Guide to Linda Richards Correspondence

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0221
Creators:
Richards, Linda, 1841-1930 (nurse)
Medical Sciences, Division of, NMAH, SI.
Dates:
1886-1890
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.15 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
Linda Richards was the first woman nurse trained in the United States at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. When these letters were written, she was a missionary nurse and the head of the first training school for nurses in Japan.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of six letters written by Miss Richards to three friends. The letters relate to Miss Richards' work as a missionary nurse and head of the first training school for nurses in Japan. Typewritten copies of each of the letters are a part of the collection.
In her letters, Miss Richards describes what she is doing both as a nurse trainer and a missionary in Japan. She gradually masters the language enough to work in the hospital but finds evangelizing among rural people requires an interpreter. She complains often about her own health - particularly colds and abscessed ears. Subjects include primarily personal information and missionary work, not nursing or nursing education.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged chronologically.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Linda Richards was the first woman nurse trained in the United States at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. When these letters were written, she was a missionary nurse and the head of the first training school for nurses in Japan. An e-mail from Donna Bellemare, 7/17/06, refers to her as Melinda Ann (Linda) Richards.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by NMAH Staff, undated
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Linda Richards Correspondence, 1886-1890, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Medical Sciences, August 4, 1986.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Medical sciences -- 1880-1890 -- Japan Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nursing -- 1880-1890 -- Japan Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Missionaries -- 1880-1890 -- Japan Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nurses -- 1880-1890 -- Japan Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Letters (correspondence) -- 1880-1890 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women missionaries -- 1880-1890 -- Japan Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Japan -- 1880-1890 Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Medical Sciences, Division of, NMAH, SI. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives