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Marietta H. Madden papers

MC 119

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Summary Information

University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Madden, Marietta H., 1907-1997
Marietta H. Madden papers
Date [inclusive]:
Call Number:
MC 119
2.1 Linear feet
Marretta H. Madden was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a military nurse during World War II. This collection includes documents relating to her army career, along with publications and artifacts.
Cite as:
Marietta H. Madden papers, Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Marietta H. Madden was born on June 27, 1907 and died on January 27, 1997. She was a graduate of Rahway High School, Rahway, New Jersey (1925) and received her nursing diploma from Long Island College Hospital, School of Nursing (1928). In 1950, Madden obtained a bachelor of science in nursing (1950) and a master's degree in science (1951) from School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.

Her nursing career began at Long Island College Hospital, Long Island, New York, in a supervisory position (1928-1934). Later she worked as a clinical instructor and in an administrative position (1934-1938) at St John's Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y. In May 1938, she became clinical instructor and administrative supervisor at Mount Sinai Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, and remained until Madden enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps (1943). During World War II, she served with the 79th General Hospital in France. She remained in the Active Reserve Army Nurse Corps. Following the war, she was chief nurse with the 361st General Hospital for sixteen years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel (1967).

During her active reserve army nurse status Madden worked in various civilian hospitals in the Philadelphia area. She held a position as a school nurse, and another as inspector of nursing homes for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Her last position was Director of Nurses, Graduate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, where in less than a year she reorganized the nursing department to improve patient care services. Upon her retirement (1971), Madden become active in volunteer activities, such as, a friendly visitor at Winced Home and a consultant to the Montgomery County Office on Aging. On January 29, 1997 she was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

Scope and Contents

Despite its small size, this collection documents Madden's active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, as well as volunteer actives with the Montgomery County Office of The Aging, especially Eastern Montgomery County Consortium and North Penn Long Care Consortium. There are files documenting her activities at the University of Washington, such as developing Health Service Criteria and Standards for the Aging. Artifacts such as her Long Island College Hospital, School of Nursing cap and pin are included in this collection.

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 John Demcisak, 1997.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Graduate Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.).
  • Personal papers
  • Nurse
Personal Name(s)
  • Demcisak, John M.
  • Madden, Marietta H., 1907-1997
  • Military nursing
  • Nursing home care
  • United States. Army Nurse Corps.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Medical care

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Personal, and Education, 1925-1997.

Scope and Contents note

This series begins with her obituary published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on January 25, 1997. The series includes the certificate of "Recognition of Service" awarded by the Four Chaplains, April 12, 1987, class assignment papers when a student at the University of Pennsylvania, correspondence, programs of events, and newsletter (Nalich) of the Long Island College Hospital, School of Nursing Alumnae Association.


Box Folder

Obituary - Marietta H. Madden, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 25, 1997.

1 1

Correspondence re: documentation of Pennsylvania residency, 1950.

1 2

Employment Listing, 1928-1971.

1 3

Membership Organization Listing, 1928- ?.

1 4

Recognition of Service The Chapel of Four Chaplains Certification, April 12, 1987.

1 5

U. S. Civil Service Commission application form, 1970.

1 6


Long Island College Hospital.
Box Folder

The Lichonian, Long Island College Hospital, 1928.

1 7
Alumnae Association, School of Nursing.
Anniversary Programs.
Box Folder

90th and 92nd.

1 8

100th (includes correspondence and programs of events), Centennial Alumni Weekend, 1983.

1 9
Box Folder

Correspondence, 1983.

1 10

In Memoriam, Mary E. Robinson, 1950.

1 11

Miscellaneous- programs, application for school of nursing, etc, 1976-1986.

1 12

Newsletter, Nalich, 1975-1986.

1 13
University of Pennsylvania.
Class Assignment Papers.
Box Folder


1 14


1 15


1 16
Box Folder

Commencement Program, 1950 and 1951.

1 17

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Series 2.  Career Affiliations, 1943-1982.

Scope and Contents note

In this series are files relating to her army career, such as letters of appointment and promotions; discharge certificate; plaque from 361st General Hospital, Chief Nursing Service; several manuals pertaining to military training and uniform regulations; and an article Madden co-authored titled "Two Weeks of Active Duty" in the American Journal of Nursing (1954). There are files focusing on a "Health Service Criteria Project" at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Also included are a Graduate Hospital Manual of Nursing Procedures and, from the Albert Einstein Medical Center, a Nursing Activity Study Plan and Nursing Activity Study Report. This series contains a plaque, "Appreciation of Efforts," on behalf of non-professional personnel from Graduate Hospital. This series includes correspondence reflecting Madden's association with and interest in long-term care and health services for the elderly.

U S Army Nurse Corps Service.

Appointment, Assignments, Awards, etc.
Box Folder

Appointment certification, February 1, 1943.

1 1

Highlights in History of Army Nurse Corps, 1975.

1 2
Box Folder

Orders, assignments to Army Military Bases, 1941-1945.

1 3

Special orders, Fort Dix, New Jersey, 1945.

1 4

Promotions letters, 1951-1958.

2 5

Retirement, 1965-1967.

2 6
Box Folder

Newspaper clipping, picture of Army Nurses, Fort Devens, MA, undated.

2 7

Statement of retirement points, 1949-1962.

2 8

Statement of service, 1943-1967.

2 9

Officers' Pay ,Allowance and Mileage Voucher, 1943.

2 10

Personnel Record, M. H. Madden, 1948.

2 11

Medical Records, 1942-1959.

2 12
Box Folder

Armed Forces Reserve Metal, 1965.

2 13

Award of the Year,(metal disc), 1968.

2 14

Certificate of Achievement, 1965.

2 15
Box Folder

Records envelope, N.759962, (empty).

2 16

Certificate, appointment to Captain, USAR, 1948.

2 17
U S Army Hospitals.
79th Hospital, APO 229.
Box Folder

Nursing Service Report, November 26, 1944.

2 19


2 20

Placard, 79th General Hospital (2).

2 21
361st General Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
Box Folder

Birthday greeting card to Lt. Colonel MH Madden, undated.

2 22

Correspondence, 1950-1965.

2 23

Care of Mother and Baby in an Emergency Delivery (Lesson Plan), 1965.

2 24

Master Training Program, Management of Mass Casualties, 1961.

2 25

Roster, ANC, Personnel, July 29, 1959.

2 26

Plaque, 361st General Hospital, Nursing Service.

2 27
Box Folder

Article, "Two Weeks of Active Duty", American Journal of Nursing, February, 1954, Vol.54, No.2, 1954.

2 28

Army personnel signatures, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, undated.

2 29

Military Training, Field Manual, September, 1950.

2 30

Organization and Administration of Nursing Service of Army General Hospital (rough draft), undated.

2 31

Uniform and Insignia for Female Personnel, Army Regulations, No. 670 30, 1950.

2 32

The Officers Guide, 12th Ed., The Military Service Publishing Company, Harrisburg, January 1954.

2 33

Long-Term Care.

Box Folder

Harrisburg State Officials, re: aging and nursing programs, 1973-1978.

3 34

Federal, U S Senate, re: aging programs, 1977-1978.

3 35

Pennsylvania Association of Older Person, re: funding, 1977.

3 36

Office of Aging, Department of Welfare, field representative, re: nursing homes, 1962-1963.

3 37

Pennsylvania League for Nursing, re: aging and other programs, 1977.

3 38
Box Folder

State of Pennsylvania, Annual Report on Aging, undated.

3 39
University of Washington, Health Service Project.
Box Folder

Health Service Criteria Project, 1975.

3 40

Gray Panthers, Philadelphia, PA. Re: contract for service, "Development of Criteria and Standards for Health Services, No. 106-74-56 ", April 15, 1975.

3 41
Box Folder

Long-Term Monograph, 1975-1976.

3 42

Materials for Long-Care Panel Meeting, June 20 and 21, 1975, including correspondence, 1975.

3 43

A general guide: Health Services, Criteria and Standards: Vol.1,, December 1975.

3 44

Criteria and Standards for Institutional Long Term Care, December 1975.

3 45

A General Guild To Health Services Criteria and standards, December 1975.

3 46

Health Services Criteria Project, Panel Members' Orientation Packet, February 1975.

3 47

Eastern Montgomery County Consortium, agenda, minutes, membership, etc, 1984-1985.

3 48

North Penn Long Care Consortium, minutes, 1983-1984 and 1985, brochures, etc., 1983-1985.

3 49
Box Folder

Nursing Directors in Nursing Homes, Jane L. Barney, Nursing Outlook, July, 1974, Vol 22. No. 7.

4 50

Preliminary Findings on Patients Characteristics and State Medicaid Expenditures for Nursing Home Care, U S General Accounting Office, Washington, D.C., July 15, 1982.

4 51


Albert Einstein Medical Center.
Box Folder

Nursing Study Plan, 1960s Nursing Activity Study Report.

4 52
Nursing Activity Study Report.
Box Folder

Forward and pages 1-64.

4 53

Pages 65-125, Appendix A and B.

4 54
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia.
Management Development Program, 1970s.
Box Folder

Session, Schedule, Resume and Sessions 1, 2 and 3.

4 55

Sessions 4 and 5.

4 56

Sessions 6 and 7.

4 57

Reference material.

4 58
Nursing Procedure, June, 1970.
Box Folder

Content, Part I, pages 1-70.

4 59

Part II, pp.71-95.

4 60

pages 96-146.

4 61

Part III, pages 147-228.

4 62
Box Folder

Nursing Department, philosophy and job descriptions, 1970s.

4 63

Other Miscellaneous.

Box Folder

Plaque, Appreciation of Efforts, of behalf of non-professional personnel, December 1967.

5 64

American Society for Hospital Nursing Service Administers of the American Hospital Association, membership listings.

5 65

The TAI-2, Accident, Middletown, PA. (Paper), Herman M. Dieckamp, President, General Public Utilities Corporation, May 9, 1979.

5 66

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Series 3.  Artifacts, 1928-?.

Scope and Contents note

This small series consist of Madden's school of nursing cap and pin, as well as a Royal Navy demitasse spoon and ash tray.


Nursing Cap, Long Island College Hospital, School of Nursing, 1928.


Ash tray, Pennsylvania Lying-In-Hospital, School of Nursing, undated.


Pin, LA/CH, undated.


Demitasse spoon, Royal Navy Insignia, undated.


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