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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San Joaquin General Hospital School of Nursing Collection
    Date: 1900-2010
    Date (bulk): bulk 1941-1959
    Collection Number: Ms10
    Location: Erickson Vault
    Extent: 10 linear feet
    Contributing Institution: San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
    11793 North Micke Grove Road
    Lodi, CA 95240
    Language of Material: Records written in English
    Abstract: This collection was created by members of the San Joaquin General Hospital Nurses Alumni Association. It consists of materials donated by various alumni members that date from 1900 to 2010, with the bulk from 1941 to 1959. The collection provides a picture into the day-to-day training of nurses in a hospital-based program, as well as their comaraderie and the pride and dedication they held for their profession. In addition, it documents the evolution of the program from one based in a hospital to the campus of a community college.

    Access Information

    Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Conditions of Use

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
    Preferred citation: [Item name], San Joaquin General Hospital School of Nursing Collection, Ms10, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California.

    Related Material

    Title: San Joaquin County (Calif.) Schools Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1866-1973 (Ms41)
    Title: San Joaquin Valley College (Woodbridge, Calif.) Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1884-1977 (Ms40)

    Historical Sketch

    The original San Joaquin General Hospital was built in Stockton in the early 1860s to serve the indigent sick. After fire destroyed it around 1866, bonds were sold to acquire four hundred acres of land in French Camp for a new hospital, construction for which was completed in 1895. The new hospital contained nine wards, with sleeping quarters for nurses. At the turn of the twentieth century, however, the only source for training nurses in San Joaquin County was Saint Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing, in Stockton. In 1906, the San Joaquin General Hospital organized a three-year nurses' training program under the direction of hospital superintendent Dr. J. D. Dameron. To begin, all of the training occurred on the premises of the San Joaquin General Hospital. Starting in 1942, however, students in the program took academic classes at Stockton Junior College, with clinical training at the San Joaquin General Hospital and other facilities in Stockton and the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1964, the nursing school formally changed from a hospital-based program to one headquartered at the community college.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of four series: 1. San Joaquin General Hospital/San Joaquin Delta College, 2. Alumni Association, 3. Photographs, and 4. Oversize. It includes original material from nursing graduates, as well as newsletters, yearbooks, accreditation reports, early admission forms, diplomas, newspaper articles, capping and graduation announcements, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and photographs.

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    Personal Names

    Guichou, Ethel Wright


    San Joaquin County (Calif.)--History
    San Joaquin County--Schools
    San Joaquin Delta Community College
    San Joaquin General Hospital. School of Nursing