Fonds F15 - St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing, Chatham, Ont. fonds

Eight nursing school graduates in uniforms with caps, surrounded by flower arrangements.

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St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing, Chatham, Ont. fonds

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CA ON00279 F15

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16.5 cm of textual records
37 photographs : b&w
2 newsclippings
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 26 cm (sight) in mat 25 x 35 cm
1 album (47 photographs : b&w) ; 28 x 22.8 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.5 x 23.2 cm (sight) in frame 29 x 31.8 cm
1 diploma ; 15 x 23.5 cm ; in leather case 17 x 25 cm
1 guest book ; 3 cm in diam. In book 22 x 15 cm
1 crest ; 11.5 x 10 cm
1 nursing kit : glass and metal ; in leather case 12 x 19 cm
1 invitation

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Administrative history

The St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Chatham dates back to 1901 when it was discovered that secular nurses would be needed to help out the Sisters of the Congregation in the hospitals. Doctors gave the lectures at the school. From 1903 onward, graduates could be given diplomas. Sister Monica Coyle became Directress of the School. The Alumnae Association of St. Joseph’s Hospital, which started in 1915, raised funds for the school. The last graduating class from the school was in 1970. After the closure of the nursing school, training was delivered by St. Clair College, and nurses did their practical training at both Chatham hospitals (St. Joseph's Hospital and Public General Hospital).

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The fonds consists of yearbooks, photographs, newsclippings, a guestbook, an alumnae association booklet containing the constitution and bylaws, a pledge, photo albums and a diploma. The fonds also contains two large, matted photographs of graduating classes, a nursing kit, a crest and a nursing diploma.

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The records were transferred from the Sisters of St. Joseph in Chatham to the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada Archives. Some records were donated by the family of a former nurse, and some records were donated by two other former nurses.


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  • English

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Location of originals

The records are located at the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada - London site archives.

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The Archives reserves the right to restrict access to the collection depending on the condition of the archival material, the amount of material requested, and the purpose of the research. The use of certain materials may also be restricted for reasons of privacy or sensitivity, or under a donor agreement. Access restrictions will be applied equally to all researchers and reviewed periodically. No researcher will be given access to any materials that contain a personal information bank such as donor agreements or personnel records, or to other proprietary information such as appraisals, insurance valuations, or condition reports.

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Permission to study archival records does not extend to publication or display rights. The researcher must request this permission in writing from the Archives.

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

June 26, 2014
February 5, 2015
November 1, 2018
June 13, 2019
June 25, 2019
July 2, 2020

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  • English

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A. Doyle (ed.) and J. Williams (ed.), St. Joseph's Hospital 1890-1990: Share the Journey, Chatham Ontario, 1989.

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