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Joy Duncan's Frontier Nursing Project

Compiled 1974-1978 (originally created 1911-1978)

Physical Description:
67 cm of textual records. -- 27 audio reels. -- 9 audio cassettes. -- 813 photographs

High River, Alberta writer, Joy Veals Duncan, 1934-, started the Frontier Nursing Project in 1974, with the intention of gathering together material related to nursing in Canada's frontier areas, including the northern parts of Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba, and the NWT, and writing a book on the topic. She had practiced as a nurse at a hospital for native peoples in northern Manitoba. During the next four years, she recorded 29 interviews, and collected manuscript and photographic material from a total of 68 former frontier nurses.

Scope and Content:
The collection consists of reminiscences, biographical notes, letters, diaries and journals, newsclippings, recorded interviews, slides and photographs pertaining to nursing experiences.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS COLLECTION. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Chryss Smith Abernethy, Carol Belsheim, Edith Miller Bird, Anna Blais, Geraldine Burke Boatness, Simone Bollearts, Martha Brand, Beverly Barr Brears, Florence Cooper, Donalda Copeland, Kathleen Crofford, Kathleen DeMarsh, Nan Enns Doerksen, Margery Finlayson, Kathleen Ross Flucke, Delores Forsyth, Dianne Foster, Grace Frost, Dorothy Bowden Gallagher, Audrey Halsey, Ann Morton Heffel, E. Prudence Hockin, Margaret Janzen, Dorothy Jowett, Jessie Kelso, Klondike gold rush, Mary Lemoine, Christopher Lemphers, Kelly Lemphers, Mary Lugtiheld Lindquist, Jo Lutley, Liz McCormack, Marjorie McDowell, Grace Connor McKenzie, Thora McIlroy Mills, Erna Rosland McVean, Alice Milne, Alice Mitchell, Margaret Mlazgar, Flora Moffat, Kathleen Mullen, Pauline Phillips Murakami, Lorraine Bode Nagel, Frances Nancekeivill, Anne Nordtrop, Alberta Normandin, Myrtle Rogers Ostrum, Margaret Darby Pardy, Anne Pask, Leona Penner, Muriel Platt, Nina Renwick, Vera Blacker Rosolowich, Gwen Ross, Helen B. Scarlett, Isobel Scriver, Isobel Sheppard, Mary Ellis Conlin Steerritt, Agnes Stirling, Dorothy Tansley Sweet, Mary Willis Taylor, Nancy Tidmarsh, Doris Timberg, Mary Traill, Anthonia "Tops" Van Vliet, Helen Jeanette Simpson Wallace, Olive F. Watherston, Janet Watkinson, Margaret McKay Weller, Amy Wilson and Phyllis Worsley.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Joy Duncan, 1974-1978 and gift of Martha Aldrich, 2015.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory and interview outlines available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M 2510, M 4745, M 6686, M-9721, RCT 158, RCT 180, RCT 181, RCT 182, RCT 183, RCT 184, RCT 185, RCT 186, RCT 187, RCT 188, RCT 189, RCT 191, RCT 192, RCT 193, RCT 194, RCT 195, RCT 196, RCT 197, RCT 198, RCT 199, RCT 200, RCT 201, RCT 202, RCT 203, RCT 204, RCT 205, RCT 210, RCT 246, PA 1725, PA 1771, PA 1776, PA 1814, PA 1815, PA 1826, PA 1829, PA 1861, PA 1862, PA 1897, PA 2121, NA 3040, NA 3145, NA 3159, NA 3233, NA 3239, NA 3249, NA 3258, NA 3259, NA 3260, NA 3270, NA 3275, NA 3276, NA 3283, NA 3308, NA 3366, NA 3376, NA 3398, NA 3467, NA 3797, NA 4494, NA-5075, S 51, S 53, S 56, S 57, S 58, S 59, S 62, S 6

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