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Kate Shaw Brighty Colley fonds


Physical Description:
12.5 cm of textual records. -- 45 photographs

Kate Shaw Brighty, 1883-1985, was born in England. In 1896 her family moved to Canada, and in 1913 they moved to Alberta. Kate graduated as a nurse from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton in 1917. She enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps after her graduation, then in 1923 joined the provincial Department of Public Health. After four years of public health nursing in the Peace River district she left to do postgraduate work in nursing at Columbia University in New York, 1927-1929. On her return she was appointed superintendent of Public Health Nurses, a post she held until she retired to British Columbia in the early 1940s. In 1951 she married William Henry "Harry" Colley, 1894-1971, who had formerly run Terrill's Flowers in Calgary. She began to write articles about her experiences and published her autobiography, While Rivers Flow : Stories of Early Alberta. - Saskatoon, Prairie Books, Western Producer, 1970.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of manuscripts of While Rivers Flow and her articles about nursing and northern Alberta; scripts for radio broadcasts; correspondence with, and reminiscences of fellow public health nurses; list of public health nursing staffs; and photographs of northern Alberta and nursing.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Alaska Highway, Bigstone Band (Cree), Mary E. Conlin, Amy Louise Conroy, Margaret Manuel Elwell, Olga Freifeld, New Brigden (Alta.), Treaty 8, Wabasca (Alta.), and Olive Watherston.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Kate Colley and Judith Power, 1964-1989.

The material is in English.

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Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-4872, PA-2081, NA-3956

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