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Artifacts and Memorabilia

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)

Compiled by Gertrude Hutchinson December 2006


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

Collection History

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

Finding Guide:

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

Davison, Barbara

Memorial Hospital SON class ring, 1959

Haskins, Helen

Memorial Hospital Alumnae Association membership card, ANA membership card, gold cross pin, Russell Sage College pendant, cufflinks, 1962-1963

Burt, Marieke

Ziekenverpleging Wet pin and glass syringe kit belonging to Janna G. Nienhuys, Marieke Burt’s mother, a Dutch nurse, undated

Schmidt, Mildred/

Cathryne A. Welch

Sophie Palmer, Board of Nurse Examiners name plaque, v. small, undated

Pasqua, Kathleen

St. Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing class ring, 1959

Small, souvenir ceramic mug from St. Catherine’s Hospital SON, undated


Brathwaite, Harriet

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



McDonald, Laura

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

(No DOG)

Bible, 1849


Artifact Box 4

Baron, Martha


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

Baron, Martha


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

Keenan, Elsie

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


Welch, Cathryne

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


Whalen, Geraldine

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

Kennedy, Kathleen

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

Stone, Marian

NYSNA Lobbying Pins (x13)

Rousch, Arlene

A Handy Guide to First Aid by Jane Carlton Zwetch, c.1937
Artifact Box 8 J4-3

DeMarco, Gail

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

Wood, David

Natalie Wood’s visiting nurses bag and framed class photo (probably Eudowood Sanitorium), c.1915

Crowell, Elaine

Glass thermometer in metal pocket case used by E. M. Rathke
Artifact Box 10 J4-4

Leach, Catherine

memorabilia- framed photos, awards, diplomas and RN license, nursing school pin
Artifact Box 11 J4-4

Mary Finnin

Two visiting nurse bags, c.1950

One infant stethoscope, c.1960

Artifact Box 12 J4-3

John Phillips



Anonymous donor


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



Atkinson, Mark

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

DiBlasio, Jo

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

Araldi, Mary-Jane

Albany Medical Center School of Nursing student cap,

Folder of pharmacology articles, notes and tests

Artifact Box 18 J4-5

Araldi, Mary-Jane


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.



Araldi, Mary-Jane


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



Metzler, Paula

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

Birkhead, Susan


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

Tubis, Rita

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
Sault, Jessica
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

Woolsey, Audrey

Albany Hospital-Union University Commemorative Plate, Homecoming 1954


Artifact Box  27

Rosner, Beatrice

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

O’Regan, Elaine

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
A2000-8; A2012-05

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

Lane, Patricia

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

Backus, Debra


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


Wood, David

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

Mulvey, Cecilia

St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing cape, undated

Casbeer, Mary Jane/

Jennie Butler

Genesee Hospital School of Nursing uniform, c.1950

Red Cross apron

Civil Defense Corps cap


Blekkenk, Ruth

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

Crowell, Elaine

E.M. Rathke’s cape, undated

Rose, Joseph

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

Fortinach/O’Day, Veronica

Wagner College, dark green wool nurse’s cape, undated

Yetman, Ann

Cape belonging to Esther M. Momrow, undated

Donahue, Irene

St. P (St. Peter’s Hospital SON?) cape, undated

Hemenway, Lewis

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

Welch, Cathryne

Cape, Robert Packer Hospital, Ayer, PA, 1959

Atkinson, Mark

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

Araldi, Mary-Jane

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.
I 1-1
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.


Shepard, Michael

North Country Community College – student uniform from the first RN class in 1970.

Eaton, Patricia

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

Elizabeth Mahoney

Brick presented in appreciation to Elizabeth Mahoney from The Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Presbyterian), 1985 J4-1

Newton, Candy

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

June 2016

Susan Birkhead June 2019

October 2020

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