Maher, Mary A. (1902-1982)
Scope:
The Mary A. Maher collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and printed material.

Manuscripts in the collection includes a detailed series of proposals, identified in total as the W.K. Kellogg-Boston University Project (1950). The goal of this multi-part project was to determine the feasibility of establishing permanent regional nursing education at Boston University (1952). The plan included assessing background data on student enrollment (1946-1949); the number of fulltime faculty members (1946-1949); determining potential programs for nursing majors (1949-1950); and the establishment of a Public Health Nursing Department (1950). Other manuscript material in the collection includes a report by Maher, "The First Inter-University Faculty Work Conference on Professional Development of Faculty of Associate and Baccalaureate Degree Programs" (1964); and a transcript of an interview of Maher by Ruth A Smith, prepared for a course at the University of Connecticut taught by Josephine Dolan (1974-1975).

Correspondence in the collection includes general inquiries to Maher concerning formalities of appointments and assignments; recommendations for appointments and assignments (1948-1953); as well as the resignation of Maher (1953). There is also correspondence related to "Helping Ten University Schools of Nursing Help Themselves" (1950); letters related to various honors and appointments (1958-1971); and letters related to Maher's retirement (1970).

Photographs in the Maher collection include a group photo of various individuals taken at a Boston College School of Nursing Tenth Anniversary Homecoming (1957); a portrait of Maher; and a set of snapshots of Maher receiving her Honorary Degree from Boston University (1969).

Memorabilia in the collection include: a diploma from the Rhode Island Training School for Nurses (1930); a certificate from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (1939); a certificate for Meritorious Personal Service, American National Red Cross, Boston Metropolitan Chapter (1946); a diploma from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, Master of Arts (1949); a certificate from the Strategic Air Command, US Air Force Base, Nebraska (1964); and appointments to the Massachusetts  Nursing Registration Board (1958-1965).  Honors and recognitions include: a wooden gavel, affixed to a wood block with a brass plaque inscribed "Mary A. Maher N.L.N President 1960-1961"; Maher's Boston University Honorary Doctor of Science degree (1969); "Tributes to Mary A. Maher," bound in a  scrapbook (1970); a guestbook from the University of Massachusetts School of Nursing, Amherst, honoring First Dean, Mary A. Maher (1970); Rhode Island Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association Award of Honor (1973); the Boston College Presidential Bicentennial Award (1976); and the Rhode Island Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association Fiftieth Award (1980).

Printed material includes: general news clippings (1968-1982); a newspaper obituary for Maher (March 12, 1982), along with an invitation to her memorial service (May 1, 1972).  Other printed material includes an invitation to a reception honoring Dean Mary A. Maher (1947); an invitation, place card and program from the Boston University School of nursing Convocation and luncheon (1969); an invitation to Sherry Hour at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, School of Nursing in honor of Maher (1970); and a program for University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Founder’s Day, in honor of Maher (1970).

There is also a section of the collection described as "Mary A. Maher's Credentials." It includes personal data (1950); transcripts from her time at Teachers College, Columbia University (1940-1950); a list of courses take while at Teachers College, Columbia University; a job description and workload (1950-1951); and a record of teaching and service load broken down by academic year (1950-1961).
Notable Figures
1. Maher, Mary A.,1902-1983
Associated Subjects
1. Memorabilia – United States
2. Nurse administrators – United States
3. Photographs – United States
4. Medical teaching personnel – United States
5. Nurses – United States
6. Nursing – Study and teaching – United States
7. Nursing
8. Audiotapes -- United States
9. Nursing services – United States – Administration