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Call No.: MC 275
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Carrie May Hall, 1874-1963
Title: Papers of Carrie May Hall, 1917-1964
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, notes, reports, etc., of Carrie May Hall, nurse who served in France during World War I.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Carrie May Hall Additional papers, 1892-1963 (79-M23).
Carrie May Hall was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1874, and graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital School for Nurses in 1904. She worked as superintendent of the Margaret Pillsbury Hospital in Concord, New Hampshire, until 1911, and then became principal of the school of nursing and superintendent of nurses at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.In 1917, she was sent to France as Chief Nurse of the "Harvard Unit" and was stationed at General Hospital No.11. After one year in this post, she was appointed head nurse of the American Red Cross in Great Britain, and was later transferred to the position of chief nurse of the American Red Cross in France, where she worked until six months after the Armistice in 1919. Hall was instrumental in developing the organization which was utilized by future nursing staffs of the American Red Cross Commissions overseas.After the war, Hall resumed her position at Peter Bent Brigham, and became increasingly active in nursing education. She served on the board of the National League of Nursing Education from 1922 to 1932, and was president from 1925 to 1927. She was elected Vice President of the Community Nursing Council of Boston in 1939. She was also active in improving the financial situation of nurses and served on various committees including the Finance Committee of the National League of Nursing Education and the Harmon Association for the Advancement of Nursing.
This collection consists primarily of letters from Carrie May Hall to members of her family during her service with the American Red Cross in Europe between 1917 and 1919. The letters describe the working conditions of Red Cross field hospitals and her administrative responsibilities as chief nurse. The collection also contains biographical material, several speeches and articles, and one photograph.