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Barbara G. Schutt papers

MC 121

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University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Schutt, Barbara G., 1930-1986
Barbara G. Schutt papers
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MC 121
7 Linear feet
Barbara G. Schutt was a graduate of two Philadelphia institutions: Jefferson Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania. She became renowned as an editor at the Pennsylvania Nurse and the  American Journal of Nursing. This collection is comprised of addresses, articles and files which reflect her associations with national and state nurses associations and the  American Journal of Nursing.
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Barbara Schutt papers, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Barbara G. Schutt, RN, DS, MSc Ed was born March 25, 1917 in Ithaca, New York, daughter of Warren and Clara Gordon Schutt. She graduated from Jefferson Medical College Hospital (now Thomas Jefferson University), Philadelphia, PA (1938), received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude, with distinction in psychology, Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia (1942), and a Masters of Science in Education (major in nursing) from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1949).

Schutt’s professional career began as a staff nurse and instructor at Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (1938-1939). From 1939 to 1942, while studying for a bachelor’s degree at Bethany College and upon graduation, she did college health nursing, camp nursing, private duty nursing and part-time general duty nursing. During World War II she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps doing service mainly in Okinawa (1944-1946). Upon discharge from the U.S. Army she joined the staff of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association assistant executive secretary (1946-1957) and executive secretary (1958-1971). Schutt’s main focus was improving nursing services, nursing education and assisting with development of economic and welfare programs for its 18,000 membership. She utilized such techniques as public relations, lobbying and collective bargaining for the advancement of nursing in Pennsylvania. She also was editor of the Pennsylvania Nurse, which received the general excellence 1952-1954 award by the  American Journal of Nursing Company.

Schutt was best known to the nursing community during her tenure as editor of the American Journal of Nursing (1958-1971) where her perceptive and forceful editorials made a lasting impression. Mr. William Scott, legal counsel for the Board of Directors of the American Journal of Nursing stated at her retirement dinner, “Barbara has combined a trenchant, incisive and powerful pen with the ability to edit and encourage the work of others. She has built a superb editorial staff. Under her the  Journal has become an influential and powerful voice for professional and organized nursing.” Following her retirement from the  American Journal of Nursing, Schutt directed the division of nursing at Mohegan Community College. She left that position in 1979 and was presented the presidential citation for her five years of service. She served in various capacities for Eastern Connecticut Health Systems Agency and Southeastern Connecticut’s Commission on Aging, and participated in Senator Lowell Weickers’ Senior Intern Program in Washington, D.C. Schutt received several honors in recognition of her service to the profession. In 1973, she was made a charter member of the American Academy of Nursing and received an honorary doctor of science degree from Bethany College. She received recognition awards from both the American Nurses Association and the Connecticut Nursing Association. The Connecticut Nursing Association established a nursing scholarship in her honor. Schutt passed away on December 26, 1986, leaving behind a distinguished nursing career and legacy.

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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 Donna Haney, 1998.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
  • Personal papers
  • Nurse
  • Periodical editors.
Personal Name(s)
  • Haney, Donna
  • Schutt, Barbara G., 1930-1986
  • Nursing.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Personal, 1930-1986.

Scope and Contents note

This is a small series which includes correspondence, educational course paper, college transcripts and diploma, and Schutt’s thoughts on how World War II had an impact on her future career, and her obituary.

Box Folder

Certificate of Registration-State of Connecticut, 1971.

1 1


Box Folder

Position references, etc. incoming and outgoing, 1949-1982.

1 2

Repository of B.G. Schutt manuscripts, etc., Mugar Memorial Library, Boston University, incoming and outgoing, 1972-1973.

1 3

Speedy recovery wishes, incoming, 1970.

1 4

Jefferson Medical College; Training School for Nurses, 1930-1939.

Box Folder

Bulletin Training School for Nurses, 1930s.

1 5

Graduation invitation and program, 1939.

1 6
Box Folder

The Impact of World War II on my Career.

1 7

Obituary-Barbara G. Schutt, 1917-1986.

1 8

Professional resumes, 1935-1985.

1 9

Transcript, Bethany College, Bethany, WV, (academic record), 1942.

1 10

University of Pennsylvania.

Box Folder

Grades and report cards, 1943-1948 and course paper: various philosophies of education, Ed. 652, 1947.

1 11

Diploma, Master of Science in Education, 1948.

1 12

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Series 2.  Addresses, Articles and Reprints, 1948-1983.

Scope and Contents note

In this series are a large number of addresses Schutt presented to state nurses associations meetings and conventions and article reprints published in the various professional journals. It also includes some of her handwritten notes, as well as cue cards used at various meetings.


Box Folder

Your professional associations, Colorado State Nurses Association, 1960.

2 1

Speaking for nursing, California State Nurses Association, March 6, 1960.

2 2

Commencement, Jewish Hospital School of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH, August 28, 1960.

2 3

Some foundation stones for good public relations, Nebraska State Nurses Association, October 5, 1960.

2 4

Economics of the nursing profession, Iowa State Nurses Association, October 25, 1960.

2 5

Taking a stand, Arizona State Nurses Association, November 10, 1960.

2 6

The future of nursing, October 1961.

2 7

New dimensions of nursing, tomorrow's dividends from today's assets," Connecticut Nurses Association, October 10, 1962.

2 8

Our opportunities and our resources, Oregon Nurses Association, 1962 (?).

2 9

Nursing in perspective, Maryland Nurses Association, October 10, 1963.

2 10

Professional nursing practice-whose responsibility?, Casper, WY, August 1964.

2 11

Professional Destiny-Whose Responsibility? New Hampshire State Nurse Convention, October 6, 1964 (also presented: First District, Illinois State Nurses Association, April 14, 1964).

2 12

"Emphasis on Action", Kansas Nurses Convention, October 1964.

2 13

Design for Future , Iowa State Nurses Association, November 9,1964.

2 14

Those People Who Nurse, May 18, 1965.

2 15

Nursing With Medicine, Minnesota Nurses Association, October 24, 1966.

2 16

Keeping Pace With Space California Nurses Association, March 1967.

2 17

Communication, California Student Nurses Association, March 1967.

2 18

Nurses: Where We Are and Where We're Headed, Washington State Nurses Association, March 1967.

2 19

It's Up To Us, North Carolina State Nurses Association" Convention, October 25, 1967.

2 20

Writing for Publication, Lexington, KY, April 10, 1968.

2 21

Together for Tomorrow, Colorado Nurses Association, April 29, 1968.

2 22

Right Now, Iowa Nurses Association, October 14, 1968.

2 23

Will Today's Editor Fit Tomorrow's Job ?, American Business Press, Inc. New York , Arden House, October 28, 1968.

2 24

From The Editor's Chair, New Mexico, October 1968.

2 25

Miscellaneous; papers, letters to the editor and newspaper clipping, 1948-1968.

2 26

How To Set Up and Maintain a Professional Journal", International Council of Nurses, June 1969.

2 27

What Choices Are There ? Illinois Nurses Association, October 2, 1969.

2 28

Today's Choices-Tomorrow's Fulfillment" Georgia Nurses Association, October 17, 1969.

2 29

A Shared Purpose, With Different Emphases, Florida Medical Association, Florida Nurses Association, Tampa, Florida, November 1, 1969.

2 30

The Local Unit As A Basis of Membership, ANA, Convention, 1970.

2 31

Decade for Decision Self-Determination or Oblivion, Connecticut Nurses Association, October 5, 1971; Pennsylvania Nurses Association, October, 26,1971.

2 32

Utilization of Manpower ,American Nurses Association ,Symposium, Washington, D.C., November 22, 1971.

2 33

History Is On Our Side, New York State Nurses Convention, October 7, 1972.

2 34

Future for Pennsylvania Nurses Association- A Nurse's View, June 27, 1973.

2 35

Women and Leadership in Nursing from 1975-2000, Rhode Island State Nurses Association, October 23, 1975.

2 36

Implications of Health Planning for Nursing Education in New England"(panel member), May 30, 1978.

2 37

Perspectives, Pennsylvania Nurses Association, Pittsburgh, September 9,1978.

2 38

President's Address, Connecticut Nurses Association, October 4, 1978.

2 39

Perspectives, Montgomery County Nurses Association, PNA (handwritten), May 23, 1979.

2 40

Where Will You Be In 1985? Student Nurses Recognition Ceremony, Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Connecticut (handwritten), May 1, 1980.

2 41

Dangers Confronting Nurses and Professional Organization,(outline, place, not indicated), undated.

2 42

Florence Nightingale and Her Service To Man, undated.

2 43

SN-Today; RN-Tomorrow, Oklahoma Student Nurses.

2 44


Box Folder

Cue Card, 1940s.

2 45

Handwritten notes, undated.

3 46

Articles Reprints.

Box Folder

American Journal of Nursing, 1947-1972.

3 47

At Your Service, Vol. 47 No. 9, September 1947.

3 47

'Confession of a Committee Women' Vol.49 No.3, March 1949.

3 47

The Local Unit-A Place for Strength and Growth, Vol.53 No 4, April 1958.

3 47

The ANA Economic Security Program---What its and Why Vol.72. No.11, April 1958.

3 47

Spot-Check on Primary Care Nursing, Vol.72 No. 11, November 1973.

3 47

Collective Action, Vol.73, No.11, November 1973.

3 47

Better Editing, "Elements of Cover Design", p. 21, Winter 1968.

3 48

Chart, "What Choices Are There?", Vol. 67, No.1., January 1970.

3 49

Minnesota Nursing Accent, "Nursing with Medicine", January, 1967; also reprinted in Nursing News, Connecticut Nurses' Association, Vol. XL11, February 1968.

3 50

Ohio Nurses Review, "Nursing Practice: Issues and Answers" Vol.51 No. 9., November 1976.

3 51

Pelican News,"It's Up To US", Louisiana State Nurses Association, Vol. 25 No.1, Winter 1969.

3 52

Pennsylvania Nurses Association, Convention Addresses, "Decade for Decision", October 1971.

3 53

Tar Heel Nurses, "It's Up To Us", December 1967.

3 54

Technigram,California,, Society of Radiologic Technologists, "Socio-Economic Security Program", May 1969.

3 55

The American Nurse, editorial, "She Shares The Benefits; Does She Share The Cost?",Vol.15 No. 6, June 1983.

3 56

The Journal of Higher Education, Ohio State University, "With The Technicians", Vol.XV,, No.8, November 1944.

3 57

Journal For Florida Medical Association, "Changing Roles and Goals" C. M. Collins, M.D., April 1970.

3 58

Other Reprints.

Box Folder

Book Review, Feminism For The Health Of It, by Wilma Scott Heide, Margaret daughters, Inc. Buffalo, NY, 1985.

3 59

Congressional Record, Extensions of Remarks, "Frontier's Family Nurses", May 16, 1972.

3 60

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Series 3.  Professional Organizations, Associations and Mohegan Community College, 1974-1979.

Scope and Contents note

This series documents Schutt’s nursing career as Assistant, Associate and Executive Secretary of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association, as well as editor of The Pennsylvania Nurse, editor of The American Journal of Nursing; director of the Associate Nursing Degree Program, Mohegan Community College, and volunteer activities.

Professional Organizations, 1946-1986.

Pennsylvania Nurses Association, 1946-1986.
Box Folder

Appointment as Assistant General Secretary , 1946; resignation, 1958.

4 1

Articles re: publication in American Journal of Nursing, 1946-1950.

4 2
Newspaper Clippings.
Box Folder

Appointment to Pennsylvania Nurses Association, 1946; and editor of American Journal of Nursing, 1946-1957.

4 3

Nursing, nurse staffing, and salaries, 1946-1949.

Box Folder

The Path To Here and Now, 1903-1978, Pennsylvania Nurses Association, Dorothy A. Mereness, 1978.

4 5

The Pennsylvania Nurse (highlighting B.G. Schutt activities), 1953, 1954, and 1957.

4 6

So...You Have An Organization,(for leaders of nursing organization), undated.

4 7

Resolution- Appreciative Thanks, To Executive Director, Pennsylvania Nurses Association Convention, 1958.

4 8
American Journal of Nursing, 1958-1971.
Box Folder

Announcement "Barbara Schutt To Become Journal Editor" The American Journal of Nursing, Vol.58 No. 8, August 1958.

4 9

Annual Report, 1970.

4 10
Box Folder

Editorial comments, 1958-1973.

4 11

Miscellaneous, general, 1972-1984.

4 12

Retirement, 1971.

4 13

Subscription, recommend the Journal be included as part of membership dues, 1961-1970.

4 14
Box Folder

Brochure and pamphlet "For Editorial Excellence," (best single article)" The Patient with Myocardial Infarction", 1965.

4 15
Convention Reports, American Nurses Association.
Box Folder


4 16


4 17


4 18


4 19


4 20


4 21


4 22


4 23


4 24


4 25


4 26


4 27


4 28
Box Folder

Field trip, University of Iowa, March 24-25,1971 ; re: Writing for Publication, 1971.

4 29

International Council of Nurses, invitation XIII Quadrennial Congress, from German Nurses Federation, Frankfurt, 1965.

4 30

Job description, executive director, American Journal of Nursing Company, 1958.

4 31

Manuscript, "The Story of the American Journal of Nursing", 1960-1975.

4 32
Meeting reports (includes correspondence).
Box Folder


4 33


4 34
Box Folder

Project, Frontier Nursing Service, 1972; New Mexico Nursing Education Need Study, 1973, (includes correspondence), 1972-1973.

4 35

Statement of Editor, "Needs and Relationships Necessary to Produce and Effective American Journal of Nursing, 1962.

5 36
Scrapbook "Dinner Honoring Barbara G. Schutt (disassembled).
Scope and Contents note

The photographs from this scrapbook are in Series 5, photos 36-51.

Box Folder

Board of Directors invitation, April 15, 1971.

5 37

Invitational guest list, 1971.

5 38

Guest Book, signatures of guest.

5 39

Table seating arrangements.

5 40

Dinner speech of William G. Scott.

5 41


5 42

Letters and cards from friends and associates.

5 43-44

Newspaper clippings and reprints.

5 45-48

Mohegan Community College, Norwich, CT, 1979.

Box Folder

Appointment and resignation, other pertinent material relating to the position, 1970-1979.

5 49

Correspondence re:participation with research project "The Professional Development of Nurses, a Humanistic Prospective", 1977.

5 50


American Nurses Association.
Box Folder

Brochure, "Professional Credentials and Personal Service", 1968.

5 51
Box Folder

ANA Nominating Committee Member.

5 52

Request to submit name for honorary recognition for leadership, 1968.

5 53

Submitting name as a charter member of National Academy of Nursing, 1971.

5 54
Box Folder

Project: Forecasting Nursing for Decade Ahead (including correspondence), 1971.

5 55

Report of Committee to Plan for the Academy,(includes correspondence), 1972-1974.

5 56
Connecticut Nurses Association.
Box Folder

Biography and consent form for president.

5 57

Correspondence re:acknowledging contributions made to the Economic and General Welfare Task Force, 1985.

5 58

Mistress of Ceremonies, Jubilee Award Banquet, correspondence handwritten cue cards and clipping, 1980.

5 59

Nursing Task Force Committee.

Agenda, correspondence and meeting notes.
Box Folder

April-November 1980.

5 60

March 1981.

6 61

May-November 1981 and January 1982.

6 62
Box Folder

Natalie Nurse Power,C. Battista, CNA, (pamphlet), 1974.

6 63
Box Folder

Connecticut Senior Intern Program, Inc., by-laws, correspondence and handwritten notes, 1984-1985.

6 64

Connecticut State Legistrators, Testimony of Barbara G. Schutt, RN, " State Board for Examiners for Nursing Must Be Preserved", 1979.

6 65

Correspondence re: nomination for ANA ,Shirley Titus Award, New York, State Nurses Association, 1981.

6 66

Department of Health, Education and Welfare, project, contract to: Trace the Nature and Extent of Federal Influence and Impact on Nursing, 1971-1973.

6 67

Thomas Jefferson University, plans for the Sesquicentennial Symposium, 1974.

6 68


Box Folder

Margaret daughters, Inc., republishing and other related communications activities, 1984-1986.

6 69

General re: meetings, request for speaking engagements for various professional activities, 1970-1983.

6 70
Box Folder

Code of Ethics for Journalist, 1948.

6 71

Interview notes, interviewee, Wilma Scott Heidi, undated.

6 72

Newspaper clippings, re: meetings, conference, convention, etc, 1967-1984.

6 73

Reprints, "The Juvenile Diabetic and Visiting Nurse", Leiner and Rahmer, American Journal of Nursing, January 1968.

6 74

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Series 4.  Awards and Honors, 1960-1989.

Scope and Contents note

This is a small series which includes certificates of appreciation, distinguished accomplishments, honorary degree, and the Barbara G. Schutt Scholarship Award.


Box Folder

Certificate of Honorary Recognition for Distinguished Service, Pennsylvania Nurses Association, 1960.

6 1

Certificate of Appreciation, dedicated service to Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut, 1984.

6 1

Certification of Recognition for Distinguished Accomplishments, Arkansas Traveler,Ambassador of Goodwill, State of Arkansas, 1962.

6 1

Achievement Award, Alumni Association of Bethany College, Bethany, WV, 1970.

6 2

Special Achievement Award, College of Allied Health Science, Thomas Jefferson University . Philadelphia, PA, 1980.

6 3

Agnes Olson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Through Political Action, Connecticut Nurses Association, 1979.

6 4

Honorary degree, Doctor of Science, Bethany College, Bethany, WV, 1973.

6 5

Barbara Schutt Scholarship Award, Connecticut Nurses Foundation, 1986.

6 6

Community Leaders of America, 4th, edition Barbara Schutt, biographical date, American Biographical Institute, Raleigh, NC, 1970.

6 7

America Nursing: A Biographical Dictionary, 2nd Vol., biographical information, correspondence, 1989.

6 8

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Series 5.  Photographs.

Scope and Contents note

This series has photographs documenting Schutt’s attendance at various state nurses association meetings and conventions including the International Council of Nursing. Included are the scrapbook photographs of her retirement dinner from the The American Journal of Nursing Company.

Box Photo

Barbara G. Schutt, portrait, US Army Nurse Corps, 1944.

7 1a

Barbara C. Schutt, portrait, 1950s-1978.

7 2-6

Barbara G. Schutt, standing at podium, Arden House , American Business Press, Inc, 1968.

7 7

Barbara G. Schutt, participant at ICN Congress, Frankfort, Germany, 1965.

7 8-9

Barbara G. Schutt, participant at ICN Congress, Montreal, Canada, 1969.

7 10

Barbara G. Schutt, with delegation from USA, ICN Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 19??.

7 11

Barbara G. Schutt, with US Air Force, personnel Georgia, 1962.

7 12

US Air Force, plane, 1962.

7 13

Barbara G.Schutt, talking with group, National League for Nursing Convention.

7 14

Barbara G. Schutt, participant at Kansas State Nurses Association Convention, 1964.

7 15-16

Barbara G. Schutt, Dorothy A. Mereness, and ?, University of Pennsylvania Tea National League for Nursing, Philadelphia, PA, 1967.

7 17

Barbara G. Schutt, Lila Maples, Virginia Stone and Harriet Lane, panel members, Dallas, TX, 1968.

7 18

Group socializing, Georgia Nurses Association, 1969.

7 19

Barbara G. Schutt, with group representing Connecticut Senior Intern Program, INC, (includes Senator Lowell Weicker's autograph), 1984.

7 20

Barbara G. Schutt, accepting award for The Pennsylvania Nurse, from Arthur E. Hall, 1950s.

7 21

Barbara G. Schutt accepting honorary degree at Bethany College, West Virginia, graduation ceremony, 1973.

7 22a-24a

Betty Murphy accepting Alumni Service Award, for Barbara G. Schutt, Bethany College, Bethany, WV, 1970.

7 25

Group pictures, Barbara Schutt in Hawaii, 1970s.

7 26a-31

Barbara G. Schutt with friends, 1968.

7 32

Barbara G. Schutt talking with two friends.

7 33

Barbara G. Schutt with friends at a lake resort, Minnasota, 1959?.

7 34

Office, 1970s.

7 35

Scrapbook photographs, retirement dinner, St Regis Sheration Hotel, New York, NY, April 15, 1971.

7 36-51

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