Mary V. Clymer papers

Date created 1884-1888
Creator Clymer, Mary V., 1888-1889
Abstract This collection consists of notes taken by Mary V. Clymer, a nurse famous for her appearance in Thomas Eakins' painting The Agnew Clinic. Clymer was a student at the Training School for Nurses at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, from 1888 to 1889.
Additional Description The notes in this collection document the variety of experiences which were part of Clymer's educational program at the School, which included rotations in the hospital wards where she performed assigned duties under supervision of nursing school faculty and nursing staff employed by the hospital; as well as attendance at formal lectures taught by the medical school faculty. The Clymer notes were used extensively by Mary Virginia Stephenson, R.N., in writing The First Fifty Years of the Training School for Nurses of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1940). A note filed in with the Clymer papers read, Lecture notes taken by Mary V. Clymer 1887-1889/Mrs. George Baras [?], Given to M. V. Stephenson. The manuscript has sometimes been cited as covering the period from 1887 to 1889; however, a close examination suggests that the notes actually date from the period between May 1888 and March 1889. The collection contains two small bound volumes. The first volume contains ward notes. Volume 1 also contains (starting from the back of the volume and working toward the middle) a rough set of lecture notes. The second volume contains a clean copy of the lecture notes which are found in Volume 1. The contents of the second volume appear to have been recopied from the draft version in Volume 1 and submitted for a grade. There is no pagination in either volume.
Size 2 linear feet
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Local identifier MC 16
Contributing institution Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing | University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
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