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A-137

Gardner, Mary Sewall. Papers of Mary Sewall Gardner, 1902-2000: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: A-137
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Gardner, Mary Sewall
Title: Papers of Mary Sewall Gardner, 1902-2000
Date(s): 1902-2000
Quantity: 1.88 linear feet (4+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 photograph folder, 2 folio photograph folders)
Language of materials: Materials in English, French, Italian, Polish, or Chinese.
Abstract: Correspondence, school notebooks, articles, speeches, etc., of Mary Sewall Gardner, nurse.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Updated and additional material added: January 2017
By: Mark Vassar
Accession number: 552. Accession number 2001-M51 was added in January 2017.
Gift of the Providence District Nursing Association of Providence, Rhode Island received February 1963, and of the Visiting Nurse Association of Rhode Island, March 2001.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Sewall Gardner is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Mary Sewall Gardner Papers, 1902-2000; item description, dates. A-137, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

SEPARATION RECORD

The following item has been removed from this collection and cataloged as part of the monograph collection at the Schlesinger Library:

BIOGRAPHY

Mary Sewall Gardner was born in 1871 in Newton, Massachusetts, to William Sewall Gardner and Mary Thornton Gardner. She was raised in Providence, Rhode Island. Gardner attended Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut, graduating in 1890. Near the age of thirty she enrolled in the Newport Hospital Training School for Nurses. Following graduation (1905) she became director of the Providence District Nursing Association where she served until her retirement in 1931. In 1912, she helped to organize the National Organization for Public Health Nursing with Lillian Wald and others in order to insure that properly-trained nurses were available with the increased interest in public health during the early part of the twentieth century. She served as its president (1913-1915). In 1916 she published Public Health Nursing, which was revised and republished several times and translated into several languages. During World War I she served in the Red Cross in Europe, eventually serving in the Commission for Tuberculosis of the American Red Cross in Italy. In the post-war years she helped to organize public health nursing internationally. Gardner died in 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection includes correspondence, Mary Sewall Gardner's school notebooks for 1902 and 1904, manuscripts relating to public health nursing, and materials for a study during the 1930's of public health nursing throughout the world. Additional material (accession number 2001-M51) was added to the collection in January 2017. This material is located in #66-79.

CONTAINER LIST

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Additional Index Terms

Health services administrators
Manuscripts (for publication)
Nurses
Nursing
Public health nurses
Public health nursing--International cooperation
Public health nursing
World War, 1914-1918--Participation, Female
American Red Cross
Crandall, Ella
Delano, Jane A., 1862-1919
Foley, Edna
Green, Eleanor
National Organization for Public Health Nursing (U.S.)
Providence District Nursing Association
Vaunce, W. H. P.
Wald, Lillian D., 1867-1940

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