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Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1. Nursing Uniforms

Series 2. Textbooks

Series 3. Reports and Surveys

Series 4. The Attorney General of Texas

Series 5. Nursing Pins and Bracelets

Series 6. News Clippings

Series 7. Poems

Series 8. Artifacts and Memorabilia

Series 9. Photographs

Series 10. Certificates and Diplomas

UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Guide to the Texas Nurses Association District 8 - Arvella Bentley Vowell History Collection



Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Vowell, Arvella Bentley
Title: Texas Nurses Association District 8 - Arvella Bentley Vowell History Collection
Inclusive dates: 1908-1987
Abstract: Arvella Vowell worked for many years as a registered nurse, private nurse, psychiatry nurse, and polio nurse in San Antonio, Texas. Her long nursing career and her love of history were the inspiration for creating this collection of nursing memorbilia.
Identification: MS 148
Extent: 16 boxes, 436 items , 3 linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSC Libraries, University Archives, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Biographical Note

Arvella Bentley Vowell was born in 1904 in Arkansas. Her first experience in nursing was helping her mother take care of her eleven brothers and sisters. It was this experience that created a desire in her to help others.

In 1929, Vowell, began the three-year nurses training program at Sealy Hospital in Santa Anna, Texas. She graduated in 1933 and began a 44 year career in nursing. She worked as a private nurse, school nurse, psychiatric nurse and polio nurse.

After a long career as a nurse in San Antonio, she retired in 1976. Vowell was named historian of Chapter 8 of the Texas Nurses Association, the oldest professional nursing association in Texas, in 1976. She was the driving force behind the creation of a collection of historical nursing materials documenting the history of District 8. Vowell died in 1997 at the age of 93.

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Scope and Contents

The Texas Nurses Association District 8 - Arvella Bentley Vowell Collection contains photographs, nursing school uniforms, surveys, diplomas, nursing school pins, reports, poems, news clippings, an antique bed pan, and textbooks. The collection documents the history of nursing in Texas.

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Arrangement of Collection

The Collection is organized in 16 boxes in 10 series as follows:
Series 1: Nursing Uniforms
Series 2: Textbooks
Series 3: Reports and Surveys
Series 4: The Attorney General of Texas
Series 5: Nursing Pins and Bracelets
Series 6: News clippings
Series 7: Poems
Series 8: Artifacts and Memorabilia (non-jewelry items)
Series 9: Photographs
Series 10: Certificates and Diplomas

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use. Materials may be viewed in the reading room of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Physical Access

Visitors are required to wear white gloves provided by library staff when handling nursing uniforms.

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Index Terms

Persons
Klar, Frida
Bonnet, Edith
Stinson, Aurelia
Vowell, Arvella
Royal, Ramh
Buthrie, Mary
Simms, Mary
Beard, Bessie May
Hoevet, Gail
Meadows, Anna
Organizations
Lee Surgical Hospital
Robert B. Green Hospital
American Red Cross
Physicians’ and Surgeons’ Hospital (San Antonio, Texas)
Woman’s Hospital of Philadelphia. School of Nursing
Baylor University. School of Nursing
Medical and Surgical Hospital of Nursing
Sealy Hospital
Subjects
Schools, Nursing
History of Nursing – Texas
Document Types
Certificates
News Clippings
Photographs

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Related Material

The Texas Nurses Association, District 8 Records, MS 102, Archives, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections (Finding aid: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utsa/00075/utsa-00075.html ).

Arvella Bentley Vowell Nurses Collection, 1943-1994, MS 6, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections (Finding aid: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utsa/00012/utsa-00012.html ).

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the Texas Nurses Association-District 8-Arvella Bentley Vowell History Collection, University Archives, UTHSC Libraries, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Provenance

Materials in this collection were compiled by Arvella Vowell while serving as historian for the Disctrict 8 Nursing Association and were donated in 2009 to the UT Health Science Center Libraries - University Archives by the Texas Nurses Association - District 8.

Collection History

Donated in 2009 to the University Archives of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio by the Texas Nurses Association - District 8.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by: Mellisa DeThorne and modified by Anne Comeaux, July 2012. Collection formerly called the Ruth Stewart Collection.

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Detailed Description of Collection

 

Series 1. Nursing Uniforms

Box Item
1 1 Nursing Student Uniform, Frida Klar, P & S Hospital, 1920’s
2 Nursing Student Cap , Gail Hoevet, UTMB John Sealy School of Nursing.
3 Nursing Student Uniform, Frida Klar, P & S Hospital
Box Item
2 1 Nursing Student Sweater, UT Galveston, Gail Hoevet
2 Nursing Student Cape, Massachusetts General Hospital, Anna C. Meadows, 1919
Box Item
3 1 Nursing Student Uniform, 1920’s
2 Second Nursing Student Uniform, 1920’s
Box Item
4 1 World War II Army Nurse’s Uniform donated by Edith Bonnet, 1940’s

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Series 2. Textbooks

Box Item
5 1 Isabel McIsaac. Hygiene for Nurses, 1908
2 William Krohn. Graded Lessons in Physiology and Hygiene, 1908
3 State Board Questions and Answers for Nurses, Twenty-Second Edition, 1944
4 Lona L. Trott. Textbook on Red Cross Home Training, 1942
5 Clarence Wilbur Taber. Taber’s Digest of Medical Terms, 1937
6 C. E. Garsney. Dosage and Solutions, 1924
7 Amy Elizabeth Pope. A Quiz Book of Nursing, 1915
Box Item
6 1 Lyndia Flanagan. One Strong Voice, 1976
2 Edith A. Aynes. From Nightingale to Eagle, 1973
3 Nurses’ Guide to Drugs and Procedures, Third Edition.
Box Item
7 1 Mary Elizabeth Morse. Microbiology for Nurses, Eighth Edition, 1951
2 Madelene Elliott Ingram. Principles of Psychiatric Nursing, Third Edition, 1949
3 A. S. Blumgarten. Textbook of Materia Medica, Fourth Edition, 1928
4 Amy Elizabeth Pope and Virna M. Young. The Art and Principles of Nursing, 1934
5 Diana Clifford Kimber. Textbook of Anatomy and Physiology, Seventh Edition, 1926
6 Helen F. Hansen. Nursing, Fifth Edition, 1947
7 Philip A. Kalisch and Beatrice J. Kalisch. The Changing Image of the Nurse, 1987

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Series 3. Reports and Surveys

Box Item
8 1 Survey of Nursing Needs and Resources for the Amarillo Region, 1969
2 CBNP(Coordinating Board Nursing Project). Reports on LVN Licensure Stats, 1970-72.
3 CBNP Council Meeting Addendum, August 9, 1974.
4 A Cost-Benefit Study of Selected Clinical Education Programs for Professional and Allied Health Personnel, July 15, 1975.
5 CBNP Council Meeting, August 1974
6 CBNP Results of C-E Course Offering Survey, January 1974.
7 Releasing the Potential of High Risk Students in Nursing: Report of a Work Conference for Faculty from Traditionally Black School of Nursing, June 5-9, 1972
Box Item
9 1 CBNP Review and Evaluation Committee Working Document No. 6.
2 Allied Health Project: A Multiple Entry and Exit Curriculum Model in Nursing, Final Report, July 1974
3 Toward Quality Health Care: The Improvement of Nursing and Nursing Education in Texas, Final report, January 1975.
4 LVN Relicensure stats.
5 CBNP Nursing Project Report, Duplicate, August 1974.
6 CBNP, LVN Report No. 1, January 1, 1972.
7 CBNP, LVN Report No. 2, July 6, 1973.
8 CBNP, LVN Report No. 3, June 19, 1973.
9 CBNP, LVN Report No. 4, County Summaries, 1971-1972.
10 CBNP, LVN Report No. 5 County LVN/Population Ratios, 1970-1972.
11 CBNP, LVN Report No. 6, State Summary, 1972-1973.
12 CBNP, Results from the Survey of Mobility and Utilization Patterns of Professional Nurses.
13 CBNP, RN Relicensure cards.
14 CBNP, General Keypunching Guidelines, RN Practitioner.
15 CBNP, RN Report No 1, State Summary, 1970-1971.
16 CBNP, RN Report No 2, Regional Summaries, 1970-1971.
17 CBNP, RN Report No 3, County Summaries, 1970-1971.
18 CBNP, RN Report No 4, Statewide Summary, 1971-1972.
19 CBNP, RN Report No 5, Regional Summaries, 1971-1972.
20 CBNP, RN Report No 6, County Summaries, 1971-1972.
21 CBNP, RN Report No. 7, County RN/Population Ratios, 1970-1972.
Box Item
10 1 CBNP, Interim Report, Survey of Students Enrolled in Professional Nursing Programs in Texas.
2 CBNP, Interim Statistical Reports, 1970-1971.
3 CBNP, Results of C-E Course Offering Survey, January 1974.
4 An Innovative Curriculum for Nurses in the College of Environmental and Applied Sciences at Governors State University, September 1973.
Box Item
11 1 CBNP, Review and Evaluation Working Document No. 3, Regions 1-7
2 CBNP, Review and Evaluation Working Document No. 3 Regions 8-14
3 CBNP, Review and Evaluation Working Document No. 3 Regions 15-21
4 CBNP, Review and Evaluation Working Document No. 4
5 CBNP, Review and Evaluation Working Document No. 4, Addendum
6 CBNP, Review and Evaluation Working Document No. 5, Misc. and Hospital Utilization
2 copies
7 CBNP, Review and Evaluation Working Document No. 5, Addendum
Box Item
12 1 CBNP, Council Meeting, June 29, 1974.
2 CBNP, Results of C-E Course Offering Survey, Duplicate Report, January 1974
3 Basic Program Plan, Nursing Project
4 CBNP, Interim Statistical Report : Registered Nurses Re-licenses in Texas, May 1, 1972.
5 CBNP, Interim Statistical Report: Registered Nurses Re-licenses in Texas, County RN/Population Ratios, 1970-71
6 CBNP, Interim Statistical Report No. 7: Registered Nurses Re-Licensed in Texas, County RN/Population rations, 1970-72.
7 CBNP report presented to the Coordinating Board, October 20, 1972.
8 CBNP, Interim Statistical Report No. 1: Registered Nurses Re-licensed in Texas, State Summary, 1970-71.
9 CBNP, Interim Statistical Report No. 2: Registered Nurses Re-licensed in Texas, Regional Summaries, 1970-71.
10 CBNP, Interim Statistical Report No. 3: Registered Nurses Re-licensed in Texas, County Summaries, 1970-71.
11 CBNP, Interim Statistical Report No. 4: Registered Nurses Re-licensed in Texas, Statewide Summary, 1970-71.
12 CBNP, Interim Statistical Report No. 5: Registered Nurses Re-licensed in Texas, Regional Summaries, 1971-72.
13 CBNP, Interim Statistical Report No. 6: Registered Nurses Re-licensed in Texas, County Summaries, 1971-72.
14 CBNP, LVN Licensure Statistics by State Planning Regions and Counties within Regional, Report No. 1, 1970-71.
15 CBNP, Statistical Summary of LVN’s enrolled in RN programs in Texas, 1973.
16 Methodology for Student Mobility Study, Geographic Mobility Section
17 Undergraduate Enrollment Report, Fall 1972
18 CBNP meeting minutes, 1975
19 Nursing Education Programs on the Academic Common Report
20 Allied Health Model Curricula Reports
21 Professional Nurse Licensing Stats
22 Pharmacy at the Two Year Level Study Committee: Reports
23 Texas Eastern School of Nursing Reports
24 Comments on New Jersey Chancellor Ralph A. Dungan’s Memo on Nurse Education

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Series 4. The Attorney General of Texas

Box Item
13 1 Opinion No. M-652: Whether the Coordinating Board, Texas College, and University System, has the authority to determine and fix maximum capacity enrollments in all Texas public senior colleges and universities, and related question.
2 Opinion No. RQ#-1366: Authority of the Board of Nurse Examiners to accredit specialty programs in nursing offered by colleges and universities.
3 Opinion No. M-940: Fees and tuitions which may be charged by public junior colleges; and, the nature of education programs in nursing with contemplation of Section 1(a)(10), Article 2654c, Vernon’s Civil Statutes.
4 Opinion No. H-1295: Authority of a nurse practitioner to perform services under indirect physician supervision.
5 Opinion No. M-785: Questions relating to qualifications for certification as a psychologist under Article 4512c, Section 15, Vernon’s Civil Statutes (the Psychologists’ Certification and Licensing Act).
6 Opinion No. M-1040: Whether a simple majority or a two-thirds majority vote of the Coordinating Board is required for approval of a School of Veterinary and Zoological Medicine within the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, pursuant to Section 13 of Article 2919e-2, Vernon’s Civil Statutes.
7 Opinion No. M-757: Whether, pursuant to Article 2919e-2, Vernon’s Civil Statutes, the Coordinating Board of Texas College and University System may order the initiation of a degree program in veterinary medicine at Texas Tech University School of Medicine without passage of implementing legislation.
8 Opinion No. M-1217: Whether a foreign registered nurse, not registered or holding a valid permit in the State of Texas, may use the initials “S.R.N.”, “G.N.” or the title “staff nurse” or “charge nurse” in connection with his or her name in the performance of nursing functions?
9 Opinion No. H-395: Circumstances under which person not licensed as nurse may perform professional nursing acts.
10 Opinion No. H-401: Does the Board of Licensure for Nursing Home Administrators have authority to issue different license to administrators of group homes.

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Series 5. Nursing Pins and Bracelets

Box Item
14 1 Nursing School Pin, Ramh I. Royal, Class of ’39, P & S Memorial Hospital
2 Nursing School Pin, Mary Guthrie, Class of ’43, P &S Memorial Hospital
3 American National Red Cross Pin, Mary Guthrie
4 Nursing School Pin, Frida Klar, Class of ’25
5 Army Nurse Corps ID Bracelet, Mary Simms
6 American Red Cross Pin, Mary Simms
7 Nursing School Pin, Edith Bonnet, Class of ’41, Medical and Surgical Hospital
8 Red Cross Pin presented to Edith Bonnet at Graduation
9 Red Cross Pin.

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Series 6. News Clippings

Box Item
15 1 News clipping, “P & S Hospital School Graduates Class of Eleven.” June 1926
2 News clipping, “Doctor and Nurses”
3 News clipping, “Women’s liberation a battle still unwon.”
4 News clipping, “Around the plaza.”
5 News clipping, “Collection sizes up nursing’s progress.”
6 News clipping, “Nurses of today need leadership.”
7 News clipping, “Angels of mercy due just reward.” September 14, 1987
8 News clipping, “Under the Red Cross.” May 19, 1928
9 News clipping, “Today’s Chuckle”
10 News clipping, “Mount Edith Cavell: Canada’s tribute to a gallant nurse” February 1972

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Series 7. Poems

Box Item
15 11 "The Hospital Nurse"
12 “Little Nurse”
13 “What’s in a Cap?”
14 “The Nurse”
15 Unknown nursing poem by Edgar A. Guest

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Series 8. Artifacts and Memorabilia

A number of items are stored flat on shelves in the archives in room 5.082
Box Item
16 1 Nurses’ Receipt book for private duty 1961
2 Central Nurses’ Directory, 1939
(Private Duty Nurses)
3 Dolls dressed as uniforms for RBG students, male and female
4 Antique bed pan purchased at auction in Nantucket, Mass by Dr. Clementina Geiser and “gently carried” to San Antonio
5 Booklet: "The History of the Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital School of Nursing," 1916-1971" ca 1969
6 John Sealy Hospital Training School Rules, Galveston, 1891
Unframed on mat board
7 Nursing ink stamp, no date, stored in green and gold floral box
8 Physicians and Surgeons Hospital School of Nursing graduation program, 1929
9 Holiday card with note “Gave me a box of a candy for graduating”
10 Gold ribbon with small photo of man wearing a hat.
(On inside cover of plaid album)
11 Laminated collage of the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital
12 Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners licensing examination questions, copy, 1932
Shelves Item
108 - 109 Items lying flat on shelves near Box 16
  • Framed collage of the Final Years of Florence Nightingale
  • Nursing Master Prints, 1989
  • Collage presented to “professional nurse” of District 8 in memory of R. Bellinger Secrest’s daughter
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s phrase “The Lady with the Lamp” on wooden plaque
  • Handwritten home remedy for gallstones
  • Nurses Pledge, on wooden plaque
  • Texas BNE grades and temporary permit, Bessie Mae Beard, 1928 graduate of St. Vincent’s Sanatorium, Sherman Texas (in protective sleeve)

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Series 9. Photographs

A number of items are stored flat on shelves in the archives in room 5.082
Shelves Item
108 - 109 Items lying flat on shelves near Box 16
  • Edith Bonnet scrapbook album - 222 photos
  • Sealy Hospital (Santa Anna, Texas), Arvella Bentley Vowell graduated from there, Unframed
  • Nursing Students, Class of ’32, Sealy Hospital (Santa Anna, Texas), (Arvella Bentley Vowell), Unframed
  • Physicians & Surgeons (P&S) Basketball team, Class of 1924, Unframed
  • P&S Graduating Class, 1925, 4 photos, Unframed
  • Arvella Bentley Vowell in Sealy Hospital Student Uniform (enrolled in 1930 at age 30)
  • Nursing Students, Class of ’29, Lee Surgical Hospital, Unframed (Louise Dauthit 4th from right)
  • The Spirit of Nursing Monument at Arlington National Cemetery- 4 photos, Unframed
  • Student Nurses at San Antonio State Hospital, 1950, Unframed
  • Freda Klar Sherman photo album (removed photos from original album for preservation purposes) 27 items, Unframed
  • Framed color photograph of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing in Bordeaux, France
  • Black and white photograph and letter from the director of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing in Bordeaux, France, January 27, 1979, Unframed
  • Black and white photograph of student nurses at San Antonio State Hospital, 1950, unframed
  • Portrait of Nurse Naomi Light Griffie, 1926, stored in archival bag
  • Portrait of Nurse Elizabeth Mc? 1926, stored in archival bag

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Series 10. Certificates and Diplomas

A number of items are stored flat on shelves in the archives in room 5.082. Most are unframed.
Shelves Item
108 - 109 Items lying flat on shelves near Box 16
  • P&S Diploma, Elfreda (Frida) Klar, Class of ’25, Unframed
  • Certificate of Identity, Elfreda Klar: County registration (for private duty?) 1927, Unframed
  • Woman’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) School of Nursing Certificate for obstetrical nursing and the care of infants, 4 months, Elfreda Klar, 1931, Unframed
  • Baylor Hospital (San Antonio) Training School for Nurses Diploma, Daisy West, June 2, 1916, Framed
  • Medical and Surgical Hospital School of Nursing (San Antonio), Diploma, Edith Bonnet, 1941, Unframed
  • Texas Board of Nurse Examiners (BNE) Certificate, Edith Bonnet, 1941, Unframed (also have her US Army uniform & pins)
  • Certificate of Exemption from Poll Tax, Unframed
  • Framed Baylor University (Waco) School of Nursing Diploma of Graduate Nurse, Aurelia Stinson
  • Red Cross Hospital Training School for Nurse Diploma, Salida, Colorado, Johanna Ida Krueger, February 1926, Unframed
  • Certificate to practice professional nursing in Colorado, Johanna Ida Krueger, April 26, 1926, Unframed
  • Certificate to practice professional nursing in Missouri, License No. 6038, Johanna Ida Krueger, September 4, 1926, Unframed
  • Certificate to practice professional nursing in Texas, License No. 10541, Bessie May Beard
  • Certificate to practice professional nursing in Texas, License No. 3447, Johanna Ida Kruger, June 10, 1941, Unframed
  • Certificate of Identity, Johanna Ida Krueger, Unframed
  • Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners Certification, Frida Klar, Unframed
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 12001, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 13075, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 15056, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 12588, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 11280, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 10647, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 11735, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 14398, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 4212, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 11926, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 19159, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 10775, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 13937, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 4274, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 4083, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 7319, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 9345, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 7782, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 10325, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 9249, Stored in archival bag
  • Certificate of Re-registration to practice professional nursing, Frida Klar Sherman, No. 7948, Stored in archival bag

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