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Ruth McCorkle papers

MC 157

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
McCorkle, Ruth
Title:
Ruth McCorkle papers
Date [inclusive]:
1941-1998
Call Number:
MC 157
Extent:
16 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Ruth McCorkle is a leader in oncology nursing research and practice. She worked at the University of Pennsylvania as the Director for the Center for Advancing Care in Serious Illness and as Associate Director, Cancer Control at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Comprehensive Center. These papers document McCorkle's education, military service, academic research, and her involvement with professional organizations.
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Biography/History

Ruth McCorkle, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., is internationally known as a leader in oncology nursing research and practice. She is Professor and former Director of the Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness Care. Additionally, she was chair of the Doctor of Nursing Science Program at Yale University, School of Nursing, New Haven, Connecticut, 1998-2004.

McCorkle was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, in 1941 to John Joseph and Margaret Ruth McCorkle. After receiving her diploma from Maryland General Hospital School of Nursing and an associates degree from Baltimore Junior College, Baltimore, Maryland, in the same year (1961), she went on to get her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Maryland Baltimore, Maryland (1972), and both the master’s (1972) and doctorate (1975) from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. McCorkle did post-master’s studies at St. Christopher’s Hospice, London, Care of Terminal Patients (1972) and at Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Psychosocial Aspects of Aging (1973).

After graduating from Maryland General Hospital School of Nursing, McCorkle served as operating room staff nurse at Maryland General Hospital (1961-1963), and then at Women’s Hospital (1963-1964) Baltimore, Maryland. From 1964-1966, she served as a second lieutenant and was promoted to captain in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. She served on the nursing staff at Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. Following her discharge, she was a staff nurse and nursing instructor in California, Washington and Iowa (1966-1970); her focus being medical and surgical nursing. From 1971 to 1975 McCorkle was employed as a psychiatric and oncology clinical nursing specialist and instructor at the School of Nursing, University of Iowa City, Iowa. In 1975 she assumed the position of Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Care Systems, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington was appointed to the rank of Professor in 1985.

McCorkle’s association with the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania spanned from 1986 to 1998. Ten of these years were spent as the Director for the Center for Advancing Care in Serious Illness, and for two as Associate Director Cancer Control at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Comprehensive Center. Additionally she held the position of the American Cancer Society Professor of Oncology, Philadelphia Division, from 1986 to 1995. Active on the research front, she was principal investigator for the following proposals: “A Prospective and Current Study of Spouse Bereavement,” DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Nursing (1986-1988); “Center for Advancing in Serious Illness” (1995-00), National Institute of Nursing Research; “Implementation of an Oncology Certificate Program,” American Cancer Society (1985); and co-Investigator for “Fatigue in Cancer Patients: An Exercise Intervention,” with Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland (1997-1999); and “A Family Caregiver Education Program,” Pennsylvania Cancer Control Program, Department of Health, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

McCorkle is a charter and board member of the Oncology Nursing Society, and board member of the International Psycho-Oncology Society. She was the first non-medical recipient of a National Cancer Institute, Institutional Research Training Grant thus paving the way for other non-medical fields to compete in securing these research funds. McCorkle served on the editorial board of the Journal of Palliative Care. She was elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (1979), and to the Institute of Medicine (1990). McCorkle is the author of numerous papers and book chapters. Her co-edited textbook, Cancer Nursing won the American Nurses Association Book of the Year Award in 1996. In addition, she was recognized as Nurse Scientist of the year by the Council of Nurse Researchers, American Nurses Association (1993).

Scope and Contents

These papers span McCorkle’s professional career (1961-1998) documenting her educational and military life as well as academic research, and experience with various professional organizations and institutions. Many of her awards and honors as a nursing leader are included. Photographs are also included.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Center staff, updated by Bethany Myers

Access Restrictions

This collection is unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Ruth McCorkle.

Processing Information note

Series 5 of this collection is unprocessed. A preliminary inventory is given here. Please contact the Center for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Yale University School of Nursing.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Faculty papers
  • Personal papers
Occupation(s)
  • Nurse
  • Nursing schools--Faculty
Personal Name(s)
  • McCorkle, Ruth
Subject(s)
  • Oncology Nursing

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Personal, 1941-1998.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes birth certificate, curriculum vitae, and diplomas from school of nursing and universities attended. McCorkle’s career in United States Air Force is documented with correspondence and letter of appointment to Second Lt. Nurse Corps. Awards and honors received and personal correspondence are found here.

Box Folder

Birth certificate, 1941.

1 1

Curriculum Vitae, 1961-1998.

1 2

Correspondences, incoming and outgoing.

Box Folder

Ellen Addy, 1986.

1 3

Holiday greeting card, Yale University, School of Nursing, 1998.

1 4

Personal letters, 1986-1992.

1 5

University of Washington, 1986-1992.

1 6

Education.

Box Folder

Eastern High School diploma, 1958.

1 7

Maryland General Hospital, School of Nursing, diploma, graduation exercises program, Baltimore Junior College, diploma, and Nightingale (yearbook), 1961.

1 8

University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, diploma (oversize Folder 5).

1 9

University of Iowa, diploma 1975.

1 10

Newspaper clippings re: capping exercises, nurses' convention, and advertisement for "Handy Dri-Ader", 1960s.

1 10

Passport 1972-1977.

1 11

United States Air Force Nurse Corps correspondence and letter of appointment, etc., 1964-1970.

1 12

Awards and Honors.

Box Folder

Akron General Medical Center, Joan A. Liffick Award, correspondence and photograph of award, (see Box 5 for Award), 1989.

1 13

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, certificate of appreciation, 1993.

1 14

Oncology Nursing Society, certificate of appreciation, 1993.

1 15

Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Chapter, 1971.

1 16

Other.

Box Folder

60th Anniversary, Maryland Nurses Association, program, 1963.

1 17

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. "A Tribute to Ruth McCorkle", program and script for "Ruthie at the Bat", October 1998.

1 18

Award, "Baby Ruth Athletic Support Award", December 15, 1986.

1 18

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Series 2.  Research, Training and Grant Application, 1985-1996.

Scope and Contents note

Included in this series are applications, progress reports and request for the grant “Advancing Care in Serious Illness”. Also includes application for continuing education for nurses.

Box Folder

Center Goals, Programmatic Theme, Research and Training Base, 1989, including abstracts of all funding nursing research (Appendix A ), 1989.

1 1

Advancing Care in Serious Illness Progress Report Summary.

Box Folder

September 1, 1990-August 31, 1991.

1 2

September 1, 1992-August 31, 1992.

1 3

September 1, 1992-August 31, 1993.

1 4

Advancing Care in Serious Illness, grant application, April 1994.

1 4

Face page and pages 1-101.

1 5

Pages 102-206.

1 6

Special Review Committee Report, Advancing Care in Serious Illness, 1994.

2 7

Application for Continuation Grant, Advancing Care in Serious Illness, 1995-1998.

2 8

Training Grant Applications.

Box Folder

Cancer Continuing Education Courses for Black Nurses, Oncology Nursing Society, Pittsburgh, PA, May 25, 1985.

2 9

A Course for Nurse Educators: Cancer Prevention International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, New York, NY, September 1986.

2 10

Other.

Box Folder

A Lymphedema Questionnaire for Breast Cancer, University of Pennsylvania, Proposal Transmittal and Approval form, (Sandra Norman), April 18, 1994.

2 11

Behavioral Science Research Program correspondence and booklet, Fall Retreat, 1995-1996.

2 12

Fatigue Research Project, correspondence, 1995-1996.

2 13

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Series 3.  Career Associations and Institutions, 1980s-1997.

Scope and Contents note

This series documents McCorkle’s association with International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science, and National Institute of Nursing Research. Includes her association with University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Cancer Center.

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.

Box Folder

Brochure, 1980s.

2 1

Constitution and Membership, 1985-1989.

2 2

List of officers, 1986.

2 3

Board meeting minutes (includes reports).

Box Folder

1985-1988.

2 4

1989-1990.

2 5

Correspondence.

Box Folder

1985-1988.

2 6

1989-1990.

2 7

Conferences on Cancer Nursing.

Box Folder

4th, New York City, correspondence, 1985-1986.

2 8

5th, London, England, correspondence, 1986-1989.

2 9

7th, Vienna, Austria, correspondence and papers, 1991-1992.

2 10

International Cancer Nursing News, Vol.1-9, 1988-1997.

3 11

International Directory of Cancer Nursing, Educational Experiences and Professional Organization, 1990.

3 12

International Union Against Cancer, 14th International Cancer Congress, Budapest, Hungary, 1986; paper by Ruth McCorkle, "Impact on Advanced Disease on Functional Status", 1986.

3 13

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, Blueprint, Year 2000, Strategic Plain, 1991.

3 14

Central and South America.

3 15

Grant application, "Cancer Control Workshop for Columbian Nurses", and correspondence, 1991-1992.

3 15

Correspondence, Cancer Nursing Conference " Bogota, D.E. and Cartagena, (Republica De Colombia), 1987-1989.

3 16

Correspondence, re: funding for nursing program in South America, 1992.

3 17

Rehabilitation: Support and Assistance of the Cancer Patient (conference outline), First Regional Latin American Conference of COPES Program, Panama, 1993.

3 18

Clara Hidalgo De Gonzalez and Esperanza Ayala de Calvo, correspondence re: two day visit to the University of Pennsylvania, 1988-1989.

3 19

Domestic.

Box Folder

American Cancer Society, correspondence re: educational exchange program, 1995.

3 20

American Association for Cancer Education, abstract, "Accomplishment of American Cancer Society Professors on Oncology Nursing", 1994.

3 21

American Association of Colleges of Nursing, correspondence re: speaking engagements, 1995.

3 22

Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science, correspondence re: planning committee for educational program and committee members, 1992-1996.

3 23

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINE), Division of Intramural research (DIR), correspondence re: consultation, etc., 1994-1996.

3 24

National Cancer Institute, correspondence re: applications, grants, research, etc., 1992-1995.

3 25

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Box Folder

Research Committee, School of Nursing, meeting minutes, February 26, 1996.

3 26

Correspondence incoming and outgoing re: meetings and request for writing chapters, etc., 1990-1997.

3 27

Correspondence incoming and outgoing, Cancer Center, re: grants, administration, etc., 1993.

4 28

Correspondence and working document: Summary of Issues, Cancer External Review Committee, 1993.

4 29

Correspondence incoming and outing re: developing a formalized cancer control program, 1990-1993.

4 30

Miscellaneous.

Box Folder

Correspondence incoming and outgoing re: Textbook of Internal Medicine, 1994-1995.

4 31

Correspondence incoming, Cancer Nursing A Comprehensive Textbook, including book reviews, 1992-1994.

4 32

Correspondence re: Helene Fuld Health, 1988-1993.

4 34

Correspondence, including Standard of Oncology Nursing Education, 1991-1992.

4 35

Profiles of Breast Cancer and Mammography in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, 1994.

4 36

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Series 4.  Photographs, 1960s-1998.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes portraits of McCorkle (1989-1996) and several pictures while serving in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps. The remaining group are pictures taken at various social gatherings, meetings and conference activities.

Box Photo

United States Air Force, Medical Service School, Orientation Class (includes list of names), 1960s.

4 1

Lt. Ruth McCorkle ,US Air Force Base Hospital, sitting at a hospital unit desk, 1960s.

4 2

Lt. Ruth McCorkle, US Air Force Base Hospital, standing in a hospital unit, 1960s.

4 3

Portrait of Ruth McCorkle, 1989-1996.

4 4-5-6a

Group, National Science Review Committee members, July 1989.

4 7

Group, Workshop or Conference members (list of names included), 1990s.

4 8

Jackie Dunbar-Jacob, Nancy Woods, Patricia Grady and Ruth McCorkle, 1990s.

4 9

Ruth McCorkle with two visiting faculty members from Tokyo Medical and Dental University, 1992.

4 10-11

Ruth McCorkle with two other individuals (not identified), 1990s.

4 12

Candid shots, soft ball game, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, 1980s.

4 1-2

Soft Ball Team, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, 1980s.

4 3

Candid shots Ruth McCorkle's "Farewell Skit", University of Pennsylvania, October 15, 1998.

4 4

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Series 5.  Unprocessed Accretions.

Processing Information note

This series is unprocessed. Please contact the Center for more information.

Accession 2008.02.

Box

General Files, 1953-1992.

5

Topical (Military nursing, oncological nursing, teaching).

5

Letters.

5

Memos.

5

Agendas.

5

Personal Memorabilia (school, academic papers).

5

Grant Applications.

5

Includes photos, award medals, cassette tapes.

5

General Files, 1974-1998.

6

Topical (Penn SON, serious illness nursing, oncological nursing, Linda Pollin Foundation).

6

Reports Correspondence Grant applications.

6

Memos.

6

Dissertation research.

6

General Files, 1987-1993.

7

Topical Files (oncological nursing, serious illness nursing).

7

Grant applications.

7

Correspondence.

7

Memos.

7

Licenses.

7

Research papers.

7

Conference programs.

7

General Files, 1993-1997.

8

Topical Files (oncological nursing, bereavement, psychosocial oncology).

8

Grant applications and awards.

8

Correspondence.

8

Memos.

8

Meeting agendas.

8

Conference programs.

8

Videotape orientation.

8

Softball team.

8

General Files, 1975-1991.

9

Topical Files (oncological nursing, bereavement, psychosocial oncology).

9

Correspondence.

9

Memos.

9

Conference programs.

9

Research papers.

9

Home care.

9

Psychosocial analysis-Patient response to cancer.

9

Benoliel, Jeanne Quint-Research papers.

9

General Files, 1977-1991.

10

Topical Files (oncological nursing, psychosocial oncology).

10

Collaborations with Benoliel, Jeanne Quint.

10

Research papers.

10

Video tape script.

10

Grant applications.

10

Books.

11

General Files, 1977-1991.

11

Topical Files (psychosocial oncology).

11

Research papers.

11

Grant applications.

11

General Files, 1978-2000.

12

Topical Files (oncological nursing, psychosocial oncology).

12

Advanced Practices Nurses Meetings.

12

Correspondence.

12

Grant applications.

12

Homecare.

12

Bereavement.

12

General Files, 1992-1996.

13

Topical Files (oncological nursing, psychosocial oncology).

13

Advancing Care in Serious Illness.

13

Proposal for oncology nurse practitioner program.

13

Research periodicals.

13

Books.

14

Mostly on oncological nursing.

14

Includes McCorkle's Cancer Nursing textbook, 2nd ed.

14

Periodicals.

14

Conference Proceedings.

14

Books.

15

Photographs.

15

Model of Wheaties cereal box with Ruth McCorkle as champion with baseball bat.

15

Accession 2010.12.

Oversize documents.

Box

Appointment as Second Lieutenant Reserve (Nurse Corps) United States Air Force.

16

Eastern High School Baltimore, Maryland, 4th from the right, top row, indicated with an "x" on the back of the photograph.

16

Maryland General Hospital School Of Nursing Class of 1961.

16

Oncology Times, February 25, 2008 and March 25, 2008 mentioned in articles.

16
Box Folder

McCorkle C.V.

16 1

Diverse workshop materials, Co Chair "Exploring the Role of Cancer enters for Integrating Aging & Cancer Research" NIA National Institute on Aging, 2001, including drafts.

16 2

Presentation Nurses of America "The Abandonment of the American Patient...Nursing's Solution to the Health Care Crisis" 1990. Two models from Mary Elizabeth O'Brien RN, PhD Catholic University 1988.

16 3

Connecticut Cancer Consortium Conference, Personal Service Agreement for same, "Development of a Cancer Prevention and Control Plan for Connecticut: Phase II".

16 4

Connecticut State Nursing Registration and documents.

16 5

A Prospective and Concurrent Study of Spouse Bereavement by Ruth McCorkle.

16 6

Participation in external review of NIH Center Nursing Department Research. Misc. correspondence awards, "A Response to 'A Team Approach to Coping with Cancer'" Ruth McCorkle, Abstract and Oncology Transition Services: Its Influence on Community Nursing Care" with Benoliel, Conferences, seminars, recommendation.

16 7

Cancer Care Protocols for Hospital & Home Use Forward reviewed by Dr. McCorkle.

16 8

Reviews by Dr. McCorkle "Cancer Care Nursing" by Marilee I. Donovan & Sandra G. Pierce, "You Can Fight Cancer and Win" by Jane E. Brody with Arthur I. Holleb.

16 9

Abstract & summary "In Older Patients with Late Stage Cancer Specialised Home Care by Nurses Improved Survival after Surgery" R. McCorkle, N. E. Strumph, et al.

16 10

Draft for Chapter Outline with notes and references and publication."Diagnostic Reasoning in Nursing Care of Advanced Cancer Patients in the Home" Dr. McCorkle.

16 11

Editorials: "Nurses as Advocates for Self Care", "What Certification is all About", "Death Education", and "Partners in Care: A Value for Whom?".

16 12

Grief Experience INVENTORY: a Shortened Version Elise Lev, Ed.D., R.N., C.S.; Barbara Hazard Munro Ph.D., FAAN; and Ruth McCorkle, Ph.D., FAAN. Article.

16 13

Chapter 18 "Communication Approaches to Effective Cancer Nursing Care" in book 'Cancer Nursing' ed. Lisa Berg Martino.

16 14

Lessons for Living While Dying Lecture series, 2000.

16 15

The Crisis of Lung Cancer Workshop, Women & Lung Cancer - Reflections of Real Life Issues, 1997.

16 16

Miscellaneous correspondence.

16 17

Materials pertaining to Enforced Social Dependency Scales. Paper "The Impact of Advanced Disease on Functional Status" Dr. McCorkle, Carol Moinpour, and Judith Saunders 1986.

16 18

Commentary in Evidence-Based Nursing Pilot issue.

16 19

Research Mentoring in Nursing Ruth McCorkle and Kathleen Knafl.

16 20

Nursing Measures for Comfort Dr. McCorkle. "To Comfort Always" Dorothy H. Summers S.R.N., R.N.T., and Joan M. Young S.R. N., S.C.M., R.N.T., O.N.P. including notes.

16 21

Improving Information Services for Health Services Researchers Institute of Medicine. Report to National Library of Medicine, 1991.

16 22

Proceedings Hospice New Zealand Conference, 1992.

16 23

Exploratory Investigation of the Process of Adjustment Following Mastectomy Final Progress Report 1961-63xx, Jeanne C. Quint RN.

16 24

Conceptual, Clinical and Research Perspectives on Symptom Management Jeanne Quint Benoliel. "Oncology Transition Services" Jeanne Quint Benoliel. Summary.

16 25

Misc. Correspondence. Awards, 1995-1998.

16 26

Philosophy, Principles and Politics of Symptom Management for the Terminally Ill Chapter 2 by Frederica Preston and Ruth McCorkle in "A Challenge for Living: Dying, Death, and Bereavement" ed. By Ciorless, Germino, Pittman.

16 27

Caring for the Patient at Home: Critical Nursing Behaviors in Cancer Care Ruth McCorkle, Ph.D., F.A.A.N.

16 28

The Nurse's Role in Advanced Stages of Cancer, "Formulating the Problem from the Clinical Setting: Living with a Life-Threatening Illness", "Introduction Response to Ruth's Paper" Dr. McCorkle.

16 29

Development and Maintenance of Successful Career as a Nurse Researcher slide presentation and speech. "Strategies to Enhance Postdoctoral Education for Minorities", "Mentors and Advances in Nursing Science" Book chapter with Ruth McCorkle and Jacqueline Fawcett includes diskette.

16 30

Nurses; The Invisible Core of Hospice Speech at 'Advanced Palliative Care' Conference. Conference materials. St. Christopher's Hospice materials.

16 31

Death Education 1988, "Death Education for Advanced Nursing Practice" 1982 article and abstract, "Evaluation of Clinical Performance of Graduate Students in Transition Services", "The Usefulness of Assessment Skills in Transition Services".

16 32

The Program for Research in Military Nursing: Progress and Future Direction Draft Carol Suitor, 1966.

16 33

NINR Research Training Course, 1998.

16 34

ANA Minority Workshop November 24, 1992. "Strategies to Enhance Postdoctoral Education for Minorities" 1993.

16 35

Journals, clippings.

16 36

Transition Services Intervention Grant and reviews Jeanne Q. Benoliel.

16 37

Class record and roll book, 1986-1998.

16 38

Ross Excellence in C.N. Ed Teaching Award, 1988.

16 39

A Program of Research on Patient & Family caregiver Outcomes: Three Phases of Evolution Ruth McCorkle PhD, FAAN Oncology Nursing Forum, Vol 33, No 1, 2001.

16 40

FININR Including "The Impact of the Advanced Practice Nurses Role on Clinical Outcomes in Cancer Care." 2 versions.

16 41

Information Exchange: The Basis for Ethical Decision Making in Cancer Care and "Care of the Dying Patient".

16 42

Misc. Corres. Requests to speak, grants, book reviews, mentoring, etc.

16 43

Accession 2013.20.

Box

Agency on Aging - Fairfield University, April 11, 2001.

17

New York-Nurse of America, November 9, 1990.

17

McCorkle, Ruth. Patient Contacts with Physicians during Terminal Illness.

17

Development of a Research Career - slides.

17

Cicely Saunders' 80th Birthday.

17

Newspaper Articles.

17

APOS - American Psychosocial Oncology Society materials.

17

Fred Hutchinson 1st, 2nd and 3rd annual Cancer Nursing Symposium publications, 1979, 1980 and 1981.

17

Stress & Aids Nurses NIMH Original Proposal, February 1988.

17

Stress Paper Correspondence.

17

Stress Paper "Comparisons of Stress and Health in Women Graduate Students" by Jeanne Quint Benoliel, Fotini Georgiadou and Richard A. Steeves.

17

American Cancer Society awards.

17

UPenn materials.

17

Yale University materials and correspondence.

17

Awards.

17

Photos - 35 mm slides.

17

S-VHS NTSC X Fer UPenn submaster video tape 1: 17: 00.

17

Framed color photo of Jeanne Quint Benoliel.

17

Professional licenses: States of Maryland, Washington, Connecticut.

17

Folder of brochures of meetings attended, misc.

17

Folder of correspondence.

17

Oversize photo of graduation class of Eastern High School Baltimore, Maryland.

17

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