Fonds UBCA-ARC-1018 - Margaret Street fonds

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Margaret Street fonds

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  • Variations in title: Previously known as the "Ethel Johns Research Collection."

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1.05 m of textual records

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Margaret Mary Street (1907-1993) was born in Toronto and received a BA from the University of Manitoba in 1928. In 1936, she graduated from the Royal Victoria Hospital School. In 1942, she earned her Master's degree in Nursing from McGill University. She then taught nursing in Montreal, Winnipeg and Victoria before coming to UBC in 1952 for one year. After eight years as associate director of nursing in Calgary, Street earned an MSc in Nursing Service Administration from Boston University. In 1960, she returned to UBC, where she remained until her retirement in 1972.
As a personal commitment to help mark the golden jubilee of UBC's School of Nursing, Street undertook a project to write a biography of Ethel Johns. Published in 1973, Watch-Fires on the Mountains: The Life and Writings of Ethel Johns recounted the career of Johns (1879-1968), one of Canada's pioneer nurses who influenced the development of the profession and also served as the first director of nursing at UBC.

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Previously known as the "Ethel Johns Research Collection", the fonds consists of records generated during Street's writing of the biography of Ethel Johns. It includes correspondence (1969-1974) with publishers and the Canada Council which funded the project; transcripts of interviews with students, friends and associates (1969-1970); copies of Johns' addresses and publications (including portions of an unfinished autobiography); and draft manuscripts for the book "Watch-Fires on the Mountains".

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