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American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses Post No. 412.
Title:
American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records
Date [inclusive]:
1919-1989
Call Number:
MC 39
Extent:
2.25 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection documents one of the largest and most active American Legion nurses' posts: the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 of Philadelphia. In its heyday, the Fairchild Post engaged in a multitude of community activities, and enjoyed a large membership base. These files provide a glimpse of the long and eventful history of the Post, beginning in 1919 and continuing to 1989.
Cite as:
American Legion, Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Title:
Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) Training School for Nurses Miscellaneous Collection
Date [inclusive]:
1918-2006
Call Number:
MC 210
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This artificial collection contains miscellaneous small donations related to the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing. They were primarily given by alumni over a period of many years, but some items are of unknown provenance. This collection may include artifacts, publications, personal papers, photographs, and records related to the PGH Training School for Nurses.
Cite as:
Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) Training School for Nurses miscellaneous collection, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
Sigma Theta Tau. Xi Chapter.
Title:
Sigma Theta Tau, Inc.– Xi Chapter, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing records
Date:
circa 1958-2005
Call Number:
MC 147
Extent:
14 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Sigma Theta Tau is the nursing honor society. This unprocessed collection contains the records of the Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Cite as:
Sigma Theta Tau, Inc.– Xi Chapter, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
Stachniewicz, Stephanie A., 1967-1977
Title:
Stephanie A. Stachniewicz collection
Date [inclusive]:
1954-1997
Call Number:
MC 76
Extent:
3.75 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection contains records from Stephanie A. Stachniewicz's time as Director of School of Nursing and Nursing Service at Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH). Materials include meeting minutes and other administrative records.
Cite as:
Stephanie A. Stachniewicz collection, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

As the American Legion came into being in the years following World War I, a great number of nurses who had served overseas expressed interest in forming their own American Legion posts. Nurses' posts became quite numerous; some of these took names which honored the bravery of American nurses who had been wounded or killed in the line of duty.

One such post, the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post #412 (hereafter referred to as the "Post"), was named for a graduate of the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, who was one of the contingent of nurses that accompanied the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). Serving at Base Hospital #10 in France, Fairchild fell prey to a poison gas attack and died soon after, on January 18, 1918. Upon their return to the states, some of the other Base 10 nurses founded Nurses' Post #412 in Philadelphia, and named it in Fairchild's honor.

The first meeting of this post was held at the Frankford Hospital on October 14, 1919. The Post was chartered a year later, on October 15, 1920. Membership grew rapidly from 200 in the first year to 386 in 1926. Meetings of the Post were initially held at various area hospitals. During the 1920s, the Post was headquartered in the Third Regiment Armory, before locating more permanently to the Central YMCA on Arch Street in 1934. For a number of years, the Post met either at the Arch Street YMCA or in the Philadelphia County Council Building.

Unfortunately, many of the Post's pre-1947 records were destroyed in a fire, and thus little information survives for the period from 1931-1947. In 1947, membership was hovering around the upper 300s - it reached a peak of 421 at the end of 1948. It was during this period - the decades of the 1940s and 1950s - that the number of activities sponsored by the Post also reached its height. The Post was very active in the community. During the holiday season, the members demonstrated their generosity by providing food, clothing, and toys to needy families and children. In the winter months, the Post sponsored a student nurse basketball league, which pitted teams from area hospital training schools against one another. League play culminated in a championship in the spring, with the championship trophy provided by the Post. The league, which was begun by members of the Post in 1931, was in existence for fifty years before a lack of interest caused it to fold.

The Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post also provided a number of awards and scholarships. The Elizabeth Weaver Scholarship, in the amount of $250, was awarded to a needy and deserving student attending the school which won the cheerleaders contest (held at the same time as the basketball championship). Each summer, the Post sponsored a high-school-aged boy to go to Keystone Boy's State, a camp-like program run by the American Legion designed to teach Americanism, government, leadership, and the like. At the end of each school year, the Post presented American Legion Awards to two students at the George Thomas Junior High School, one to a boy, one to a girl. These awards and scholarships helped to make the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post and the American Legion quite prominent in the community.

Remembrance of fallen comrades has traditionally been a very important mission of the Fairchild Post, as well as the American Legion in general. To this end, the Post planned ceremonies to honor them each Memorial Day weekend. The Sunday before Memorial Day, members of the Post would help decorate graves in the Mt. Moriah cemetery, along with members of the William T. Shetzline Post. On Memorial Day itself, the Post would hold memorial services at Pennsylvania Hospital, where there was a tree dedicated to the memory of Helen Fairchild. Armistice Day (Veterans Day) was celebrated by a banquet which was usually well attended.

The last two decades have been a period of decline for the Post. It was on the strength of the WWI veterans that the Post (and the American Legion) was founded, and it was through the combined efforts of veterans from both world wars that the Post reached its summit. Thus, as these members who had been so instrumental to the success of the Post grew older, and became unable to participate as fully in outside activities, the Post began to lose much of its former vigor.

Without a large influx of new veterans, the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post (and, indeed, the American Legion in general) was forced to scale down its scope of activities. In the 1970s, the number of meetings per year were cut down to six. In 1981, this number was reduced further, to four. The Federal Post building, where the Fairchild Post had been meeting since the 1960s, was sold, and the members of the Post again had to use hospitals and other smaller venues as sites for their meetings. Membership declined in a slow but steady manner, from 303 at the end of 1966 to 102 at the end of 1987.

Scope and Contents

This collection has been organized into five series: Office Files, Members Files, Clippings, Photographs, and a World War I Register of Pennsylvania Nurses. The office files, especially the newsletters and meeting minutes, give a fairly complete description of the organizational makeup of the Post (despite some considerable gaps). In addition, they catalog a number of the activities sponsored by the Post. The members files, on the other hand, paint a more intimate picture of the Post and its members, being made up, as they are, of various personal effects. Clippings and photographs complement these files to provide a well-rounded view of the Post. The final series is a register of nurse military service: in the 1930s, the Post compiled a comprehensive list of nurses who enlisted in WWI in the state of Pennsylvania.

Scope and Contents

This collection is unprocessed. A preliminary inventory is given here. Please contact the Center for more information.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

Publication Information

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

Publication Information

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

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

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Bethany Myers

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Bethany Myers

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Center staff, updated by Bethany Myers

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

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.

Use Restrictions

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

Use Restrictions

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

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 Jeannie P. Cimiotti.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Wanda C. Hiestand and Roberta Piper.

Processing Information note

Folders are identified by accession number.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

See also: MC 171, Martha Emily Shaw papers. Shaw was an active member of Helen Fairchild Nurses Post #412 during the interwar period.

Helen Fairchild’s original letters are located at the Army Medical Museum at San Antonio TX.

Related Archival Materials note

See also: MC 5A, Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing Records; MC 13A, Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital Training School For Nurses photographs; MC 71, Alumni Association of the Training School for Nurses of Philadelphia General Hospital collection; MC 72, Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing Student Files collection.

You can view the collection on our Philadelphia General Hospital Photo Collection site.

Records of the Training School for Nurses, Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) can also be located at the Philadelphia City Archives. These materials primarily relate to activities from 1990's - 2005.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses Post No. 412.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Photographs
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Fairchild, Helen, 1884-1918
Subject(s)
  • Nursing.
  • World War, 1914-1918--Medical care

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital.
  • Alumni Association of the Training School for Nurses of Philadelphia General Hospital.
  • Philadelphia General Hospital.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Nursing schools.
  • Nursing.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Sigma Theta Tau. Xi Chapter.
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Cimiotti, Jeannie P.
Subject(s)
  • Nursing students
  • Nursing.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Philadelphia General Hospital.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Occupation(s)
  • Nurse
Personal Name(s)
  • Stachniewicz, Stephanie A., 1967-1977
Subject(s)
  • Nursing.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Office Files, 1919-1989.

Scope and Contents note

The series includes Post newsletters from 1947 to 1989, but by no means should this be considered a complete set. The newsletters provided Post members with information on upcoming meetings and other Post events, but also served as a forum for disseminating general information on members, items of interest, etc. During its height, the Fairchild Post sent out 10 to 12 newsletters per year, but this number has decreased in the time since the late sixties. The newsletters were an important tool in reaching all of the members of the Post, since only a fraction attended meetings regularly.

Also contained in this series are Post meeting minutes from a fifteen-year period between 1971 and 1986. Except for 1971, the minutes for each year represent a complete record of the meetings held during the given year. It should be noted, however, that the Post often did not hold regular meetings during the summer months.

The series includes correspondence, both general and related to specific topics, such as awards and scholarships. There are also events files, which contain general information and correspondence pertaining to certain events sponsored by the Post. There are a number of other, smaller items. A financial ledger dating from the 1920s has survived, and provides a somewhat different insight into the workings of the Post. A list of officers, committee members, and convention delegates for the years 1919 to 1966is included, though because of its size (6 feet long, accordionated) it has been placed in a flat file. General information on the American Legion, the Helen Fairchild Nurses Post, and the history of the Post has been collected; these files, however, are much more miscellaneous and fragmentary in nature. Other items in the series include an operations manual for incoming Post adjutants, programs from annual Post banquets, citations garnered by the Post over the years, and membership records of the Post, consisting of 4 by 6 inch information cards, one (or more) for each member.

Newsletters.

Box Folder

1947-1948.

1 1

1965-1967 (not inclusive).

1 2

1973, 1974, 1978, 1980-84, 1985-89.

1 3

Minutes.

Box Folder

September-December 1971.

1 4

1972.

1 5

1973.

1 6

1974.

1 7

1975.

1 8

1976.

1 9

1977.

1 10

1978.

1 11

1979.

1 12

1980.

1 13

1981.

1 14

1982.

1 15

1983.

1 16

1984.

1 17

1985.

1 18

1986.

1 19
FlatFile Folder

List of officers, committee members, convention delegates, 1919-1966.

5 1
Box Folder

Post 412, membership.

1 20

Post 412, financial ledger.

1 21

Post 412, operations manual.

1 22

Events.

Box Folder

Memorial Day, general.

1 23

Memorial Day, correspondence.

1 24

Plaque Dedication, general.

1 25

Plaque Dedication, correspondence.

1 26
Box Folder

Campaign for Fairchild Veterans Administration Medical Center.

1 27

Correspondence.

Box Folder

Post 412, general.

1 28

Elizabeth Weaver Scholarship.

1 29

Keystone Boy's State.

1 30

American Legion Awards.

1 31
Box Folder

Citations.

1 32

American Legion/Helen Fairchild Post, general.

1 33

History, Helen Fairchild Post.

1 34

Programs.

1 35

1927 American Legion Conference (Paris).

1 36

Membership cards: World War I A-P.

3

Membership cards: World War I Q-Z; World War II A-Z.

4

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Series 2.  Members Files, 1910-1985.

Scope and Contents note

This series provides a different look at the members of the Fairchild Post than can be obtained through the office files series. It contains a number of personal effects of Post members, from a journal to poetry to correspondence. In addition, there are a couple of personal documents of former members, such as an RN certificate and a passport certificate issued by the American embassy in London to nurses who were attached to the AEF. Short biographies of individual members are included; these too are useful in studying the history of the Post. In all, though there is less inherent organization in this series (as compared to the first), it is nevertheless valuable in getting a true feel for the rich history of the Post.

Box Folder

Members, general.

2 1

Biographies, individual members.

2 2

Correspondence, Irene Matthews.

2 3
FlatFile Folder

RN certificate, Mary Robinson.

5 1

Passport certificate, Amina Fuhrman.

5 1

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Series 3.  Clippings, 1920-2000.

Scope and Contents note

A very small series consisting of two files, this includes clippings taken from local (Philadelphia and Pennsylvania) newspapers and magazines, the oldest dating from the 1940s. Most pertain directly to the Fairchild Nurses Post and Post-related activities, but a few are more general. This series also includes a memorial certificate from the White House.

Box Folder

Clippings.

2 1

Memorial certificate from the White House, signed by President Clinton.

2 2

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Series 4.  Photographs, 1913-1980.

Scope and Contents note

Most of the photos in this series are of a more informal nature. There are a small number of photographs which relate to the American involvement in World War I, most notably one of Helen Fairchild's gravesite, and another which may have been taken at her funeral. The bulk of the photos, however, pertain to the many activities which the Fairchild Nurses Post either sponsored or was involved in. For instance, there are as number of photos taken at awards ceremonies (especially for the basketball championships), as well as photos taken at other Post functions. There are also quite a few photographs of Post members, particularly from the early days of the Post. These photos provide a unique view of the collection, one which cannot be achieved by the rest of the material alone.

Box Folder

Paris parade, 1918.

2 1

World War I Army Base, related photos.

2 2

Helen Fairchild, funeral? & gravesite.

2 3

Johnstown parade, 1926.

2 4

Paris, Second AEF parade, 1927.

2 5

Graduation, Pennsylvania Hospital.

2 6

Post members.

2 7

Basketball championship awards.

2 8

Awards ceremonies.

2 9

Gravestones, Post members.

2 10

Memorial dedication ceremony.

2 11

Post function.

2 12

Post 412, displays.

2 13

Miscellaneous photos.

2 14

Rolled photographs.

5

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Series 5.  World War I Register of Pennsylvania Nurses, 1941.

Scope and Contents note

This series contains a listing of Pennsylvania nurses who served in World War I, along with their addresses and military histories (as compiled by the Helen Fairchild Nurses Post in the late 1930s). As noted in the introduction to this roster, the listing includes both nurses who graduated from training schools in state, and those who graduated from schools outside of Pennsylvania, but enlisted from Pennsylvania. Over 325 pages long and six years in the making, the roster was designed to be as complete as possible. The Post was aided in this task by the numerous hospitals in the state, as well as such groups as Alumni Associations and various regional nursing associations. The end result, which was complete as of January 25, 1941, was used by Roberta Mayhew West in her History of Nursing in Pennsylvania.

Box Folder

Typescript.

2 1

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Collection Inventory

Box
2010.28.  Yearbook, Scope of the Class of 1924, with Photograph and Graduation Program, 1924.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2010.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
1

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2011.22.  Yearbooks: Scope of the Class of 1927, Scope of the Class of 1928, 1927. [2 folders].
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
1

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2013.08.  PGH Class of 1963 collection, c. early 1900s. 0.1 Cubic feet.
Scope and Contents note

This file contains items that were donated at a PGH Class of 1963 event held at the Center in May 2013. This file consists of one nurse license (Emilie M. Riegel, Atlantic County NJ, 1904), one diploma (also for Emilie M. Riegel, undated and damaged), and two photographs: PGH processions, note on back reads "Philadelphia General Hospital, I graduated here. Later, was anaesthetist, Agnes Bancroft Hughes."

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Philadelphia General Hospital Class of 1963 alumni, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Diplomas
  • Photographs
1

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2012.28.  Elizabeth Gavula PGH collection, 1975-1994. 0.1 Cubic feet.
Scope and Contents note

This file consists of: 50th anniversary favor - Blockley paper double frill, 1994; Life membership card for PGH alumni association, 1975; and a PGH Alumni Bulletin, 1983.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Elizabeth Gavula, 2012.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
  • Printed ephemera
1

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2013.14.  Certified copy of Alice Fisher's birth certificate, July 16, 1999.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Karen Egenes, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
1

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2005.27.  Nurses of Pennsylvania March on Harrisburg VHS, 1997.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Videocassettes
1

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2013.15.  PGH History Project, circa 1977-1985.
Scope and Contents note

This file consists of materials relating to the Philaldephia General Hospital History Project. It includes a pamphlet entitled "The Origin of the Philadelphia General Hospital, Blockley Division" by Robert J. Hunter, papers about the archeological survey that took place in 1985, and descriptions of the project and the task force.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Nadine Landis.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Printed ephemera
1

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2013.07.  PGH Silverware: fork, spoon, knife., undated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
2

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2005.28.  Betty Estelow Halloween postcard, 1950s?.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Stephanie Stachniewicz, 2005.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Postcards
2

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2011.08.  Philadelphia General Hospital Announcement of Courses, 1925-1926, 1925.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Printed ephemera
2

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2005.29.  Double frill cap, undated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of M.V. Budney, 2005.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
2

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2005.30.  Alumni Association Bulletins: Fall 2004, Winter 2005, May 2005 (last issue), 2004-2005.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Printed ephemera
2

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1998.16.  PGH Nursing Procedure Book: Contagious Disease Service, August 1961.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Betty J. Connor via Stephanie Stachniewicz, 1998.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Manuals (instructional materials)
2

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2007.20.  Stephanie Stachniewicz collection of PGH-related materials, accompanied by a set of Scientific American offprints, 1966-2006.
Scope and Contents note

This file consists of the following items: 1 set of Scientific American offprints on biology, circa 1966; 5 booklets: Annual Banquet of the Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing, 1984-1988; Booklet: Pioneers of American Medicine by Wyeth Laboratories; 1 print of a photograph of Alice Fisher portrait; Letters and financial statements from the time of the dissolution of the Alumni Association of PGH, 2003-2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Stephanie Stachniewicz, 2007.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera
2

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2009.34.  Helen Kane PGH pin, 1918.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2009.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
2

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2011.02.  PGH postcard, 1936, and photo of unidentified nurse, undated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
2

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2011.32.  Gizella Smith collection of PGH materials, 1929-1988. [5 folders].
Scope and Contents note

These folders consist of: Scope yearbooks 1929, 1930, 1931; photo of 1951 reunion dinner; alumni bulletin, 1986; banquet program, 1988; news clippings, 1980s

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Patricia Frey, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera
  • School yearbooks
3

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1998.20.  "Put Here to Scrub" by Louise Fahl Bhoy (memoir of PGH), circa 1991?. 02 Linear feet.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Memoirs
3

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2013.27.  Dorothy del Bueno medal, photograph of the class of 1962, and frill, circa 1962.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Dorothy del Bueno, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
  • Photographs
3

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2013.31.  Photograph: nurse in snow, undated.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photographs
3

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2008.30.  2 programs: PGH lecture series, "Nurses in Cinema"; Historical marker, 2007.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Julie Fairman, 2008.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Printed ephemera
3

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2014.18.  Yearbook, Scope of the Class of 1941, 1941.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift from Dottie Turner, 2014. Items from Louise Maitland Thompson Schneider.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
3

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2014.18.  Cape, 1941.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift from Dottie Turner, 2014. Items from Louise Maitland Thompson Schneider.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
4

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2014.37.  Yearbook, Scope of the Class of 1938, with signatures.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward J. Hilinski

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
Subject(s)
  • Nursing students
3

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2014.37.  Diploma for Frances Josephine Cieslinska, 1938.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward J. Hilinski

3

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2014.37.  Framed picture of Frances.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward J. Hilinski

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Box

Alice Fisher memorial booklet.

3

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Correspondence from Barbara Bates to Nadine Landis regarding tuberculosis (TB) and Mary Mahony.

3

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Collection Inventory

Box

Annual Reports, 1958-1988.

UPSN.0003

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Annual Reports, 1995-1998.

UPSN.0003

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Chapter Bylaws, 1963-1997.

UPSN.0003

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Constitution, 1962-1971.

UPSN.0003

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Officer Duties, 1960-1970.

UPSN.0003

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Communications and Correspondences, 1958-2000.

UPSN.0004

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Committee Lists, 1958-2001.

UPSN.0004

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Chapter Biennial Reports, 1983-1985.

UPSN.0005

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Biennial Convention Reports, Documents, 1967, 1969.

UPSN.0005

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Biennial Reports Indianapolis, 1971-1973.

UPSN.0005

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Honor Society Histories, 1981-1983.

UPSN.0005

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Policy Book/Miscellaneous.

UPSN.0005

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Documents/Meeting Minutes.

UPSN.0005

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Miscellaneous Booklets.

UPSN.0005

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Check Request Forms.

UPSN.0005

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Research Grant Awarded Reports.

UPSN.0005

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Financial Records, Ledgers, Journals.

UPSN.0006

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Auditors’ Reports.

UPSN.0006

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Tax Statements.

UPSN.0006

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Treasurer’s Reports.

UPSN.0006

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Meetings Minutes, 1958, 1992-2002.

USPN.0007

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Annual Chapter Reports, 2000-2001.

USPN.0007

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Communications, 1993, 1995-1998.

USPN.0007

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Membership Inductions, 1967-2005.

USPN.0007

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Membership Lists, 1970-1998.

USPN.0007

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Outstanding Academic Achievement and leadership plaque, 1977-1987.

USPN.0007

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Education Programs – Conferences, Research Sessions Notes, 1959, 2001.

USPN.0008

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Chapter Board of Directors Manual, 1966.

USPN.0008

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Officers, 1980-1985, 1990-1995.

USPN.0008

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Papers/Information for the Web.

USPN.0009

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Miscellaneous Documents.

USPN.0009

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Membership Intent Forms, Applications and Letters of Sponsorship.

USPN.0009

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Induction Guidelines, 1998-2000.

USPN.0009

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Income ledger of Fiscal Years, 1985-1986.

USPN.0009

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Information Packet on Sigma Theta Tau International.

USPN.0010

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Research Day Notes, 1998-2000.

USPN.0010

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Biennal Convention and Guidelines, 1999.

USPN.0010

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Transitional Board Meeting Minutes and Agenda.

USPN.0010

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Chapter Reports to Headquarters.

USPN.0010

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Election Info/Forms.

USPN.0010

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Grant Opportunities.

USPN.0010

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Membership Printouts.

USPN.0010

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Item Price List.

USPN.0010

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Regions 1-8 Mailing Lists.

USPN.0010

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Chapter Policy and Guidelines.

USPN.0010

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Chapter Financial Recommendations.

USPN.0010

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Examination of accounts, 1967, 1971-1972, 1975.

USPN.0010

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Audits – Local and National Treasury.

USPN.0010

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Expenses, 2001-2002.

USPN.0010

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Host Reception Documents, 2002.

USPN.0010

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Records, 1983-1987.

USPN.0011

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Media, Photos, Clippings, Hanging Files.

USPN.0011

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Final Draft of Research Project – Bernardine Herrfernan.

USPN.0011

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Calendars.

USPN.0011

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Meeting Minutes and Notes, 1969-1985.

USPN.0011

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President’s Files, 2003-2005.

USPN.0011

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Grant Applications.

USPN.0011

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Joint project with Alpha Nu, 1969-1971.

USPN.0011

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Copies of Manuals.

USPN.0011

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Nominating Committee Lists, 1971-1972.

USPN.0011

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Research Day Documents.

USPN.0011

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Xi Chapter newsletters, 1970-2000.

USPN.0012

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Photos, Electronic Files, Printed Matter.

Box

Newspaper Clippings.

USPN.0012

Induction Photos, 1989, 2001.

USPN.0012

Biennial Convention, 2001.

USPN.0012

Miscellaneous Photos.

USPN.0012

Presentation Tapes – Jane Barnsteiner, PhD "It’s not just about Money, Nurse Recruitment and Retention Strategies".

USPN.0012

Bylaws (on disk).

USPN.0012

Fall Program (on disk)– Jane Barnsteiner, PhD Presentation, November 28, 2001.

USPN.0012

Miscellaneous Disks.

USPN.0012

Map of Regions and Chapters.

USPN.0012

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Financial Records.

Box

Treasurer’s Binders: Contain documentation of income and expenditures, balance sheets, 1989-1999.

USPN.0013

Treasurer's Binders: Contain documentation of income and expenditures, balance sheets, 2000-2004.

USPN.0014

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Box

Copies of Newsletters.

USPN.0015

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Members plaque, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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Recognitions, 1993, 2001-2002.

MSWR.0001

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Newsletters, 1960-1966, 1977.

MSWR.0001

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Induction, 1966.

MSWR.0001

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Baxter Foundation Episteme Awards.

MSWR.0001

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Officers, 1958-1996.

MSWR.0001

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Envelope of photographs.

MSWR.0001

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Historical papers, circa 1950s.

MSWR.0001

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Magazines, 1994, 1996.

MSWR.0001

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Financial statement, 1959-1960.

MSWR.0001

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Involvement of national convention, 1958-1997.

MSWR.0001

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Establishing a charter, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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History at 25th anniversary, 1983.

MSWR.0001

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Bylaws, 1st draft, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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Charter, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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Constitution, 1st draft, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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History, 1958-1970.

MSWR.0001

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Induction Ceremonies program, May 18, 1975.

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Collection Inventory

Nursing Supervisors' Minutes.

Box Folder

1970.

1 1

1971.

1 2

1972.

1 3

1973.

1 4

1974.

1 5

1975.

1 6

1976.

1 7

1977.

1 8

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Nursing Service Organization Minutes.

Box Folder

1967.

1 9

1968.

1 10

1969.

1 11

1970.

1 12

1971.

1 13

1972.

1 14

1973.

1 15

1974.

1 16

1975.

1 17

1976.

1 18

1977.

1 19

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Box Folder

Organization charts.

1 20

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Philosophies.

1 21

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Staff vitae.

1 22

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Job descriptions: Director of School of Nursing and Nursing Services, Associate Director of School of Nursing, Associate Director of Nursing Service.

1 23

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Job descriptions, Nursing Service.

1 24

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Job descriptions, School of Nursing.

1 25

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Nursing Service procedures.

Box Folder

A to E Inc.

1 26

F to O Inc.

1 27

P to Z Inc.

1 28

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Box Folder

Class listing, Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing, 1886-1977.

1 29

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Philadelphia records storage shelf list (partial listing), 1886-1975.

1 30

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Class listing, PGH School of Nursing.

Box Folder

1940-1968.

1 33

1918-1939.

1 32

1886-1917.

1 31

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American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses Post No. 412.
Title:
American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records
Date [inclusive]:
1919-1989
Call Number:
MC 39
Extent:
2.25 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection documents one of the largest and most active American Legion nurses' posts: the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 of Philadelphia. In its heyday, the Fairchild Post engaged in a multitude of community activities, and enjoyed a large membership base. These files provide a glimpse of the long and eventful history of the Post, beginning in 1919 and continuing to 1989.
Cite as:
American Legion, Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Title:
Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) Training School for Nurses Miscellaneous Collection
Date [inclusive]:
1918-2006
Call Number:
MC 210
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This artificial collection contains miscellaneous small donations related to the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing. They were primarily given by alumni over a period of many years, but some items are of unknown provenance. This collection may include artifacts, publications, personal papers, photographs, and records related to the PGH Training School for Nurses.
Cite as:
Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) Training School for Nurses miscellaneous collection, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
Sigma Theta Tau. Xi Chapter.
Title:
Sigma Theta Tau, Inc.– Xi Chapter, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing records
Date:
circa 1958-2005
Call Number:
MC 147
Extent:
14 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Sigma Theta Tau is the nursing honor society. This unprocessed collection contains the records of the Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Cite as:
Sigma Theta Tau, Inc.– Xi Chapter, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
Stachniewicz, Stephanie A., 1967-1977
Title:
Stephanie A. Stachniewicz collection
Date [inclusive]:
1954-1997
Call Number:
MC 76
Extent:
3.75 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection contains records from Stephanie A. Stachniewicz's time as Director of School of Nursing and Nursing Service at Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH). Materials include meeting minutes and other administrative records.
Cite as:
Stephanie A. Stachniewicz collection, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

As the American Legion came into being in the years following World War I, a great number of nurses who had served overseas expressed interest in forming their own American Legion posts. Nurses' posts became quite numerous; some of these took names which honored the bravery of American nurses who had been wounded or killed in the line of duty.

One such post, the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post #412 (hereafter referred to as the "Post"), was named for a graduate of the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, who was one of the contingent of nurses that accompanied the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). Serving at Base Hospital #10 in France, Fairchild fell prey to a poison gas attack and died soon after, on January 18, 1918. Upon their return to the states, some of the other Base 10 nurses founded Nurses' Post #412 in Philadelphia, and named it in Fairchild's honor.

The first meeting of this post was held at the Frankford Hospital on October 14, 1919. The Post was chartered a year later, on October 15, 1920. Membership grew rapidly from 200 in the first year to 386 in 1926. Meetings of the Post were initially held at various area hospitals. During the 1920s, the Post was headquartered in the Third Regiment Armory, before locating more permanently to the Central YMCA on Arch Street in 1934. For a number of years, the Post met either at the Arch Street YMCA or in the Philadelphia County Council Building.

Unfortunately, many of the Post's pre-1947 records were destroyed in a fire, and thus little information survives for the period from 1931-1947. In 1947, membership was hovering around the upper 300s - it reached a peak of 421 at the end of 1948. It was during this period - the decades of the 1940s and 1950s - that the number of activities sponsored by the Post also reached its height. The Post was very active in the community. During the holiday season, the members demonstrated their generosity by providing food, clothing, and toys to needy families and children. In the winter months, the Post sponsored a student nurse basketball league, which pitted teams from area hospital training schools against one another. League play culminated in a championship in the spring, with the championship trophy provided by the Post. The league, which was begun by members of the Post in 1931, was in existence for fifty years before a lack of interest caused it to fold.

The Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post also provided a number of awards and scholarships. The Elizabeth Weaver Scholarship, in the amount of $250, was awarded to a needy and deserving student attending the school which won the cheerleaders contest (held at the same time as the basketball championship). Each summer, the Post sponsored a high-school-aged boy to go to Keystone Boy's State, a camp-like program run by the American Legion designed to teach Americanism, government, leadership, and the like. At the end of each school year, the Post presented American Legion Awards to two students at the George Thomas Junior High School, one to a boy, one to a girl. These awards and scholarships helped to make the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post and the American Legion quite prominent in the community.

Remembrance of fallen comrades has traditionally been a very important mission of the Fairchild Post, as well as the American Legion in general. To this end, the Post planned ceremonies to honor them each Memorial Day weekend. The Sunday before Memorial Day, members of the Post would help decorate graves in the Mt. Moriah cemetery, along with members of the William T. Shetzline Post. On Memorial Day itself, the Post would hold memorial services at Pennsylvania Hospital, where there was a tree dedicated to the memory of Helen Fairchild. Armistice Day (Veterans Day) was celebrated by a banquet which was usually well attended.

The last two decades have been a period of decline for the Post. It was on the strength of the WWI veterans that the Post (and the American Legion) was founded, and it was through the combined efforts of veterans from both world wars that the Post reached its summit. Thus, as these members who had been so instrumental to the success of the Post grew older, and became unable to participate as fully in outside activities, the Post began to lose much of its former vigor.

Without a large influx of new veterans, the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post (and, indeed, the American Legion in general) was forced to scale down its scope of activities. In the 1970s, the number of meetings per year were cut down to six. In 1981, this number was reduced further, to four. The Federal Post building, where the Fairchild Post had been meeting since the 1960s, was sold, and the members of the Post again had to use hospitals and other smaller venues as sites for their meetings. Membership declined in a slow but steady manner, from 303 at the end of 1966 to 102 at the end of 1987.

Scope and Contents

This collection has been organized into five series: Office Files, Members Files, Clippings, Photographs, and a World War I Register of Pennsylvania Nurses. The office files, especially the newsletters and meeting minutes, give a fairly complete description of the organizational makeup of the Post (despite some considerable gaps). In addition, they catalog a number of the activities sponsored by the Post. The members files, on the other hand, paint a more intimate picture of the Post and its members, being made up, as they are, of various personal effects. Clippings and photographs complement these files to provide a well-rounded view of the Post. The final series is a register of nurse military service: in the 1930s, the Post compiled a comprehensive list of nurses who enlisted in WWI in the state of Pennsylvania.

Scope and Contents

This collection is unprocessed. A preliminary inventory is given here. Please contact the Center for more information.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

Publication Information

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

Publication Information

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

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

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Bethany Myers

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Bethany Myers

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Center staff, updated by Bethany Myers

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

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.

Use Restrictions

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

Use Restrictions

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

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 Jeannie P. Cimiotti.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Wanda C. Hiestand and Roberta Piper.

Processing Information note

Folders are identified by accession number.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

See also: MC 171, Martha Emily Shaw papers. Shaw was an active member of Helen Fairchild Nurses Post #412 during the interwar period.

Helen Fairchild’s original letters are located at the Army Medical Museum at San Antonio TX.

Related Archival Materials note

See also: MC 5A, Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing Records; MC 13A, Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital Training School For Nurses photographs; MC 71, Alumni Association of the Training School for Nurses of Philadelphia General Hospital collection; MC 72, Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing Student Files collection.

You can view the collection on our Philadelphia General Hospital Photo Collection site.

Records of the Training School for Nurses, Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) can also be located at the Philadelphia City Archives. These materials primarily relate to activities from 1990's - 2005.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses Post No. 412.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Photographs
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Fairchild, Helen, 1884-1918
Subject(s)
  • Nursing.
  • World War, 1914-1918--Medical care

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital.
  • Alumni Association of the Training School for Nurses of Philadelphia General Hospital.
  • Philadelphia General Hospital.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Nursing schools.
  • Nursing.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Sigma Theta Tau. Xi Chapter.
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Cimiotti, Jeannie P.
Subject(s)
  • Nursing students
  • Nursing.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Philadelphia General Hospital.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Occupation(s)
  • Nurse
Personal Name(s)
  • Stachniewicz, Stephanie A., 1967-1977
Subject(s)
  • Nursing.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Office Files, 1919-1989.

Scope and Contents note

The series includes Post newsletters from 1947 to 1989, but by no means should this be considered a complete set. The newsletters provided Post members with information on upcoming meetings and other Post events, but also served as a forum for disseminating general information on members, items of interest, etc. During its height, the Fairchild Post sent out 10 to 12 newsletters per year, but this number has decreased in the time since the late sixties. The newsletters were an important tool in reaching all of the members of the Post, since only a fraction attended meetings regularly.

Also contained in this series are Post meeting minutes from a fifteen-year period between 1971 and 1986. Except for 1971, the minutes for each year represent a complete record of the meetings held during the given year. It should be noted, however, that the Post often did not hold regular meetings during the summer months.

The series includes correspondence, both general and related to specific topics, such as awards and scholarships. There are also events files, which contain general information and correspondence pertaining to certain events sponsored by the Post. There are a number of other, smaller items. A financial ledger dating from the 1920s has survived, and provides a somewhat different insight into the workings of the Post. A list of officers, committee members, and convention delegates for the years 1919 to 1966is included, though because of its size (6 feet long, accordionated) it has been placed in a flat file. General information on the American Legion, the Helen Fairchild Nurses Post, and the history of the Post has been collected; these files, however, are much more miscellaneous and fragmentary in nature. Other items in the series include an operations manual for incoming Post adjutants, programs from annual Post banquets, citations garnered by the Post over the years, and membership records of the Post, consisting of 4 by 6 inch information cards, one (or more) for each member.

Newsletters.

Box Folder

1947-1948.

1 1

1965-1967 (not inclusive).

1 2

1973, 1974, 1978, 1980-84, 1985-89.

1 3

Minutes.

Box Folder

September-December 1971.

1 4

1972.

1 5

1973.

1 6

1974.

1 7

1975.

1 8

1976.

1 9

1977.

1 10

1978.

1 11

1979.

1 12

1980.

1 13

1981.

1 14

1982.

1 15

1983.

1 16

1984.

1 17

1985.

1 18

1986.

1 19
FlatFile Folder

List of officers, committee members, convention delegates, 1919-1966.

5 1
Box Folder

Post 412, membership.

1 20

Post 412, financial ledger.

1 21

Post 412, operations manual.

1 22

Events.

Box Folder

Memorial Day, general.

1 23

Memorial Day, correspondence.

1 24

Plaque Dedication, general.

1 25

Plaque Dedication, correspondence.

1 26
Box Folder

Campaign for Fairchild Veterans Administration Medical Center.

1 27

Correspondence.

Box Folder

Post 412, general.

1 28

Elizabeth Weaver Scholarship.

1 29

Keystone Boy's State.

1 30

American Legion Awards.

1 31
Box Folder

Citations.

1 32

American Legion/Helen Fairchild Post, general.

1 33

History, Helen Fairchild Post.

1 34

Programs.

1 35

1927 American Legion Conference (Paris).

1 36

Membership cards: World War I A-P.

3

Membership cards: World War I Q-Z; World War II A-Z.

4

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Series 2.  Members Files, 1910-1985.

Scope and Contents note

This series provides a different look at the members of the Fairchild Post than can be obtained through the office files series. It contains a number of personal effects of Post members, from a journal to poetry to correspondence. In addition, there are a couple of personal documents of former members, such as an RN certificate and a passport certificate issued by the American embassy in London to nurses who were attached to the AEF. Short biographies of individual members are included; these too are useful in studying the history of the Post. In all, though there is less inherent organization in this series (as compared to the first), it is nevertheless valuable in getting a true feel for the rich history of the Post.

Box Folder

Members, general.

2 1

Biographies, individual members.

2 2

Correspondence, Irene Matthews.

2 3
FlatFile Folder

RN certificate, Mary Robinson.

5 1

Passport certificate, Amina Fuhrman.

5 1

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Series 3.  Clippings, 1920-2000.

Scope and Contents note

A very small series consisting of two files, this includes clippings taken from local (Philadelphia and Pennsylvania) newspapers and magazines, the oldest dating from the 1940s. Most pertain directly to the Fairchild Nurses Post and Post-related activities, but a few are more general. This series also includes a memorial certificate from the White House.

Box Folder

Clippings.

2 1

Memorial certificate from the White House, signed by President Clinton.

2 2

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Series 4.  Photographs, 1913-1980.

Scope and Contents note

Most of the photos in this series are of a more informal nature. There are a small number of photographs which relate to the American involvement in World War I, most notably one of Helen Fairchild's gravesite, and another which may have been taken at her funeral. The bulk of the photos, however, pertain to the many activities which the Fairchild Nurses Post either sponsored or was involved in. For instance, there are as number of photos taken at awards ceremonies (especially for the basketball championships), as well as photos taken at other Post functions. There are also quite a few photographs of Post members, particularly from the early days of the Post. These photos provide a unique view of the collection, one which cannot be achieved by the rest of the material alone.

Box Folder

Paris parade, 1918.

2 1

World War I Army Base, related photos.

2 2

Helen Fairchild, funeral? & gravesite.

2 3

Johnstown parade, 1926.

2 4

Paris, Second AEF parade, 1927.

2 5

Graduation, Pennsylvania Hospital.

2 6

Post members.

2 7

Basketball championship awards.

2 8

Awards ceremonies.

2 9

Gravestones, Post members.

2 10

Memorial dedication ceremony.

2 11

Post function.

2 12

Post 412, displays.

2 13

Miscellaneous photos.

2 14

Rolled photographs.

5

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Series 5.  World War I Register of Pennsylvania Nurses, 1941.

Scope and Contents note

This series contains a listing of Pennsylvania nurses who served in World War I, along with their addresses and military histories (as compiled by the Helen Fairchild Nurses Post in the late 1930s). As noted in the introduction to this roster, the listing includes both nurses who graduated from training schools in state, and those who graduated from schools outside of Pennsylvania, but enlisted from Pennsylvania. Over 325 pages long and six years in the making, the roster was designed to be as complete as possible. The Post was aided in this task by the numerous hospitals in the state, as well as such groups as Alumni Associations and various regional nursing associations. The end result, which was complete as of January 25, 1941, was used by Roberta Mayhew West in her History of Nursing in Pennsylvania.

Box Folder

Typescript.

2 1

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Collection Inventory

Box
2010.28.  Yearbook, Scope of the Class of 1924, with Photograph and Graduation Program, 1924.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2010.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
1

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2011.22.  Yearbooks: Scope of the Class of 1927, Scope of the Class of 1928, 1927. [2 folders].
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
1

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2013.08.  PGH Class of 1963 collection, c. early 1900s. 0.1 Cubic feet.
Scope and Contents note

This file contains items that were donated at a PGH Class of 1963 event held at the Center in May 2013. This file consists of one nurse license (Emilie M. Riegel, Atlantic County NJ, 1904), one diploma (also for Emilie M. Riegel, undated and damaged), and two photographs: PGH processions, note on back reads "Philadelphia General Hospital, I graduated here. Later, was anaesthetist, Agnes Bancroft Hughes."

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Philadelphia General Hospital Class of 1963 alumni, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Diplomas
  • Photographs
1

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2012.28.  Elizabeth Gavula PGH collection, 1975-1994. 0.1 Cubic feet.
Scope and Contents note

This file consists of: 50th anniversary favor - Blockley paper double frill, 1994; Life membership card for PGH alumni association, 1975; and a PGH Alumni Bulletin, 1983.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Elizabeth Gavula, 2012.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
  • Printed ephemera
1

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2013.14.  Certified copy of Alice Fisher's birth certificate, July 16, 1999.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Karen Egenes, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
1

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2005.27.  Nurses of Pennsylvania March on Harrisburg VHS, 1997.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Videocassettes
1

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2013.15.  PGH History Project, circa 1977-1985.
Scope and Contents note

This file consists of materials relating to the Philaldephia General Hospital History Project. It includes a pamphlet entitled "The Origin of the Philadelphia General Hospital, Blockley Division" by Robert J. Hunter, papers about the archeological survey that took place in 1985, and descriptions of the project and the task force.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Nadine Landis.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Printed ephemera
1

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2013.07.  PGH Silverware: fork, spoon, knife., undated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
2

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2005.28.  Betty Estelow Halloween postcard, 1950s?.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Stephanie Stachniewicz, 2005.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Postcards
2

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2011.08.  Philadelphia General Hospital Announcement of Courses, 1925-1926, 1925.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Printed ephemera
2

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2005.29.  Double frill cap, undated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of M.V. Budney, 2005.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
2

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2005.30.  Alumni Association Bulletins: Fall 2004, Winter 2005, May 2005 (last issue), 2004-2005.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Printed ephemera
2

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1998.16.  PGH Nursing Procedure Book: Contagious Disease Service, August 1961.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Betty J. Connor via Stephanie Stachniewicz, 1998.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Manuals (instructional materials)
2

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2007.20.  Stephanie Stachniewicz collection of PGH-related materials, accompanied by a set of Scientific American offprints, 1966-2006.
Scope and Contents note

This file consists of the following items: 1 set of Scientific American offprints on biology, circa 1966; 5 booklets: Annual Banquet of the Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing, 1984-1988; Booklet: Pioneers of American Medicine by Wyeth Laboratories; 1 print of a photograph of Alice Fisher portrait; Letters and financial statements from the time of the dissolution of the Alumni Association of PGH, 2003-2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Stephanie Stachniewicz, 2007.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera
2

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2009.34.  Helen Kane PGH pin, 1918.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2009.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
2

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2011.02.  PGH postcard, 1936, and photo of unidentified nurse, undated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
2

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2011.32.  Gizella Smith collection of PGH materials, 1929-1988. [5 folders].
Scope and Contents note

These folders consist of: Scope yearbooks 1929, 1930, 1931; photo of 1951 reunion dinner; alumni bulletin, 1986; banquet program, 1988; news clippings, 1980s

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Patricia Frey, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera
  • School yearbooks
3

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1998.20.  "Put Here to Scrub" by Louise Fahl Bhoy (memoir of PGH), circa 1991?. 02 Linear feet.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Memoirs
3

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2013.27.  Dorothy del Bueno medal, photograph of the class of 1962, and frill, circa 1962.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Dorothy del Bueno, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
  • Photographs
3

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2013.31.  Photograph: nurse in snow, undated.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photographs
3

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2008.30.  2 programs: PGH lecture series, "Nurses in Cinema"; Historical marker, 2007.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Julie Fairman, 2008.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Printed ephemera
3

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2014.18.  Yearbook, Scope of the Class of 1941, 1941.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift from Dottie Turner, 2014. Items from Louise Maitland Thompson Schneider.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
3

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2014.18.  Cape, 1941.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift from Dottie Turner, 2014. Items from Louise Maitland Thompson Schneider.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
4

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2014.37.  Yearbook, Scope of the Class of 1938, with signatures.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward J. Hilinski

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
Subject(s)
  • Nursing students
3

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2014.37.  Diploma for Frances Josephine Cieslinska, 1938.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward J. Hilinski

3

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2014.37.  Framed picture of Frances.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward J. Hilinski

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Box

Alice Fisher memorial booklet.

3

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Correspondence from Barbara Bates to Nadine Landis regarding tuberculosis (TB) and Mary Mahony.

3

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Collection Inventory

Box

Annual Reports, 1958-1988.

UPSN.0003

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Annual Reports, 1995-1998.

UPSN.0003

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Chapter Bylaws, 1963-1997.

UPSN.0003

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Constitution, 1962-1971.

UPSN.0003

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Officer Duties, 1960-1970.

UPSN.0003

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Communications and Correspondences, 1958-2000.

UPSN.0004

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Committee Lists, 1958-2001.

UPSN.0004

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Chapter Biennial Reports, 1983-1985.

UPSN.0005

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Biennial Convention Reports, Documents, 1967, 1969.

UPSN.0005

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Biennial Reports Indianapolis, 1971-1973.

UPSN.0005

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Honor Society Histories, 1981-1983.

UPSN.0005

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Policy Book/Miscellaneous.

UPSN.0005

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Documents/Meeting Minutes.

UPSN.0005

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Miscellaneous Booklets.

UPSN.0005

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Check Request Forms.

UPSN.0005

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Research Grant Awarded Reports.

UPSN.0005

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Financial Records, Ledgers, Journals.

UPSN.0006

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Auditors’ Reports.

UPSN.0006

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Tax Statements.

UPSN.0006

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Treasurer’s Reports.

UPSN.0006

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Meetings Minutes, 1958, 1992-2002.

USPN.0007

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Annual Chapter Reports, 2000-2001.

USPN.0007

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Communications, 1993, 1995-1998.

USPN.0007

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Membership Inductions, 1967-2005.

USPN.0007

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Membership Lists, 1970-1998.

USPN.0007

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Outstanding Academic Achievement and leadership plaque, 1977-1987.

USPN.0007

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Education Programs – Conferences, Research Sessions Notes, 1959, 2001.

USPN.0008

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Chapter Board of Directors Manual, 1966.

USPN.0008

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Officers, 1980-1985, 1990-1995.

USPN.0008

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Papers/Information for the Web.

USPN.0009

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Miscellaneous Documents.

USPN.0009

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Membership Intent Forms, Applications and Letters of Sponsorship.

USPN.0009

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Induction Guidelines, 1998-2000.

USPN.0009

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Income ledger of Fiscal Years, 1985-1986.

USPN.0009

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Information Packet on Sigma Theta Tau International.

USPN.0010

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Research Day Notes, 1998-2000.

USPN.0010

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Biennal Convention and Guidelines, 1999.

USPN.0010

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Transitional Board Meeting Minutes and Agenda.

USPN.0010

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Chapter Reports to Headquarters.

USPN.0010

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Election Info/Forms.

USPN.0010

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Grant Opportunities.

USPN.0010

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Membership Printouts.

USPN.0010

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Item Price List.

USPN.0010

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Regions 1-8 Mailing Lists.

USPN.0010

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Chapter Policy and Guidelines.

USPN.0010

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Chapter Financial Recommendations.

USPN.0010

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Examination of accounts, 1967, 1971-1972, 1975.

USPN.0010

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Audits – Local and National Treasury.

USPN.0010

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Expenses, 2001-2002.

USPN.0010

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Host Reception Documents, 2002.

USPN.0010

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Records, 1983-1987.

USPN.0011

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Media, Photos, Clippings, Hanging Files.

USPN.0011

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Final Draft of Research Project – Bernardine Herrfernan.

USPN.0011

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Calendars.

USPN.0011

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Meeting Minutes and Notes, 1969-1985.

USPN.0011

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President’s Files, 2003-2005.

USPN.0011

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Grant Applications.

USPN.0011

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Joint project with Alpha Nu, 1969-1971.

USPN.0011

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Copies of Manuals.

USPN.0011

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Nominating Committee Lists, 1971-1972.

USPN.0011

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Research Day Documents.

USPN.0011

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Xi Chapter newsletters, 1970-2000.

USPN.0012

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Photos, Electronic Files, Printed Matter.

Box

Newspaper Clippings.

USPN.0012

Induction Photos, 1989, 2001.

USPN.0012

Biennial Convention, 2001.

USPN.0012

Miscellaneous Photos.

USPN.0012

Presentation Tapes – Jane Barnsteiner, PhD "It’s not just about Money, Nurse Recruitment and Retention Strategies".

USPN.0012

Bylaws (on disk).

USPN.0012

Fall Program (on disk)– Jane Barnsteiner, PhD Presentation, November 28, 2001.

USPN.0012

Miscellaneous Disks.

USPN.0012

Map of Regions and Chapters.

USPN.0012

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Financial Records.

Box

Treasurer’s Binders: Contain documentation of income and expenditures, balance sheets, 1989-1999.

USPN.0013

Treasurer's Binders: Contain documentation of income and expenditures, balance sheets, 2000-2004.

USPN.0014

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Box

Copies of Newsletters.

USPN.0015

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Members plaque, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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Recognitions, 1993, 2001-2002.

MSWR.0001

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Newsletters, 1960-1966, 1977.

MSWR.0001

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Induction, 1966.

MSWR.0001

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Baxter Foundation Episteme Awards.

MSWR.0001

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Officers, 1958-1996.

MSWR.0001

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Envelope of photographs.

MSWR.0001

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Historical papers, circa 1950s.

MSWR.0001

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Magazines, 1994, 1996.

MSWR.0001

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Financial statement, 1959-1960.

MSWR.0001

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Involvement of national convention, 1958-1997.

MSWR.0001

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Establishing a charter, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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History at 25th anniversary, 1983.

MSWR.0001

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Bylaws, 1st draft, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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Charter, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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Constitution, 1st draft, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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History, 1958-1970.

MSWR.0001

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Induction Ceremonies program, May 18, 1975.

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Collection Inventory

Nursing Supervisors' Minutes.

Box Folder

1970.

1 1

1971.

1 2

1972.

1 3

1973.

1 4

1974.

1 5

1975.

1 6

1976.

1 7

1977.

1 8

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Nursing Service Organization Minutes.

Box Folder

1967.

1 9

1968.

1 10

1969.

1 11

1970.

1 12

1971.

1 13

1972.

1 14

1973.

1 15

1974.

1 16

1975.

1 17

1976.

1 18

1977.

1 19

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Box Folder

Organization charts.

1 20

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Philosophies.

1 21

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Staff vitae.

1 22

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Job descriptions: Director of School of Nursing and Nursing Services, Associate Director of School of Nursing, Associate Director of Nursing Service.

1 23

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Job descriptions, Nursing Service.

1 24

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Job descriptions, School of Nursing.

1 25

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Nursing Service procedures.

Box Folder

A to E Inc.

1 26

F to O Inc.

1 27

P to Z Inc.

1 28

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Box Folder

Class listing, Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing, 1886-1977.

1 29

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Philadelphia records storage shelf list (partial listing), 1886-1975.

1 30

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Class listing, PGH School of Nursing.

Box Folder

1940-1968.

1 33

1918-1939.

1 32

1886-1917.

1 31

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American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses Post No. 412.
Title:
American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records
Date [inclusive]:
1919-1989
Call Number:
MC 39
Extent:
2.25 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection documents one of the largest and most active American Legion nurses' posts: the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 of Philadelphia. In its heyday, the Fairchild Post engaged in a multitude of community activities, and enjoyed a large membership base. These files provide a glimpse of the long and eventful history of the Post, beginning in 1919 and continuing to 1989.
Cite as:
American Legion, Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Title:
Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) Training School for Nurses Miscellaneous Collection
Date [inclusive]:
1918-2006
Call Number:
MC 210
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This artificial collection contains miscellaneous small donations related to the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing. They were primarily given by alumni over a period of many years, but some items are of unknown provenance. This collection may include artifacts, publications, personal papers, photographs, and records related to the PGH Training School for Nurses.
Cite as:
Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) Training School for Nurses miscellaneous collection, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
Sigma Theta Tau. Xi Chapter.
Title:
Sigma Theta Tau, Inc.– Xi Chapter, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing records
Date:
circa 1958-2005
Call Number:
MC 147
Extent:
14 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Sigma Theta Tau is the nursing honor society. This unprocessed collection contains the records of the Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Cite as:
Sigma Theta Tau, Inc.– Xi Chapter, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
Stachniewicz, Stephanie A., 1967-1977
Title:
Stephanie A. Stachniewicz collection
Date [inclusive]:
1954-1997
Call Number:
MC 76
Extent:
3.75 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection contains records from Stephanie A. Stachniewicz's time as Director of School of Nursing and Nursing Service at Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH). Materials include meeting minutes and other administrative records.
Cite as:
Stephanie A. Stachniewicz collection, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

As the American Legion came into being in the years following World War I, a great number of nurses who had served overseas expressed interest in forming their own American Legion posts. Nurses' posts became quite numerous; some of these took names which honored the bravery of American nurses who had been wounded or killed in the line of duty.

One such post, the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post #412 (hereafter referred to as the "Post"), was named for a graduate of the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, who was one of the contingent of nurses that accompanied the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). Serving at Base Hospital #10 in France, Fairchild fell prey to a poison gas attack and died soon after, on January 18, 1918. Upon their return to the states, some of the other Base 10 nurses founded Nurses' Post #412 in Philadelphia, and named it in Fairchild's honor.

The first meeting of this post was held at the Frankford Hospital on October 14, 1919. The Post was chartered a year later, on October 15, 1920. Membership grew rapidly from 200 in the first year to 386 in 1926. Meetings of the Post were initially held at various area hospitals. During the 1920s, the Post was headquartered in the Third Regiment Armory, before locating more permanently to the Central YMCA on Arch Street in 1934. For a number of years, the Post met either at the Arch Street YMCA or in the Philadelphia County Council Building.

Unfortunately, many of the Post's pre-1947 records were destroyed in a fire, and thus little information survives for the period from 1931-1947. In 1947, membership was hovering around the upper 300s - it reached a peak of 421 at the end of 1948. It was during this period - the decades of the 1940s and 1950s - that the number of activities sponsored by the Post also reached its height. The Post was very active in the community. During the holiday season, the members demonstrated their generosity by providing food, clothing, and toys to needy families and children. In the winter months, the Post sponsored a student nurse basketball league, which pitted teams from area hospital training schools against one another. League play culminated in a championship in the spring, with the championship trophy provided by the Post. The league, which was begun by members of the Post in 1931, was in existence for fifty years before a lack of interest caused it to fold.

The Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post also provided a number of awards and scholarships. The Elizabeth Weaver Scholarship, in the amount of $250, was awarded to a needy and deserving student attending the school which won the cheerleaders contest (held at the same time as the basketball championship). Each summer, the Post sponsored a high-school-aged boy to go to Keystone Boy's State, a camp-like program run by the American Legion designed to teach Americanism, government, leadership, and the like. At the end of each school year, the Post presented American Legion Awards to two students at the George Thomas Junior High School, one to a boy, one to a girl. These awards and scholarships helped to make the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post and the American Legion quite prominent in the community.

Remembrance of fallen comrades has traditionally been a very important mission of the Fairchild Post, as well as the American Legion in general. To this end, the Post planned ceremonies to honor them each Memorial Day weekend. The Sunday before Memorial Day, members of the Post would help decorate graves in the Mt. Moriah cemetery, along with members of the William T. Shetzline Post. On Memorial Day itself, the Post would hold memorial services at Pennsylvania Hospital, where there was a tree dedicated to the memory of Helen Fairchild. Armistice Day (Veterans Day) was celebrated by a banquet which was usually well attended.

The last two decades have been a period of decline for the Post. It was on the strength of the WWI veterans that the Post (and the American Legion) was founded, and it was through the combined efforts of veterans from both world wars that the Post reached its summit. Thus, as these members who had been so instrumental to the success of the Post grew older, and became unable to participate as fully in outside activities, the Post began to lose much of its former vigor.

Without a large influx of new veterans, the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post (and, indeed, the American Legion in general) was forced to scale down its scope of activities. In the 1970s, the number of meetings per year were cut down to six. In 1981, this number was reduced further, to four. The Federal Post building, where the Fairchild Post had been meeting since the 1960s, was sold, and the members of the Post again had to use hospitals and other smaller venues as sites for their meetings. Membership declined in a slow but steady manner, from 303 at the end of 1966 to 102 at the end of 1987.

Scope and Contents

This collection has been organized into five series: Office Files, Members Files, Clippings, Photographs, and a World War I Register of Pennsylvania Nurses. The office files, especially the newsletters and meeting minutes, give a fairly complete description of the organizational makeup of the Post (despite some considerable gaps). In addition, they catalog a number of the activities sponsored by the Post. The members files, on the other hand, paint a more intimate picture of the Post and its members, being made up, as they are, of various personal effects. Clippings and photographs complement these files to provide a well-rounded view of the Post. The final series is a register of nurse military service: in the 1930s, the Post compiled a comprehensive list of nurses who enlisted in WWI in the state of Pennsylvania.

Scope and Contents

This collection is unprocessed. A preliminary inventory is given here. Please contact the Center for more information.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

Publication Information

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

Publication Information

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

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

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Bethany Myers

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Bethany Myers

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Center staff, updated by Bethany Myers

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

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.

Use Restrictions

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

Use Restrictions

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

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 Jeannie P. Cimiotti.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Wanda C. Hiestand and Roberta Piper.

Processing Information note

Folders are identified by accession number.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

See also: MC 171, Martha Emily Shaw papers. Shaw was an active member of Helen Fairchild Nurses Post #412 during the interwar period.

Helen Fairchild’s original letters are located at the Army Medical Museum at San Antonio TX.

Related Archival Materials note

See also: MC 5A, Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing Records; MC 13A, Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital Training School For Nurses photographs; MC 71, Alumni Association of the Training School for Nurses of Philadelphia General Hospital collection; MC 72, Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing Student Files collection.

You can view the collection on our Philadelphia General Hospital Photo Collection site.

Records of the Training School for Nurses, Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) can also be located at the Philadelphia City Archives. These materials primarily relate to activities from 1990's - 2005.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses Post No. 412.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Photographs
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Fairchild, Helen, 1884-1918
Subject(s)
  • Nursing.
  • World War, 1914-1918--Medical care

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital.
  • Alumni Association of the Training School for Nurses of Philadelphia General Hospital.
  • Philadelphia General Hospital.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Nursing schools.
  • Nursing.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Sigma Theta Tau. Xi Chapter.
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Cimiotti, Jeannie P.
Subject(s)
  • Nursing students
  • Nursing.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Philadelphia General Hospital.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Occupation(s)
  • Nurse
Personal Name(s)
  • Stachniewicz, Stephanie A., 1967-1977
Subject(s)
  • Nursing.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Office Files, 1919-1989.

Scope and Contents note

The series includes Post newsletters from 1947 to 1989, but by no means should this be considered a complete set. The newsletters provided Post members with information on upcoming meetings and other Post events, but also served as a forum for disseminating general information on members, items of interest, etc. During its height, the Fairchild Post sent out 10 to 12 newsletters per year, but this number has decreased in the time since the late sixties. The newsletters were an important tool in reaching all of the members of the Post, since only a fraction attended meetings regularly.

Also contained in this series are Post meeting minutes from a fifteen-year period between 1971 and 1986. Except for 1971, the minutes for each year represent a complete record of the meetings held during the given year. It should be noted, however, that the Post often did not hold regular meetings during the summer months.

The series includes correspondence, both general and related to specific topics, such as awards and scholarships. There are also events files, which contain general information and correspondence pertaining to certain events sponsored by the Post. There are a number of other, smaller items. A financial ledger dating from the 1920s has survived, and provides a somewhat different insight into the workings of the Post. A list of officers, committee members, and convention delegates for the years 1919 to 1966is included, though because of its size (6 feet long, accordionated) it has been placed in a flat file. General information on the American Legion, the Helen Fairchild Nurses Post, and the history of the Post has been collected; these files, however, are much more miscellaneous and fragmentary in nature. Other items in the series include an operations manual for incoming Post adjutants, programs from annual Post banquets, citations garnered by the Post over the years, and membership records of the Post, consisting of 4 by 6 inch information cards, one (or more) for each member.

Newsletters.

Box Folder

1947-1948.

1 1

1965-1967 (not inclusive).

1 2

1973, 1974, 1978, 1980-84, 1985-89.

1 3

Minutes.

Box Folder

September-December 1971.

1 4

1972.

1 5

1973.

1 6

1974.

1 7

1975.

1 8

1976.

1 9

1977.

1 10

1978.

1 11

1979.

1 12

1980.

1 13

1981.

1 14

1982.

1 15

1983.

1 16

1984.

1 17

1985.

1 18

1986.

1 19
FlatFile Folder

List of officers, committee members, convention delegates, 1919-1966.

5 1
Box Folder

Post 412, membership.

1 20

Post 412, financial ledger.

1 21

Post 412, operations manual.

1 22

Events.

Box Folder

Memorial Day, general.

1 23

Memorial Day, correspondence.

1 24

Plaque Dedication, general.

1 25

Plaque Dedication, correspondence.

1 26
Box Folder

Campaign for Fairchild Veterans Administration Medical Center.

1 27

Correspondence.

Box Folder

Post 412, general.

1 28

Elizabeth Weaver Scholarship.

1 29

Keystone Boy's State.

1 30

American Legion Awards.

1 31
Box Folder

Citations.

1 32

American Legion/Helen Fairchild Post, general.

1 33

History, Helen Fairchild Post.

1 34

Programs.

1 35

1927 American Legion Conference (Paris).

1 36

Membership cards: World War I A-P.

3

Membership cards: World War I Q-Z; World War II A-Z.

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Series 2.  Members Files, 1910-1985.

Scope and Contents note

This series provides a different look at the members of the Fairchild Post than can be obtained through the office files series. It contains a number of personal effects of Post members, from a journal to poetry to correspondence. In addition, there are a couple of personal documents of former members, such as an RN certificate and a passport certificate issued by the American embassy in London to nurses who were attached to the AEF. Short biographies of individual members are included; these too are useful in studying the history of the Post. In all, though there is less inherent organization in this series (as compared to the first), it is nevertheless valuable in getting a true feel for the rich history of the Post.

Box Folder

Members, general.

2 1

Biographies, individual members.

2 2

Correspondence, Irene Matthews.

2 3
FlatFile Folder

RN certificate, Mary Robinson.

5 1

Passport certificate, Amina Fuhrman.

5 1

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Series 3.  Clippings, 1920-2000.

Scope and Contents note

A very small series consisting of two files, this includes clippings taken from local (Philadelphia and Pennsylvania) newspapers and magazines, the oldest dating from the 1940s. Most pertain directly to the Fairchild Nurses Post and Post-related activities, but a few are more general. This series also includes a memorial certificate from the White House.

Box Folder

Clippings.

2 1

Memorial certificate from the White House, signed by President Clinton.

2 2

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Series 4.  Photographs, 1913-1980.

Scope and Contents note

Most of the photos in this series are of a more informal nature. There are a small number of photographs which relate to the American involvement in World War I, most notably one of Helen Fairchild's gravesite, and another which may have been taken at her funeral. The bulk of the photos, however, pertain to the many activities which the Fairchild Nurses Post either sponsored or was involved in. For instance, there are as number of photos taken at awards ceremonies (especially for the basketball championships), as well as photos taken at other Post functions. There are also quite a few photographs of Post members, particularly from the early days of the Post. These photos provide a unique view of the collection, one which cannot be achieved by the rest of the material alone.

Box Folder

Paris parade, 1918.

2 1

World War I Army Base, related photos.

2 2

Helen Fairchild, funeral? & gravesite.

2 3

Johnstown parade, 1926.

2 4

Paris, Second AEF parade, 1927.

2 5

Graduation, Pennsylvania Hospital.

2 6

Post members.

2 7

Basketball championship awards.

2 8

Awards ceremonies.

2 9

Gravestones, Post members.

2 10

Memorial dedication ceremony.

2 11

Post function.

2 12

Post 412, displays.

2 13

Miscellaneous photos.

2 14

Rolled photographs.

5

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Series 5.  World War I Register of Pennsylvania Nurses, 1941.

Scope and Contents note

This series contains a listing of Pennsylvania nurses who served in World War I, along with their addresses and military histories (as compiled by the Helen Fairchild Nurses Post in the late 1930s). As noted in the introduction to this roster, the listing includes both nurses who graduated from training schools in state, and those who graduated from schools outside of Pennsylvania, but enlisted from Pennsylvania. Over 325 pages long and six years in the making, the roster was designed to be as complete as possible. The Post was aided in this task by the numerous hospitals in the state, as well as such groups as Alumni Associations and various regional nursing associations. The end result, which was complete as of January 25, 1941, was used by Roberta Mayhew West in her History of Nursing in Pennsylvania.

Box Folder

Typescript.

2 1

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Collection Inventory

Box
2010.28.  Yearbook, Scope of the Class of 1924, with Photograph and Graduation Program, 1924.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2010.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
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2011.22.  Yearbooks: Scope of the Class of 1927, Scope of the Class of 1928, 1927. [2 folders].
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
1

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2013.08.  PGH Class of 1963 collection, c. early 1900s. 0.1 Cubic feet.
Scope and Contents note

This file contains items that were donated at a PGH Class of 1963 event held at the Center in May 2013. This file consists of one nurse license (Emilie M. Riegel, Atlantic County NJ, 1904), one diploma (also for Emilie M. Riegel, undated and damaged), and two photographs: PGH processions, note on back reads "Philadelphia General Hospital, I graduated here. Later, was anaesthetist, Agnes Bancroft Hughes."

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Philadelphia General Hospital Class of 1963 alumni, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Diplomas
  • Photographs
1

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2012.28.  Elizabeth Gavula PGH collection, 1975-1994. 0.1 Cubic feet.
Scope and Contents note

This file consists of: 50th anniversary favor - Blockley paper double frill, 1994; Life membership card for PGH alumni association, 1975; and a PGH Alumni Bulletin, 1983.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Elizabeth Gavula, 2012.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
  • Printed ephemera
1

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2013.14.  Certified copy of Alice Fisher's birth certificate, July 16, 1999.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Karen Egenes, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
1

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2005.27.  Nurses of Pennsylvania March on Harrisburg VHS, 1997.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Videocassettes
1

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2013.15.  PGH History Project, circa 1977-1985.
Scope and Contents note

This file consists of materials relating to the Philaldephia General Hospital History Project. It includes a pamphlet entitled "The Origin of the Philadelphia General Hospital, Blockley Division" by Robert J. Hunter, papers about the archeological survey that took place in 1985, and descriptions of the project and the task force.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Nadine Landis.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Printed ephemera
1

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2013.07.  PGH Silverware: fork, spoon, knife., undated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
2

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2005.28.  Betty Estelow Halloween postcard, 1950s?.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Stephanie Stachniewicz, 2005.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Postcards
2

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2011.08.  Philadelphia General Hospital Announcement of Courses, 1925-1926, 1925.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Printed ephemera
2

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2005.29.  Double frill cap, undated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of M.V. Budney, 2005.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
2

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2005.30.  Alumni Association Bulletins: Fall 2004, Winter 2005, May 2005 (last issue), 2004-2005.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Printed ephemera
2

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1998.16.  PGH Nursing Procedure Book: Contagious Disease Service, August 1961.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Betty J. Connor via Stephanie Stachniewicz, 1998.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Manuals (instructional materials)
2

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2007.20.  Stephanie Stachniewicz collection of PGH-related materials, accompanied by a set of Scientific American offprints, 1966-2006.
Scope and Contents note

This file consists of the following items: 1 set of Scientific American offprints on biology, circa 1966; 5 booklets: Annual Banquet of the Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing, 1984-1988; Booklet: Pioneers of American Medicine by Wyeth Laboratories; 1 print of a photograph of Alice Fisher portrait; Letters and financial statements from the time of the dissolution of the Alumni Association of PGH, 2003-2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Stephanie Stachniewicz, 2007.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera
2

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2009.34.  Helen Kane PGH pin, 1918.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2009.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
2

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2011.02.  PGH postcard, 1936, and photo of unidentified nurse, undated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
2

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2011.32.  Gizella Smith collection of PGH materials, 1929-1988. [5 folders].
Scope and Contents note

These folders consist of: Scope yearbooks 1929, 1930, 1931; photo of 1951 reunion dinner; alumni bulletin, 1986; banquet program, 1988; news clippings, 1980s

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Patricia Frey, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera
  • School yearbooks
3

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1998.20.  "Put Here to Scrub" by Louise Fahl Bhoy (memoir of PGH), circa 1991?. 02 Linear feet.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Memoirs
3

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2013.27.  Dorothy del Bueno medal, photograph of the class of 1962, and frill, circa 1962.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Dorothy del Bueno, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
  • Photographs
3

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2013.31.  Photograph: nurse in snow, undated.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photographs
3

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2008.30.  2 programs: PGH lecture series, "Nurses in Cinema"; Historical marker, 2007.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Julie Fairman, 2008.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Printed ephemera
3

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2014.18.  Yearbook, Scope of the Class of 1941, 1941.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift from Dottie Turner, 2014. Items from Louise Maitland Thompson Schneider.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
3

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2014.18.  Cape, 1941.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift from Dottie Turner, 2014. Items from Louise Maitland Thompson Schneider.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
4

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2014.37.  Yearbook, Scope of the Class of 1938, with signatures.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward J. Hilinski

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
Subject(s)
  • Nursing students
3

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2014.37.  Diploma for Frances Josephine Cieslinska, 1938.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward J. Hilinski

3

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2014.37.  Framed picture of Frances.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward J. Hilinski

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Box

Alice Fisher memorial booklet.

3

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Correspondence from Barbara Bates to Nadine Landis regarding tuberculosis (TB) and Mary Mahony.

3

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Collection Inventory

Box

Annual Reports, 1958-1988.

UPSN.0003

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Annual Reports, 1995-1998.

UPSN.0003

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Chapter Bylaws, 1963-1997.

UPSN.0003

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Constitution, 1962-1971.

UPSN.0003

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Officer Duties, 1960-1970.

UPSN.0003

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Communications and Correspondences, 1958-2000.

UPSN.0004

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Committee Lists, 1958-2001.

UPSN.0004

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Chapter Biennial Reports, 1983-1985.

UPSN.0005

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Biennial Convention Reports, Documents, 1967, 1969.

UPSN.0005

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Biennial Reports Indianapolis, 1971-1973.

UPSN.0005

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Honor Society Histories, 1981-1983.

UPSN.0005

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Policy Book/Miscellaneous.

UPSN.0005

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Documents/Meeting Minutes.

UPSN.0005

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Miscellaneous Booklets.

UPSN.0005

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Check Request Forms.

UPSN.0005

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Research Grant Awarded Reports.

UPSN.0005

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Financial Records, Ledgers, Journals.

UPSN.0006

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Auditors’ Reports.

UPSN.0006

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Tax Statements.

UPSN.0006

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Treasurer’s Reports.

UPSN.0006

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Meetings Minutes, 1958, 1992-2002.

USPN.0007

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Annual Chapter Reports, 2000-2001.

USPN.0007

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Communications, 1993, 1995-1998.

USPN.0007

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Membership Inductions, 1967-2005.

USPN.0007

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Membership Lists, 1970-1998.

USPN.0007

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Outstanding Academic Achievement and leadership plaque, 1977-1987.

USPN.0007

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Education Programs – Conferences, Research Sessions Notes, 1959, 2001.

USPN.0008

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Chapter Board of Directors Manual, 1966.

USPN.0008

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Officers, 1980-1985, 1990-1995.

USPN.0008

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Papers/Information for the Web.

USPN.0009

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Miscellaneous Documents.

USPN.0009

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Membership Intent Forms, Applications and Letters of Sponsorship.

USPN.0009

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Induction Guidelines, 1998-2000.

USPN.0009

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Income ledger of Fiscal Years, 1985-1986.

USPN.0009

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Information Packet on Sigma Theta Tau International.

USPN.0010

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Research Day Notes, 1998-2000.

USPN.0010

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Biennal Convention and Guidelines, 1999.

USPN.0010

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Transitional Board Meeting Minutes and Agenda.

USPN.0010

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Chapter Reports to Headquarters.

USPN.0010

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Election Info/Forms.

USPN.0010

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Grant Opportunities.

USPN.0010

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Membership Printouts.

USPN.0010

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Item Price List.

USPN.0010

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Regions 1-8 Mailing Lists.

USPN.0010

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Chapter Policy and Guidelines.

USPN.0010

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Chapter Financial Recommendations.

USPN.0010

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Examination of accounts, 1967, 1971-1972, 1975.

USPN.0010

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Audits – Local and National Treasury.

USPN.0010

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Expenses, 2001-2002.

USPN.0010

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Host Reception Documents, 2002.

USPN.0010

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Records, 1983-1987.

USPN.0011

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Media, Photos, Clippings, Hanging Files.

USPN.0011

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Final Draft of Research Project – Bernardine Herrfernan.

USPN.0011

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Calendars.

USPN.0011

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Meeting Minutes and Notes, 1969-1985.

USPN.0011

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President’s Files, 2003-2005.

USPN.0011

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Grant Applications.

USPN.0011

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Joint project with Alpha Nu, 1969-1971.

USPN.0011

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Copies of Manuals.

USPN.0011

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Nominating Committee Lists, 1971-1972.

USPN.0011

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Research Day Documents.

USPN.0011

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Xi Chapter newsletters, 1970-2000.

USPN.0012

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Photos, Electronic Files, Printed Matter.

Box

Newspaper Clippings.

USPN.0012

Induction Photos, 1989, 2001.

USPN.0012

Biennial Convention, 2001.

USPN.0012

Miscellaneous Photos.

USPN.0012

Presentation Tapes – Jane Barnsteiner, PhD "It’s not just about Money, Nurse Recruitment and Retention Strategies".

USPN.0012

Bylaws (on disk).

USPN.0012

Fall Program (on disk)– Jane Barnsteiner, PhD Presentation, November 28, 2001.

USPN.0012

Miscellaneous Disks.

USPN.0012

Map of Regions and Chapters.

USPN.0012

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Financial Records.

Box

Treasurer’s Binders: Contain documentation of income and expenditures, balance sheets, 1989-1999.

USPN.0013

Treasurer's Binders: Contain documentation of income and expenditures, balance sheets, 2000-2004.

USPN.0014

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Box

Copies of Newsletters.

USPN.0015

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Members plaque, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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Recognitions, 1993, 2001-2002.

MSWR.0001

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Newsletters, 1960-1966, 1977.

MSWR.0001

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Induction, 1966.

MSWR.0001

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Baxter Foundation Episteme Awards.

MSWR.0001

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Officers, 1958-1996.

MSWR.0001

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Envelope of photographs.

MSWR.0001

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Historical papers, circa 1950s.

MSWR.0001

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Magazines, 1994, 1996.

MSWR.0001

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Financial statement, 1959-1960.

MSWR.0001

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Involvement of national convention, 1958-1997.

MSWR.0001

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Establishing a charter, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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History at 25th anniversary, 1983.

MSWR.0001

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Bylaws, 1st draft, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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Charter, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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Constitution, 1st draft, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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History, 1958-1970.

MSWR.0001

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Induction Ceremonies program, May 18, 1975.

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Collection Inventory

Nursing Supervisors' Minutes.

Box Folder

1970.

1 1

1971.

1 2

1972.

1 3

1973.

1 4

1974.

1 5

1975.

1 6

1976.

1 7

1977.

1 8

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Nursing Service Organization Minutes.

Box Folder

1967.

1 9

1968.

1 10

1969.

1 11

1970.

1 12

1971.

1 13

1972.

1 14

1973.

1 15

1974.

1 16

1975.

1 17

1976.

1 18

1977.

1 19

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Box Folder

Organization charts.

1 20

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Philosophies.

1 21

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Staff vitae.

1 22

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Job descriptions: Director of School of Nursing and Nursing Services, Associate Director of School of Nursing, Associate Director of Nursing Service.

1 23

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Job descriptions, Nursing Service.

1 24

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Job descriptions, School of Nursing.

1 25

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Nursing Service procedures.

Box Folder

A to E Inc.

1 26

F to O Inc.

1 27

P to Z Inc.

1 28

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Box Folder

Class listing, Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing, 1886-1977.

1 29

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Philadelphia records storage shelf list (partial listing), 1886-1975.

1 30

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Class listing, PGH School of Nursing.

Box Folder

1940-1968.

1 33

1918-1939.

1 32

1886-1917.

1 31

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American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records

MC 39

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses Post No. 412.
Title:
American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records
Date [inclusive]:
1919-1989
Call Number:
MC 39
Extent:
2.25 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection documents one of the largest and most active American Legion nurses' posts: the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 of Philadelphia. In its heyday, the Fairchild Post engaged in a multitude of community activities, and enjoyed a large membership base. These files provide a glimpse of the long and eventful history of the Post, beginning in 1919 and continuing to 1989.
Cite as:
American Legion, Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post No. 412 records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Title:
Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) Training School for Nurses Miscellaneous Collection
Date [inclusive]:
1918-2006
Call Number:
MC 210
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This artificial collection contains miscellaneous small donations related to the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing. They were primarily given by alumni over a period of many years, but some items are of unknown provenance. This collection may include artifacts, publications, personal papers, photographs, and records related to the PGH Training School for Nurses.
Cite as:
Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) Training School for Nurses miscellaneous collection, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
Sigma Theta Tau. Xi Chapter.
Title:
Sigma Theta Tau, Inc.– Xi Chapter, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing records
Date:
circa 1958-2005
Call Number:
MC 147
Extent:
14 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Sigma Theta Tau is the nursing honor society. This unprocessed collection contains the records of the Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Cite as:
Sigma Theta Tau, Inc.– Xi Chapter, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
Stachniewicz, Stephanie A., 1967-1977
Title:
Stephanie A. Stachniewicz collection
Date [inclusive]:
1954-1997
Call Number:
MC 76
Extent:
3.75 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection contains records from Stephanie A. Stachniewicz's time as Director of School of Nursing and Nursing Service at Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH). Materials include meeting minutes and other administrative records.
Cite as:
Stephanie A. Stachniewicz collection, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

As the American Legion came into being in the years following World War I, a great number of nurses who had served overseas expressed interest in forming their own American Legion posts. Nurses' posts became quite numerous; some of these took names which honored the bravery of American nurses who had been wounded or killed in the line of duty.

One such post, the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post #412 (hereafter referred to as the "Post"), was named for a graduate of the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, who was one of the contingent of nurses that accompanied the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). Serving at Base Hospital #10 in France, Fairchild fell prey to a poison gas attack and died soon after, on January 18, 1918. Upon their return to the states, some of the other Base 10 nurses founded Nurses' Post #412 in Philadelphia, and named it in Fairchild's honor.

The first meeting of this post was held at the Frankford Hospital on October 14, 1919. The Post was chartered a year later, on October 15, 1920. Membership grew rapidly from 200 in the first year to 386 in 1926. Meetings of the Post were initially held at various area hospitals. During the 1920s, the Post was headquartered in the Third Regiment Armory, before locating more permanently to the Central YMCA on Arch Street in 1934. For a number of years, the Post met either at the Arch Street YMCA or in the Philadelphia County Council Building.

Unfortunately, many of the Post's pre-1947 records were destroyed in a fire, and thus little information survives for the period from 1931-1947. In 1947, membership was hovering around the upper 300s - it reached a peak of 421 at the end of 1948. It was during this period - the decades of the 1940s and 1950s - that the number of activities sponsored by the Post also reached its height. The Post was very active in the community. During the holiday season, the members demonstrated their generosity by providing food, clothing, and toys to needy families and children. In the winter months, the Post sponsored a student nurse basketball league, which pitted teams from area hospital training schools against one another. League play culminated in a championship in the spring, with the championship trophy provided by the Post. The league, which was begun by members of the Post in 1931, was in existence for fifty years before a lack of interest caused it to fold.

The Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post also provided a number of awards and scholarships. The Elizabeth Weaver Scholarship, in the amount of $250, was awarded to a needy and deserving student attending the school which won the cheerleaders contest (held at the same time as the basketball championship). Each summer, the Post sponsored a high-school-aged boy to go to Keystone Boy's State, a camp-like program run by the American Legion designed to teach Americanism, government, leadership, and the like. At the end of each school year, the Post presented American Legion Awards to two students at the George Thomas Junior High School, one to a boy, one to a girl. These awards and scholarships helped to make the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post and the American Legion quite prominent in the community.

Remembrance of fallen comrades has traditionally been a very important mission of the Fairchild Post, as well as the American Legion in general. To this end, the Post planned ceremonies to honor them each Memorial Day weekend. The Sunday before Memorial Day, members of the Post would help decorate graves in the Mt. Moriah cemetery, along with members of the William T. Shetzline Post. On Memorial Day itself, the Post would hold memorial services at Pennsylvania Hospital, where there was a tree dedicated to the memory of Helen Fairchild. Armistice Day (Veterans Day) was celebrated by a banquet which was usually well attended.

The last two decades have been a period of decline for the Post. It was on the strength of the WWI veterans that the Post (and the American Legion) was founded, and it was through the combined efforts of veterans from both world wars that the Post reached its summit. Thus, as these members who had been so instrumental to the success of the Post grew older, and became unable to participate as fully in outside activities, the Post began to lose much of its former vigor.

Without a large influx of new veterans, the Helen Fairchild Nurses' Post (and, indeed, the American Legion in general) was forced to scale down its scope of activities. In the 1970s, the number of meetings per year were cut down to six. In 1981, this number was reduced further, to four. The Federal Post building, where the Fairchild Post had been meeting since the 1960s, was sold, and the members of the Post again had to use hospitals and other smaller venues as sites for their meetings. Membership declined in a slow but steady manner, from 303 at the end of 1966 to 102 at the end of 1987.

Scope and Contents

This collection has been organized into five series: Office Files, Members Files, Clippings, Photographs, and a World War I Register of Pennsylvania Nurses. The office files, especially the newsletters and meeting minutes, give a fairly complete description of the organizational makeup of the Post (despite some considerable gaps). In addition, they catalog a number of the activities sponsored by the Post. The members files, on the other hand, paint a more intimate picture of the Post and its members, being made up, as they are, of various personal effects. Clippings and photographs complement these files to provide a well-rounded view of the Post. The final series is a register of nurse military service: in the 1930s, the Post compiled a comprehensive list of nurses who enlisted in WWI in the state of Pennsylvania.

Scope and Contents

This collection is unprocessed. A preliminary inventory is given here. Please contact the Center for more information.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

Publication Information

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

Publication Information

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

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

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Bethany Myers

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Bethany Myers

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Center staff, updated by Bethany Myers

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

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.

Use Restrictions

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

Use Restrictions

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

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 Jeannie P. Cimiotti.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Wanda C. Hiestand and Roberta Piper.

Processing Information note

Folders are identified by accession number.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

See also: MC 171, Martha Emily Shaw papers. Shaw was an active member of Helen Fairchild Nurses Post #412 during the interwar period.

Helen Fairchild’s original letters are located at the Army Medical Museum at San Antonio TX.

Related Archival Materials note

See also: MC 5A, Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing Records; MC 13A, Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital Training School For Nurses photographs; MC 71, Alumni Association of the Training School for Nurses of Philadelphia General Hospital collection; MC 72, Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing Student Files collection.

You can view the collection on our Philadelphia General Hospital Photo Collection site.

Records of the Training School for Nurses, Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) can also be located at the Philadelphia City Archives. These materials primarily relate to activities from 1990's - 2005.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • American Legion. Helen Fairchild Nurses Post No. 412.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Photographs
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Fairchild, Helen, 1884-1918
Subject(s)
  • Nursing.
  • World War, 1914-1918--Medical care

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital.
  • Alumni Association of the Training School for Nurses of Philadelphia General Hospital.
  • Philadelphia General Hospital.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Nursing schools.
  • Nursing.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Sigma Theta Tau. Xi Chapter.
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Cimiotti, Jeannie P.
Subject(s)
  • Nursing students
  • Nursing.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Philadelphia General Hospital.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Occupation(s)
  • Nurse
Personal Name(s)
  • Stachniewicz, Stephanie A., 1967-1977
Subject(s)
  • Nursing.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Office Files, 1919-1989.

Scope and Contents note

The series includes Post newsletters from 1947 to 1989, but by no means should this be considered a complete set. The newsletters provided Post members with information on upcoming meetings and other Post events, but also served as a forum for disseminating general information on members, items of interest, etc. During its height, the Fairchild Post sent out 10 to 12 newsletters per year, but this number has decreased in the time since the late sixties. The newsletters were an important tool in reaching all of the members of the Post, since only a fraction attended meetings regularly.

Also contained in this series are Post meeting minutes from a fifteen-year period between 1971 and 1986. Except for 1971, the minutes for each year represent a complete record of the meetings held during the given year. It should be noted, however, that the Post often did not hold regular meetings during the summer months.

The series includes correspondence, both general and related to specific topics, such as awards and scholarships. There are also events files, which contain general information and correspondence pertaining to certain events sponsored by the Post. There are a number of other, smaller items. A financial ledger dating from the 1920s has survived, and provides a somewhat different insight into the workings of the Post. A list of officers, committee members, and convention delegates for the years 1919 to 1966is included, though because of its size (6 feet long, accordionated) it has been placed in a flat file. General information on the American Legion, the Helen Fairchild Nurses Post, and the history of the Post has been collected; these files, however, are much more miscellaneous and fragmentary in nature. Other items in the series include an operations manual for incoming Post adjutants, programs from annual Post banquets, citations garnered by the Post over the years, and membership records of the Post, consisting of 4 by 6 inch information cards, one (or more) for each member.

Newsletters.

Box Folder

1947-1948.

1 1

1965-1967 (not inclusive).

1 2

1973, 1974, 1978, 1980-84, 1985-89.

1 3

Minutes.

Box Folder

September-December 1971.

1 4

1972.

1 5

1973.

1 6

1974.

1 7

1975.

1 8

1976.

1 9

1977.

1 10

1978.

1 11

1979.

1 12

1980.

1 13

1981.

1 14

1982.

1 15

1983.

1 16

1984.

1 17

1985.

1 18

1986.

1 19
FlatFile Folder

List of officers, committee members, convention delegates, 1919-1966.

5 1
Box Folder

Post 412, membership.

1 20

Post 412, financial ledger.

1 21

Post 412, operations manual.

1 22

Events.

Box Folder

Memorial Day, general.

1 23

Memorial Day, correspondence.

1 24

Plaque Dedication, general.

1 25

Plaque Dedication, correspondence.

1 26
Box Folder

Campaign for Fairchild Veterans Administration Medical Center.

1 27

Correspondence.

Box Folder

Post 412, general.

1 28

Elizabeth Weaver Scholarship.

1 29

Keystone Boy's State.

1 30

American Legion Awards.

1 31
Box Folder

Citations.

1 32

American Legion/Helen Fairchild Post, general.

1 33

History, Helen Fairchild Post.

1 34

Programs.

1 35

1927 American Legion Conference (Paris).

1 36

Membership cards: World War I A-P.

3

Membership cards: World War I Q-Z; World War II A-Z.

4

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Series 2.  Members Files, 1910-1985.

Scope and Contents note

This series provides a different look at the members of the Fairchild Post than can be obtained through the office files series. It contains a number of personal effects of Post members, from a journal to poetry to correspondence. In addition, there are a couple of personal documents of former members, such as an RN certificate and a passport certificate issued by the American embassy in London to nurses who were attached to the AEF. Short biographies of individual members are included; these too are useful in studying the history of the Post. In all, though there is less inherent organization in this series (as compared to the first), it is nevertheless valuable in getting a true feel for the rich history of the Post.

Box Folder

Members, general.

2 1

Biographies, individual members.

2 2

Correspondence, Irene Matthews.

2 3
FlatFile Folder

RN certificate, Mary Robinson.

5 1

Passport certificate, Amina Fuhrman.

5 1

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Series 3.  Clippings, 1920-2000.

Scope and Contents note

A very small series consisting of two files, this includes clippings taken from local (Philadelphia and Pennsylvania) newspapers and magazines, the oldest dating from the 1940s. Most pertain directly to the Fairchild Nurses Post and Post-related activities, but a few are more general. This series also includes a memorial certificate from the White House.

Box Folder

Clippings.

2 1

Memorial certificate from the White House, signed by President Clinton.

2 2

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Series 4.  Photographs, 1913-1980.

Scope and Contents note

Most of the photos in this series are of a more informal nature. There are a small number of photographs which relate to the American involvement in World War I, most notably one of Helen Fairchild's gravesite, and another which may have been taken at her funeral. The bulk of the photos, however, pertain to the many activities which the Fairchild Nurses Post either sponsored or was involved in. For instance, there are as number of photos taken at awards ceremonies (especially for the basketball championships), as well as photos taken at other Post functions. There are also quite a few photographs of Post members, particularly from the early days of the Post. These photos provide a unique view of the collection, one which cannot be achieved by the rest of the material alone.

Box Folder

Paris parade, 1918.

2 1

World War I Army Base, related photos.

2 2

Helen Fairchild, funeral? & gravesite.

2 3

Johnstown parade, 1926.

2 4

Paris, Second AEF parade, 1927.

2 5

Graduation, Pennsylvania Hospital.

2 6

Post members.

2 7

Basketball championship awards.

2 8

Awards ceremonies.

2 9

Gravestones, Post members.

2 10

Memorial dedication ceremony.

2 11

Post function.

2 12

Post 412, displays.

2 13

Miscellaneous photos.

2 14

Rolled photographs.

5

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Series 5.  World War I Register of Pennsylvania Nurses, 1941.

Scope and Contents note

This series contains a listing of Pennsylvania nurses who served in World War I, along with their addresses and military histories (as compiled by the Helen Fairchild Nurses Post in the late 1930s). As noted in the introduction to this roster, the listing includes both nurses who graduated from training schools in state, and those who graduated from schools outside of Pennsylvania, but enlisted from Pennsylvania. Over 325 pages long and six years in the making, the roster was designed to be as complete as possible. The Post was aided in this task by the numerous hospitals in the state, as well as such groups as Alumni Associations and various regional nursing associations. The end result, which was complete as of January 25, 1941, was used by Roberta Mayhew West in her History of Nursing in Pennsylvania.

Box Folder

Typescript.

2 1

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Collection Inventory

Box
2010.28.  Yearbook, Scope of the Class of 1924, with Photograph and Graduation Program, 1924.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2010.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
1

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2011.22.  Yearbooks: Scope of the Class of 1927, Scope of the Class of 1928, 1927. [2 folders].
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
1

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2013.08.  PGH Class of 1963 collection, c. early 1900s. 0.1 Cubic feet.
Scope and Contents note

This file contains items that were donated at a PGH Class of 1963 event held at the Center in May 2013. This file consists of one nurse license (Emilie M. Riegel, Atlantic County NJ, 1904), one diploma (also for Emilie M. Riegel, undated and damaged), and two photographs: PGH processions, note on back reads "Philadelphia General Hospital, I graduated here. Later, was anaesthetist, Agnes Bancroft Hughes."

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Philadelphia General Hospital Class of 1963 alumni, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Diplomas
  • Photographs
1

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2012.28.  Elizabeth Gavula PGH collection, 1975-1994. 0.1 Cubic feet.
Scope and Contents note

This file consists of: 50th anniversary favor - Blockley paper double frill, 1994; Life membership card for PGH alumni association, 1975; and a PGH Alumni Bulletin, 1983.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Elizabeth Gavula, 2012.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
  • Printed ephemera
1

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2013.14.  Certified copy of Alice Fisher's birth certificate, July 16, 1999.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Karen Egenes, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
1

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2005.27.  Nurses of Pennsylvania March on Harrisburg VHS, 1997.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Videocassettes
1

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2013.15.  PGH History Project, circa 1977-1985.
Scope and Contents note

This file consists of materials relating to the Philaldephia General Hospital History Project. It includes a pamphlet entitled "The Origin of the Philadelphia General Hospital, Blockley Division" by Robert J. Hunter, papers about the archeological survey that took place in 1985, and descriptions of the project and the task force.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Nadine Landis.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Printed ephemera
1

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2013.07.  PGH Silverware: fork, spoon, knife., undated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
2

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2005.28.  Betty Estelow Halloween postcard, 1950s?.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Stephanie Stachniewicz, 2005.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Postcards
2

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2011.08.  Philadelphia General Hospital Announcement of Courses, 1925-1926, 1925.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Printed ephemera
2

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2005.29.  Double frill cap, undated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of M.V. Budney, 2005.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
2

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2005.30.  Alumni Association Bulletins: Fall 2004, Winter 2005, May 2005 (last issue), 2004-2005.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Printed ephemera
2

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1998.16.  PGH Nursing Procedure Book: Contagious Disease Service, August 1961.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Betty J. Connor via Stephanie Stachniewicz, 1998.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Manuals (instructional materials)
2

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2007.20.  Stephanie Stachniewicz collection of PGH-related materials, accompanied by a set of Scientific American offprints, 1966-2006.
Scope and Contents note

This file consists of the following items: 1 set of Scientific American offprints on biology, circa 1966; 5 booklets: Annual Banquet of the Alumni Association of Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing, 1984-1988; Booklet: Pioneers of American Medicine by Wyeth Laboratories; 1 print of a photograph of Alice Fisher portrait; Letters and financial statements from the time of the dissolution of the Alumni Association of PGH, 2003-2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Stephanie Stachniewicz, 2007.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera
2

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2009.34.  Helen Kane PGH pin, 1918.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2009.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
2

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2011.02.  PGH postcard, 1936, and photo of unidentified nurse, undated.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Theresa Stephany, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
2

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2011.32.  Gizella Smith collection of PGH materials, 1929-1988. [5 folders].
Scope and Contents note

These folders consist of: Scope yearbooks 1929, 1930, 1931; photo of 1951 reunion dinner; alumni bulletin, 1986; banquet program, 1988; news clippings, 1980s

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Patricia Frey, 2011.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photographs
  • Printed ephemera
  • School yearbooks
3

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1998.20.  "Put Here to Scrub" by Louise Fahl Bhoy (memoir of PGH), circa 1991?. 02 Linear feet.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Memoirs
3

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2013.27.  Dorothy del Bueno medal, photograph of the class of 1962, and frill, circa 1962.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Dorothy del Bueno, 2013.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
  • Photographs
3

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2013.31.  Photograph: nurse in snow, undated.
Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photographs
3

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2008.30.  2 programs: PGH lecture series, "Nurses in Cinema"; Historical marker, 2007.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Julie Fairman, 2008.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Printed ephemera
3

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2014.18.  Yearbook, Scope of the Class of 1941, 1941.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift from Dottie Turner, 2014. Items from Louise Maitland Thompson Schneider.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
3

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2014.18.  Cape, 1941.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift from Dottie Turner, 2014. Items from Louise Maitland Thompson Schneider.

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • Artifacts (object genre)
4

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2014.37.  Yearbook, Scope of the Class of 1938, with signatures.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward J. Hilinski

Controlled Access Headings
Form/Genre(s)
  • School yearbooks
Subject(s)
  • Nursing students
3

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2014.37.  Diploma for Frances Josephine Cieslinska, 1938.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward J. Hilinski

3

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2014.37.  Framed picture of Frances.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Edward J. Hilinski

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Box

Alice Fisher memorial booklet.

3

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Correspondence from Barbara Bates to Nadine Landis regarding tuberculosis (TB) and Mary Mahony.

3

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Collection Inventory

Box

Annual Reports, 1958-1988.

UPSN.0003

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Annual Reports, 1995-1998.

UPSN.0003

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Chapter Bylaws, 1963-1997.

UPSN.0003

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Constitution, 1962-1971.

UPSN.0003

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Officer Duties, 1960-1970.

UPSN.0003

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Communications and Correspondences, 1958-2000.

UPSN.0004

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Committee Lists, 1958-2001.

UPSN.0004

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Chapter Biennial Reports, 1983-1985.

UPSN.0005

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Biennial Convention Reports, Documents, 1967, 1969.

UPSN.0005

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Biennial Reports Indianapolis, 1971-1973.

UPSN.0005

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Honor Society Histories, 1981-1983.

UPSN.0005

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Policy Book/Miscellaneous.

UPSN.0005

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Documents/Meeting Minutes.

UPSN.0005

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Miscellaneous Booklets.

UPSN.0005

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Check Request Forms.

UPSN.0005

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Research Grant Awarded Reports.

UPSN.0005

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Financial Records, Ledgers, Journals.

UPSN.0006

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Auditors’ Reports.

UPSN.0006

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Tax Statements.

UPSN.0006

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Treasurer’s Reports.

UPSN.0006

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Meetings Minutes, 1958, 1992-2002.

USPN.0007

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Annual Chapter Reports, 2000-2001.

USPN.0007

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Communications, 1993, 1995-1998.

USPN.0007

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Membership Inductions, 1967-2005.

USPN.0007

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Membership Lists, 1970-1998.

USPN.0007

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Outstanding Academic Achievement and leadership plaque, 1977-1987.

USPN.0007

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Education Programs – Conferences, Research Sessions Notes, 1959, 2001.

USPN.0008

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Chapter Board of Directors Manual, 1966.

USPN.0008

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Officers, 1980-1985, 1990-1995.

USPN.0008

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Papers/Information for the Web.

USPN.0009

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Miscellaneous Documents.

USPN.0009

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Membership Intent Forms, Applications and Letters of Sponsorship.

USPN.0009

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Induction Guidelines, 1998-2000.

USPN.0009

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Income ledger of Fiscal Years, 1985-1986.

USPN.0009

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Information Packet on Sigma Theta Tau International.

USPN.0010

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Research Day Notes, 1998-2000.

USPN.0010

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Biennal Convention and Guidelines, 1999.

USPN.0010

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Transitional Board Meeting Minutes and Agenda.

USPN.0010

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Chapter Reports to Headquarters.

USPN.0010

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Election Info/Forms.

USPN.0010

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Grant Opportunities.

USPN.0010

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Membership Printouts.

USPN.0010

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Item Price List.

USPN.0010

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Regions 1-8 Mailing Lists.

USPN.0010

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Chapter Policy and Guidelines.

USPN.0010

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Chapter Financial Recommendations.

USPN.0010

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Examination of accounts, 1967, 1971-1972, 1975.

USPN.0010

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Audits – Local and National Treasury.

USPN.0010

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Expenses, 2001-2002.

USPN.0010

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Host Reception Documents, 2002.

USPN.0010

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Records, 1983-1987.

USPN.0011

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Media, Photos, Clippings, Hanging Files.

USPN.0011

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Final Draft of Research Project – Bernardine Herrfernan.

USPN.0011

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Calendars.

USPN.0011

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Meeting Minutes and Notes, 1969-1985.

USPN.0011

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President’s Files, 2003-2005.

USPN.0011

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Grant Applications.

USPN.0011

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Joint project with Alpha Nu, 1969-1971.

USPN.0011

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Copies of Manuals.

USPN.0011

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Nominating Committee Lists, 1971-1972.

USPN.0011

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Research Day Documents.

USPN.0011

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Xi Chapter newsletters, 1970-2000.

USPN.0012

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Photos, Electronic Files, Printed Matter.

Box

Newspaper Clippings.

USPN.0012

Induction Photos, 1989, 2001.

USPN.0012

Biennial Convention, 2001.

USPN.0012

Miscellaneous Photos.

USPN.0012

Presentation Tapes – Jane Barnsteiner, PhD "It’s not just about Money, Nurse Recruitment and Retention Strategies".

USPN.0012

Bylaws (on disk).

USPN.0012

Fall Program (on disk)– Jane Barnsteiner, PhD Presentation, November 28, 2001.

USPN.0012

Miscellaneous Disks.

USPN.0012

Map of Regions and Chapters.

USPN.0012

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Financial Records.

Box

Treasurer’s Binders: Contain documentation of income and expenditures, balance sheets, 1989-1999.

USPN.0013

Treasurer's Binders: Contain documentation of income and expenditures, balance sheets, 2000-2004.

USPN.0014

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Box

Copies of Newsletters.

USPN.0015

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Members plaque, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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Recognitions, 1993, 2001-2002.

MSWR.0001

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Newsletters, 1960-1966, 1977.

MSWR.0001

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Induction, 1966.

MSWR.0001

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Baxter Foundation Episteme Awards.

MSWR.0001

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Officers, 1958-1996.

MSWR.0001

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Envelope of photographs.

MSWR.0001

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Historical papers, circa 1950s.

MSWR.0001

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Magazines, 1994, 1996.

MSWR.0001

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Financial statement, 1959-1960.

MSWR.0001

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Involvement of national convention, 1958-1997.

MSWR.0001

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Establishing a charter, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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History at 25th anniversary, 1983.

MSWR.0001

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Bylaws, 1st draft, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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Charter, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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Constitution, 1st draft, 1958.

MSWR.0001

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History, 1958-1970.

MSWR.0001

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Induction Ceremonies program, May 18, 1975.

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Collection Inventory

Nursing Supervisors' Minutes.

Box Folder

1970.

1 1

1971.

1 2

1972.

1 3

1973.

1 4

1974.

1 5

1975.

1 6

1976.

1 7

1977.

1 8

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Nursing Service Organization Minutes.

Box Folder

1967.

1 9

1968.

1 10

1969.

1 11

1970.

1 12

1971.

1 13

1972.

1 14

1973.

1 15

1974.

1 16

1975.

1 17

1976.

1 18

1977.

1 19

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Organization charts.

1 20

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Philosophies.

1 21

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Staff vitae.

1 22

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Job descriptions: Director of School of Nursing and Nursing Services, Associate Director of School of Nursing, Associate Director of Nursing Service.

1 23

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Job descriptions, Nursing Service.

1 24

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Job descriptions, School of Nursing.

1 25

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Nursing Service procedures.

Box Folder

A to E Inc.

1 26

F to O Inc.

1 27

P to Z Inc.

1 28

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Box Folder

Class listing, Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing, 1886-1977.

1 29

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Philadelphia records storage shelf list (partial listing), 1886-1975.

1 30

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Class listing, PGH School of Nursing.

Box Folder

1940-1968.

1 33

1918-1939.

1 32

1886-1917.

1 31

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