Southern Oral History Program

UNC Chapel Hill

Since 1973, the Southern Oral History Program has worked to preserve the voices of the southern past by collecting interviews with Southerners who have made significant contributions to a variety of fields and interviews that render historically visible those whose experience is not reflected in traditional written sources.

Select interviews related to nurses and nursing include:

  • Elaine Barney [U-0217] - Women's rights activist and nurse who grew up in the Bronx during the 1940s and 1950s. She did volunteer work at the UNC helpline in the Mental Health Department, directed the Chapel Hill Women's Health Counseling Services, and was a founding board member of the Orange County Women's Center.
  • Robin Corbett [K-0606] - Associate professor of nursing at ECU and shelter manager in Edgecombe County.
  • Theresea Elder [U-0360] - Elder discusses her participation in the U.S. Cadet Nurses, her hire as the first black public health nurses, the importance of children's health and education, and her overall experiences and challenges in the nursing field.
  • Martha Henderson [R-0081] - Nursing staff member at Carol Woods Residents Association, a continuning care retirement community in Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Annie McKoy [R-0328] - St. Agnes Nursing School graduate and staff member, she discusses her experiences at the school and working at the hospital.
  • Patricia Neal [C-0068] - Duke University School of Nursing graduate and school nursing administrator.