Fonds RBSC-ARC-1805 - Mabel Clara Taylor fonds

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Mabel Clara Taylor fonds

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ca. 1 cm of textual records.

Note: contains 3 photographs : b&w ; 8.5 x 16 cm or smaller.

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(1891-[after 1956])

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Mabel Clara Taylor was born in Eccleshall, England on the 1st of March 1891 to parents Joseph and Elizabeth Taylor. At some point in her youth she immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she studied nursing. In February of 1923 she graduated with a diploma in nursing from Vancouver General Hospital. Over the next three decades she worked at various hospitals including the Prince Rupert General Hospital, the Essondale Mental Hospital, the Abbotsford General Hospital, the Mission Memorial Hospital, the Miller Bay Indian Hospital, the Royal Jubilee Hospital, the Oak Lodge Private Hospital, the Terrace Red Cross Outpost Hospital, the Children's Hospital and the Nanaimo Indian Hospital.

From 1931 to 1934 Taylor traveled on a round the world trip, staying for some time in Durban, South Africa where she worked at Enlabeni Hospital and Eshowe Hospital, respectively. She earned her drivers' license in Durban in 1934 and lived there for approximately three years. She retired from nursing in February of 1956.

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The fonds consists of materials related to Mabel Taylor's nursing career and international travels. The materials document the professional life and world travel of an independent woman in the first half of the twentieth century. Record types include diplomas and certificates of nursing, travel documents including Taylor's passport and visas, correspondence related to job openings, as well as Taylor's written exam for obtaining a drivers' license in Durban, South Africa.

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Material was received with no apparent original order, and has been arranged chronologically by the archivist.

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The fonds was arranged and described by Claire Williams in February 2019.

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