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The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing
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Alumnae Association sous-fonds

The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association was created in 1915 after the graduation of its first class of 10 graduates.
The sous-fonds contains materials created by the Alumnae Association and its executive or by members. Included are photographs, scrapbooks, artifacts, audio-visual materials, newsletters and other items that document the Alumnae Association, its activities, and its members.

The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association

Artifacts

Series contains artifacts created and/or used by the Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association. Included are silver tea sets and coffee urns, a shovel used in the sod turning for the nurses residence in 1951 and later gifted to the Alumnae Assocation, and an embossing die used for printing.

Silver coffee urn

Large ornate silver coffee urn with spigot. Embellished handles with pine cone lid grip. Engraved on one side "Presented to the Wellesley Hospital Alumnae by Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Bruce, June 1951". Dr. Herbert Bruce was the founder of the Wellesley Hospital and would go on to become the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario between 1932-1937.

Silver teapot and stand

Ornate silver teapot and stand. The teapot has attached lid and filagree all over the body of the pot. Four arms on pot sides to rest it on the stand. Teapot stand has ornate supports and an opening in its base for a candle to keep the tea warm.

RG 946.01.01.02.01 Teapot
RG 946.01.01.02.02 Teapot stand

Ceremonial Spade

Wood handled garden spade with metal scoop. Was used in the ceremonial sod turning for the new Wellesley student nursing residence.
It has two plaques on handle. First one is stirling silver and says:
"Presented to The Honourable Dr. Herbert A. Bruce on the occasion of he turning of the first sod for the Nursing Residence Wellesley Division Toronto General Hospital November 5, 1951."
The second plaque is brass coloured and says:
"Donated to the Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association in recognition of their caring contribution to the people of Toronto and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Wellesley Hospital Presented by Dean Emeritus, Susanne Williams, RN BNSc.Med Co-Chair, Wellesley Institute This 26th of May 2012."

Alumnae oral histories

File contains 9 audiocassettes with interviews conducted by Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association member Mary (Sandals) Caesar. She interviewed members of the much earlier graduating classes about their recollections of training and working as a nurse. Interviewees include Helen Carruthers; Gladys (Bateman) Steele; Florence (Stewart) Roberts; Isobel (McGillvary) Carlton; Jessie (Campbell) Smith; Florence (Smith) Watson; Grace (Mitchell) Berry; Grace (Bolton) Farthing.

Sandals, Mary

Extra slides

Two separate containers (one plastic container labelled "Old slides from 1980s - Hospital tour" and the other a cardboard box "Update G. floor when Le...[?] completed") of slides. Some are duplicates of ones used in slide show - others were not used at all.
RG 946.01.02.02.03.01 Nursing desk, 1981
RG 946.01.02.02.03.02 Nursing desk, 1981
RG 946.01.02.02.03.03 Wellesley Hospital new projects
RG 946.01.02.02.03.04 1912-1965 Hospital history chart
RG 946.01.02.02.03.05 1966-1982 Hospital history chart
RG 946.01.02.02.03.06 Second floor plan
RG 946.01.02.02.03.07 Main lecture hall
RG 946.01.02.02.03.08 Administrative office entry
RG 946.01.02.02.03.09 Patient breathing oxygen
RG 946.01.02.02.03.10 Patient picking book from mobile cart with Hospital worker
RG 946.01.02.02.03.11 Wilhelmsen House
RG 946.01.02.02.03.12 Staff doing x-rays on patient
RG 946.01.02.02.03.13 Wellesley Hospital organization chart
RG 946.01.02.02.03.14 Main floor plan
RG 946.01.02.02.03.15 Hospital executive and exterior show of hospital
RG 946.01.02.02.03.16 Pharmacy and staff
RG 946.01.02.02.03.17 Candy striper helping patient in traction
RG 946.01.02.02.03.18 Hospital volunteers handing out items to a patient
RG 946.01.02.02.03.19 Cover of Dr. Bruce's book "Varied Operations"
RG 946.01.02.02.03.20 Lion crest and motto
RG 946.01.02.02.03.21 Duke of Connaught and others at opening of new wing August 27, 1912
RG 946.01.02.02.03.22 Exterior of modern hospital building
RG 946.01.02.02.03.23 Emergency and Admitting entrance exterior

Grace Bolton personal scrapbook

Three ring binder with plastic pages filled with scrapbook pages. Appears that the orginal scrapbook was taken apart and placed in the plastic sleeves. Filled with newspaper clippings, correspondence, cards, programmes, and photographs covering Grace Bolton's history with the Wellesley, the history of the Nursing school, the Hospital, and the Alumnae activities during World War II and beyond.
Scrapbook is not completely in order - First several pages are out of order followed by pages starting in 1933, when Grace Bolton graduated from the Wellesley. The pages are in order by year after this until the end when there was a single plastic sleeve filled with many items place together. Starting with letter from the Suntrap Residential School in the United Kingdom, these items have each been given their own sleeve. The majority of the pages are double sided - with items on both sides of the page.

Bolton, Grace

Hospital 60th Anniversary celebrations

File contains photographs taken at various events celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Wellesley Hospital held September 6th-8th. Events organized and run my the Alumnae included the garden party held on the hospital grounds, tours of the hospital and a dinner held at the Royal York. Several of the photographs have names written on back in pen.

25th anniversary - 1937

The 25th anniversary of the founding of The Wellesley Hospital and The Wellesley Hospital Alumnae Association's celebrations were held June 28 - July 2, 1937. Events included a luncheon at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, bridge and dance at the Royal York Hotel, a banquet at the King Edward Hotel, a reception at Government House hosted by Lieutenant-Governor Herbert Bruce (hospital founder), Class of 1937 graduation exercises, and a picnic and swimming at Dr. R. J. MacMillan's farm.
The file includes one souvenir booklet, two reunion banquet programmes, and an invitation to the reception hosted by Herbert and Angela Bruce at Government House. There is also a 16mm film of the Hospital's Anniversary activities.

50th anniversary - 1962

The 50th anniversary of the founding of The Wellesley Hospital and The Wellesley Hospital Alumnae Association's celebrations were held June 6 - 8, 1962. Events included a garden party at Casa Loma, the School of Nursing's graduation ceremony, tours of the hospital and residence, and dinner at the Royal York Hotel.
The file includes two souvenir booklets.

60th anniversary - 1972

The 60th anniversary of the founding of The Wellesley Hospital and The Wellesley Hospital Alumnae Association's celebrations were held September 6 - 8, 1972. Events included tours of the Hospital and a garden party on hospital grounds, class of 1972 graduation exercises, and dinner at the Royal York Hotel.
File contains 2 souvenir booklets, 1 programme from the Diamond Anniversary banquet, correspondence regarding the events, and a b&w transparency of Helen Carruthers' (class of 1916) article from the souvenir booklet.

75th anniversary - 1987

The 75th anniversary of the founding of The Wellesley Hospital was celebrated with various events held over the summer of 1987. On June 7 The Wellesley had a SUNday at Woodbine Racetrack, raising $70,000 for the hospital. On July 11, 800 members of The Wellesley Hospital staff and their families had a picnic at Earl Bales Park. On August 27 there was a 75th anniversary Garden Party on the hospital grounds with a 1912 theme - the year the hospital officially opened. A plaque honouring hospital founder Dr. Herbert Bruce was unveiled.
The file contains a 75th anniversary commemorative sticker, and a copy of the invitation sent to alumnae inviting them to the Garden Party.

Transfer of Schools of Nursing to Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology

Series contains correspondence, reports and associated materials relating to the transfer of Schools of Nursing from the Hospitals to the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. The majority of the materials relate specifically to the transfer of The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing to Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.

Correspondence - Nursing diplomas and Colleges and Applied Arts and Technology

File of correspondence between The Wellesley Hospital's Executive Director G. E. Thornton and Ontario's Minister of Health A. B. R. Lawrence, and between A. B. R. Lawrence and Donald MacIntyre, president of the Ontario Council of Administrators of Teaching Hospitals. Correspondence regarding the relationship between diploma Nursing schools and Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology.

Thornton, G. E.

Correspondence - funding changes

File of correspondence sent to Chairmen of Public Hospital Boards, Administrators of Public Hospitals, Chairmen and Directors of Regional Schools of Nursing, Chairmen of other Educational Institutions financed by O. H. S. C. from the Minister of Health, and the Ontario Hospital Services Commission. Correspondence is regarding the changing of the financing of educational programs.

Nursing School libraries

Correspondence, meeting minutes, and accompanying material regarding the Nursing School libraries. The majority of the materials relate to the re-classification of the School of Nursing libraries from National Library of Medicine system to the Library of Congress for their move into the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology.
The file also contains meeting minutes and reports of the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute Nursing Department's sub-committee on internal resources regarding the coming together of the libraries.

Red Cross Outpost Hospital - Red Lake, Ontario

File contains memos and correspondence regarding The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing affiliation with the Red Cross Outpost hospitals. This agreement allowed 3rd year nursing students to gain experience interning at the Red Lake Outpost Hospital in Red Lake Ontario - located Northwest of Sudbury, about 100 kilometers from the Ontario-Manitoba border. The Wellesley School ended it affiliation with the program in 1971.