Learn more about the history of nursing in Guilford County
- Biographical information about Dr. Eloise "Patty" Lewis, RN
- May Greenfield Watson, WWI nurse
- Information about Suzanne Hoskins, RN a nurse who went ot Europe with the American Red Cross during WWI
- Biographical information about Nurse Jessie Lee
- Biographical Information about Public Health Nurse Minella Jones.
- Biographical information about Callie Mae Shepard, RN from Greensboro, educated and worked at Wesley Long Hospital 1927-1969. Her papers are found at the Greensboro Medical Hostorical library at Moses Cone Hospital.
- Biographical information and photographs of Nurse Alsie Trammell, school nurse of Bennett College in the 1950s
- Biographical information about Ernestine Small.
- Biographical information about Dean Lynne Pearcey, Dean of the UNC Greenboro School of Nursing.
- Mattie Hicks from Greensboro was a World War II and Korean War Army nurse
- Obituary of Nurse Ola Glover of Palmer Memorial Institute
- UNC-TV interview with Nurse Mattie Hicks about her WWII experiences.
- UNC=G oral history with Nurse Mattie Hicks focusing on her Korean War experiences.
- Powell, W.S. Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, Vol. 5. Pg 55 is about Clara Peck, the first Supervisor of the Nursing Department of the Guildford County Health Department.
- Clara Peck, the first Nursing Supervisor of the Health Department in Guilford County.
- Clara Peck
- "Mother Peck: tributes from those who knew her." (July 4th, 1926), Greenboro Daily News:
In 1909 a group of public spirited women in Greensboro organized the District Nurse and Relief Association and employed Clara Peck as the first public health nurse in town. She made 7,750 visits in her first three years caring for anyone of any age with any condition who sought out her services. Soon she focused her attention to the prevention and care of tubercular residents of the town. The Greensboro Chapter of the Tuberculosis Association, using funds acquired from the sale of Christmas Seals, supplemented Peck’s income so she could devote more time to visiting Greensboro residents with tuberculosis in their homes to help them follow recommended treatments. When Guilford County established a Health Department she served as the first Nursing Supervisor. During the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918, Peck worked closely with the American Red Cross to care for victims of that disease. When she died in 1926, the local papers remembered her with gratitude for her work among the sick and “fallen” of Greensboro.
- Bernice Whiteside Vietnam era nurse
- The Smith Family Archives has a photograph of the grave marker and information about Laura Wesson, a Civil War nurse who died of small pox she contracted while taking care of patients at the Wayside Hospital in High Point.
- Johnson, G. (1926). The Samaritan of Elm Street: an unsolicited testimonial". Greensboro Daily Record. Article about Nurse Clara Peck.
- Clara Peck's obituary in the Greensboro Daily News.
- Hannah BUllock, community health nurse
Agnes Louise Kellam, a Knoxville General Hospital School of Nursing graduate (class of 1947), member of the WWII Cadet Nursing Corps, and retired Army Colonel was born in Guilford County. Her tenant-farmer parents were killed in a car wreck when Agnes was 7, and she was raised by an older sister. Agnes has fascinating stories about why she wanted to be a nurse, how the Cadet Corps was a golden opportunity, and all she saw in her military nursing career around the globe. She saved patients with tetanus and gas gangrene.
Geneva Collins Hunt - Mrs. Hunt was born in 1907 in Asheville. In 1929 she graduated from the St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing. Later, she received a Rosenwald Scholarship to study hosptial administation at Johns Hopkins Hospital. From 1935 to 1948 she was Director of Nursing at L.Richardson Hosptial. In 1949 she becme a 1rst Lt in the US Army Nurse Corps at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C and later was in supervisory positions in Norfolk, Philadelphia and Welfare Island, NY.
1937 photo of Flora Blanchette who later became President of the NC Negro Nurse Assn, and later the President of the Negro Nurse Assn of the Carribean
History of the Guilford County Health Department
Guilford County Hospitals
- Elkins, W. (1969) The history of L. Richardson Memorial Hospital. Journal of the National Medical Assn 61(3). pp 205-212. Nursing Supervisors and superintendents included Mrs J. Reid (first Director of Nurisng), 1927 -1928, Ruby Woodbury (Scarlette) 1928-1934, Geneva Collins (Hunt) 1935-1948 and Mrs. T.C. Cobb. The first class graduated in 1930 and one graduate, Mrs. Lillie Forte Barber joined the Health Department upon graduation and stayed 38 years, until her death in 1968.
- Sebastian, S.P. (1930). The L. Richardson Memorial Hospital. Journal of the National Medical Assn 22(3). 142-144. There are 5 graduate nurses, 20 nursing students and a new Nurses Home (thanks in part to Ruby Woodbury working with the Rosenwald Founation.
- Sebastian Medical Museum exhibit about L. Richardson Memorial Hospital.
- Pollitt, P.A. (2018). African American Hospitals in North Carolina: 39 Institutional Histories, 1880-1967
Schools of Nursing
- Archival papers of the UNC-Greensboro School of Nursing, housed in the UNC- Greensboro Library.
- Newspaper article about a capping ceremony at NC A&T school of nursing.
- Information about St. Leos Hospital and School of Nurisng
- Article and photographs of St. Leo's Hospital and School of Nursing found in the Greensboro Daily News May 3, 1936 page 7-C.
- Historical information about High Point Memorial and the School of Nursing.
- Elkins, W(1969). The history of L. Richardson Memorial Hospital: Greensboro, NC. J Natl Med Assoc. 1969 May; 61(3): 205-212
- Information about the history of L. Richardson Memorial Hospital in the Journal of the National Medical Association.
- Information about the history of L. Richardson Memorial Hospital provided by the Sebastain Medical Museum.
- Photograph of the 1941 graduating class at L. Richardson Hospital in Greensboro.
- Photograph including an RN concerning the dedication of an expansion at L. Richardson Memorial Hospital.
A Bennett College nurse assisting a student in 1939
Unpublished speech about the early nursing history of Guilford County given by Dr. Eloise Lewis found in the Guilford Co. Medical History Library.
Reynolds, P. (1997). Hospitals and Civil Rights 1945-1963. Annals of Internal Medicine. 126(11). 898-906. This article discusses the Simkins V. Mosses Cone Memorial Hospital case which desegregated hospitals and health care facilities.
1937 report of the Greensboro Nursing Council found in the NC State Archives.
1945 letter about industrial nurses in some textile plants in Greensboro.
African American Nurses living in the L. Richardson Hospital Nurses Home according to the 1930 US Census:
|R A F Woodberry||32|
|M E Smith||36|
|C E Stokes||29|
|L A Dennis||28|
|A C Brown||25|
|M N Steadman||29|
|R L Smith||22|
|L B Forte||20|
|E C Horry||21|
From the Greensboro Daily News