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Edith Erikson Ives papers

MC 205

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
Ives, Edith Erikson C., 1902-1988
Title:
Edith Erikson Ives papers
Date:
circa 1902-1988
Call Number:
MC 205
Extent:
1.8 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Edith Erikson Ives was a graduate of Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) School of Nursing who served during World War II. This collection includes records of Ives' PGH activities, including her involvement in the Alumnae Association, as well as her personal papers, photographs, and scrapbook.
Cite as:
Edith Erikson Ives papers, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Edith Erikson Ives (1902-1988) began her nursing education and career at Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) School of Nursing on September 1, 1925. After graduating in 1928, Ives began working as a registered nurse for PGH. She was promoted to Supervising Nurse in 1942. Her work has merited several awards throughout her career. Following World War II, Ives was awarded for her service in the war and the American National Red Cross gave her a Certificate of Appreciation in 1945. In 1959 the Philadelphia General Hospital awarded her a citation for over twenty-five years of service to the hospital and to the Philadelphia community. Four years later she resigned from PGH and eventually settled in Kennedyville, Maryland for some time.

Her husband, George Ives, was a ship builder for the Maritime Administration. He died in 1981.

During her nursing school career she manifested her talent to create as well as to heal. She wrote poetry to communicate her feelings concerning the daily life of a nursing student. Upon graduation, she wrote a poem, "Tall Oaks from Little Acorns Grow," for her graduating class. The typical day for her was a 7a.m. to 7p.m. shift including patient visits, doctor consultations, patient maintenance, etc. Edith Ives continually gave support to nursing students during her professional career at PGH.

A 50th year reunion brought together about fifty members of the 1928 graduating class of the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing.

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 Ruth Erikson, 1995.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital.
  • Philadelphia General Hospital.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Personal papers
Occupation(s)
  • Nurse
Personal Name(s)
  • Ives, Edith Erikson C., 1902-1988
Subject(s)
  • Nursing.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Personal, 1924-1988.

Box Folder

Book, Nursing Procedures, Philadelphia General Hospital, including anecdotes, 1924.

1 1

Celebration of 50th Anniversary, Class of 1928, May 5, 1978.

1 2

Citation and Certificate of Appreciation, 1945-1959.

1 3

Correspondence.

Box Folder

From Big Sisters, 1925.

1 4

Appointment to Supervising position and resignation letters, 1942 and 1963.

1 5

Family History, Ives, 19th century.

1 6

Notebook, Class Lecture Notes, undated.

1 7

Obituary, October 10, 1988.

1 8

Summary, First three days at Philadelphia General Hospital, school of Nursing, 1925.

1 9

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Series 2.  School of Nursing, Philadelphia General Hospital, 1924-1958.

Booklets.

Box Folder

Announcement of courses, 1924-1925, 1947-1948 and 1950-1952.

1 10

Faculty lectures and department personnel, 1940-1941.

1 11

Brochures, 1950s.

1 12

Class poems, 1925-1928.

1 13

Code for Professional Nurses, 1960; Essentials of General Good Nursing Care, undated; poem "The Nurse," undated.

1 14

Graduation Invitation, 1935.

1 15

Handbooks, Student Government Association, 1940s and 1951-1953.

1 16

Programs.

Box Folder

Class Night Exercises- Class of 1928.

1 17

Graduating Exercises and class poem, Class of 1928.

1 18

Graduating Exercises of Class of 1971.

1 19

Publication, Blockley News, December 1958 and Holiday Issue, 1949-1950.

1 20

Public Relations-Promotional Reprints, 1955 and 1956.

1 21

Service Flag, Dedication, 1940s.

1 22

Statement on "Nursing Education: Status or Service Oriented?" New York Academy of Medicine, 1977.

1 23

Personnel.

Box Folder

S. Lillian Clayton, Superintendent of Nurses, collection of Memorabilia, 1915-1954.

1 24

Alice Fisher, Superintendent of Nurses 1884-1888, article "To Alice in Philadelphia" - The American Nurse, 1976.

1 25

Stella Goostray, Education Director. Article, "Stella Goostray...Distinguished Administrator, Professional Leader, and Good Neighbor", March 1958.

1 26

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Series 3.  Alumnae Association, School of Nursing.

Philadelphia General Hospital, 1933-1987.

Box Folder

Annual Banquet Programs, 1935-1985.

2 27

Charter and By-Laws, 1972.

2 28

Clippings and news articles, Graduates of Philadelphia General Hospital, 1960-1987.

2 29

Monthly Bulletins, February 1933 to September 1987.

2 30

Stamp Envelope-"Honoring Nursing Profession", 1961.

2 31

Program, "Forty-Two Years of Nursing in a Democracy, 1900-1940," American Journal of Nursing, 1940.

2 32

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Series 4.  Philadelphia General Hospital, 1925-1977.

Box Folder

Christmas Dinner Menus, 1925, 1935 and 1944.

2 33

Civil Service Regulations, March 7, 1963.

2 34

History and Information, 1920s-1950s.

2 35

Hospital Week, Units to be toured, May 5, 1959.

2 36

Interpersonal Relations, Nursing Staff, undated.

2 37

Invitation, Dedication Exercises, Dental Clinic, 1959.

2 38

Invitation, New Release, Urology Clinic Open-House, 1962.

2 39

Map, University City, 1967.

2 40

Newspaper Clippings.

Box Folder

Closing (of hospital) and proposed development of AREA, including correspondence, 1976 and 1982.

2 41

Financial and fiscal crisis and proposed building, 1966-1971.

2 42

Future role in the community, 1968-1971.

2 43

Health care and facilities available to community, 1966-1971.

2 44

Individuals associated with hospital, 1957-1972.

2 45

Obituaries, associates, volunteers, and employees, 1968-1971.

2 46

Otolaryngology clinic-news release, 1962.

2 47

Pediatric clinic, brief summary, 1960.

2 48

Poor working and treatment facilities condition, 1969-1971.

2 49

Proclamation, ceremony marking end of holiday season, undated.

2 50

Programs.

Box Folder

Commemoration 25 years as Presbyterian Chaplin, 1941, including Fiftieth Annual report of City Missions in Presbytery of Philadelphia, 1941-1942.

2 51

Dedication Service, Protestant Chapel, 1958.

2 52

Luncheon and dinner in honor of employees, 1952, 1961 and 1963.

2 53

Neurology Building, opening ceremonies, 1951.

2 54

Osler.

Box Folder

Osler at Old Blockley, presentation of painting including invitation, 1953.

3 55

Osler Slept Here, musical comedy by Dr. Eric Reiss, 1950.

3 56

Testimonial dinner, honor of Elizabeth Miller, 1954.

3 57

Publications.

Box Folder

Review in General, 1st edition by Employees Committee, 1963.

3 58

Ten Year Report, Philadelphia General Hospital in 60s, 1961.

3 59

The Thermometer, 10th year/No. 1-3, 1959.

3 60

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Series 5.  Collected Articles and Scrapbook, 1951-1976.

Box Folder

Down and Out in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1970.

3 61

The Outcast Old, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1969.

3 62

Albert Schweitzer, "The Good Samaritan of Haiti," 1976; W. Meredith Heyl, M.D., "The Doctor is a Dowser," 1968; Nurse Dodged Killer by Hiding Under Bed, 1966.

3 63
Flatbox Folder

Scrapbook, 1951-1971.

4 64

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Series 6.  Photographs and Slides.

Flatbox
5

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