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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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

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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).

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Brace-mar Charities circa 1983-1992

Box 1, Folder 2

California Nursing Review circa 1990

Box 1, Folder 3

California Saving Bank Calendar circa 1992

Box 1, Folder 4

Church Passover, Easter circa 1989-1991

Box 1, Folder 5

Cooper Burkhart House Inc. circa 1982-1987

Box 1, Folder 6

Country Riverside Department of Health Copies circa 1984-1987

Box 1, Folder 7

Eloise Emerson Resume circa 1988-1989

Box 1, Folder 8

Forced Retirement Battle circa 1976-1980

Box 1, Folder 9

Geriatric Nursing Principles circa 1990

Box 1, Folder 10

Gunderson Clinic circa 1982-1985

Box 1, Folder 11

Health Department circa 1979-1991

Box 1, Folder 12

Health Services Hearing Impairment circa 1962-1988

Box 1, Folder 13

Kaiser Permanent, Surgery Information Kit circa 1989

Box 1, Folder 14

La Crosse Wise, LAX circa 1986-1991

Box 1, Folder 15

Larry Dossey Chapter papers 1989-1991

Box 1, Folder 16

Letters - Family, Friends, Workers circa 1986-1992

Box 1, Folder 17

Loma Linda University School of Nursing circa 1983-1986

Box 1, Folder 18

Long Beach Earthquake Seaside circa 1933-1986

Box 1, Folder 19

Newspaper Clippings circa 1980-1991

Box 1, Folder 20

Personal Notes List circa 1989-1992

Box 1, Folder 21

Retirement Bills circa 1975-1979

Box 1, Folder 22

Retirement Party circa 1988

Box 1, Folder 23

Riverside Resources circa 1989-1991

Box 1, Folder 24

Seaside Hospital, College of Nursing circa 1986-1991

Box 1, Folder 25

Sidelight; The Press Enterprise circa 1989-1991

Box 1, Folder 26

University California Riverside Correspondence circa 1984-1992

Box 1, Folder 27

Wilma Holbadas - Eloise's Sister circa 1966-1989