Eloise Emerson papers
Finding aid prepared by Carlota Ramirez, 2017.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Title: Eloise Emerson papers
Date (inclusive): circa 1930-1995
Collection Number: MS 191
1.25 Linear Feet
Rivera Library. Special Collections
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.
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[identification of item], [date if possible]. Eloise Emerson papers (MS 191). Special
Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.
Gift of Dorothy & Clark Emerson, 1995.
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.
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.
The collection is arranged alphabetically.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Riverside County (Calif.).
Genres and Forms of Materials
Clippings (information artifacts).
Box 1, Folder 1
Box 1, Folder 2
California Nursing Review
Box 1, Folder 3
California Saving Bank Calendar
Box 1, Folder 4
Church Passover, Easter
Box 1, Folder 5
Cooper Burkhart House Inc.
Box 1, Folder 6
Country Riverside Department of Health Copies
Box 1, Folder 7
Eloise Emerson Resume
Box 1, Folder 8
Forced Retirement Battle
Box 1, Folder 9
Geriatric Nursing Principles
Box 1, Folder 10
Box 1, Folder 11
Box 1, Folder 12
Health Services Hearing Impairment
Box 1, Folder 13
Kaiser Permanent, Surgery Information Kit
Box 1, Folder 14
La Crosse Wise, LAX
Box 1, Folder 15
Larry Dossey Chapter papers
Box 1, Folder 16
Letters - Family, Friends, Workers
Box 1, Folder 17
Loma Linda University School of Nursing
Box 1, Folder 18
Long Beach Earthquake Seaside
Box 1, Folder 19
Box 1, Folder 20
Personal Notes List
Box 1, Folder 21
Box 1, Folder 22
Box 1, Folder 23
Box 1, Folder 24
Seaside Hospital, College of Nursing
Box 1, Folder 25
Sidelight; The Press Enterprise
Box 1, Folder 26
University California Riverside Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 27
Wilma Holbadas - Eloise's Sister