Guide to the Mary Ann Whitaker Robinson Student Nursing Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0499
Creators:
Robinson, Mary Ann Whitaker (nurse)
Dates:
1955-1985
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.6 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
Pamphlets, photographs, news clippings, and a student yearbook documenting Robinson's career as a student and nurse at Wilmington Delaware's Memorial Hospital.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The materials mainly concern the nursing program at Memorial Hospital and Miss Whitaker's years as a student there between 1955 and 1958. Included are residence policies, student government regulations, pamphlets about the "Guild of St. Barnabas for Nurses," and other materials related to the school's history. There are photoprints of Miss Whitaker and her classmates as a probationer and at her graduation ceremony, along with a 1959 Yearbook from the school. Of particular interest are two original drawings of Miss Whitaker done by a patient while an affiliate student at the Philadelphia General Hospital in 1957. Also included is an autobiographical narrative prepared by Mrs. Robinson in 1991. Lastly, the collection includes photocopies of newsclippings about the 1985 demolition of Memorial Hospital.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection arranged into one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
During her summer holidays while in high school, Mary Ann Whitaker worked at Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware, as a nurse's aid. This cemented her long‑standing desire to become a nurse and she entered Memorial Hospital's school of nursing on September 6, 1955. In 1956, she earned her cap and bib after completing her probationary period. She graduated in 1958 and in October of that successfully passed the Delaware State professional licensing examination to become a Registered Nurse. Soon afterwards, she married and became Mary Ann Robinson. She has worked in hospitals in Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia in obstetrics, critical care units and infection control. As of 1991, she was employed at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1985, the 80 year old Memorial Hospital in Wilmington was closed and the building demolished to prepare the site for a twin high‑rise condominium.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Grace Meyer, August 30, 1994
Separated Materials
Whitaker's student nurse's uniform is in the Division of Medicine and Science.
Author
Grace Meyer
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Mary Ann Robinson (nee Whitaker) donated this collection in December 1991.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Mary Ann Whitaker Robinson Student Nursing Papers, Archives Center, 1955-1985, 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
Papers were transferred to the Archives Center in August 1993.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Clippings -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pamphlets -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yearbooks -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hospital care -- 1950-1990 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nursing -- 1950-1990 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nursing students -- 1950-1990 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographic prints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
School yearbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Philadelphia General Hospital Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Memorial Hospital (Wilmington, Delaware) -- Chronological subdivision--1950-1990 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