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Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia records

MC 89

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Title:
Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia records
Date [inclusive]:
1858-1976
Call Number:
MC 89
Extent:
6 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection contains records relating to the Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia. Materials include historical accounts, administrative records, board minutes, annual reports, correspondence, and photographs.
Cite as:
Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

The Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia was established in 1861. The hospital began a training school for nurses two years later that was the first known chartered school for nurses in the United States. In early years, the school was affiliated with Blockley (Philadelphia General Hospital) and Pennsylvania Hospitals for the training of nurses. An Alumnae Association was organized in 1889. The hospital merged with the West Philadelphia Hospital for Women in 1929. After the merger of the two hospitals, the two Alumnae Associations also merged in 1931. The school was closed in February 1964, and the hospital was absorbed by the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the same year. It officially closed in February 1965. The Nurses' Alumnae Association of the Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia donated the collection to the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1976. The College transferred it to the Bates Center in 1991.

Scope and Contents

The collection came from three main sources: the Woman's Hospital, the School of Nursing, and the Nurses' Alumnae Association. As the hospital merged with the West Philadelphia Hospital for Women and Children in 1929, the collection also contains a file of the latter hospital. History accounts and administrative records (minutes, annual reports, etc.) are two important features of the collection. This collection covers a wide variety of records, including board minutes, hospital annual reports, correspondence, programs of all kinds of social activities, nurse certificates, books and publications, photographs, and artifacts.

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

Sponsor

This collection was processed with funds provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission as part of the Nursing History Processing and Cataloging Project.

Access Restrictions

Patient names may not be cited.

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 Gretchen Worden at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1992.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Mutter Museum.
  • Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Hospital records
  • School records
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Occupation(s)
  • Women--Physician
Subject(s)
  • Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919.
  • Nursing schools.
  • Women's hospitals.
  • Women--Health and hygiene.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Hospital, 1858-1976.

Scope and Contents note

The records of the hospital consist of bylaws, annual reports, history, documents of structure and function, correspondence, addresses and lecture notes by members and associates of the hospital, patient files, and publications.

Box

Charter and Bylaws, a framed tablet bearing Section 4 of WHP bylaws and charter certification by Commonwealth Deputy Secretary, April 2, 1861.

8

Charter and bylaws, 1861.

1 1

Bylaws revision, 1946.

1 2

Chronological outline of history of nurse instruction since 1839, [1950].

1 3

Chronological notes of 1761-1894.

1 4

Historical account on the occasion of the founding of the new hospital building, 1930.

1 5

Chronological outline, 1931.

1 6

History by Mary W. Griscom, 1934.

1 7

Endowments, chronological notes, 1865-1906.

1 8

Published history, reprints, 1934.

1 9

History, drafts, 1931-1953.

1 10

Minutes of the Governing board, 1863-1881.

1 11

Minutes of the joint board meetings of Woman's Hospital and West Philadelphia Hospital, 1929-1930.

1 12

Board of Managers, lists, 1960-1964.

1 13

Ledger book: "Old Records", 1866-1885.

1 14

Annual Reports.

Box Folder

1862-1873.

1 15

1874-1883.

1 16

1884-1890.

1 17

1891-1895.

1 18

1904, 1905, 1909, 1912-1914, 1925, 1930.

1 19

Outline for the preparation of an historical review of a school of nursing, 1968.

2 35
Box Folder

The Board's work report, 1931.

2 20

Annual report: centennial year, 1961.

2 21

Rules for medical staff, undated.

2 22

Rules for the government, 1912.

2 23

Committee on Nurses: Rules for nurses in training, undated.

2 24

Rules and regulations for the government of the staff, [before 1952].

2 25

Philosophy and objectives, 1961.

2 26

Information book, 1961.

2 27

House staff manual, 1963.

2 28

Correspondence, 1928-1973.

2 29

Correspondence re: merger with West Philadelphia Hospital, 1929-1930.

2 30

Correspondence, miscellaneous, 1939-1961.

2 31

Correspondence re: commemorative stamp, 1961.

2 32

Correspondence re: Pennsylvania Loyalty Act, 1962-1963.

2 33

Correspondence re: merger with University of Pennsylvania, 1964.

2 34

Addresses by Ann Preston (includes Mrs. E.H. Cleveland 1858).

Box Folder

Valedictory addresses and introductory lectures to Female Medical College, 1858-1863.

2 36

Address "Nursing the Sick and the Training of Nurses", May 21, 1863.

2 37

Woman as Physicians, 1867.

2 38

Valedictory address to the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1870.

2 39

Joseph S. Longshore: Introductory lecture to Penn Medical University of Philadelphia, 1860.

2 40

Address by Eliza E. Judson in memory of Ann Preston, 1873.

2 41

Lecture notes by Mrs. Greensfelder on history of nursing, undated.

2 42

Ruth King Yarnall: Certificates, 1909-1933.

7 1

Patient files.

Conditions Governing Access note

Personal names of hospital patients cannot be cited.

Box Folder

#540-#564, 1868.

2 43

#1849-#2135, 1875.

2 44

#2162-#2267, 1876.

2 45

#2275-#2418, 1876.

2 46

#2460-#2582, 1877.

2 47

#2586-#2708, 1877.

2 48

Publications.

Box Folder

Patient Handbooks, undated.

3 49

Children's House Committee: Brochure, undated.

3 50

Brochure: "The School of Nursing", [after 1929].

3 51

Modern hospital sketches by Mary Milner, reprinted 1948.

3 52

The Thermometer, 1950-1963.

3 53

Employee newsletter, June 2, 1963.

3 54

The Monthly News, 1906-1907.

3 55

The Woman's Hospital Herald, 1930.

3 56

A Book About Them, [after 1929].

3 57

Second Century Founders, [after 1961].

7 2

Clippings.

FlatFile

Daily Evening Bulletin, two enlarged photocopies, November 5, 1861.

5
Box Folder

Newspapers, 1924-1965.

3 58

Davis' Nursing Survey, May 1940.

3 59

Philadelphia Medicine, May 1961.

3 60
Box Folder

Miscellaneous, [1953-1976].

3 61

List of the recipients of the Pauline Medal, 1877-1953.

3 62

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Series 2.  Nursing School, 1876-1973.

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of a historical account of the school, correspondence from 1937 to 1952, program brochures for various kinds of school activities, class yearbooks, and the proposal from Florence Stump for the preservation of the school's records.

Box Folder

History, 1925.

3 1

Report 1 Q74.

3 2

Correspondence.

Box Folder

Historical Letters, 1937-1948.

3 3

General, 1944-1952.

3 4
Box Folder

Contracts with the School of Nursing of the University of Pennsylvania, 1962-1964.

3 5

Regulations re: Prizes, [after 1935].

3 6

Commencement programs, 1909-1956.

3 7

Graduating Exercises, 1932-1960.

3 8

Commencement Programs, 1940, 1943, 1953, 1961, 1962.

3 9

Miscellaneous ceremony programs, 1940-1960.

3 10

Reunion programs, 1940-1970.

3 11

Capping ceremony, mailing list, 1960.

3 12

Class yearbooks.

Box Folder

1929.

3 13

1930.

3 14

1931-1932.

3 15

1937.

3 16
Box Folder

Students' Handbook, 1961-1962.

4 17

Bulletin, 1957-1960.

4 18

Musical score: "Pomp and Circumstances", [1902].

4 19

Miscellaneous, 1959-1964.

4 20

Proposal from Florence Stump for the preservation of the school's historical records, 1973.

4 21

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Series 3.  Nurses' Alumnae Association, 1890-1973.

Scope and Contents note

Included in this series are constitution and bylaws, minutes books from 1895 to 1920, and some newsletters published by the alumnae association.

Box Folder

Constitution, Bylaws and Ethics, 1925.

4 1

Minutes Books.

Box Folder

March 13, 1895-December 12, 1900.

4 2

January 9, 1901-March 10, 1909.

4 3

May 12, 1909-June 9, 1915.

4 4

October 13, 1915-February 11, 1920.

4 5
Box Folder

Publication: The Echo, 1948-1956.

5 6

Reception Program, 1948.

5 7

Correspondence, 1924.

5 8

Scrapbook, 1919-1965.

5 9

Correspondence and data collected by Florence Stump, 1973.

5 10

Deed and Indenture for Sarah E. Huntington, 1890.

5 11

Caption labels used for an exhibition on the hospital, [1970s].

5 12

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Series 4.  West Philadelphia Hospital for Women and Children, 1897-1939.

Scope and Contents note

This small series includes an account of the hospital's history, a chronological outline of its training school, and annual reports from 1919 to 1923.

Box Folder

Official history, [1897].

5 1

Charter, bylaws, and rules and regulations, 1912.

5 1a

Training school, chronological outline, 1930.

5 2

Annual reports, 1919, 1920, 1923.

5 3
FlatFile

Certificates for Margaret A. MacLeman, 1918-1939.

5

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Series 5.  Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Scope and Contents note

This series contains one photograph of WMCP collected by the Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Box Photo

1 Photograph, Class of 1899 in the Bacteriological Laboratory.

6 39

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Series 6.  Photographs.

Scope and Contents note

Most of the photographs collected here are of the Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia. Only a small portion is of the West Philadelphia Hospital for Women and Children. So far as subject matter is concerned, the photographs fall into three main categories: hospital buildings and interior facilities, class group photographs, and photographs of individuals or group of individuals on various occasions.

Individuals.

Box Photo

Emeline H. Cleveland, M.D., first resident physician and superintendent of the Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia (1862-1868).

6 1

Hannah Croasthie (1835-1912), graduate nurse of WHP (1886) and faculty of the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania (1871-1902).

6 2

Dr. Catherine MacFarlane, undated.

6 3

Mrs Close and Miss Seldomridge, undated.

6 4

Buildings.

Box Photo

Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia at 2137 North College Avenue.

6 5

Woman's Hospital building at North College Avenue.

6 6

Woman's Hospital building at College Avenue, back view.

6 7

Elizabeth Peck Building, front view.

6 8

Elizabeth Peck Building, side view.

6 9

Dispensary.

6 9a

Ann E. Broomall Maternity Building.

6 10

Miller Home for Nurses.

6 11

Plan for the Woman's Hospital--"The Dream".

6 12

The 1931 look of the Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia, on the site of the West Philadelphia Hospital for Women and Children.

6 13

West Philadelphia Hospital for Women and Children.

6 14

Interiors.

Box Photo

The Earle Operating Room.

6 15

Delivery Room, with Miss Davidson (supervisor).

6 16

Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia lab.

6 17

Fourth Floor Ward.

6 18

Diet Kitchen.

6 19-20

Group pictures.

Box Photo

Biddle-Irvine Band a Thursday Sewing Circle organized to make linen, etc. for the Woman's Hospital (two identical pictures, with one 3 by 4 duplicate and a negative), [1906].

6 21

Class of 1915.

6 22

Class of 1918.

6 23

Class of 1919 with babies, 1918.

6 24

Class of 1927, two pictures taken in front of the Senior Nurse Home (stuck on one sheet).

6 25

Graduate Nurses' Chorus of Philadelphia, 1937.

6 26

Juniors of 1943.

6 27

Class of 1946.

6 28

Bertha Seldomridge, Esther Hoffman Buffy and four others, undated.

6 29

Group picture, three seated, three standing, undated.

6 30

Group picture, four seated, six standing, undated.

6 31

Group picture, 12 persons, undated.

6 32

Group picture, 5 persons in front of the Shepard Memorial Building, undated.

6 33

Farewell, Seniors, undated.

6 34

A group of c. 30 people sitting in the old hospital basement during a ceremony for the dedication of a new clinic, [circa 1929].

6 34a

Meeting to develop the interest in the history of nursing, held at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1974.

Box Photo

Someone of the alumnae association of the Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia presents some publications to the president (?) of CPP.

6 35

Group picture.

6 36

Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, Class of 1899 in the Bacteriological Laboratory.

6 39

Negatives.

Box Negative

Emeline H. Cleveland.

6 1

Delivery Room.

6 16

Diet Kitchen.

6 19

Class of 1915.

6 22

Class of 1919 with babies.

6 24

Class of 1946.

6 28

Farewell, Seniors.

6 34

Operating Room.

6 37

Seminar session (?).

6 38

Ann Preston.

6 40

Hospital building (copied from History of Nursing in Pennsylvania by Roberta M. West).

6 41

Clinic amphitheater (copied from History of Nursing in Pennsylvania by Roberta M. West), 1892.

6 42
Box Folder

Album (Scrapbook), photos of nursing students, [1930].

6 1

Miscellaneous pictures.

6 2

Three photos of nurse dolls.

7 3

2004.03.   Fultz, Edith May James Madison University. Carrier Library. Special Collections.. Edith May Fultz [class of 1942] Photograph Scrapbook, 1940-1942.

9

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Series 7.  Artifacts.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes memorial plaques, nurse caps, a doll, instruments used by nurses, and pieces of bricks chipped from the hospital building in 1973.

Box

Nurse caps, pins, costume uniforms.

8

Two metal memorabilia plaques with inscriptions of "The Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia, the First Chartered School of Nursing in the United States, Founded March 22, 1861" and "The Rachel Comly Shallcross Memorial".

8

Instruments, fluter iron (with base), chips of bricks, etc.

9

Student nursing doll.

10

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