Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing Nurses Alumnae Association
Scope:
The Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association collection consists of professional material, correspondence, printed material, scrapbooks, photographs, and other items.

Professional material in the collection include: bound notebooks regarding the Private Duty Nurses Section (1932-1937); financial records (1925-1934); motions and amendments/committees (1934-1947); Secretary's record books (1920-1963); President's speeches and reports (1961-1964); a written statement concerning the fortieth anniversary celebration of the Beth Israel Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association (1962); financial reports concerning fees and miscellaneous charges for students (1960); "Philosophy and Objectives of the School of Nursing" (1961); "Suggestions for Improvement" (1961); report of the Nursing Group of the Professional Subcommittee (1962); minutes of the Advisory Committee to the School of Nursing (1962-1963, 1965); student lecture notes (1925-1926); a procedural manual (1948); notebooks of Beth Israel Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association motions (1967-1984); Alumnae Association minutes (1970-2009); and files on the Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing including reports, correspondence, and printed material (1902-1997).

Correspondence in the collection includes: letters regarding the School of Nursing's Foster Parents Project, with letters between Nguyen Kim Gong (Saigon) and Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing students (1962-1967); an invitation to the dedication of the Feldberg Building, along with a note from Mitchell T. Rabkin, MD (1976); a letter from US President Bill Clinton to Shirley Miller Cavior (1995); and other items.

Printed material in the collection includes: Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing Announcements (1933-1961); The Stethoscope, Beth Israel Hospital Nurses’ Alumnae Association Newsletter (1938-1939); capping exercises programs (1950-1954); Alumnibus, the Official Publication of the Beth Israel Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association (1956-1970); "Medical Distaff – U.S. Nurses Profiled in All-Inclusive Survey," reprinted from Scope Weekly (1960); "Life at 330 Brookline Avenue," brochure (1961); and "Nursing: Programs and Problems," a reprint from AMA News (1963).

There are a number of scrapbooks in the collection. Each scrapbook contains various news clippings, photographs, bulletins, letters, and certificates.  One scrapbook had material dating from 1916 to 1961.  Another scrapbook (1920-1961) contains certifications for the School of Nursing (1927, 1930); a history of the Alumnae Association; photographs of students in class and various other activities; Constitution and By-Laws of the Nurses’ Alumnae Association; and an issue of Alumnibus.  Another scrapbook (1938-1949) contains photographs; news clippings; and programs.  "Nursing Activities" (1950-1953) contains photographs and news clippings.  There is also material regarding a 1947 questionnaire sent to nurses who had worked at Beth Israel Hospital prior to World War II, asking about their service during the War; the collection contains the returned questionnaire, many with letters and photographs included.

Photographs in the collection include images of various School of Nursing events: graduating classes; alumnae meetings; Rudy Vallee with a student nurse; 30th Anniversary Reunion (1952); Alumnae Day (1953); and Rose Finkelstein receiving a Beth Israel Hospital Nursing award.

Other material in the collection includes a video cassette recording of the graduation of the class of 1935 (transferred from film); one student nurse uniform, complete with collar, bib, and apron; uniform pieces, including dresses, shirts, capes, and caps; a Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association sweatshirt; a Beth Israel Hospital gray wool poncho; and a Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1926 school pin.
Associated Subjects
1. Nursing schools – Massachusetts – Boston – Alumni and alumnae
2. Photographs – Massachusetts – Boston
3. Nurses
4. Beth Israel Hospital (Boston, Mass.). -- School of Nursing -- Alumni and alumnae.
5. Scrapbooks – Massachusetts – Boston