Fonds UBCA-ARC-1241 - School of Nursing fonds

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School of Nursing fonds

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3.03 m of textual records.
345 photographs.
1 scrapbook.

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In 1919 the University of British Columbia instituted the first-degree course in nursing in the British Empire. The original aim of the program was "to provide a liberal education for the student nurse and equip her to meet all professional demands, especially those in the Public Health field and for executive posts." Ethel Johns was selected for the dual role of coordinator of the University program and Director of Nursing at Vancouver General Hospital. In 1924 the Departments of Nursing and Public Health were merged to form the Department of Nursing and Health in the Faculty of Applied Science. Mabel Gray was appointed department head the following year, succeeded by Evelyn Mallory in 1944. In 1951 the program was reorganized as the School of Nursing, with Evelyn Mallory as Director. From its beginnings, the School has evolved and expanded. For example, in 1991, it offered baccalaureate programs leading to the BSN for high-school graduates and registered nurses, a master's program leading to the MSN, and non-credit courses in continuing nursing education. Since 1951, the School's Directors have been Evelyn Mallory (1951-67), Elizabeth McCann (1967-71), Muriel Uprichard (1971-76), MarilynWillman (1977-93), Katharyn May (1994-2000), and Sally Thorne (2002-10).

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The fonds consists of records from the School of Nursing, most of which had been accumulated in the course of office administrative activity, and some of which had been collected for the purpose of writing a history of the School. The fonds is arranged in the following series: Office files (1942-1991), History of Nursing at UBC (1919-1965), School of Nursing Golden Jubilee (1969), Elizabeth McCann's project files (1980-1981), and Photographs (including scrapbook) (1940-1969).

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Transferred from the School of Nursing in 1984 and 1995.
Yearbooks in Box 9 were acquired from an unknown source and added in October 2017.


Completed questionnaires, interview notes, and other materials collected by former Director Elizabeth McCann, had been inter-filed with the office records, and were separated for the purpose of arrangement and description. Materials from the 1984 accession were also arranged in separate series. Otherwise the records have largely been kept in their original order.

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Photographs have been digitized and included in UBC Library Open Collections series UBC 56.1.

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These are institutional records and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Researcher access to these records is subject to review. To organize access please contact us at UBC Archives.

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