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Lynne Adinolfi-Catena Papers and Memorabilia

This collection spans 1962-1980 incorporating her nursing education at Kings County Hospital School of Nursing (KCHSON)through her education in the Regents External Degree Program where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This collection includes papers and books, letters, newsletter and examination materials from the External Degree Program. The memorabilia include her cape from KCH, and two yearbooks from her nursing school years.


Index code: MC49

Finding Guide:

Finding Aid for the Lynne Adinolfi-Catena Papers and Memorabilia   (MC49)

Compiled by Xiao Liang, Graduate Student
University at Albany, SUNY
Partial fulfillment for requirements of PhD in Information Science Degree
March 4, 2011


VOLUME: 1.4 cubic feet
ACQUISITION: The items in this collection were created and donated by Ms. Lynne Adinolfi-Catena in 1999, 2001, and 2003.
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.
Lynne Adinolfi-Catena Papers and Memorabilia (MC49), Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History, Foundation of New York State Nurses, Guilderland, NY

Biographical Sketch

Lynne Adinolfi-Catena was a student at Kings County Hospital School of Nursing (KCHC) from 1962 to 1965 and continued her education toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Science of Nursing through the Regents External Degree Program from 1978 to 1980.

History about KCHC

Kings County Hospital School of Nursing, which was located at Brooklyn, New York, was among those nursing schools run by the hospitals. The history of Kings County Hospital School of Nursing can be traced back to October 1, 1897. The school does not exist now.[1][2]>

History about Regent External Degree Program

After graduation from KCHC, Ms. Adinolfi went The University of the State of New York to study toward her Bachelor in Science-Nursing Degree through the Regent External Degree Program. This program is aimed at bringing good quality education to the adults who want to continue their education in New York State. The program was firstly known as Regents College which was established by The New York State Board of Regents, and the College was under the authority of The University of the State of New York. There are multiple ways to study in this program. The Regents College is the core institution, and there are satellite institutions that are also able to offer courses which can count toward the degree. For example, Ms. Adinolfi had some courses at Marymount College.

Another way to get credits is to challenge a course. The College Proficiency Exam is for those who have enough working experiences on a particular subject but have not taken any courses on that subject. Once the students pass the College Proficiency Exam, they can get the credits for that subject and do not have to take the course. In this way, the students save time and money, although they have to pay money for the examination.

The Regents External Degree Exam is another way to earn credits. It is for those who want to transfer the credits earned in the nursing school run by hospitals. Once they pass the Regents External Degree Exam, they can transfer the credits from the nursing school to the program.

The program is now moved out of the state university system and becomes an independent, private college named Excelsior College. [3][4]>

Scope and Contents Notes

This collection contains personal and professional papers and memorabilia of Lynne Adinolfi-Catena during the time she attended KCHC (1962-1965) and Regent External Degree Program 1978-1980). The papers includes class notes from both KCHC and Regent External Degree Program, books, documents of grades, one letter from KCHC Alumni Association, newsletters from the Regents External Degree program, and examination material.

The memorabilia includes one nurse cape used during Ms. Adinolfi’s time at KCHC with a description note, pamphlet, baby water bottle, yearbooks from KCHC, nursing diary.

Series Descriptions

Series 1: Education
 This series include two sub-series: Kings County Hospital Center and Regent External Degree Program.

KCHC (1962-1965)
In this sub-series, there are class notes at school and text books. The class notes are arranged by course subject.

Regent External Degree Program (1978 -1980)M/strong>
This sub-series includes documents and class notes including one newsletter from the External Degree Program, one letter from the KCHC Alumni Association, grades and materials of the External Degree Program and College Proficiency Exam, course grades from Marymount College which served as a satellite institute of Regents External Degree Program, and class notes.

Series 2: Artifacts
This series includes memorabilia including one nurse cape used at KCHC along with a note describing the cape, two year books (1963, 1964) of KCHC, one pamphlet, and one brand new nursing diary with illustrations.

Box and Folder List

Series 1: Education

Box 1 (A99-9)
Subseries 1 KCHC(1-20) and loose items: two text books

    1. Administration; Anatomy, 1963-64
    2. Emergency Nursing
    3. Chemistry (1962-63)
    4. History and Nursing Trends
    5. Medical Surgical Nursing, 1962-63 [1 of 3]
    6. Medical Surgical Nursing, 1962-63 [2 of 3]
    7. Medical Surgical Nursing, 1962-63 [3 of 3]
    8. Microbiology, 1963
    9. Neurology & Neurosurgery
    10. Nutrition, 1962-63
    11. Nursing Arts
    12. Nursing Arts Procedure Manual
    13. Nursing Arts Procedure Manual Notes
    14. Operating Room Service, 1963-64
    15. Pediatrics, 1964
    16. Pharmacology, 1963
    17. Psychiatry, 1964
    18. Public Health and Out-Patient Department Nursing
    19. Rehabilitation Nursing
    20. Sociology, 1964

Subseries2: Regents External Degree Program

  1. Applications and transcript 1978,1979;Newsletters 1977-1979; College Proficiency Exam; Regents External Degree Program Exam
  2. Basic Nursing Skill Refreshers
  3. Changing Roles of Women-class notes;Art History-class notes
      Greisheimer, Esther M. .7th ed., Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott
      Mereness, Dorothy A. and Cecelia Monat Taylor.

Essentials of Psychiatric Nursing

    . 10th ed. St. Louis: C.V. Mosby. 1978.

Series 2: Artifacts

Box 2 (A2003-29)

  1. Pamphlet: “A Language Guide for Patient and Nurse”
  2. Illustrated Nursing Diary, 1994
  3. KCHC Yearbook, 1963
  4. KCHC Yearbook, 1964
  5. Baby hot water bottle with package

Textile Rack (A2001-16)


  • [1]  Foundation of New York State Nurses (FNYSN) Subject File: “Kings County Hospital School of Nursing;” Kings County Hospital School of Nursing 1897-1947 Fiftieth Anniversary Booklet(courtesy Nettie Birnbach EdD, RN).
  • [2]   Lynne Adinolfi-Catena’s Papers and Memorabilia (MC49), Foundation of New York State Nurses, Guilderland, NY
  • [3]
  • [4]

Gertrude B. Hutchinson April 25, 2011

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