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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Background

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Organizational Records (officers, minutes, membership list)

Newsletters, Attendance Records, Bylaws

Special Projects

Correspondence and Miscellaneous Data (includes correspondence regarding the Association of Operating Room Technicians)

Photographs

Scrapbooks

National Newsletters and Publications

Congress

OR Yearbook

OR Nursing

AORN Journal

Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

AORN of Dallas

Association of Operating Room Nurses of Dallas



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Association of Operating Room Nurses of Dallas
Title: AORN of Dallas
Dates: 1947-2003
Accession No.: MA91.6
Quantity: 15 Boxes
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Historical Background

The Association of Operating Room Nurses of Dallas is an outgrowth of the early Operating Room Supervisor's of Dallas group which began in 1947. Shortly after the end of World War II, the operating room supervisors of Dallas hospitals felt the need to meet together on a regular basis to share information and help each other solve problems about conditions in area operating rooms. Civilian hospitals were faced with many shortages of supplies and equipment, and military nurses returning to civilian life were bringing new surgical techniques and information from field hospitals. The supervisors held an organizational meeting at the Adolphus Hotel and, at their second meeting on May 2, 1947 elected officers and adopted bylaws.

By 1952, the membership had expanded to include registered nurses working in operating rooms as well as operating room supervisors. About this same time the Texas Hospital Association helped to form a state wide association of operating room nurses and, in May, 1953, the Texas Association of Operating Room Nurses was formed. It operated as an independent group, but met with the Texas Hospital Association during its annual convention. A national association, the Association of Operating Room Nurses, Inc., was formally organized in 1957. AORN of Dallas has been a member of that group since its inception.

The Dallas chapter holds regular meetings to educate members about advances in operating room technology and procedures, organizes public information and lobbying efforts on behalf of the profession, and provides an opportunity for area operating room nurses to share common concerns.

The national AORN organization sponsors annual meetings, called Congresses, held throughout the United States. AORN of Dallas has assisted with Congress meetings in Dallas in 1964, 1975, 1981, 1985, 1988, and 2001.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains the organizational records of the AORN of Dallas chapter as well as some materials on the state (TAORN) and national (AORN) organizations. The Dallas records include minutes of chapter, board, and committee meetings, membership list, newsletters, bylaws, correspondence, special projects such as Operating Room Nurse Day, and photographs. The records of the state organization consist of newsletters and correspondence. National AORN materials include newsletters, information about annual Congress meetings, and copies of AORN journals. Boxes 1-8 contain material fron the Dallas AORN group. The remaining boxes hold primarily state and national materials, although the Congress files include local arrangements information for congresses held in Dallas.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
Association of Operating Room Nurses of Dallas
Places:
Dallas (Tex.)
Subjects:
Nurses - Dallas
Titles:
AORN of Dallas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA91.6 AORN of Dallas, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Margaret Foley and Carol Roark, Archivist

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Organizational Records (officers, minutes, membership list)

Box Folder
1 1 Register
2 1947-1959
3 1960-1966
4 1967-1969
5 1970
6 1971
7 1972
8 1973
9 1974
10 1975
11 1976
Box Folder
2 1 1977
2 1978
3 1979
4 1980
5 1981
6 1981
7 1982
Box Folder
3 1 1983
2 1984
3 1985
4 1986
5 1987
6 1988
7 1989
8 Board of Directors Minutes, 1988-1989
9 1990

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Newsletters, Attendance Records, Bylaws

Box Folder
4 1 Dateline Dallas, 1970-1973
2 Cross Town Digest, 1975-1978
3 Cross Town Digest, 1979-1980
4 Cross Town Digest, 1981-1982
5 Cross Town Digest, 1983-1988
5a Cross Town Digest, 1989-1994
6 Attendance Records, 9/1979-6/1982
7 Attendance Records, 9/1982-6/1985
8 Bylaws
9 Newspaper Clippings
10 Miscellaneous Items
11 Blank Forms
12 Presidents of AORN, 1947-1995
13 Program Flyers, 1982-1989

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Special Projects

Box Folder
5 1 Operating Room Nurse Day posters and articles
2 Operating Room Nurse Day, 1979
3 Operating Room Nurse Day, 1980s
4 Operating Room Nurse Day notebook, 1980s
5 Operating Room Nurse Day notebook, 1980s
6 Operating Room Nurse Day notebook, 1980s
7 Operating Room Nurse Day notebook, 1980s
8 Operating Room Nurse Day proclamations 1979, 1981, 1982, 1989
9 Cookbook
10 Historical Committee
11 Ad Hoc Committee for Reception of retired AORN members (see photos, Box 7 Folder 14), 1989
12 AORN of Dallas website, 1996-1997

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Correspondence and Miscellaneous Data (includes correspondence regarding the Association of Operating Room Technicians)

Box Folder
6 1 Correspondence, 1963-1967
2 Kennedy assassination operating room nurse letter, 1963
3 Correspondence, 1968-1969
4 Correspondence, 1970-1973
5 Correspondence, 1975-1979
6 Correspondence, 1981-1983
7 Know Your Dallas Hospitals Booklet, 1968
8 Correspondence, 1983-

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Photographs

Box Folder
7 1 10 K Race montage, 1982
2 AORN members at Chapter events
3 Audrey Bell, La Verne McDaniel, and Marie Ellison
4 President Irene West visits with OR nurses in Dallas during Texas AORN meeting - part of OR nurse exhibit
5 OR Nurse Day proclamation, 1979
6 OR Nurse Day proclamation, 1981
7 OR Nurse Day proclamation, 1989
8 Group Photographs
9 Hospital scenes
10 Congress activity snapshots, 1988
11 OR Nurse Day booth
12 AORN of Dallas members
13 Congress "souvenir" photographs, 1964,1971,1975
14 Reception for retired AORN members, (taken from Box 5 Folder 11) October 11, 1989

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Scrapbooks

Box Folder
8 Golf Tournament Scrapbook, 1987

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National Newsletters and Publications

Box Folder
9 1 Texas Association of Operating Room Nurses
2 Texas Nurses Association publications, 1965, 1967, 1976
3 AORN Newsletter, 1975-1978
4 AORN Newsletter, 1979
5 AORN Newsletter, 1980
6 AORN Newsletter, 1981
7 AORN Newsletter, 1982
8 AORN Newsletter, 1983-1986
9 AORN Newsletter, 1989-1990
10 Inside AORN, 1990-1991
11 Chapter Presidents Newsletter, 1970-1977
12 Bylaws
13 Association of Operating Room Technicians
14 AORN Brochures
15 National hospital/ OR journals

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Congress

Box Folder
10 1 Historical Directory of the AORN Congresses, 1954-1983
2 1955-1963
3 Held in Dallas, Texas. 1964
4 1964-1966
5 1970
6 1971
7 1973
8 Congress Directives
9 Held in Dallas, Texas. 1975
10 1975
11 1977-1978
12 1979
Box Folder
11 1 Held in Dallas, Texas. 1981
2 1982
3 1983
4 1984
5 Congress Directives, 1985
6 Held in Dallas, Texas. 1985
7 1985
Box Folder
12 1 1986
2 1987
3 Held in Dallas, Texas. 1988
4 1988
5 1988
6 1988
6a 1993
7 Congress patches

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OR Yearbook

Box Folder
13 1950-1951; 1953-1957

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OR Nursing

Box Folder
14 May 1960-December 1962

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AORN Journal

Box Folder
15 January-February 1964; February 1975; January 1988

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