The Catton family papers consist
mainly of travel letters, diaries, and scrapbooks kept by Margaret Mary Louise
Catton (1882-1971), a medical social worker in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Robert and Brereton Catton left their native Scotland and arrived in Hawaii in 1878.
They had six children: Margaret Mary Louise (known as "Mary"), Janet Renny (known as
"Renny"), John Herbert, Robert Redford, Andrew Allen, and Richard Belmont. Mary, who
is the chief figure in this collection, was born February 9, 1882, in Huelo, Maui.
She was educated at Punahou School as well as other private schools in Hawaii and
Scotland. In 1917, she entered the New York School of Social Work, where she majored
in hospital social service. She graduated in 1919 and returned to Hawaii. In 1932,
Mary became the director of the Medical Social Service Association, the new social
service program she helped found at Queen's Hospital in Honolulu. Mary also helped
start several other groups and organizations including the Hawaii Medical Service
Association, the first voluntary prepaid plan for medical care in the United States;
the Bureau of Mental Hygiene at Queen's Hospital; and the convalescent nursing home
at Maunalani Heights. Mary retired as director of social service at Queen's Hospital
in 1948, and in 1959, she published a semi-autobiographical book entitled Social
Service in Hawaii. She stayed active in the Honolulu community until her death in
1971 at the age of 89.
Approximately 700 items in 14 boxes
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