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Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing fonds

1867-2007, predominant 1950-1975

Physical Description:
6 m of textual records. -- 255 photographs. -- 40 lantern slides. -- 2 film reels

The Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing of Calgary, Alberta had its origins in 1895 when the first "probationer" Marion Moodie, was admitted to the hospital training school. The first full-time instructor, Miss B. Rutherford, was appointed in 1919. The apprenticeship system of nurse training continued until 1923, when a well-organized training program based on a sound and thorough curriculum was established by the newly appointed Instructor of Nurses, Miss Jessie A. Connal. A School of Nursing and residence were built in 1956. After 79 years of service as a training school, the Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing was closed in 1974, having graduated 2,940 nurses. This decision was consistent with a nation-wide trend towards the closing of hospital training schools in favour of post-secondary education. For further information see Guardians of the Lamp : The Calgary General Hospital and its Nursing School Remembered / Eleanor King Byers. - Calgary: E. King Byers, 2009 and 25 Years of Alumnae life: the birth of an idea, the fulfilment of a dream, the realization of a wonderful association, 1936-1961 / Alumnae Association of the Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing. - Calgary: the Association, 1961.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of administrative records: policies, annual reports, organizational charts, briefs and papers, minutes, personnel records, committee minutes and reports, enrollment statistics and forms, and budgets; curriculum records: calendars, student evaluations, studies and course outlines; and student affairs records: student council minutes, reports and financial statements; and School of Nursing Alumni records. Includes newsclippings, scrapbooks, and photographs (1897-1967) of nurses residence, faculty, students, school and hospital.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: R. Catharine Aiken, Alberta Association of Registered Nurses, Alberta Hospitals Association, Alberta Teachers' Association, Canadian Nurses' Association, Dr. Rae Chittick, Phyllis Dahlstrom, Dorothy M. Dick, Menzie M. Dyck, Miss L.M. Edy, Anne Fallis, Dr. Shirley Ruth Good, Gertrude Mary Hall, Anna Hebert, Edith A. Henry, Eileen E. Jameson, J. Crosby Johnston, Sister Letourneau, Sarah MacDonald, Jean E. Mackie, Marion Moodie, Henrietta Parker, Henry Allison Perley, polio, Royal Commissions, Muriel L. Sanster, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association, Marguerite E. Shumacher, songs, Margaret M. Street, and Cecil Swanson. NURSING SCHOOLS: Alberta Hospital (Ponoka), Archer Memorial Hospital (Lamont), Edmonton General Hospital, Foothills Hospital, Galt Hospital (Lethbridge), Grande Prairie College, Grant MacEwan College (Edmonton), Holy Cross (Calgary), Lethbridge College, Lethbridge Municipal Hospital, Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat Hospital, Misericordia Hospital (Edmonton), Red Deer College, Regina Grey Nuns Hospital, Mount Royal College, St. John's College (Edmonton), St. Joseph's Hospital (Vegreville), St. Michael's Hospital (Lethbridge), Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), University of Alberta Hospital (Edmonton), and University of Calgary.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni, 1972-2011, Class of 1957, 2007, and Class of 1958, 2011.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-2048, M-2456, M-9231, PA-1672, NA-1066, NA-1372, NA-2600, NA-3122, F-199, S-242

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