Kentucky Historical Society

Louisville General Hospital School of Nursing Oral History Project

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In 1988, the University of Louisville School of Nursing undertook an oral history project to document the history of its adopted predecessor, the Louisville General Hospital School of Nursing. While alumni of the defunct institution account for the majority of the interviewees, the series also offers recollections of faculty, administrators, staff, public heath officers, and elected officials. The earliest memories of the school date from 1920, the year members of the class of 1922 enrolled.
Narrators discuss key events in the history of the institution and the Louisville area. Nurses tell about taking care of the sick during the 1919 influenza epidemic and the polio epidemics some three decades later, being unemployed and developing the new public health programs during the Great Depression, aiding the displaced during the 1937 flood, and serving in two world wars. Other topics are the changes in the roles of women, the development of nursing education, the transformation of health care technology, integration of the school, health care for black Louisvillians, and the closing of the school. Copyright belongs to University of Louisville

Datesort descending Interviewee(s) Interviewer(s)
02/04/1988 Louree Pottinger, Nancy Myers, June Boehm Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
02/04/1988 Geneva Gilkey, Mary Bennett Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
02/06/1988 Gradie Rowntree Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
02/11/1988 Ola Baker Arnita Jones, Danny Wisner
02/11/1988 Penny Lois Watkins Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
02/18/1988 Glenna Wilding, Laura Ruth Wareing Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
02/18/1988 William Keller Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
02/25/1988 Arthur Keeney Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
02/25/1988 Victorine Riley, Doris Korfhage Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
02/27/1988 Mary Hardin Savage, Kathryn L. Strong, Virginia Newton Bank Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
03/12/1988 Nan Barber, Flora Ponder, Stuart Smith Arnita Jones, Justine Speer
03/17/1988 Florence Hutchison, Doris Oliver, Mary Banahan Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
03/17/1988 Donna Hobbs, Helen Meyers Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
03/29/1988 William F. Furnish Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
03/31/1988 Aileen Benge, Jessie C. Moore, Ivaline Long, Margaret Parker Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
03/31/1988 Frank Burke Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
04/06/1988 Mason Rudd Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
04/15/1988 Eileen Figge Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
04/21/1988 Phillip Davidson Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
04/22/1988 Oscar Canas Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
04/27/1988 Margaret Miller, Mildred Smith, Muriel S. James Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
04/28/1988 Patricia O. Turner Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner
04/28/1988 Aileen Benge Arnita Jones, Danny Wisner
05/17/1988 Hoyt Gardner Arnita Jones, Justine Speer, Danny Wisner