Subfonds - Alice Wright

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Alice Wright

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12.5 cm of textual records
49 photographs: col. , b&w

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Alice Lillian Wright was born August 22, 1894, in Charlottetown, P.E.I., and died in March 15, 2000 (age 105) in Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduation from the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing in 1918, she first worked as a pediatric head nurse and pediatrics instructor at Vancouver General Hospital, then in hospitals in California and New York. She received her Bachelor of Science from Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York, in 1941. She also took a post-graduate course in pediatrics at New York Nursery and Children's Hospital, as well as a special course at the Kenny Institute, University of Minnesota.

She was Registrar and Executive Secretary of the Registered Nurses Association of B.C. from 1943 to her retirement in 1960. During that portion of her career, she initiated trail-blazing efforts to establish collective bargaining for nurses in B.C. and in Canada. She was named an Honorary Life Member of the Registered Nurses Association of B.C. in 1952 as a tribute to her pioneering work in labour relations for B.C. nurses and her efforts to improve standards of nursing education in the province. She was named an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Nurses Association in 1962 for her pioneering labour relations work and for her many professional contributions nationally and internationally through the International Council of Nurses.

She started collecting antique infant feeding devices during the 1930s and amassed a valuable collection of fifteen items, which she donated to UBC Woodward Library Special Collections in 1966. This collection has been added to by other serious collectors and now contains more than forty items.

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Subfonds consists of textual and photographic material. A number of photographs describe her career, while other photographs and some documents relate to her interest in infant feeding devices. Newspaper clippings, articles and other textual material feature articles related to Alice Wright, including articles regarding her work with the RNABC and the International Council of Nurses, her collection of infant feeding devices, and the celebration of her 100th birthday in 1994.

The subfonds has been arranged into the following series:

  1. Personal photographs and documents
  2. Career related photographs and documents
  3. Articles related to Alice Wright
  4. Photographs, documents and other material related to infant feeding devices

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The majority of archival material in this subfonds was received by the B.C. History of Nursing Group from Alice Wright's family following her death in March 2000; most of this material was received from her grand-niece, Helen Stoddart, in February 2001. However, some items were acquired by the Group shortly after Wright's 100th birthday in 1994, in order to create a biographical file about her. See also the Winter 1994 issue of The History of Nursing Group Newsletter, for information regarding Stoddart's early contact with the Group regarding her aunt's material. Accession no. 2001-03.


The archival material in this subfonds has been arranged intellectually into series' based on subject and format by the archivist, in consultation with Glennis Zilm, who did a preliminary arrangement of the material.

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Alice Wright donated her collection of antique infant feeding devices to UBC Woodward Library Special Collections in 1965.

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Includes the following photographs: RBSC-ARC-1831-PH-0029 to 0031, PH-0043 to 0053m, PH-2083-01 to 2083-14.

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