Artifacts and memorabilia from various donors. Included are a public health nurse’s bag used at the Schenectady Visiting Nurses Association, ca. 1918, a collection of glass slides depicting the history of nursing, a nurse’s delivery bag, and a nurse’s kit used in private duty practice.
Finding Aid for the Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection (MC6)
|VOLUME:||29.5 cubic ft. including 8 textile boxes|
|ACQUISITION:||The items in this collection were donated to the Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History, Foundation of New York State Nurses in multiple accessions by various donors between 1989 and 2009.|
|ACCESS:||This collection is open to the public by appointment.|
|COPYRIGHT:||Please consult the repository for information about duplication or publishing of any materials from this collection.|
|Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection (MC6), Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History, Foundation of New York State Nurses, Guilderland, NY|
Table of Contents
This dynamic artificial collection began in 1989 with nurses contributing artifacts and ephemera from their alma maters and their careers. Many schools of nursing represented in this collection include Binghamton City Hospital, St. Catherine’s Hospital, Albany Memorial, Lincoln School, Long Island Hospital, Samaritan Hospital, Ellis Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, Genesee Hospital, Syracuse University, Craig Colony Hospital, Fulton Montgomery Community College, and Champlain Valley School of Nursing.
A portrait of nursing leader Adelaide Nutting and The Life of Florence Nightingale, a book bearing an inscription by Miss Nutting, are two of the artifacts. Uniforms, caps, and capes enrich this collection. Also included is a public health nurse’s bag used at the Schenectady Visiting Nurses Association, ca. 1918. Teaching tools such as a collection of glass slides depicting the history of nursing or the scales with nineteen jars of “raw materials” (botanicals for medicines) and the Bellevue Hospital Formulary give insight into how students learned about pharmacology at St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Amsterdam, NY, circa 1920.
Scope and Contents Note
This collection consists of artifacts, textiles, and ephemera representing various donors and schools of nursing. There is only one series presented as an inventory box and folder list.
Box and Folder List
St. John’s University SON full uniform, cap, photographs, and copy of the History of the S Albany Memorial Hospital SON caps worn by Mrs. MerrickDemitasse Cups/Plates used at the NY Hospital SON ResidenceLSN Cap worn by Susie Bailey Richardson, Class of 1957. Publicity cup – NYSNABrick from Anna C. Maxwell Hall at The Presbyterian Hospital Artifacts: caps & doll from Burbank Hospital SON (Fitchburg, MA) belonging to Patricia Zanio Roberts, NYS nurse St. Catherine Hospitalape worn by Margaret M Mawn Yuen
Index code: MC6
BOX AND FOLDER LIST (Notations in red – internal notations; FIC=Found in Collection, Shelf Location)
|Artifact Box 1
|(Small artifacts box. Less than half full.)||Shelf Location|
James, E. Jane
|Hypodermic kit belonging to Clara Bauer Batterson, a graduate of Albany Memorial Hospital SON 1934||J4-1|
Van Deusen, Dorothy D.
|Nursing stamp pin, c.1998|
|Memorial Hospital SON class ring, 1959|
|Memorial Hospital Alumnae Association membership card, ANA membership card, gold cross pin, Russell Sage College pendant, cufflinks, 1962-1963|
|Ziekenverpleging Wet pin and glass syringe kit belonging to Janna G. Nienhuys, Marieke Burt’s mother, a Dutch nurse, undated|
Cathryne A. Welch
|Sophie Palmer, Board of Nurse Examiners name plaque, v. small, undated|
|St. Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing class ring, 1959
Small, souvenir ceramic mug from St. Catherine’s Hospital SON, undated
|Brooklyn College SON graduate pin.|
|(No accession record, FIC)||Tiny manila envelope of buttons, nails, screws, etc.
|2 RN Shield-style pins, undated (SEE ALSO Artifact Box 8)|
|Artifact Box 2||J4-1|
Stanley, Jane Stark
(daughter of Blanche Esther Love Stark)
|Blanche Esther Love memorabilia: glass syringe, glass tuberculin syringe; gold pencil; class ring; Binghamton City Hospital diploma; 2 Registered Nurse licenses; cap, c.1926-1927
Registered Nurse cards, 1927-1933
Fiftieth Anniversary certificate, 1976; Birth certificate, reissued, 1943
|Ruth Kurtz memorabilia: Graduation program, Binghamton City Hospital School of Nursing, 1939; photographs of student nurses, graduate nurses and school of nursing administrators and teachers; newspaper articles related to BCH and its nurses, physicians, and other staff; two newspaper wedding announcements.
|Artifact Box 3||J4-1|
Kings County Hosp
|Artifact Box 4|
|Accessories for Mrs. Chase (stored on chair in the archives): bedpan, emesis basin, bath blanket, robe, socks and corsage; mortar and pestle; white china(?) invalid feeder cup; hypodermic syringe and needle in sterilized packaging; Johnson & Johnson™ adhesive tape container; Anacin™ container;
(dates of artifacts vary)
|Artifact Box 5||J4-2|
Abdellah, Faye G. et. al. Patient-Centered Approaches to Nursing. The MacMillan Company: New York, 1964.
Brown, Esther Lucile. Nursing for the Future. Russell Sage Foundation: New York, 1948.
Brown, Esther Lucile. Nursing as a Profession. Russell Sage Foundation: New York, 1940.
Dock, Lavinia L. and Isabel M. Stewart. A Short History of Nursing. G.P. Putnam’s Sons: New York, 1920. Fourth Edition, 1938.
Harmer, Bertha. Textbook of the Principles and Practice of Nursing. The MacMillan Company: New York, 1927.
Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing. J.B. Lippincott Company: Philadelphia, 1992 (Commemorative edition).
Nutting, M. Adelaide and Lavinia L. Dock. A History of Nursing. G.P. Putnam’s Sons: New York, 1907 (2 volumes).
Peplau, Hildegard E. Interpersonal Relations in Nursing. G.P. Putnam’s Sons: New York, 1952.
Rudd, T.N. The Nursing of the Elderly Sick. J.B. Lippincott Company: Philadelphia, 1954.
|Artifact Box 6||J4-2|
|Nurses kit, possibly military, undated|
|Florence Nightingale puzzle, undated
Framed picture of stained-glass window featuring an image of Florence Nightingale, inscribed with “Notes on Nursing,” undated
Framed copy of “A Nurse’s Prayer,” 1963
2 RN shield pins, undated. (SEE ALSO Artifact Box 1)
Lillian D. Wald, Hall of Fame for Great American, NYU medallion, 1971
|Sairy Gamp pitcher, undated|
|(No accession record; letter in control file; FIC)||Plaque- University at Albany School of Nursing award in memory of Christine E. Sturtevant, 1976-1979
“School of Nursing” sign, undated
|Kings County Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1943 memorabilia, including 2 caps
(Moved from MC 5 Collection, October 2008)
|Artifact Box 7||J4-1|
|Saratoga Hospital patient care award to Jean Brooks, signed by Rita C. Kopf, 1990|
No accession record
|State of New York Department of Mental Hygiene, School of Nursing manual, 1965|
|A2002-18||Council of Nurse Practitioners Presbyterian Hospital|
|NYSNA Lobbying Pins (x13)|
|A Handy Guide to First Aid by Jane Carlton Zwetch, c.1937|
|Artifact Box 8||J4-3|
|Bellevue Hospital Formulary, with scales and 19 jars of “raw materials” for medicines, including belladonna root and leaf, ephedra, ergot, digitalis and many others used in the instruction of student nurses at St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Amsterdam, NY, c.1920|
|Artifact Box 9||J4-3|
|Natalie Wood’s visiting nurses bag and framed class photo (probably Eudowood Sanitorium), c.1915|
|Glass thermometer in metal pocket case used by E. M. Rathke|
|Artifact Box 10||J4-4|
|memorabilia- framed photos, awards, diplomas and RN license, nursing school pin|
|Artifact Box 11||J4-4|
|Two visiting nurse bags, c.1950
One infant stethoscope, c.1960
|Artifact Box 12||J4-3|
|Adelaide Nutting memorabilia: photographs
The Life of Florence Nightingale with “Sarah Tooley” inscribed by Nutting.
National League of Nursing medal (gift of Teachers College via M. Louise Fitzpatrick) and pitcher (donated by Margaret G. Tyson).
|Artifact Box 13||J4-4|
|Alma Drescher’s (Atkinson’s mother) Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing Memorabilia, 1936
Cape from Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing (SEE ALSO Textile Box 8)
|Artifact Box 14||J4-5|
|Ceramic fracture pan|
Gardner, Janet Gilbert
|Desktop sphygmomanometer and stethoscope belonging to her father, Dr. Judson Gilbert, M.D., a Schenectady, NY urologist|
|Artifact Box 15||J4-5|
James, E. Jane
|Travel valise (?) used by Marion Monroe Merrick (Mrs. Alden Chester Merrick)|
|Artifact Box 16||J4-5|
Fulton Montgomery Community College
|Training films and audio tapes, 1960s|
|Artifact Box 16|
|Unknown||Three miscellaneous caps, schools unidentified|
|Artifact Box 17||J4-5|
Haran, Marie Lois Davin
|Brooklyn Hospital School of Nursing memorabilia: Capping lamp w candle (candle broken and taped), commemorative ashtray 75th Anniversary of BHSON, 50th Anniversary Reunion photographs/booklet Class of 1952; scrapbook; Nurses House memorabilia|
Jeffery S. Bastable
|Geraldine Learie Howell Bastable Brooklyn Hospital diploma and memorabilia|
|Albany Medical Center School of Nursing student cap,
Folder of pharmacology articles, notes and tests
|Artifact Box 18||J4-5|
Berbersen, Betty S. et al. Pharmacology in Nursing. C. V. Mosby Company: St. Louis, 1973.
Brunner, Lillian Sholtis, et. al. Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. J. B. Lippincott: Philadelphia, 1970.
Crouch, James E. et al. Human anatomy and Physiology. John Wiley & Sons: New York, 1971.
Govoni, Laura E. Drugs and Nursing implications, 2nd ed. Appleton-Century-Crofts: New York, 1971.
Gillies, Dee Ann et al. Saunders Tests for Self-Evaluation of Nursing Competence. W. B. Saunders: New York, 1973.
Kalbus, Barbara H. et al. Laboratory Manual and Study Guide for Human Anatomy. ELOT Publishing: Long Beach, CA, 1973.
LeMaitre, George D., MD, et. al. The Patient in Surgery: A Guide for Nurses. W. B. Saunders: Philadelphia, 1970.
Marlow, Dorothy R., Textbook of Pediatric Nursing. W. B. Saunders: New York, 1973.
Miller, Benjamin F. et al. Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine and Nursing. W. B. Saunders: Philadelphia, 1970.
Smith, Alice Lorraine. Microbiology and Pathology. C. V. Mosby Company: St. Louis, 1972.
Whittaker, James O. Introduction to Psychology. W. B. Saunders: New York, 1970.
|Artifact Box 19||Folder 1: Notes to accompany slides on the history of nursing, undated
Folder 2: History of nursing, from the Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh Ed., 1911, also date October 14, 1982, a gift from Marian Lampman Stone, RN noted on cover.
Folder 3: Memorial School of Nursing, Albany NY, charm. Pin missing
Folder 4: Nurse graphic, 3 Matchbook covers, anti-smoking
Folder 5: District 6 Cookbook, 1984
Folder 6: If I Ever Forget: Useful Hints and Reminders for Nurses in Every Field, 1930.
Folder 7: Certificate of honor presented to NYSNA from National Associated of Colored Graduate Nurses for contributions made to the furtherance of democracy in nursing, 1951
Folder 8: Letter from Commissioner Chassin (NYSDOH) celebrating 100 years of public health nursing, and document from Executive Chamber, Mario Cuomo recognizing December 5 – 11, 1993 as Public Health Nursing week. Several copies with commemorative pins attached.
Folder 9: National Women’s Hall of Fame, Honors Ceremonies program, 1993
Folder 10: First day cover, 1961 nurses stamp and letter about the stamp from NYSNA. NYSNA 75th Anniversary Banquet program.
Block, Jack et al. English Skills for Technicians. McGraw-Hill Book Co.: New York, 1971.
Fitzpatrick, Elise, et al. Fundamentals of Nursing: The Humanities and the Sciences in Nursing. J. B. Lippincott: Philadelphia, PA, 1969.
Fitzpatrick, Elise, et al. Maternity Nursing. J. B. Lippincott: Philadelphia, PA, 1971
Hart, Laura K. The Arithmetic of Dosages and Solutions, A Programmed Presentation, 3rd ed. C. V. Mosby Company: St. Louis, 1973.
Kelly, Cordelia W. Dimensions of Professional Nursing, 2nd ed. MacMillan Co.: Long Beach, CA, 1968.
Kyes, Joan et al. Basic Psychiatric Concepts in Nursing. J. B. Lippincott: Philadelphia, PA, 1974.
|Artifact Box 20||J4-5|
|Gertie Mary Dain’s Rochester General Hospital School of Nursing uniform, diploma, miscellaneous memorabilia including mugs, tin nurse figure, invalid feeder, measuring bottle and more, c.1925-1960
(Moved from MC 5 Collection, October 2008)
|Artifact Box 21||J4-5|
|Myra Hanna Freisem’s cap from Ithaca City Hospital SON, and two other caps – one from Red Cross.
(Moved from MC 5 Collection, October 2008)
|Artifact Box 22||J4-3|
|Instrument Kit in case engraved “Emma M. Ober – Lenox Hill Hospital, November 27, 1934; small doll in uniform and cap; bandage scissors; diploma holder (SEE ALSO MC 5)
(Moved from MC 5 Collection, October 2008)
|Artifact Boxes 23 & 24||J5-1|
Albany Medical Center Archive
|Caps worn by employees of Albany Medical Center. Most caps are from NYS Schools and Colleges of Nursing; other caps represent alma maters of nurses educated outside NYS|
|Artifact Box 25||J4-5|
Gurney, Cynthia A.
Jensen, Deborah MacLurg, History and Trends of Professional Nursing, 4th ed., C. V. Mosby Co.: St. Louis, 1959.
Dock, Lavinia L., and Isabel M. Stewart, A Short History of Nursing, 4th ed.,
G. P. Putnam & Sons: New York, 1938.
Jamieson, Elizabeth, et al., Trends in Nursing History: Their Social, International, and Ethical Relationships, 5th ed., W. B. Saunders: Philadelphia, PA, 1959.
Goodnow, Minnie, Outlines of Nursing History, 4th ed., W. B. Saunders: Philadelphia, PA, 1930.
Coplin, W. M. L., American Red Cross Base Hospital No. 38 in the World War, E. A. Wright Co.: Philadelphia, PA, 1923.
Trott, Lona L., American Red Cross Textbook on Red Cross Home Nursing, The Blakiston Co.: Philadelphia, PA, 1942.
Joint Commission, Nursing Practice and Outcomes Measurement, Joint Commission: Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 1997.
Barton, Clara, The Red Cross, J. B. Lyon Co.: Albany, NY, 1898
DePree, Max, Leadership is an Art, Doubleday & Co.: New York, 1989.
Waltz, Carolyn Feher et al., Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Evaluation for Nursing Education and Service, NLN: New York, 1989.
DeLeeuw, Adele and Cateau, Nurses Who Led the Way, Whitman Publishing Co.: Racine, WI, 1961.
Chaska, Norma L., The Nursing Profession: A Time to Speak, McGraw-Hill: New York, 1983.
Matteson, Michael T. et al, Management Classics, 2nd ed., Scott, Foresman and Co.: Glenview, IL, 1981.
|Artifact Box 26|
|Albany Hospital-Union University Commemorative Plate, Homecoming 1954|
|Artifact Box 27|
|Ruth F. Wilson Award, 1995 given by the Home Care Assoc. of NYS, Inc.||J4-5|
|Artifact Box 28|
|Behrman, Edna Krane||St. John’s University SON: full uniform & cap; photographs and copy of the history of the SON.|
|Artifact Box 29|
|Memorial (Albany) SON caps worn by Mrs. Merrick|
|Artifact Box 30|
|Demitasse cups and plates used a5 the NY Hospital SON residence|
|Artifact Box 31|
Richardson, Susie Bailey
|Cap from Lincoln SON worn by S.B. Richardson, class of 1957; publicity cup NYSNA|
|Artifact Box 32|
|Minio, Julie||Red Cross cap & shoes worn by the donor; capholder|
|Artifact Box 33|
|Gerserlich, M.||Memorabilia of M. Gerserlich, Nathan Littauer Hospital SON, Class of 1959: graduate pin & cap, student uniform, bib, apron; base of Nightingale Lamp from capping ceremony|
|Artifact Box 34|
Mahoney, Elizabeth A.
|Brick from Anna C. Maxwell Hall at the Presbyterian Hospital, NYC, given to EAM 1985; “Rosie the Riveter” cloth promotional bag; 8 small textbooks|
|Artifact Box 35|
|Valoon, Patricia||Display tray:”Duquesne University SON Alumni Association – Distinguished Alumni Award, Patricia Valoon, RN, BSN, MSN, Classs of 1965”, tray crafted by Wendall August Forge: WestnPENNA Hospital SON Alumni Association|
|Artifact Box 36|
|Finnan, Mary||Burbank Hospital, Fitchburg, MA. Patricia Zanio Roberts. Doll. Photo of capping 1949-1954|
|Artifact Box 37|
|Three demitasse cups & saucers from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital SON, Class of 1956; Commemorative plate of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, n.d. (given by Anne Abraham Fair to P. Lane)
|Artifact Box 38|
|Nursing cap, cape, student uniform, graduation uniform, porcelain bell, goblet and cup, graduate pin from St. Lawrence Psychiatric SON w/pin guard “BS State University of NY College of Technology”; Lapel pins from St. Lawrence Psychiatric School of Nursing and NYSNA
|Artifact Box 39|
Rymski, Ann L. Haun
|Flower Fifth Avenue SON yearbook, 1946; FFA cape (textile box: MC6 -11); letter from the donor with information about Jeannette Morrison (the FFA grad).
Photo Box 1
|Public school class photos, c.1907||L2-2|
Mance, Janet P.
|Framed picture of “V.A.N.C.N.Y. 1890 Community Health in Syracuse”|
|Textile Box 1||L2-1|
|St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing cape, undated|
Casbeer, Mary Jane/
|Genesee Hospital School of Nursing uniform, c.1950
Red Cross apron
Civil Defense Corps cap
|Craig Colony Hospital School of Nursing cape and uniform|
Mason, Ethel Wise
|Lincoln School of Nursing cape|
Brooks, Carolee Fauth
|Syracuse University School of Nursing cape|
|Textile Box 2||L2-1|
Barton, Sister Mary
|Champlain Valley School of Nursing uniform, undated|
|Textile Box 3||L1-3|
|E.M. Rathke’s cape, undated|
|Binghamton General Hospital School of Nursing cape worn by Margaret Mary DiLello Rose, 1948.|
Moore, Christine Ronan
|St. Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing cape worn by Christine Ronan, 1958|
|Textile Box 4||L2-4|
|Wagner College, dark green wool nurse’s cape, undated|
|Cape belonging to Esther M. Momrow, undated|
|St. P (St. Peter’s Hospital SON?) cape, undated|
|2 white uniforms and 1 navy blue cape with yellow lining with “St.L.S.N.” on collar worn by his mother, Marjorie Elizabeth “Betty” Goodier Hemenway
(will move to MC27 when collection is processed)
|Textile Box 5||This large textile box also holds items from MC5 and MC7.||L2-5|
|A2002-42||Oil cloth banner commemorating Bellevue Hospital nurses’ actions in the wake of the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, autographed by a large number of people, 2001|
|Cape, Robert Packer Hospital, Ayer, PA, 1959|
|Cape worn by Alma Drescher (Atkinson’s mother), Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing, 1936 (SEE ALSO Artifact Box 15)|
Sampson, Deborah A.
|Cape from Benedictine Hospital School of Nursing, Kingston, NY.|
|Academic Hood worn by Mary Sheahan Bailey (SEE ALSO MC 37)|
|Textile Box 6|
|A1993-27||Uniforms, stockings, Red Cross cap, cape from Memorial Hospital SON – “M.H.” sewed on collar – used by Marion Monroe Merrick (Mrs. Alden Chester Merrick)-Class of 1934. (Moth damage noted on cape)||I 1-1|
|Albany Medical Center School of Nursing (AMCSON) tee shirts with various nursing sayings c. 1966, navy blue wool sweater with AMCSON patch|
|Textile Box 7||L1-3|
Phil Maples Baker-Cederberg Museum and Archives
|Rochester General Hospital cape and caps
Strong Memorial Hospital Cape (donated by Arlene Van Halle)
Wood, June and James
|Willard State Hospital SON cape worn by June Woods.|
|Textile Box 8||J4-5|
Gosden, Susan Hession
|3 Uniforms: Candy Striper uniform worn by donor 1965-1966;
Alfred University Student Uniform and name pin – Class of 1970;
Red Cross uniform handmade of brown linen and matching tote and white kerchief with Red Cross on band.
|North Country Community College – student uniform from the first RN class in 1970.|
|Bib, apron worn by Anna May Hickey Coyne 1916-1921; and graduate cap from The Troy Hospital, Troy, NY|
|Textile Box 9|
|Two Memorial Hospital capes (Albany)|
|Textile Box 10|
Zoske, Fran Ludwig
|Red Cross marching uniform & pin worn by F. Miriam Price Ludwig during WWII. Mrs. Ludwig graduated from Buffalo City Hospital SON, Class of 1933|
|Textile Box 11|
Rymski, Ann L. Haun
|Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital SON Cape, c. 1946, worn by Jeannette Morrison|
|Loose Items on Shelves|
|A1981||3 wooden boxes of glass slides, “History of Nursing,” used at Pilgrim State Hospital. (too long for archival boxes)||J4-1|
|Brick presented in appreciation to Elizabeth Mahoney from The Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Presbyterian), 1985||J4-1|
|Franklin Mint Nightingale Doll, lamp replica|
Morris, Leah C.
|Tan leather VNA bag, NYC, late 1940s. Used by Barbara “Bobbie” E. Jago Morris.|
|Oversize Items||Desk used by the Director of Nursing of Kings County Hospital – on display in main lobby.
Bookstand used to hold Bible (SEE ALSO Artifact Box 3) – on display in the R. Louise McManus Library.
|Gertrude B. Hutchinson||May, November, December 2008
February, May, December 2009
January 2010, September 2012,
February, October 2014
|Susan Birkhead||June 2019
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