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Miscellaneous Small Manuscript Collections

Miscellaneous small manuscript collections include letters, reports, speeches, awards, diplomas, examination papers, photographs, and miscellaneous materials. These records provide information on the development of nursing in New York state. Included are the papers of Janet P. Mance, president of NYSNA from 1974-1975. Other notable items are papers of NYSNA leaders Beatrice Van Homrigh Stevenson and Marion Sheahan Bailey; an 1878 letter from Florence Nightingale; and correspondence of Lavinia Dock which provides information on and insight into the political activities and liaisons involved in the passage and signing into law of New York’s Nurse Registration Bill of 1903. Also included are the records of some small nursing organizations such as the Schenectady R.N. Club.

Index code: MC5

Finding Guide:

Finding Aid for the Miscellaneous Small Manuscript Collections


Compiled by Gertrude Hutchinson November 2008
Revisions by Gertrude Hutchinson May, July, September, December 2009, February 2010, May 2011, July 2011, September 2012, September 2014, December 2015, June 2016
Susan Birkhead June 2019, February 2021


VOLUME:  22.5 cu. ft.
ACQUISITION: The items in this collection were donated to the Foundation of New York State Nurses Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History in multiple accessions by various donors between 1989 and 2010.
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.
Miscellaneous Small Manuscript Collections (MC5), 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 from their alma maters and their careers. Many schools of nursing represented in this collection include Lincoln Hospital, St. Catherine’s Hospital, Albany Memorial, Prospect Heights Hospital (Brooklyn), Long Island Hospital, Samaritan Hospital, Ellis Hospital, The Troy Hospital (now known as St. Mary’s Hospital), Presbyterian Hospital, Genesee Hospital, Syracuse University, Craig Colony Hospital, Fulton Montgomery Community College, St Joseph’s Hospital, Champlain Valley School of Nursing and Willard State Hospital.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection consists of papers, publications, 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

MC5 Box List

Box 1   Size Location

Gilston, Jennifer

(daughter of

S. S. Downing)


Stella Simone Downing’s Amsterdam City Hospital Nursing School papers, 1929-1931

Charts, 1933, 1952

Pamphlets, 1941-1957

Refresher course materials, 1967

0.8 cu. ft. J 1-1

Clark, Jim

Jeanne Pentz’s nursing school notes (photocopies), c.1914    

Britten, Mary X.

Photographs of activities at St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, Yonkers, NY, 1950s    

Valoon, Patricia

Annie Goodrich: Her Journey to Yale, ©1950.    
Box 2   0.4 cu. ft. J 1-1

Binley, Otilia

Personal papers, 1915-1973    

Birkhead, Susan Freisem


Myra Hannah Freisem letter, 1973 (SEE ALSO: MC 6, Box 23)    

Higgens, Alice

Poem, c.1948 (found by District #15 NYSNA Historian Edith M Waldeman)    

Kennedy, Lina

Nursing examination  papers, 1914    

Matheny, Ruth

Papers, 1952, 1960, 1971, 1975 (SEE ALSO Over size Box 2)



Nightingale, Florence

Letter, 1878    


Lavinia Lloyd Dock Papers, c.1901, 1939    

Regalia, Ethel

RN licensing exam, 1926    


Stevenson, Beatrice van



Personal Papers, 1913-1962               (SEE ALSO: Oversize Box 1)

NYSNA Report 1914-1937

Nurse Practice Act Information 1913-1938

New York CityTraining School for Nurses

1896 Diploma, NYC Training School for Nurses


Feldhusen, Elizabeth

Health News, 1944    



Metzler, Paula


Gertrude Dain Wilens’s Papers, 1920s (Alumna of Rochester General Hospital)

(SEE ALSO: Oversize Box 3)


District  #15 NYSNA

Minutes, 1936-1940    
Box 3   0.4 cu. ft. J 1-1

District #12 NYSNA

Board and regular meeting minutes, 1948-1970    


Box 4 More available room 0.4 cu. ft. J 1-2

DelBalzo, Joyce

Papers, 1953, 1993

The Velvet Band A. Barton Hepburn Hospital SON yearbook, 1952, 1953


Swanson, Janet Thomas

(Dorothy Abbott, executrix)

Letters, (3) RN licenses tributes from memorial services,

(12) photographs, 1957-2001



Newman, Nancy

(Ann Schott, executrix)

Irene Lavitt’s (Newman’s mother) Senior Class Book, Connecticut Training School, New Haven; 1924.

Picture of Irene Lavitt (sepia; framed), 1924.


Rafson, Dorothy Thorardson

Certificate and work history, 1929-1966    
Ober, Emma Lenox Hill Hospital, 1935, Certification and graduation materials    


Steen, Ivan D., PhD

Nursing Stamps, 3¢ honoring Clara Barton and 4¢ honoring Nursing [4-block sets]


Not in box


Hasselbarth, Charlotte

Commemorative Calendar: “St. Peter’s Hospital: 125 years of Community Health Care,” 1994;

Doctoral Dissertation by Marlene Kramer, 1966: Some Effects of Exposure to Employing Bureaucracies on the Role Conceptions and Role Deprivation of Neophyte Collegiate Nurses

Not in box

Anonymous/Unknown The Medical Society of the County of New York: Nursing Care for Patients – Dilemma 1959

District 13 Bylaws 1924

New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital, Training School for Nurses, Alumnae Association, 1925

ANA Bylaws, 1942

Box 5   0.4 cu. ft. J 1-2
Elkan, Maxine


American Red Cross badge and correspondence, 1945

Bellevue Training School for Nurses circular of information, 1924

Case studies 1-3, 1933

Correspondence, 1928-1940

ICN card, correspondence and issue of Nursing World, 1957

Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing commencement programs, 1927

Membership and identification cards, 1931-1990

Montefiore Hospital School of Nursing memorabilia:  booklets, 1925-1932; Montefiore Echo graduation program, 1927-1928; nurse’s pin and cap, undated.; diploma, 1928

Nursing Today with article galleys, January 1938

Post-graduate course certificate, 1933

Reference and employment correspondence, 1950-1953

RN license, 1928

Box 6   0.4 cu. ft. J 1-2

Heffron, Celia

Photograph, news clippings and eulogy, 1970, undated.

Crouse Irving Memorial School of Nursing, Class of 1938



Peters-Donaldson, Linda

“Mount Sinai-An Ideal Hospital,” architecture class paper, 1988

Intervale Registry for Nurses Advertisement Card, undated


Mulvey, Cecilia

“Your Friend the Visiting Nurse” pamphlet, c.1930

Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada stamps, 1997


Mahaffy, Perry R. & Veronica L.

Edward J. Meyers Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Dedication of Historical Area program, commemorative tile and photographs (taken by the Mahaffys)    
Box 7   0.4 cu. ft. J 1-2

Arena, Kathleen Pryce


Mary Immaculate Hospital School of Nursing Papers

Anatomy class notes, 1946

Early history of nursing class notes, 1946

Student handbook, 1947

Nurse’s kit, c.1950


Whalen, Geraldine

Kings County Hospital papers and yearbooks, 1943-1947

Newsletters and photographs

Box 8 ST. CATHERINE’S HOSPITAL SON (SEE ALSO MC 44) 1.0 cu. ft. J 1-2

Borgia, Florence

St. Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing faculty picnic photo, c.1959

Photo includes Veronica M. Driscoll


Sister Mary Caritas

St. Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing memorabilia (SEE ALSO MC 7)    

McMahon, Kathleen

Catherine Sprufera St. Catherine’s School of Nursing Memorabilia, 1918-1964

 (SEE ALSO:  MC 6, Textile Box 3)

Box 9   0.4 cu. ft. J 1-2

Casbeer, Mary Jane

Jennie Butler, Clifton Springs Hospital School of Nursing, 1926

Memorabilia including medical dictionary, publications, diploma, license, photographs, postcards and pins, 1925-1960

Box 10   0.4 cu. ft. J 1-3

Mason, Esther

Lincoln School for Nurses yearbook, 1947    

Isler, Charlotte

Poster: “Excellence in Nursing at Mount Sinai: 1881-1971”    

Simpson, M. June

Articles of photographs of Clara Weeks Shaw

Catalog of Florence Nightingale Collection, Columbia University/Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, 1956

Profession correspondence 1966-1987

Books: Text Book of Nursing by Clara S. Weeks, 1889

Text Book of Nursing by Clara S. Weeks Shaw, 1902

Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale, 1860

Box 11 Capital District #9 NYSNA 0.4 cu. ft. J 1-3

District #9

Event program, 1940    

District #9

Capital Nurses Bulletin, 1937-1940    

District #9

The Nine Times, 1999-2000

Board and general meeting minutes, 2000-2001

Box 12   0.2 cu. ft. J 1-3

Albany Memorial Hosp Alumni Association


Records, 1981-1993

Video: “Alumni Remembrances 1897-1989 (SEE ALSO:  AV section of Archive)



Hoskins, Helen

Correspondence and memorabilia, 1956-1962    

Davison, Barbara

Memoirs and copies of photographs (Memorial Hospital graduate)    

Hutchinson, Gertrude

School of Nursing, Memorial Hospital, Albany, NY, Circular of Information, 1935.    
Box 13   0.2 cu. ft. J 1-3

Horan, Eileen

Bound book of Chautauqua School of Nursing Lectures, c. 1925    
Box 14   1.0 cu. ft. J 1-3

Drake, E. Diane

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing (Utica, NY) student papers and some books. Student notes also taken during psychiatric nursing affiliation at Marcy State Psychiatric Hospital.

Oral History conducted by Bonita Weddle, 2002


Hodge, Bernadette

Memorabilia of Marion Margaret McNeill- 1928 graduate of St. Elizabeth’s Hosp TSN, Utica, NY: Diploma, NY license registration, invitation to graduation, 2 framed photograph collages of    
Box 15   0.4 cu. ft. J 1-4

Stoklosa, Suzanne


Elsie Marie Rathke school notes, some labeled “Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH”

Dated 1929-1931  (SEE ALSO: MC 6, Box 3 and Textile Box 3)


Box 16   0.4 cu. ft. J 1-4

Godden, Jane

Rec’d April 1998

St. Phillip School of Nursing (Richmond, VA) memorabilia

Cap and pin, c.1945

Bulletin, 1946

“The Light” yearbook, 1945

ORAL HISTORY, 1999  (SEE ALSO:  AV section of Archive)

Box 17   0.5 cu. ft. J 1-4

Bosher, Frances

Schenectady RN Club Records 1927-1998    
Box 18   1.0 cu. ft. J 1-4

Harrison, Dorothy

Mabel Keaton Staupers memorabilia

Scrapbooks, awards and honors, publications, correspondence, and other papers, 1948-1996

Box 19***   0.5 cu. ft. J 1-4

Lewis, Ann

Sister Rita Mawn


Welch, Cathryne

Nursing books, photographs and dolls, 1970s belonging to Ann Lewis



St. Catherine’s Alumni Association Roll Call Book (September 1946-September 1951); Picket Medical Dictionary belonging to Ann Lewis

Boxes 20 24   3.5 cu. ft. J 1-5

Hofmann, Clara



Personal papers, Central Islip State Hospital Materials, Civil Service Law, Nurses House, Nursing ethics, nursing publications, NYSNA, 1949-1994   J 1-5
Nursing publications, NYSNA convention material, NYSNA convention canvas bag, 1969-1990   J 1-5
Public Employees Federation publications and information, Employment and retiree legislation and information, Gero-psychiatric nursing papers, correspondence, NYS Office of Mental Health, 1979-1987   J 1-5
Framed awards and certificates, professional papers, 1978-1992   J 1-6
Box 25   1.0 cu. ft. J 1-6


Mance, Janet P.

NYSNA papers, 1970-1981

GVNA, ANA Activities

Keuka College grant files 1969-1980

Box 26   0.4 cu. ft. J 1-6

Wittmann, M. Elaine


ANA papers including clippings, correspondence, Public Education Task Force, meetings, March of Dimes, 1970-1980


Box 27   1.0 cu. ft. J 1-7
Walsh, Jean



Publications, predominantly, by the National League for Nursing, c. 1959-1979    
Box 28   0.4 cu. ft. J 1-7

Specht, Robert E.,

Specht, Patricia

Specht, Judith

Robert E., Patricia and Judith Specht materials from Central Islip State Hospital SON and Pilgrim State Hospital SON including nursing publications, photographs, news clippings, and school publications, 1946-1978    
Box 29   1.0 cu. ft. J 1-7









Finnin, Mary J.

Eileen Griffin Finnin papers, 1937

Newspaper article “Central Islip …,” 1980

Photograph of C. Trunzo and Clara Hofmann, 1980s

The Quilt: Stories from the NAME Project by Cindy Ruskin, © 1988; Bumper sticker “Remember their Names: The AIDS Memorial Quilt”


Slide Atlas of INFECTIOUS DISEASES by Gerald L. Mandell (Editor-in-Chief),

Vol. 1 AIDS                                       (SEE ALSO: AV section of Archive)

Along the Way, publication of Central Islip Hospital SON, 1938 and 1952, belonging to Alice Sherlocke O’Mara, Class of 1938. (Photocopy of 1952 issue)

Box 30   0.8 cu. ft. J 1-7

Tyson, Margaret G.






Ferrario, Joyce

Photograph scrapbook recognizing M. Tyson’s nursing career, accomplishments, and retirement, 1982

Notes from Sabbatical year, 1970

Distinguished Service Award, SUNY Binghamton, 1982

VIDEO-DVD Interview,               (SEE ALSO:  AV section of Archive)

Portrait of Margaret G. Tyson


Box 31   1.0 cu. ft. J 1-7

Galkin, Ellen Sanders


Kathleen Anne Radicke Hoover Papes Papers and Memorabilia, 1980s – 2008 including  diplomas from Kindergarten to framed Doctor of Education from Florida Atlantic University, 1998.

Memorial Service, 2008

Educational and Employment records and contracts with Barry University, FL- RESTRICTED ACCESS

Awards given by ANA, Nursing Students Association,  NYSNA, Sigma Theta Tau (STTI),  1988-2008    (SEE ALSO: Oversize Box 3)

Box 32      

Kane, Shirley

Calendars: “1921 Florence Nightingale”, “1925 Early Schools of Nursing”; AJN 1901, 1915, 1916, 1917; 28 Annual Report of the NLNE, 1922; five other texts; graduate uniform from Albany Memorial Hospital SON 0.8 cu. ft. J 2-1
Box 33      

Woods, June D. & James

Willard State Hospital SON photographs and memorabilia 1964-1967. Senior Yearbook; textbooks used by James Woods for continuing education classes. June’s caps. (SEE ALSO: Oversize Box 1) (SEE ALSO: TEXTILE BOX 7, MC6)    
Box 34   0.8 cu. ft  
A2000 (A. Beisler, archivist)

Berdy, Anastasia



Memorabilia, photographs, small artifacts belonging to Wilhelmina Raymond including nursing diploma from Paterson General Hospital Training School for Nurses (Paterson, NJ), graduate and anesthesia pins; photographs from student and Cadet Corps days, Frontier Nursing Service, Mercy Hospital, Long Island, NY.

Obituary and bulletin from Memorial Service.

Box 35   0.8 cu. ft  

Eaton, Patricia

Memorabilia belonging to Anna May Hickey Coyne including 1921 Graduation program from The Troy Hospital (now St. Mary’s Hospital), (1) B&W photograph with inscription “Joe Kelly, Ella McShane, Helen McCabe, and Margaret _______,” undated; (1) B&W postcard inscribed “Chapel at The Troy Hospital;” (2) notebooks from nursing school, 1916-1921; materials about St. Mary’s Hospital: Biannual Report, 1989, 1990 and Contact Newsletter, 1991; Nurses Alumnae Assoc. of The Troy Hospital, 1924 and Constitution/Bylaws, rev. 1921.


Bundy, Elizabeth R., MD, Textbook of Anatomy & Physiology, 4th ed., 1916

Bumgarte, A.S., Materia Medica for Nurses, 2nd ed. revised, 1917

Cary, Harry W., MD, Bacteriology for Nurses, 1915

Gould, George M., 35,000 Medical Words

Maxwell, Anna Caroline and Amy Elizabeth Pope, Practical Nursing, 3rd ed., 1914

(SEE ALSO: Oversize Box 2) (SEE ALSO: TEXTILE BOX 8, Artifact Box 25, MC6)

Box 36   1.0 cu. ft.  


Sikso, Frances Sherwood



11 textbooks and one folder of “Procedure Notes” used by Frances Sherwood Sikso during her years of nursing school at St. James Mercy Hospital SON, Hornell, NY, 1952-1955.    
Box 37   0.2 cu. ft.  





Scrapbook created by Gladys Van Tassel, Student Nurse, Prospect Heights Hospital, [Brooklyn, NY], Class of 1933.

Donated by Dolores I. Heinzmann, RN to 1997 Auction for AAHN Scholarship Funds. Possibly obtained by Cathryne A. Welch at the conference that year.


Box 38 Prospect Heights Hospital    
Box 39 First year of the NYSNA SPAN program    
Box 40 Lenox Hill Hospital    
Box 40 A Lenox Hill Hospital    
Box 41 District 15    
  1. Scrapbook, 1937-1997  Contents note the formation of the District “in mid-1937 from the counties of Otsego and Chenango with Delaware joining soon after” and include assorted documents, photographs and newspaper clippings pertaining to District 15, NYSNA, ANA, nursing education institutions and healthcare organizations and other aspects of the nursing profession.
  2. Checkbook Register of District Checks, July 24, 1970 – November 15, 1974
  3. Checkbook Register of District Checks, November 22, 1974 – October 15, 1979
  4. Checkbook Register of District Checks, October 18, 1979 – March 18, 1982
  5. Folder – Copies of Reports from District 15, NYSNA, 1939-1956 as published in New York State Nurse, 1939-1956
  6. Folder – Copies of Annual Reports Sent to NYSNA, 1951-1986
  7. Folder – Newsletters, Assorted, 1985-1994
  8. Folder – Correspondence, November 1999- October 2001
  9. Folder – Assorted District Materials, Newspaper Clippings, ANA and NYSNA items
  10. Folder – Assorted newspaper clippings, District 15 materials, NYSNA Report 12-88 & 4-89, ANA American Nurse 3-89


Box 42      
A2015-35 Martha Orr papers


  1. Florence Nightingale Pamphlet, W. B. Saunders Company, undated; Photograph of Katherine Rehder & Gov. Averill Harriman, undated; NYSNA Booklet “1957-1997 40 Years of Collective Bargaining”, NYSNA, 1997
  2. NYSNA Booklet “Your Future in Nursing”, second edition, 2000
  3. Assorted speeches and speech outlines, Martha Orr, 11-18-1993 through 9-23-98; one undated
  4. Transition Report to (NYSNA) Board of Directors, 6-4-2003, Martha Orr, Executive Director
  5. Assorted articles on nephrology nursing by Martha Leonard (Orr), 1974-1979; Article “External Arteriovenous Shunts”, Martha Read and Mary Mallison, 1972


Oversize Box 1   1.0 cu. ft.  

Driscoll, Veronica

Diploma, Columbia University Doctor of Education, 1976

ANA Hall of Fame induction poster, 2002


Clair, Virginia

Kate Florence Sharp RN license, 1906    

Pollard, Cindy

Life magazine, featuring cover photo of a nurses’ aid, June 8, 1942    

Hiestand, Wanda

Certificate of Registration for Laura Franklin Training School, 1905    

Gurney, Cynthia A.

Poster of Florence Nightingale (modern rendering)    

Woods, June D.; James

Photograph, 8×10” Elmhurst City Hospital Affiliation Class, 1965-1966. (SEE ALSO: Box 33)    
Oversize Box 2   1.0 cu. ft. J 1-2
  Framed calligraphy of The Nightingale Pledge, undated.    

Matheney, Ruth

2 awards given to Ruth Matheney from New York University, 1960; MA degree, NYU, 1950.

Department of Health Education & Welfare Public Health Service (framed and matted)

Hoffman, Clara Plaque “Who’s Who in American Nursing, 1986    

Eaton, Patricia

Documents belonging to Anna May Hickey Coyne: Diploma from Anthony N. Brady Maternity Home; RN Certificate, NYS, 1921    
Oversize Box 3      

Galkin, Ellen Sanders


Kathleen Anne Radicke Hoover Papes Papers and Memorabilia, 1980s – 2008 Framed Doctor of Education from Florida Atlantic University, 1998.

Awards given by ANA, Nursing Students Association,  NYSNA, Sigma Theta Tau (STTI),  1988-2008    (SEE ALSO: Box 31)

Loose on shelf      
  Marion Sheahan Bailey negatives- portrait and certificate of registration    

Mulvey, Cecilia


Volumes 1-4 of Cherry Ames Series:

Cherry Ames Student Nurse; Cherry Ames Senior Nurse; Cherry Ames Army Nurse;   Cherry Ames Chief Nurse

Statuette: “Nurse Pill” – on display



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