UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Guide to the Annie New Collection

Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator New, Annie Inez, 1897-1987
Title: Annie New Collection
Inclusive dates: 1923 - 1963
Abstract: Annie Inez New opened the first nursing home in San Antonio in 1932. The collection consists of materials from the scrapbooks she kept during her career and includes photographs of physicians and hospitals from San Antonio and south Texas and of the nursing home she established. Several poems written by Annie New, a short biographical sketch, and newspaper clippings about various physicians are also included.
Identification: MS 27
Extent: 1 box with 4 folders
Language: Materials are written in English
Repository University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSC Libraries, University Archives, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Biographical Note

Annie Inez New RN was a pioneer registered nurse of southwest Texas. She was born around 1898 in Texas to William I. New, a Texas native, and his German wife. She began her career after graduating in 1923 from the Physicians & Surgeons Hospital School of Nursing, located in San Antonio, Texas. She kept scrapbooks of historical significance during her training and later career showing the pioneer work she did in nursing for 50 years.

Annie first served on the staff in rural Texas hospitals in Gonzales, Yorktown, Cuero, San Marcos, Nixon and other locations. In 1930 she was living with her uncle, Mez A New, and his family in San Antonio and working as a professional nurse. In 1932 she opened the New Convalescent Home on 1016 Blanco Road, the first nursing home in San Antonio. A quiet, clean home staffed by registered nurses, it became very popular in the medical community. It was especially helpful to out of town patients who needed more time to recover. Much of the history of this home was found in her scrapbook.

After closing the home in 1938, Miss New began her work in private duty nursing, which she maintained until she retired. She died on Jan 21, 1987, at the age of 89 while living in the home of a relative in Pearsall, Texas.

Annie New was always an ardent supporter of her professional organization and donated her historical notebooks to the history collection of District 8 Texas Nurses Association.


U. S. Census 1920

U. S. Census 1930

Biographical sketch on Annie New written by Avella B. Vowell, Historian of District 8 Texas Nurses Association

Scope and Contents

The Annie New Collection consists of 78 photographs and postcards of hospitals, people, and patients in various Texas locations; 4 short poems about the New Convalescent Home written by Annie New; a biographical sketch of Anne New written by Avella B. Vowell; and 4 newspaper clippings about various physicians.


Arrangement of Collection

The collection is arranged in one box of 4 folders in 3 series as follows:
Series 1: Photographs
Series 2: Poems and Biographical Materials
Series 3: News Clippings


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

Some materials are very brittle or torn on the edges and may require an electronic copy or photocopy for use.

Index Terms

Allen, George W., 1876-1945
Calder, Royall Mann, 1903-
Clark, Archibald Fletcher, Sr.
Cook, Clara G.
Cotham, C. Malford.
DePew, Evart V.
Dreiss, Aldolph Martin, 1895-1958
Elder, Nathan Avant, 1881-1961
Goodwin, Roy T., 1888-1939
Haggard, Charles H.
Hanson, W. S.
Herff, Ferdinand Peter, 1883-1965
Kahn, I. S.
Maxwell, Ernest
McCorkle, Henry
Milburn, Conn Lewis, 1876-1951.
Minter, Merton M.
Nesbit, William E.
New, Annie I., 1897-1987
Nixon, Pat Ireland, 1883-1965
Pickett, Britton Elbridge, Sr, 1877-1972
Rice, Lee Roy, 1905-1954
Shaw, Thad
Scull, Charles Elam, Sr.
Stansell, Paul Q.
Stanton, William Paul, 1909-1974
Tucker, Lewia, Sr.
Watts, Jack
Williams, W. C.
Wilson, Homer T.
New Convalescent Home (San Antonio, Texas)
History of Medicine - Texas
History of Nursing - Texas
Nurses - Texas
Physicians - Texas
Nursing Homes - hisory - Texas
Document Types
News Clippings

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the Annie New Collection, MS 27 , University Archives, UTHSC Libraries, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


Materials in this collection came from scrapbooks created by Annie I. New RN that she donated to the history collection of the District 8 Texas Nurses Association. They were subsequently donated in April 1986 to the University Archives of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio by Arvella B. Vowell RN, historian for District 8 Texas Nurses Association.

Collection History

Received as a donation from Arvella B. Vowell RN, Historian of the District 8 Texas Nurses Association, on April 30, 1986.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by: Anne Comeaux, April 2013.

Detailed Description of Collection


Series 1. Photographs
78 photographs and postcards

Box-Folder Item
MS 27-1 1 Small advertisement for New Convalescent Home.
2 Picture of Allen Hospital. Yorktown, Texas.
3 Picture of Holmes Hospital. 1923-1924
4 Picture of back of Holmes Hospital.
5 Postcard of Holmes Hospital.
6 Postcard of Memorial Hospital, San Marcos, Texas
7 Postcard of Nixon Hospital, Nixon, Texas
Writing on back: “Where I spent two lonely hard working years. Sorry I ever worked here. Annie”
8 Postcard of Overall Memorial Hospital, Coleman, Texas
9 Picture of paper boy
With inscription “Delivered our papers at the Home”
10 Picture of unidentified house and driveway
11 Picture of Dr. W. C. Williams and daughter. San Marcos, Texas, 1929.
12 Picture of two nurses at gate with label “Fay & Lillian”
13 Picture of two adults and a child labeled “Willia Mae, Aline Watson & Dr. Haggard.”
3 copies
14 Picture labeled "Dr. Homer T. Wilson and Aunt Inez”
15 Picture of unidentified elderly woman in rocking chair.
16 Picture of woman walking in nurses uniform with inscription on back “Annie New”
17 Picture labeled “Mrs. Horton & I” with inscription “Miss New with patient” on back
18 Picture of woman sitting on bench. (Probably Annie New.)
19 Picture of unidentified woman standing in front of bench. (Aunt Inez?)
20 Picture of 3 unidentified women seated on bench with child standing behind.
21 Picture of 2 nurses seated on bench with 3 people (2 men and 1 woman, possibly physicians?) standing behind.
22 Picture of 2 unidentified women sitting on bench with 3rd woman standing behind.
23 Picture of elderly woman standing with black maid.
24 Picture labeled “Mrs. L. Horton a pt.”
25 Picture labeled “Mr. Tom Aiken a pt.”
26 Picture labeled “Alda with pt.”
27 Picture with two unidentified men sitting on a bench with 2 nurses and a 3rd woman standing in the back. Same people as in 21 above.
28 Picture labeled “Dr. Skull Sr.”
2 copies.
Probably Dr. Charles Elam Scull
29 Picture of man in milk truck labeled “Clifton Nichols.”
2 copies.
Box-Folder Item
MS 27-2 1 Picture labeled “Back view of New Convalescent Home”
2 Picture of Anne I. New at gate.
3 Picture of Dr. Henry McCorkle standing in yard.
2 copies.
4 Picture of unidentified man in a suit standing by sidewalk and stairs. Physician?
5 Picture of Dr. Henry McCorkle standing by stairs of house.
6 Picture of Dr. Ernest Maxwell.
2 copies.
7 Picture of Dr. Wm. Thompson a pt. by palm tree.
8 Picture of Dr. Wm. Thompson a pt. standing by steps and with cane.
9 Picture of Dr. Evart DePew standing by house.
2 copies.
10 Picture of Dr. Evart DePew standing by car.
2 copies.
11 Picture of Dr. Lee Rice
12 Picture of Dr. Nesbit
13 Picture of Dr. Wm. Stanton
14 Picture of Dr. Thad Shaw
15 Picture of Dr. Dreiss.
2 copies.
16 Picture of Dr. Royall M. Calder in yard
17 Picture of Dr. George W. Allen, Yorktown, Texas. 1928.
18 Picture of Dr. Royall M. Calder standing by steps
19 Picture of Dr. Paul Q. Stansell
20 Picture labeled "Dr. Steel"
21 Picture of Dr. Roberts. 1922.
22 Picture of Dr. Atmar
23 Picture of Dr. Merton M. Minter
24 Picture of Dr. McGehee
25 Picture of Dr. Jack Watts.
Inscription on back “He gave me a medal – the medal on Anathony which I soon lost.”
26 Picture labeled "Dr. Flether Clark, Sr."
Probably Dr. Archibald Fletcher Clark, Sr.
27 Picture of Dr. Charles Haggard.
2 copies.
28 Picture of Dr. P. I. Nixon, Sr.
Inscription on back “From the 1923 scrapebook of Annie I. New RN. P & S Hospital . Hospital opened in 1903.”
29 Picture of Dr. N. A. Elder by car. Nixon, Texas.
30 Picture of Dr. N. A. Elder by hospital window. Nixon, Texas.
31 Picture of Dr. Hansen (Hanson?).
2 copies.
32 Picture of Dr. F. P. Herff
33 Picture of Dr. Lewia Tucker, Sr.
34 Picture of Dr. C. M. Cotham
35 Picture of unidentified couple.
36 Picture of Dr. Kahn.
2 copies.
37 Picture of 3 women seated with 3 nurses standing behind (Annie New in middle).


Series 2. Poems and Biographical Material
5 items. Poems were written by Annie I. New.

Box-Folder Item
MS 27-3 1 Handwritten biographical sketch of Annie I. New by Arvella B. Vowel RN, Historian District 8 Texas Nurses Association
2 Poem entitled “Our Milk Boy”
3 Poem entitled “Our Paper Boy”
4 Poem entitled “Our Doctors”
5 Poem entitled “New Convalescent Home”


Series 3. News Clippings
5 items

Box-Folder Item
MS 27-4 1 Picture from newspaper of Dr. and Mrs. Conn L. Milburn.
2 Article with pictures on Dr. Cook, woman physician. San Antonio Express, March 1963.
3 Picture with short caption of Dr. Roy T. Goodwin.
4 Picture with short caption of Dr. B. E. Pickett
5 78th birthday announcement for Dr. N. A. Elder, dated July 6, 1959.