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Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing records

MC 1

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
Creator:
Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing.
Title:
Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing records
Date [bulk]:
1906-1988
Date [inclusive]:
1769-1988
Call Number:
MC 1
Extent:
20.45 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing Records consist of 20.45 linear feet of hospital records, school administration records, faculty and student files, yearbooks, photographs, and some artifacts. The records extend from the school's creation in 1908 until its closing in 1987. The collection comprehensively documents the growth of a suburban community hospital nurse training program.
Cite as:
Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing records, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County granted the Charter for Chestnut Hill Hospital on 21 November 1903. A seven-member Board of Trustees containing two physicians was organized, with Dr. Radcliffe Cheston as the first President. The hospital was opened on 14 October 1903 in two small houses with fourteen beds. Chief Nurse Rena D. Wood managed a staff of one gradate nurse and two practical nurses caring for a daily average of eight patients.

In April of 1908 the School for Nurses opened with four graduate nurses for eight students, of whom six graduated in 1910 after two years of instruction. In 1914 and 1918 the period of instruction was lengthened by one-half year, to make a the total training program three years in length. By 1925 the School had grown to include nine graduate nurses and twenty-seven students: eight seniors, eleven intermediates, and eight juniors. To accommodate this growth, Laughlin Hall, named for Henry Laughlin who donated the land, was opened as a nurses' home for fifty-seven nurses. The building included a well-planned educational unit, a reference library, and rooms for social and recreational functions.

The School for Nurses had very small classes due to a careful screening process that included a period of probation before a student could enroll. Nineteen members of the Hospital's attending staff served as lecturers for the School of Nursing, covering theoretical disciplines in relation to medicine, while the nursing faculty instructed the students in the practical disciplines. The first full-time instructor for the School was added in 1925.

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

Student files are closed for fifty years from the date of graduation. Earlier student files may be used, but personal names may not be cited.

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 Doris Wardell and Marion Burns, Chestnut Hill Hospital.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing.
  • Chestnut Hill Hospital.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Administrative records
  • Hospital records
  • School records
Geographic Name(s)
  • Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Nursing schools.
  • Nursing students

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Collection Inventory

Series 1.  Hospital, 1769-1986.

Scope and Contents note

The records of the hospital consist primarily of published material such as selected annual reports, directories, personnel policies, and manuals. There are several public relations publications, mostly for fund raising, dedications, and clippings. There is also a facsimile of the original deed to three lots of land from 1769.

Box Folder

Annual Reports, 1911.

1 1

Annual Reports, 1927, 1929, 1962, 1985.

1 2

Directory, Board of Trustees and Medical Staff.

1 3

Personnel Policies.

1 4

Newborn Service Manual, 1959.

1 5

Pharmacy Committee Drug Formulary, 1954.

1 6

Nursing Procedure & Administrative Manual, 1973.

1 7

Nursing Procedure & Administrative Manual, 1976.

1 8

Public Relations Publications.

Box Folder

"After 37 Years: A Plea to Carry On", 1942.

1 9

"Going to the Hospital" Brochure for children, 1951.

12 10

"This is your Hospital" Patients' Brochure, 1954.

2 11

"50 Years of Community Service", 1954.

2 12

Dedication of New Wing, 1959.

2 13

Miscellaneous News Clippings, 1959-1986.

2 14
FlatFile Drawer

Facsimile Indenture (original deed) three lots of land, 1769.

3 3

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Series 2.  School Administrative Records, 1918-1987.

Scope and Contents note

The Administrative Records of the School of Nursing consist of annual reports (1956-1987), monthly reports (1982-1987), school catalogs (1944-1988), directories (1965-1975), recruitment literature (1948-1980), commencement programs (1943-1985) and other related documents. Of particular note are the reports for the registration of nurses submitted to the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners (1918-1985) and the 1985 planned phase out of the School of Nursing.

Box Folder

Annual Reports 1956, 1956.

2 1

Annual Reports 1957, 1957.

2 2

Annual Reports 1958, 1958.

2 3

Annual Reports 1959.

2 4

Annual Reports 1960.

2 5

Annual Reports 1961, 1961.

2 6

Annual Reports 1962.

2 7

Annual Reports 1963, 1963.

2 8

Annual Reports 1964.

2 9

Annual Reports 1965, 1965.

2 10

Annual Reports 1966, 1966.

2 11

Annual Reports 1967, 1967.

2 12

Annual Reports 1968, 1968.

2 13

Annual Reports 1939, 1969.

2 14

Annual Reports 1970, 1970.

2 15

Annual Reports 1971, 1971.

2 16

Annual Reports 1972, 1972.

2 17

Annual Reports 1973, 1973.

2 18

Annual Reports 1974, 1974.

2 19

Annual Reports 1975, 1975.

2 20

Annual Reports 1976, 1976.

2 21

Annual Reports 1977, 1977.

3 22

Annual Reports 1978, 1978.

3 23

Annual Reports 1980, 1980.

3 24

Annual Reports 1983, 1983.

3 25

Annual Reports 1984, 1984.

3 26

Annual Reports 1985, 1985.

3 27

Annual Reports 1986-1987, 1986-1987.

3 28

Monthly Reports January 1982- October 1987, 1982-1987.

3 29

Catalogs (bound), 1944-1976.

3 30

Catalogs (unbound), 1920-1976.

4 31

Catalogs (unbound), 1976-1988.

4 32

Directories, 1965-1975.

4 33

Recruitment Literature, 1948-1980.

4 34

Probationer's Outfit, 1928.

4 35

Commencement Programs, 1943-1985.

4 36

Promotion Exercises- Programs, 1967-1982.

4 37

"Capping Ceremonies-" Pamphlet by Gertrude Stier.

4 38

Alumnae Association miscellaneous materials, 1950-1965.

4 39
Student Government Handbook, 1976.
4 40
Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners' Reports Reports for Registration of Nurses.
FlatFile Drawer

Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners' Reports Reports for Registration of Nurses, 1918-1932.

3 3
Box Folder

Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners' Reports Reports for Registration of Nurses, 1933-1944.

5 45

Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners' Reports Reports for Registration of Nurses, 1945-1960.

5 46

Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners' Reports Reports for Registration of Nurses, 1961-1985.

5 47

Student Examination, ca. 1920s.

4 41

Public Health Study on Student Nursing, ca. 1945.

24 42

Student Handbook, 1987.

24 43

Closing Reports, 1985.

5 48

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Series 3.  Faculty Records, 1968-1985.

Scope and Contents note

The faculty records include a 1987 faculty manual, the minutes of the Faculty Organization (1976-1987), and school committees for Curriculum, Programs Faculty Development, Faculty In-service Education, as well as the Freshman Sub-committee and Library minutes documenting events during the 1970s and 1980s, with some materials dating back the 1960s.

Box Folder

Faculty Manual, 1987.

5 1

Faculty Organization, Minutes, 1987.

5 2

Faculty Organization, Minutes, 1986.

5 3

Faculty Organization, Minutes, 1985.

5 4

Faculty Organization, Minutes, 1984.

5 5

Faculty Organization, Minutes, 1983.

5 6

Faculty Organization, Minutes, 1982.

5 7

Faculty Organization, Minutes, 1981.

5 8

Faculty Organization, Minutes, 1980.

5 9

Faculty Organization, Minutes, 1979.

5 10

Faculty Organization, Minutes, 1978.

6 11

Faculty Organization, Minutes, 1977.

6 12

Faculty Organization, Minutes, 1976.

6 13

Committees, Minutes - Curriculum Committee, 1985-1986.

6 14

Committees, Minutes - Curriculum Committee, 1983-1984.

6 15

Committees, Minutes - Curriculum Committee, 1981-1982.

6 16

Committees, Minutes - Curriculum Committee, 1979-1980.

6 17

Committees, Minutes - Curriculum Committee, 1978.

6 18

Committees, Minutes - Curriculum Committee, 1973-1978.

6 19

Committees, Minutes - Curriculum Committee misc., 1981-1987.

6 20

Curriculum Sub-Committee - Level I, 1983-1984, 1983-1984.

7 21

Curriculum Sub-Committee - Level II & IV, 1979-1987, 1979-1987.

7 22

Curriculum Sub-Committee - Level III, 1979, 1979.

7 23

Curriculum Sub-Committee - Level II, 1982-1985, 1982-1985.

7 24

Course Outlines - Level I, 1983-1984, 1983-1984.

7 25

Course Outlines - Level II, 1983-1984, 1983-1984.

7 26

Programs Faculty Development Committee, 1981-1987.

7 27

Faculty In-service Education Committee, 1984-1986.

7 28

Faculty In-service Education Committee, 1981-1983.

7 29

Faculty In-service Education Committee, 1978-1980.

7 30

Faculty In-service Education Committee, 1975-1977.

7 31

Faculty In-service Education Committee, 1972-1974.

7 32

Faculty In-service Education Committee, 1967-1971.

8 33

Freshman Sub-committee, 1976.

8 34

Library Committee Monthly Reports & Communiques, 1981-1987.

8 35

Library Committee Monthly Reports & Communiques, 1966-1980.

8 36

Library Committee Meetings, 1966-1987.

8 37

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Series 4.  Student Records, 1904-1986.

Scope and Contents note

The student records consist of "final records": i.e., transcripts and other official student files (1910-1986), resignations, and student applications (1910-1949) which include both letters from students applying for admission and letters of recommendation on behalf of the student. There is also a small set of miscellaneous recommendations which predates many of the student files (1908-1912). Post-1950 student files (1950- 1983) are filed separately.

Conditions Governing Access note

All student records have a fifty year closure from the date of graduation or withdrawal; although earlier student records may be used, case anonymity must be respected.

Box Folder

Student Records, Final Completed, 1910-1922.

8 1

Student Records, Final Completed, 1923-1926.

8 2

Student Records, Final Completed, 1927-1929.

8 3

Student Records, Final Completed, 1930-1931.

8 4

Student Records, Final Completed, 1932.

8 5

Student Records, Final Completed, 1933.

9 6

Student Records, Final Completed, 1934.

9 7

Student Records, Final Completed, 1935.

9 8

Student Records, Final Completed, 1936.

9 9

Student Records, Final Completed, 1937-1940.

9 10

Student Records, Final Completed, 1941-1943.

9 11

Student Records, Final Completed, 1944-1945.

9 12

Student Records, Final Completed, 1946.

9 13

Student Records, Final Completed, 1947.

10 14

Student Records, Final Completed, 1948-1949.

10 15

Student Records, Final Completed, 1950.

10 16

Student Records, Final Completed, 1951.

10 17

Student Records, Final Completed, 1952.

10 18

Student Records, Final Completed, 1953.

10 19

Student Records, Final Completed, 1954.

10 20

Student Records, Final Completed, 1955.

10 21

Student Records, Final Completed, 1956.

10 22

Student Records, Final Completed, 1957.

10 23

Student Records, Final Completed, 1958.

10 24

Student Records, Final Completed, 1959.

10 25

Student Records, Final Completed, 1960.

11 26

Student Records, Final Completed, 1961.

11 27

Student Records, Final Completed, 1962.

11 28

Student Records, Final Completed, 1963.

11 29

Student Records, Final Completed, 1964.

11 30

Student Records, Final Completed, 1965.

11 31

Student Records, Final Completed, 1966.

11 32

Student Records, Final Completed, 1967.

11 33

Student Records, Final Completed, 1968.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1969.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1970.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1971.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1972.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1973.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1974.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1975.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1976.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1977.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1978.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1979.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1980.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1981.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1982.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1983.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1984.

Student Records, Final Completed - 1985 Day Division, 1985.

Student Records, Final Completed - 1985 Evening Division, 1985.

Student Records, Final Completed, 1986.

Withdrawals, A-B.

Withdrawals, C.

Withdrawals, D-E.

Withdrawals, F-G.

Withdrawals, H.

Withdrawals, I-K.

Withdrawals, L.

Withdrawals, M.

Withdrawals, N-P.

Withdrawals, R.

Withdrawals, S.

Withdrawals, T-V.

Withdrawals, W-Z.

Applications.

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Series 5.  Yearbook, 1922-1981.

Scope and Contents note

The yearbooks, although incomplete, provide a view into student life and an account of those who graduated from the school's program. Included is the first yearbook, dated 1922, which includes a section listing each graduate and her nickname, aspiration, chief delight, greatest horror, commonest expression, and what she will marry for. Most of the answers offer a view of the tongue-in-cheek nature of these early graduates.

Box

1922, 1926, 1927, 1951, 1954, 1957-1961, 1963.

27

1964-1973.

30

1974-1981.

31

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Series 6.  Photographs, 1906-1987.

Scope and Contents note

These photographs document the social, educational, and physical development of the School of Nursing. This series includes a complete collection of formal class portraits (1910-1987). The photograph mountings have been separated from the photos for conservation purposes, but they have been retained since they provide the name of the student represented in each portrait. Exterior views of the hospital complex include the Maternity Building, Laughlin Hall, a 1906 image of the hospital, and other selected buildings that make up the Chestnut Hill campus. There are also a few photographs from the 1960s of Magee Memorial Rehabilitation Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Chestnut Hill College. Interior views consist of the school's Reading Room, Class on Poverty, and Diet & Nutrition Class-room/Laboratory. Interior views of the hospital cover the Maternity Washroom, Nursery, Children's Ward, Women's Ward, Men's Ward, and Operating Room. Some group shots from the 1920s include student nurses, graduate nurses, and other images of nurses and physicians at work in the hospital ward.

Class Photos.

Undated School Photo.

Box Photo

1910.

32 1

1911.

32 2

1912.

32 3

1913.

32 4

1914.

32 5

1915.

32 6

1916.

32 7

1917.

32 8

1918.

32 9

1919.

32 10

1920.

32 11

1921.

32 12

1922.

32 13

1922.

32 13a

1923.

32 14

1924.

32 15

1925.

32 16

1926.

32 17

1927.

32 18

1928.

32 19

1929.

32 20

1930.

33

1931.

33 22

1932.

33 23

1933.

33 24

1934.

33 25

1935.

33 26

1936.

33 27

1937.

33 28

1938.

33 29

1938.

33 30

1940.

33 31

1941.

33 32

1942.

33 33

1943.

33 34

1944.

33 35

1945.

33 36

1946.

33 37

1947.

33 38

1948.

33 39

1949.

33 40

1950.

37 41

1951.

37 42

1952.

37 43

1953.

37 44

1955.

37 46

1956.

37 47

1957.

37 48

1958.

37 49

1959.

37 50

1960.

37 51

1961.

37 52

1962.

37 53

1963.

37 54

1964.

37 55

1965.

37 56

1966.

37 57

1967.

37 58

1968.

37 59

1969.

37 60

1970.

37 61

1971.

37 62

1972.

37 63

1973.

37 64

1974.

37 65

1975.

37 66

1976.

37 67

1977.

37 68

1978.

37 69

1979.

37 70

1980.

37 71

1981.

37 72

1982.

37 73

1983.

37 74

1984.

37 75

Day Division, 1985.

37 76

Evening Division, 1985.

37 77

1986.

37 78

1987.

37 79
Box

Class of 1953-1987 Mounting Frame with Student Names only, no photos, 1953-1987.

35

Buildings.

Exteriors.

Maternity Building.

Box Photo

circa 1920.

36 80

1949.

36 81

1922.

36 82

1922.

36 83

1922.

36 84

circa 1920.

36 85

1913.

36 86

Laughlin Hall.

Box Photo

1922.

36 87

1922.

36 88

Mr. Birdsall on porch, 1948.

36 89

1948.

36 90

circa 1950.

36 91

circa 1950.

36 92

circa 1950.

36 93

circa 1950.

36 94

circa 1950s.

36 95

Through the woods, 1954.

36 96

Other Buildings.

Box Photo

Chestnut Hill Hospital, 1906.

36 97

Dr. Vaux Residence (demolished 1970), circa 1920; also: student nurse residence circa 1920; Laboratory Building demolished circa 1970.

36 98

Magee Memorial Rehabilitation Center, 1964.

36 99

Pennsylvania Hospital, 1964.

36 100

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 1964.

36 101

Chestnut Hill College, circa 1970.

36 102
Interiors.

School, circa 1920.

Box Photo

Reading Room, circa 1920.

36 103

Class on Poverty, circa 1920.

36 104

Diet & Nutrition Classroom/Laboratory, circa 1920.

36 105

Hospital Interior.

Box Photo

Maternity Washroom; E. Hanley, 1922.

36 106

Maternity Washroom; E. Hanley, 1922.

36 106.1

Maternity Washroom; E. Hanley, 1922.

36 106.2

Nursery, 1922.

36 107

Nursery, 1922.

36 107.1

Nursery, 1922.

36 107.2

Children's Ward, 1922.

36 108

Children's Ward, 1922.

36 108.1

Children's Ward, 1922.

36 108.2

Women's Ward, 1922.

36 109

Women's Ward, 1922.

36 109.1

Women's Ward, 1922.

36 109.2

Men's Ward, 1922.

36 110

Men's Ward, 1922.

36 110.1

Men's Ward, 1922.

36 110.2

Operating Room, 1922.

36 111

Operating Room, 1922.

36 111.1

Miscellaneous Interiors.

Box Photo

Nursing Students in Laboratory, circa 1930s.

36 112

Operating Room, circa 1920.

36 113

Nurses, Groups.

Box Photo

Student Nurses, circa 1922.

36 114

Students, Doctors, & Nurses, circa 1920.

36 115

Student Nurses, circa 1920.

36 116

Student Nurses, circa 1920.

36 116.1

Student Nurses, circa 1920.

36 116.2

Student Nurses with Dorm Head in Nurse's Home, circa 1920.

36 117

Student Nurses, circa 1920.

36 118

Student Nurses, circa 1920.

36 118.1

Student Nurses, circa 1920.

36 118.2

Graduated Nurses, circa 1920.

36 119

Graduated Nurses, circa 1920.

36 119.1

Graduated Nurses, circa 1920.

36 119.2

Graduated Nurses in Capes, circa 1920.

36 120

Graduated Nurses in Capes, circa 1920.

36 120.1

Graduated Nurses in Capes, circa 1920.

36 120.2

Nurses, Individual.

Box Photo

Nurses of the Philadelphia Hospitals Visit to the Walker-Gordon Farm, Plainsboro N.J. Gift of Chestnut Hill Hospital., June 15, 1920.

36 121

Nurse with Newborn, circa 1920.

36 122

Nurse with Ambulance, circa 1920.

36 123

Group Photos, 1950-1981.

Box Photo

Graduation, circa 1950.

34 124

Class of 1957.

34 125

School of Nursing, 1961.

34 126

School of Nursing, 1961.

34 127

Capping Ceremony, circa 1964.

34 128

Class of 1968, 1966.

34 129

Class of 1968, 1966.

34 130

Graduation, 1970.

34 131

Nursing Staff, circa 1960.

34 132

Nursing Staff, circa 1960.

34 133

Student Nurses, circa 1970.

34 134

Class of 1981, 1981.

34 135

Student Nurses & Personnel.

Box Photo

Nurses Station, circa 1970.

34 136

Nursing Meeting, circa 1960.

34 137

Student Nurse & Louise Lefevre with projector, circa 1960.

34 138

Student Nurses' Kitchen, circa 1970.

34 139

Hospital Kitchen, circa 1960.

34 140

Nurses & Doctor with Patient, circa 1950.

34 141

Rosemary Rupert, CHH SON Class of 1981, reading to Patient, 1978.

34 142

Demonstration to Children, circa 1970.

34 144

Medicine Demonstration to Children, circa 1970.

34 145

Medicine Demonstration to Children, circa 1970.

34 146

Chestnut Hill Hospital Pharmacist, 1964.

34 147

Student Nurses with Laura May Beery, circa 1978.

34 148

Instructor & Students with Patient, 1978.

34 149

Nurse with Child Patient, 1978.

34 150

Operating Room, 1950.

34 151

Student & Nurse in Maternity, 1979.

34 152

X-ray Department, circa 1950.

34 153

Student Nurses in Class, circa 1950.

34 154

Demonstration to nursing Students, circa 1970.

34 155

Sgt. Glen Brunson, an instructor at Walson Army Hospital, explains the operation of a mail tube to Miss Pat Buki, 19, and Miss Carol Wood, 18, student nurses of Chestnut Hill Hospital.

34 156

Students, Miscellaneous Scenes.

Box Photo

Student Nurse & Instructor, circa 1970.

34 157

Aide & Patient, circa 1970.

34 158

Nurses & Instructor with a Patient, circa 1970.

34 159

Nurse & Doctor with Patient, circa 1970.

34 160

Nurses with a Patient, circa 1970.

34 161

Student Nurse being weighed by her instructor, circa 1970.

34 162

Nurse & Doctor in Library, circa 1970.

34 163

Nurses bandaging Patient, circa 1970.

34 164

Nurses & Patient, circa 1970.

34 165

Students & Sister in Laboratory, circa 1970.

34 166

Students & Sister in Laboratory, circa 1970.

34 167

Students & Sister in Anatomy Instruction, circa 1970.

34 168

Nurses & Doctor, circa 1970.

34 169

Student Nurse & Doctor with Patient, circa 1970.

34 170

Nurse holds her diploma, circa 1969.

34 172

Nurses in kitchen eating, circa 1972.

34 173

Nurse checking on IV, circa 1970.

34 174

Louise LeFevre R.N., formal mounted portrait, Directress of Nurses February 12, 1912-September 30, 1916; Superintendant October 1, 1916-March 14, 1931.

34 186
Loose Photos.
Box Folder

Individuals (8 photographs), circa 1920.

34 1

Individuals (76 photographs), circa 1950-1970.

34 2

Miscellaneous Groups (55 photographs), circa 1950-1970.

34 3

Books & Cap (3 photographs), circa 1960.

34 4

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Series 7.  Scrapbooks, 1953-1970.

Scope and Contents note

Three scrapbooks are included. One was produced by the Class of 1953, another by Miss New Jersey Kathy Holmes, a Chestnut Hill student, and the third contains a lone diploma.

Box

"The Chart-" Class of 1953.

38

Miss New Jersey Kathy Holmes; News Clippings.

38

Diploma; Bustard, Margaret E.

38

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Series 8.  Artifacts.

Scope and Contents note

Includes a hand-made model of a pregnant uterus with growing fetus inside. Stored with artifacts collection.

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