
Public relations.
Box Photo

Three women and a cake, 1949.

45 174

Cake and flowers, 1949.

45 175

Cake and flowers, 1949.

45 175.1

Anniversary cake, 1949.

45 176

Anniversary cake, 1949.

45 176.1

Woman, flowers and cake, 1949.

45 177

Woman, flowers and cake, 1949.

45 177.1

Woman and cake, 1949.

45 178

Seven women and cake, 1949.

45 179

Three women and cake, 1949.

45 180

Three women cutting a cake, 1949.

45 181

Three women cutting a cake, 1949.

45 181.1

Woman cutting VNS 60th anniversary cake, 1946.

45 182

Woman cutting VNS 60th anniversary cake, 1946.

45 183

Nurse in uniform, 194?.

45 184

Nurse in coat carrying black bag, 194?.

45 185

Nurse wearing uniform, 194?.

45 186

Nurse wearing uniform and coat, 194?.

45 187

Nurse against white background, 1947.

45 188

1933 VNS display, 1933.

45 189

1940 VNS display, 1940.

45 190

70th anniversary luncheon, 1956.

45 191

Awards ceremony, 1948.

45 192

Awards ceremony, 1948.

45 192.1

Four nurses receiving awards, 1954.

45 193

Woman signing CNS contract, 1959.

45 194

Woman preparing to sign CNS contract, 1959.

45 195

United Way display, 194?.

45 196

Contents of a nurse's black bag, 1964.

45 197

When to Expect Baby display, 196?.

45 198

Foot care display, 196?.

45 199

Nurse Pera and black bags, 1964.

45 200

Nurse filling syringe, 195?.

45 201

Old and new uniforms, 1961.

45 202

Four women at ceremony, 1961.

45 203

Four women at ceremony, 1961.

45 203.1

Four women at ceremony, 1961.

45 203.2

Four women at ceremony, 1961.

45 203.3

Four women holding a book, 1961.

45 204

Four women holding a book, 1961.

45 204.1

Three women holding a book, 1961.

45 205

Man speaking at 75th anniversary luncheon, 1961.

45 206

Overhead view of 75th anniversary party, 1961.

45 207

Two Women Holding a Book, 1961.

45 208

Three women holding award certificate, 1961.

45 209

Three women holding award certificate, looking off to the side, 1961.

45 210

Three women holding award certificate, looking off to the side, 1961.

45 210.1

Three women holding award certificate, looking off to the side, 1961.

45 210.2

Woman looking at photograph of old and new uniforms, 1961.

45 211

Three women, 1965.

45 212

Three nurses and two elderly women, 1965.

45 213

Three women at dinner, 1948.

45 214

Three women with a book, 1961.

45 215

Three smiling nurses and two elderly women, 1965.

45 216

Man presenting certificates to two women, 1964.

45 217

Man giving gift to woman, 1979.

45 218

Annual service recognition tea group shot, 1979.

45 219

Woman at podium at VNS luncheon, 1986.

45 220

Woman with hand-puppet, 1979.

45 221

Man and elderly woman, 1979.

45 222

Videotaping man at podium, 1986.

45 223

People looking at VNS display, 1986.

45 224

[no photograph].

45 225

Three women at VNS luncheon, 1986.

45 226

Man at podium, 1986.

45 227

Four people at luncheon table, 1986.

45 228

Four people at luncheon, 1986.

45 229

Woman at podium, 1979.

45 230

Mayor Goode presenting award to man, 1986.

45 231

Mayor Goode presenting award to man with group, 1986.

45 232

Mayor Goode presenting award to man with group, 1986.

45 232.1

VNS luncheon, 1986.

45 233

Three women at VNS luncheon, 1986.

45 234

Three women in different period uniforms, 1986.

45 235

VNS plaque, 198?.

45 236

Portrait of Ruth Weaver Hubbard, 194?.

45 237

Portrait of Ruth Weaver Hubbard, 194?.

45 237.1

Portraits.

Box Photo

Woman giving key to nurse aside automobile, circa 1940.

45 238

Group picture.

45 239

Jackson, J. Norman, Mrs.

45 240

Jenks, William Furness, Mrs.

45 241

Lea, Henry Charles, Mrs.

45 242

Lippincott, James Dundas, Mrs.

45 243

Towne, John Henry, Mrs.

45 244
Box

Slides.

46

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Series 11.  Artifacts and Memorabilia.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes memorial plaques, uniforms, caps, dolls, and a wooden toy "visiting nurse society" automobile.

Box

Plaques.

47

Uniforms.

48

Uniforms.

49

Medals, Block Stamps, & Gavel.

50

Dolls, Toy Automobile.

51

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