Table of Contents

Overview of the Collection

Historical Information

List of Past Presidents

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Items

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Administrative Information

Series Description

Series 1: Publications

Series 2: Administrative Records

Series 3: Correspondence

Series 4: Subject Files

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Plainfield Public Library
Muhlenberg Hospital
School of Nursing Alumnae Association [1904-2000]

1919 class photo
Photograph of the class of 1919

Finding aid prepared and encoded by Sarah Hull in January 2009;
processed in 2008 and 2009 by Jeff Assent and Sarah Hull, respectively


Overview of the Collection
Repository: Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Creator: Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association
Title: Papers of the Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association
Dates: 1904-2000
Quantity:

6.75 linear feet of records
Comprised of 12 boxes:
Six (6) 10”x15”x5” document cases
Two (2) 15”x12”x3” document cases
One (1) 14.5”x3”x11.5” oversize box
One (1) 17”x12”x3” oversize box
One (1) 19¾”x3”x14¾” oversize box
One (1) 24”x3”x21” oversize box

Abstract: The Papers of the Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association documents the creation and history of the Alumnae Association from 1904 to 2000.  The collection includes publications such as yearbooks and course catalogs, administrative material including annual reports, financial records, meeting minutes, and by-laws, correspondence, and subject files including awards, centennial celebrations, ephemera, and reunions. There is also a series of scrapbooks that contain newspaper clippings, photographs and photocopied images.
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Information

The Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing was established in 1894 as the Training School for Nurses. It opened on December 10th and offered a two-year training course. The first class of two students began their studies and were graduated in 1896. Construction of the nurses housing was completed in that same year.  In 1920, the school was named the Muhlenberg School of Nursing. The Alumnae Association was organized in 1905 with a membership of seven.  The Association’s first yearbook, Caduceus, appears in 1940. All earlier years are documented in the publication, “Through the Years 1896-1961,” which is housed with the collection (box 1, folders 8 and 9). 

The Alumnae Association held monthly meetings in the hospital auditorium on the first Tuesday of each month. They gave full scholarships to nursing students and offered an annual graduation award to outstanding students. Banquets were held in honor of each graduating class and year-long courtesy memberships were given to each graduate.  Life Memberships were established in 1948 for those who had been active with the Association for 35 years.  Honorary memberships were given to nurses for their missionary work in foreign lands, as well as for outstanding service in the Army Nurses Corps in World War II.  The Corps members are documented in the collection.

The Association contributed to charitable and civic causes through variety of fundraisers, and donated substantial sums to the Hospital Building Fund.  Both the Hospital and its Women’s Auxiliary Board contributed to the welfare of student and staff nurses and the school.  Alumnae received generous discounts on hospital bills, exclusive of maternity. Auxiliary Board donations helped to construct the Nurses Home and Cottages, as well as fund graduation prizes, graduate luncheons, student activities, and an annual nursing scholarship.

Muhlenberg Hospital was incorporated in 1877 and named in memory of the Reverend William A. Muhlenberg, a former rector of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in New York and the founder of St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City.  In 1986, the hospital changed its name to Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, and is now part of the Solaris Healthcare System’s JFK Medical Center – Muhlenberg Campus.

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List of Association Presidents
*deceased as of 1995
Date

Name

Class

1907-08

*Charlotte Griffen

1907

1909-27

*Elizabeth Wilson

1907

1928-30

*Jennie Smith Bergmann

1919

1931-33

*Ida Mae Holt Bays

1928

1933-34

Barbara I. Wild

1924

1935-37

*Lois McKay McGinley

1924

1937-39

Ruth Capron Brunner

1929

1939-41

Elizabeth Mason Parrella

1932

1941-43

*Evelyn Kinkel

1928

1943-44

*Wilhelmina Crest Maudsley

1931

1945-46

*Selena E. Cornwell

1921

1946-48

*Alma Thomas Whitman

1918

1948-49

Fredericka Desking Ricketts & Liza Rasmussen Brown, 6 months each

1939

1949-51

Mary Konyk

1947

1951-53

Olga Sobolak

1945

1953-55

Nancy Schmeyer Cramer

1948

1956-58

*Isabelle Drew Davis

1921

1959-63

Ada Keiderling

1946

1963-65

Elizabeth Chereck Troy

1946

1965-67

Jean Steffan Asal

1957

1967-72

*Selena E. Cornwell

1921

1972-74

Virginia Stewart Lamperti

1932

1975-76

Marie Madsen Kuck

1938

1977-79

Gladys Myers Stebbins

1928

1980-82

Florence Campolo Vivers

1978

1983-88

Robin Hanna Ince

1978

1988-91

Virginia Stewart Lamparti

1932

1991-95

Anne Troiano Rosko

1945

1995-??

Joan Cooper Kulesavage

1951

 

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Scope and Contents

The Papers of the Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association include a variety of historical material spanning from 1904 to 2000, with the bulk of records dating between 1920 to1985.  Record types include: handbooks, yearbooks, course catalogs, newsletters, event programs, alumni directories, annual reports, constitution and by-laws, financial records such as budgets and pay rates, correspondence, minutes (bound and unbound), newspaper clippings, lab manuals, letterhead, scrapbook pages, and photographs. Related ephemera include: diplomas, nursing badges, school patches, event ribbons, text books, and an official nursing uniform.

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Arrangement

The Papers of the Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association are arranged into four series:

Series 1: Publications
Series 2: Administration (including financial records)
Series 3: Correspondence
Series 4: Subject Files, A to Z

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Access and Use

Restrictions on Access

The Papers of the Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association are available for research.

Access is restricted to materials prepared by the Local History department staff. All materials must be viewed in the Plainfield Room and may not be removed to another area of the library without permission of the Library Director or designee. Materials must be handled carefully and kept in order. Materials must not be leaned upon, altered, folded, ripped, or traced upon. Marks may not be added or erased from materials. Materials must be returned directly to Local History department staff and inspected before the researcher leaves the Plainfield Room.

Restrictions on Use

One photocopy may be made (by Plainfield Public Library staff) of each document for the purpose of research; official Local History departmental reproduction fees may apply. Permission to publish must be obtained by the Plainfield Public Library Board of Trustees as delegated to the Library Director. Permission to publish does not constitute a copyright clearance. The researcher is responsible for further copyright restrictions. The Plainfield Public Library is not responsible for the misuse of copyrighted material.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

People:

Sanger, Margaret Higgins (1879-1966)

Organizations:

Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, NJ

Places:

Plainfield (N.J.)--History

Subjects:

History of Nursing
Nursing Schools
Women’s Education

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Related Items

The following published text books are included in this collection (box 7):

A textbook of materia medica pharmacology and therapeutics / by Harold N. Wright and Mildred Montag. 2d ed., rev. Philadelphia : Saunders, 1942. LC Classification: RM121 .W92 1942. Dewey Class No.: 615.1

Woodward & Gardner’s Obstetric management and nursing. 2d ed. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis Co., 1943. LC Classification: RG951 .B8.

Chemistry for nurses, including certain essential principles from inorganic, organic, and biochemistry; a combined text and laboratory manual, by Harry C. Biddle. With 201 illustrations. 2d ed. Philadelphia, F. A. Davis Co., 1942. LC Classification: QD33 .B49 1940.  Dewey Class No.: 540.

Nutrition in health and disease / by Lenna F. Cooper, Edith M. Barber, Helen S. Mitchell. 8th ed., rev. Philadelphia : Lippincott, 1941. LC Classification: RM216 .N85 Dewey Class No.: 613.2.

Psychology applied to nursing, by Lawrence Augustus Averill and Florence C. Kempf. 2d ed., rev. Philadelphia and London, W. B. Saunders, 1942. LC Classification: BF131 .A8 1942.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection consists of paper documents, photographs and ephemera which do not require any additional technology for access.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Identification of item; Date (if noted); "The Papers of the Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association" collection, Box and Folder Number; Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated in 2003 by Mrs. Fredericka Ricketts on behalf of the Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jeff Wassen and Sarah Hull in 2008 and 2009, respectively. The finding aid was written by Sarah Hull in January 2009. Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

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Series Description of the Collection
Series 1: Publications [1924--2000]

Caduceus yearbook 1940
Yearbook, The Caduceus, 1940 (first year)

Series Description
Series 1 contains documents published and/or distributed by the Alumnae Association. It includes: handbook, yearbooks, catalogs, alumni directories, and newsletters.  It is composed solely of paper documents. Some publications are housed with the subject files, as they are part of a larger series of related documents.

Arrangement
Series 1 is arranged alphabetically by date and fills two boxes.

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Series 2: Administrative Records [1924--1999]

bound minutes

Series Description
Series 2 contains annual reports, committee meeting minutes (bound and unbound), constitution & by-laws, class lists, president lists, as well as numerous financial records including pay rates, tuition and fee amounts. It is composed solely of paper documents and four bound ledgers. Documents are typed and handwritten.

Arrangement
Series 2 is arranged chronologically by subject, and fills one box.

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Series 3: Correspondence [1924--1997]

correspondence

Series Description
Series 3 contains correspondence between the Association, students, and alumni, as well as the New Jersey Nurses Association. Notably, there is a letter from Margaret Sanger and the Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control.  Documents are typed and handwritten. Record types include letters, greeting cards, note cards, and a few annual fund materials.

Arrangement
Series 3 is predominantly arranged chronologically by subject or author, and fills two boxes.

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Series 4: Subject Files [1904--1998]

nurses scrapbook - posed on car

Series Description
Series 4 contains miscellaneous records of the Association.  These files compose the largest date span.  Topics include: awards, the centennial celebration, class anniversaries and reunions, scrapbooks (with clippings and photographs), text books, and ephemera such as badges, ribbons and school patches. There are two old nursing uniforms in this series.

Arrangement
Series 4 is arranged chronologically, where possible, by subject, and fills two boxes.

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Contents Listing

Box

Folder

Title

Date

1

1

School Rule Book

Undated

 

2

Student Handbook

1958-1959

 

3

Student Handbook

1980-1981

 

4

School Brochures

1972-73, undated

 

5

Yearbook – Caduceus

1940 (first year)

 

6

Yearbook – Caduceus

1940 (first year)

 

7

Yearbook – Caduceus

1953

 

8

Through the Years, 1896-1961

1961

 

9

Through the Years, 1896-1961

1961

 

10

School Catalogs

1936-1949

 

11

School Catalogs

1950-1960

 

12

School Catalogs

1961-1968

 

13

School Catalogs

1969-1970

 

14

School Catalog

1972

 

15

School Catalog

1975

 

16

School Catalog

1991

2

1

School Catalogs

1991-1994

 

2

Ballots/Newsletter

1963-1998

 

3

Ballots/Newsletter

1952-1969

 

4

Ballots/Newsletter

1970-1979

 

5

Ballots/Newsletter

1980-1989

 

6

Ballots/Newsletter

1990-1999

 

7

Ballots/Newsletter (Final)

2000

 

8

Newsflash

1978-1992

 

9

Banquet Programs

1973-1979

 

10

Banquet Programs

1980-1989

 

11

Banquet Programs

1990-1999

 

12

Banquet Documents

1993, 1995, undated

 

13

Alumnae Directory

1985

 

14

Alumnae History

1954

 

15

Hospital History

1990

 

16

Graduation Programs

1924-1980

 

17

Miscellaneous Publications

1966-1995

3

1

Alumnae Contact Info

1942, 1975, undated

 

2

Alumnae News Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

3

Annual Journal of Nursing Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

4

Audit Reports

1962-1972

 

5

Auditor Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

6

Budget

1961-1968

 

7

Christmas Basket Committee Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

8

Comrade Committee Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

9

Comrade Committee Annual Reports

1965-1982

 

10

Constitution/By-Laws

1956, 1982, undated

 

11

Corresponding Secretary Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

12

Endowment Fund Committee Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

13

Finance Committee Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

14

Financial Reports

1987, 1996-1998

 

15

Graduate Lists, classes 1923-1996

1996

 

16

Legislative Committee

1924-1940

 

17

List of Presidents, 1907-1995

1995

 

18

Meeting Minutes

1977, 1985-87, 1997

 

19

Membership Committee Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

20

Miscellaneous Documents

1995-1998, undated

 

21

Miscellaneous Notes

1985,1994

 

22

Miscellaneous Reports

1952-1955

 

23

Miscellaneous Reports

1963-1998

 

24

Muhlenberg Hospital AA Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

25

Nominating Committee Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

26

Nursing Practice Act

1947

 

27

Nursing School History

1954

 

28

Pay Rates

1936, 1945

 

29

Presidents Reports

1972-1987

 

30

Presidents Reports

1981-1990

 

31

Publicity Committee Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

32

Quarterly Meetings

1995-1998

 

33

Recording Secretary Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

34

Recording Secretary Minutes

1969-1976

 

35

Red Cross Committee Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

36

Revision Committee Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

37

Secretary Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

38

Sick Committee Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

39

Social Committee Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

40

Treasurer Annual Reports

1924-1940

 

41

Treasurer’s Reports

1973-1975

 

42

Tuition and Fees

Undated

4

1

Letters to Alumnae

1952-1987, undated

 

2

Letters to Graduates

1973-1997

 

3

Letter from Margaret Sanger and the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control. Provenance of the letter is unclear – possibly sent to Muhlenberg Hospital or Nursing School directly.

1936

 

4

Membership Correspondence

1925--1995

 

5

Miscellaneous Correspondence

1926-1993

 

6

Miscellaneous Correspondence

1994-2000, undated

 

7

New Jersey Nurses Association Correspondence

1924-1937

 

8

Secretary Correspondence

1924-1936

  9 Wills 1962-1963, 1981-1983

5

1

60th Anniversary

1954

 

2

90th Anniversary

1984

 

3

Articles

1978--1999

 

4

Awards (Merit)

1998

 

5

Awards (William August Muhlenberg)

1994, undated

 

6

Centennial Celebration Calendar

1993

 

7

Centennial Celebration Program

1993

 

8

Centennial Celebration

1993

 

9

Class of 1945 Scrapbook (photos & ephemera)

1945, undated

 

10

Class of 1945 Scrapbook-Clippings

1945, undated

 

11

Class of 1945 Scrapbook-50th Reunion Address Lists

1995

 

12

Class of 1945 Reunion

1995

 

13

Class of 1967 – 25th Reunion

1992

 

14

Class of 1972 – 20th Reunion

1992

 

15

Class of 1978- 10th Reunion

1988

 

16

Ephemera (patches, ribbons)

1979, undated

 

17

Lab Manual 1 (part 1)

Undated

 

18

Lab Manual 1 (part 2)

Undated

6

1

Lab Manual 2 (part 1)

Undated

 

2

Lab Manual 2 (part 2)

Undated

 

3

Letterhead (blank)

Undated

 

4

Newspaper Clippings

1968-1994

 

5

Scrapbook Cover Information

Undated

 

6

Scrapbook Pages – SEE BOX 6A
Place Marker

 

 

7

Writings: “For A Little Laugh”

1979, 1985, undated

6A

 

Scrapbook Pages

1904-1996, undated

 

Section 1

Class of 1945 Scrapbook: photos (b&w and color) with notations, many alumnae are identified. Army Nurses Corps. Nursing Cadets.

1945, undated

 

Section 2

Display Boards: mounted copies b&w photos, students, alums, employees, ambulances, buildings & grounds, classes, many alumnae are identified, 1918 & 1944 honor rolls, related students (i.e. members of the same family).

1914-1974, undated

 

Section 3

Miscellaneous Scrapbook: photos (b&w and color), identified alumnae, women and dolls in historical school nursing uniforms (these are dated 1896 to 1977), 90th anniversary celebration photos

1922-1999, undated

 

Section 4

Centennial Scrapbook: color photos, newspaper clipping, nursing lab tour, gala ball.

1994, undated

 

Section 5

Miscellaneous Scrapbook 2: scrapbook pages from 1955 with mounted photos, some photos removed from pages, class pictures, student yearbook photos, action shots of students and staff. Later photos in color mostly from 1970s; some are from the 1980s; one dated 1992.

1955-1992, undated

7

 

5 text books:

 

 

1

A textbook of materia medica pharmacology and therapeutics / by Harold N. Wright and Mildred Montag. 2d ed., rev. Philadelphia : Saunders, 1942. LC Classification: RM121 .W92 1942. Dewey Class No.: 615.1

1942

 

2

Woodward & Gardner’s Obstetric management and nursing. 2d ed. Philadelphia : F.A. Davis co., 1943. LC Classification: RG951 .B8.

1942

 

3

Chemistry for nurses, including certain essential principles from inorganic, organic, and biochemistry; a combined text and laboratory manual, by Harry C. Biddle. With 201 illustrations. 2d ed. Philadelphia : F. A. Davis Co., 1942. LC Classification: QD33 .B49 1940.  Dewey Class No.: 540.

1942

 

4

Nutrition in health and disease / by Lenna F. Cooper, Edith M. Barber, Helen S. Mitchell. 8th ed., rev. Philadelphia : Lippincott, 1941. LC Classification: RM216 .N85 Dewey Class No.: 613.2.

1941

 

5

Psychology applied to nursing, by Lawrence Augustus Averill and Florence C. Kempf. 2d ed., rev. Philadelphia and London : W. B. Saunders, 1942. LC Classification: BF131 .A8 1942.

1942

8

1

Association Minutes Ledger 1

Mar 1939- Dec 1954

 

2

Association Minutes Ledger 2

Dec 1954-Jun 1962

 

3

Association Minutes Ledger 3

Oct 1962-Jun 1982

 

4

Association Minutes Ledger 4

Jun 1982-Oct 1998

 

5

Lucie Tallatscheck’s NY Infant Asylum Diploma

Circa 1906

 

6

1919 Class Photograph (b&w) students identified on back. 14 students with Louise Thompson, Directress of Nurses. 2 students do not appear in the photo.

1919

9

 

Nurses Uniform 1

ca 1930s

10

 

Nurses Uniform 2

ca 1930s

10A

 

Nurses Uniform 2 (aprons)

ca 1930s

++

Hanging

Lucie Tallatscheck’s Nursing Diploma (framed) – in photograph database with objects collection ID: X-100021.

1906

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