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Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley, records

MC 249

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:
Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley.
Title:
Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley, records
Date:
1898-2017
Call Number:
MC 249
Extent:
9.6 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection documents the development of a visiting nursing association in Hudson Valley, New York, the first rural nursing association. The collection consists of annual reports, board of director meetings, branch reports, and newspaper clippings documenting its history, and photographs.
Cite as:
Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

The District Nursing Association of Northern Westchester was founded in 1898 after the inspiration of Ellen Wood, a graduate of the John Hopkins Training School for Nurses Class of 1896, and her time serving in the Spanish-American war. After the war, she and the local American Red Cross Relief Committee turned its service to the local population to provide care to the people. The committee became the District Nursing Association on November 15, 1898. It was the first rural nursing association in the United States. The original plan was to provide skilled nursing to patients in their homes as well as to instruct families on proper nursing care. Ms. Wood died in 1900 of typhoid caught during her service, and the District Nursing Association faced an uncertain future. Fortunately, through monies raised for the Ellen Wood Memorial Fund, the Association was able to hire its first district nurse.

In 1906 it created the first school health education programs, and built upon that success with child care, dental health, and maternal health care. The Association was dedicated to helping raise the local standards of living through campaigns for better sanitation, food safety, and eliminating unnecessary swampy areas. The National Red Cross recognized their efforts and asked them to speak national about their efforts. From the 1910 to the 1960s, the Association worked with local and federal Public Health departments, even as the government took on some responsibilities originally with the nurses. In the 1960s-1990s, the Association took on the responsibilities of home aide care, nursing home care, and hospice care. In 1989 the District Nursing Association became the Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley. It remained the VNA until in 2017, when it merged with Northwell Health.

Scope and Contents

The Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley was founded in November 15, 1898. This collection includes records mainly from the 1900s to 1994, with the exception of annual reports which continues until 1998. The documents are of the VNA's annual reports, board of director meetings, branch reports, committee reports, and finanical records. It also contains information on specific subjects, books written about or by VNA leaders, as well as newspaper clippings about the VNA of Hudson Valley and photographs.

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 Jessica Clark

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 Michele Quirolo, 2018.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Hudson Valley (N.Y.)
Occupation(s)
  • Nurses
Personal Name(s)
  • Quirolo, Michele
Subject(s)
  • Visiting nurses

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Annual Meetings and Annual Reports, 1898-1998.

Box Folder

Minutes, 1918-1935.

1 1

Minutes, 1936-1943.

1 2

Minutes, 1944-1948; 1958; 1960.

1 3

Guests, 1964-1972.

1 4

Annual Reports (bound), 1898-1914.

1 5

Annual Reports (bound), 1915-1925.

2 1

Annual Reports (bound), 1926-1963.

2 2

Annual Reports, 1901-1998.

2 3-6

Misc.

2 7

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Series 2.  Board of Directors, 1898-1987.

Box Folder

Meeting minutes (bound), 1898-1917. -misdated as 1918, should be 1917. .

3 1

Meeting minutes, Dec 1918-1925.

3 2

Meeting minutes, 1926-1929.

3 3

Meeting minutes, 1930-1932.

3 4

Meeting minutes, 1933-1936.

3 5

Meeting minutes, 1937-1941.

4 1

Meeting minutes, 1942-1945.

4 2

Meeting minutes, 1946-1949.

4 3

Meeting minutes, 1950-1952.

4 4

Meeting minutes, 1953-1954.

4 5

Meeting minutes, 1955-1957.

4 6

Meeting minutes, 1958-1960.

5 1

Meeting minutes, 1961-1963.

5 2

Meeting minutes, 1964.

5 3

Meeting minutes, 1974-1977.

5 4

Meeting minutes, 1982-1084.

5 6

Meeting minutes, 1985-1987.

6 1

Agendas, 1963-1983.

6 2

Attendence lists, 1951, 1963.

6 3

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Series 3.  VNA Branches, 1899-1958.

Box Folder

General reports, 1899-1904.

6 4

General reports, 1900-1912.

6 5

General reports, 1901, 1902.

6 6

General reports.

6 7

Bedford, 1899-1909.

6 8-9

Bedford annual meetings, June 22, 1923-Aug 1946.

7 1

Bedford financial, 1908-1920.

7 2

Bedford financial, 1917-1920.

7 3

Bedford minutes, October 6, 1930-November 2, 1935.

7 4

Bedford minutes, September 18, 1936- September 24, 1948.

7 5

Bedford minutes, October 29, 1948- September 3, 1958.

7 6

Chappaqua minutes, January 9, 1940- February 2, 1954.

8 1

Chappaqua minutes, October 26, 1948- June 1951.

8 2

Goldens Bridge and North Salem minutes, November 18, 1905- May 11, 1943.

8 3

Katonah history, 1959.

8 4

Lewisboro and Vista, October 20, 1954-1955.

8 5

Mount Kisco minutes, February 6, 1899- October 5, 1911.

8 6

Mount Kisco minutes, September 1938- October 20, 1947.

8 7

Mount Kisco minutes, 1947-1958.

9 1

North Castle bylaws, 1933.

9 2

North Salem minutes, 1944-1953.

9 3

North Salem minutes, 1954-1958.

9 4

Pleasantville bylaws.

9 5

Somers financial, 1948-1953.

9 6

Vista minutes, 1930-1948.

9 7-8

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Series 4.  Committees, 1905-1972.

Box Folder

General, 1918-1941.

10 1

Branch chairmen meetings, 1938-1948.

10 2

Branch chairmen meetings, 1954-1962.

10 3

Budget, 1954-1958.

10 4

Finance, minutes, 1926-1950.

10 5

Finance, minutes, 1954-1964.

10 6

Instruction, 1905, 1907.

10 7

Medical Advisory, 1959-1963.

10 8

Miscellaneous, 1954-1959.

11 1

Nursing, minutes, 1931-1946.

11 2

Nursing, minutes, 1954-1972.

11 3-4

Public relations, 1955-1963.

11 5

Special, 1944, 1946.

11 6

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Series 5.  Financial records, 1899-1977.

Box Folder

Bequests, Holmes-Saltus, 1937-1951.

12 1

Bequests, Slade-Trowbridge, 1934-1953.

12 2

Examination Report, 1965.

12 3

General memoral and trust funds, 1916-1955.

12 4

Miscellany, 1916-1947.

12 5

Treasurers' Report, 1899-1903.

12 6

Treasurers' Report, 1947-1948.

12 7

Treasurers' Report, 1949-1957.

12 8

West Hyatt Avenue property, 1922-1977.

12 9

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Series 6.  Subject files, 1900-1971.

Box Folder

Albright, Priscilla, 1962-1965.

13 1

Anniversaries, 50th (Windsor concert), 1948.

13 2

Anniversaries, 90th, 1988.

13 3

Bellos, Sybil Palmer, 1959, 1963-1971.

13 4

Bulletin board, 1963-1965.

13 5

Bylaws and certificate of incorportation, 1900-1965.

13 6

Endowed beds, 1952-1958.

13 7

Histories, 1927, 1937, 1947.

13 8

Histories, recollections, c. 1930.

13 9

Home Health Aides, 1966-1969.

13 10

Manual: Board members and volunteers, c. 1960.

13 11

Marble, Delia, 1940, 1948.

13 12

Newsletter, 1953-1954.

13 13

Printed material, 1900-1970.

13 14

Public health, 1929.

13 15

Public relations, 1928-1973.

14 1

Resolutions, 1933-1940.

14 2

Study of DNA of Northern Westchester, 1941.

14 3

Surveys, 1919, 1929, 1953.

14 4-5

United Fund, 1958-1965.

14 6

Westcare Inc. proposal.

14 7

Westchester County, 1931-1947.

14 8

Westchester County, combination planning, 1953-1956.

14 9

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Series 7.  Books.

Box

DNA of Northern Westchester, 1898-1948 (3 copes).

15

Old Bedford Days: Recollections of Eloise Payne Luquer, 1953.

15

Suggestions on Home Nursing, 1903 (2 copies).

15

Rainsford, Christina, Timeless Moment, Golden Quill Press, 1962.

15

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Series 8.  Newspaper Clippings.

Box Folder

Branches.

16 1

Histories.

16 2

Fundraising.

16 3

Fundraising, Lily Windsor concert.

16 4

Locations.

16 5

Mergers.

16 6

Meetings.

16 7

Nurses and nursing.

16 8

Personalities.

16 9

Social responsibilities.

16 10

Wood family.

16 11
Newsclippings, 1963-1965.
16

Annual Review, 1916.

Board of DNS, 1957-1960.

General memorial fund gifts, - 1963.

Scrapbook, 1963-1994.

18

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Series 9.  Photographs.

Box
17
Individuals.

Cowdin, Mrs. Winthrop.

Luquer, Lea Mcl.

McVey, Frances.

Morris, Mrs. Benjamin.

Saltus, Mrs. Rollin S.

Taham, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin.

Wade, Peter.

Groups.

Nurses and nursing activities.

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