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Emerson (Eloise) papers
MS 191  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Eloise Emerson papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1930-1995
    Collection Number: MS 191
    Creator: Emerson, Eloise
    Extent: 1.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, documents and other material from Eloise Emerson, an accomplished public health nurse who worked for the Riverside County Department of Health. The majority of materials in the collection focus on her nursing career, and her lobbying effort against the California State mandatory retirement age.
    Languages: The collection is in English.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Eloise Emerson papers (MS 191). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Dorothy & Clark Emerson, 1995.

    Processing History

    Processed by Carlota Ramirez, 2017.
    Processing of the Eloise Emerson papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Libraran.

    Biographical Note

    Eloise Emerson was born on December 14, 1910 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She moved to Long Beach, California sometime after that, graduating from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1928. Emerson then entered nursing school, and trained at Seaside Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, where she was working when a devastating earthquake hit the city in 1933.
    After getting married to Howard Emerson in 1939, she worked as a school nurse in Orange County while raising four children. In 1970, Emerson moved to Riverside and took a position as a public health nurse with the Riverside County Department of Health. During her career there, she did a great amount of work with gerontology patients, and served on several boards and advisory committees for local programs and senior centers.
    In 1979, Emerson was forced to retire by the county, which she successfully fought and was reinstated to her position. Her experience led her to lobby against the California state mandatory retirement age, which was abolished in 1983. She was then assigned to the Rubidoux Health Center, where she focused on abuse cases, drug issues, and teen pregnancies. She passed away in 1992 at the age of 81.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection contains correspondence, documents and other material from Eloise Emerson, an accomplished nurse who worked in Southern California. The majority of materials in the collection focus on her nursing career, as well as her lobbying effort against California State mandatory retirement of age 70. Items related to her career include a variety of papers and personal notes by Emerson on nursing procedures and tips, mainly centered around hearing impairments, child abuse and child birth. The collection also contains materials on the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, and newspaper clippings on Easter Passover.

    Collection Arrangement

    The collection is arranged alphabetically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Emerson, Eloise
    Retirement age.
    Retirement, Mandatory.
    Riverside County (Calif.).

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Clippings (information artifacts).