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Gynecean Hospital School of Nursing records

MC 162

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University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Gynecean Hospital School of Nursing.
Gynecean Hospital School of Nursing records
Date [inclusive]:
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MC 162
0.5 Linear feet
Gynecean Hospital was a women's hospital in Philadelphia, operating from 1888 until 1939, when it merged with the University of Pennsylvania. This collection contains details of 34 student nurses at this hospital during the 1914 to 1918 period. Demographic information from application forms, letters of reference, grades, details of courses, and evaluations of these students are included. Also part of this collection are requests for information from institutions for information after the students had graduated.
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Gynecean Hospital School of Nursing records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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The Gynecean Hospital in Philadelphia was founded by Dr. Charles Bingham Penrose and a group of like-minded individuals for medical and surgical treatment of diseases of women, including poor women, seen as patients in the Philadelphia Dispensary. It was incorporated on January 10, 1888. The hospital began in 2 small rooms in a private house, and by 1908 had 32 ward beds and 12 private rooms. The hospital merged with the University of Pennsylvania in 1939. The hospital was originally financed by private subscriptions and state aid. The Training School for Nurses of the Gynecean Hospital was a two year program entitling a student who graduated to take the State Board Examination.

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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 Donna Ostroff and added to Archivists Toolkit 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 the Alumni Association of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Processing Information note

The documents originated from the files of the Nurses Alumni Association of the School of Nursing of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. They were placed in an untitled ledger in alphabetical order under the first letter of the surname of the student. The ledger is in poor condition with nearly all the pages with notations detached from the binding. The pages from the book contained the a 4-page application form and details of the time spent in the Training School such as appearance, deportment, affiliation at other institutions, grades obtained from various subjects and status on departure from the School. Requests for information after graduation were tucked into the alphabetical page containing that student’s information. While most students were single, there are several instances of married women or widows applying for admission who are listed using “Mrs.” Those students who subsequently married are listed as [married name] after the entry. Not all students had pages of educational information or application forms. The pages of the ledger and all inserts were processed into acid-free folders in chronological order.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Gynecean Hospital School of Nursing.
  • School records
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • Nursing students
  • Women's hospitals.
  • Women--Health and hygiene.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Student Nurse Records from Gynecean Hospital, 1914-1918.

Scope and Contents note

This collection comprises 1 series. The records in this series were originally located in a Ledger, and subsequently removed and placed in acid-free folders. A description of the Ledger itself follows:

Written inside front cover:

Mrs. H. F. Herrman, 40.00 - 4 dresses 14 aprons Cuffs.

Written inside back cover: 2/26/18 Eneiman (10) 88 McCollum (2) 75 Farley (3) 90 Hanlund (4) 94 Hand (5) 91 Applegate (6) 75 Fessler (*) 77 Egner (9) 83

Med 1918

Box Folder

Original ledger.

1 1

Bates, Isabelle R., admitted January 1916.

1 2

Bolton, Sue R. B., admitted March 1914.

1 3

Butcher, Kate, admitted no date.

1 4

Deichert, Cora, admitted April 1918.

1 5

Donaldson, Mary Elizabeth, admitted January 1910.

1 6

Dowd, Mrs. Margaret [McKeown], admitted prior to 1909.

1 7

Elsmere, Mary Egner, admitted December 1916.

1 8

Fraatz, Irene E., admitted 1917.

1 9

Graham, Margaret C. admitted February 1916.

1 10

Hasskarl, Laura Ellen, admitted 1918.

1 11

Havens, Margaret A., admitted 1914 ?.

1 12

Helmbold, Louise A., admitted 1914.

1 13

Hershberger, Mary E. admitted 1911.

1 14

Hull, Josephine Marie, admitted December 1915.

1 15

Keating, Gertrude Mary, admitted April 1917.

1 16

Kester, Anna, admitted October 1917.

1 17

Laurar, Mrs. Sadie, admitted September 1910.

1 18

Lees, Christina Nelson, admitted March 1911.

1 19

Malehorn, Adda, admitted April 1913.

1 20

McCable, Emma, admitted October 1913.

1 21

MacDonald, Mrs. Catherine E., 1914.

1 22

Noblitt, Elva, graduated 1910.

1 23

Ohl, Jessie, admitted 1914.

1 24

Paine, Martha L. admitted January 1914.

1 25

Peckens, Vida M. admitted December 1912.

1 26

Petherick, Janet admitted January 1913.

1 27

Schantz, Elsie S. admitted March 1917.

1 28

Sheldon, May B. admitted February 1909.

1 29

Smith, Isabelle, C., graduated April 1917.

1 30

Stauffer, Mary F. L. admitted December 1910, graduated 1912.

1 31

Walker, Mrs. Margaret Lindsey, admitted March 1915.

1 32

Walton, Jesse Stockton, admitted September 1913.

1 33

Whitehead, Harrier Aurand, admitted February 1918.

1 34

Zimmerman, Anna B. (Hamm), admitted October 1917.

1 35

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