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Register of the Children's Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association Papers, 1905-1987
MSS 89-20; 91-101  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Children's Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1905-1987
    Collection number: MSS 89-20; 91-101
    Creator: Children's Hospital School of Nursing
    Extent: 5 cartons, 1 oversize box (89-20); 1 carton, 1 box (91-101)
    Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections.
    San Francisco, California 94143-0840
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Received 3/31/89 from Mary Issel; 11/15/89 from Kathleen Allan; 10/28/91 from Mary Issel; 12/10/91 from Vivian Holdsworth (materials from her class, 1944-47); 1/30/92 from Kathleen Allan (scrapbook of Mrs. Rogers, housemother, 1950s); student uniform from M. Lemos 2/21/92; photograph Class of 1951, capping ceremony program 1947, from Vivian Holdsworth 3/13/92, Harriot O. Robbins 6/8/92.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Children's Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association Papers, MSS 89-20; 91-101, Archives & Special Collections, UCSF Library & CKM


    Mrs. Dr. Charlotte Blake Brown, Mrs. Dr. Martha E. Bucknell, and ten San Francisco women founded Children's Hospital (then called the Pacific Dispensary for Women and Children) on February 26, 1875. From a $30-a-month group of rooms at 520 Taylor Street, the Dispensary moved six times before arriving, in 1887, at its current location at California Street near Maple.
    In 1880, while the Dispensary was located at the two-story Hoyt House at 22nd and Mission Streets, the Training School for Nurses was founded. It was the first such school west of the Rocky Mountains. At the time of its founding there was one pupil, Jessie Astredo. The motto of the school was "Be Ye Faithful." The designated uniform was gray with a white apron and cap. The course required one year to complete.
    Supported with difficulty by private donations and funds from bazaars, the Dispensary organization incorporated in 1885 as "Children's Hospital --A Hospital for Children and Training School for Nurses."
    The Children's Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association --the oldest such association on the Pacific Coast --was founded in 1901. It has been active in promoting and maintaining high standards of nursing care, as well as setting up special funds to aid members and students.
    Children's Hospital School of Nursing accepted its last class in 1955. The school's final class of seventeen students graduated on August 23, 1957.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains minutes, correspondence, notes, newsletters, reports, yearbooks, financial records, membership lists, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, forms and other documents and publications relating to the School and the Alumnae Association.
    Accession 91-101 (one box, one carton) appears to be the 10/28/91 acession from Mary Issel, and is minimally processed. A container list for this accession appears at the end of this document.