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Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1900 [graduation photograph]

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Dates
1900
circa 1900
Collection
Carole Bleecker Collection
Category
Archival
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Accession Number
009033001
Description
Monochrome sepiatone large photograph of ten nurses in the nursing uniform of Kingston General Hospital circa 1900 printed on thick cardstock; head nurse in the center is dressed in a dark coloured nursing uniform with a white cap, collar and cuffs and rimless spectacles on a thin gold chain pinned…
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Accession Number
009033001
Collection
Carole Bleecker Collection
Category
Archival
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
MeSH Heading
Nursing
Nurse's Uniform
Nurses
Photography
Description
Monochrome sepiatone large photograph of ten nurses in the nursing uniform of Kingston General Hospital circa 1900 printed on thick cardstock; head nurse in the center is dressed in a dark coloured nursing uniform with a white cap, collar and cuffs and rimless spectacles on a thin gold chain pinned to the right side, and an enameld class pin for the Toronto General Hospital at the collar; surrounding the head nurse are nine other nurses in training; two of them are sitting in the front and at a lower level than the head nurse, two others are also sitting, but at the height of the head nurse, two nurses are standing at the second row from the back and behind them are three more nurses standing above all the others; the nurses in training are wearing white nursing uniforms with white caps and red sleeves plus a red fabric cross on white cotton puffy short sleeves on their right sleeves; written on the back of the photograph is information on the original owner of the photograph and the donor.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally belonged to the donor's great-aunt, Harriet Peck, who is a graduate from the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1900.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1900
circa 1900
Date Remarks
Noted on documents
Material
paper: brown
ink: black, grey
Inscriptions
On the back: "Standing second from left (left of Head Nurse // with Toronto General Hospital Pin) is // Harriet (Hattie) Corinthia Peck great aunt // of Carole Anne (Bontee) Bleeker graduate of // Toronto General Hospital 1959"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-4-1
Length
25.6 cm
Width
31.0 cm
Depth
0.1 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 25.6 cm X Width 31.0 cm X Depth 0.1 cm
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Reference Comments
Kingston Health Sciences Centre website, "KGH School of Nursing," (https://kingstonhsc.ca/kgh-school-nursing)
Research Facts
There were thirteen graduates for the Class of 1900 Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing.
The first official graduating class of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing was in 1888; the school was created in order to educate nurses as the demand for them increased, as well as providing a labour force to the hospital. When the first nurses graduated, they were given a certificate of completion, twenty five dollars, and a nursing medal. Over the years, nurses were sometimes given pins and/or rings or other memorabilia to commemorate their graduation from the school.
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Harriett C. Peck R.N. 1914 [Registered Nurse certificate]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14963
Dates
1914
circa 1914
Collection
Carole Bleecker Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Items
Nursing
Accession Number
009033002
Description
Certificate printed with black ink on cream or light brown paper; the name of the group with the authority to certify the record is found at the top of the certificate in large capitalized letters and between the name of the group is the group's crest, which features an eagle next to a shield with …
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Accession Number
009033002
Collection
Carole Bleecker Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Items
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Nursing
Certification -- history
Description
Certificate printed with black ink on cream or light brown paper; the name of the group with the authority to certify the record is found at the top of the certificate in large capitalized letters and between the name of the group is the group's crest, which features an eagle next to a shield with the American flag on it; below the name and crest of the group are the words, written in cursive, describing the nature of the certification and what it entails, whom the certificate is directed to, and who is providing this certification; at the end of the paragraph and at the bottom of the certificate are five signatures and the certificate number; at the bottom left of the certificate is the seal of the Illinois State Board of Nurse Examines; surrounding the content is a well-designed border; and while the back of the certificate is originally blank, at the top left corner, written in pen, is further information pertaining to the people in the photo.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Originally belonged to the donor's great-aunt, Harriet Peck, who is a graduate from the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1900.
Maker
Illinois State Board of Nurse Examiners
Site Made (City)
Canton
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1914
circa 1914
Date Remarks
Printed on item
Material
paper: tan, gold
ink: black, grey
Inscriptions
On the front: "ILLINOIS STATE BOARD // OF NURSE EXAMINERS // Know all men by these Presents, That Harriett C. Peck // living at Canton in the County of Fulton // has fulfilled the requirements of the law governing the registration of nurses, // as set forth in "An Act to provide for the Registration of Nurses and to repeal // a certain Act therein named", approved June 30, 1913, in force July 1, 1913, // and has been duly registered in accordance therewith and is now entitled // to practice as, to be known as and styled as a // REGISTERED NURSE // In Testimony Whereof, we hereunto subscribe and affix the seal of the // Illinois State Board of Nurse Examiners on this, the eleventh day of November Anno Domini, 1914 // Julia S. Chubbuck R.N. // Member // ATTEST Adelaide May Walsh. R.N. // President // Velora E. Randal. R.N. // Member // ATTEST Anna L. Tittman R.N. // Secretary // No. 4289 // Kathryn A. Conway. R.N. // Member."; on seal: "By // Examination // ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF NURSE EXAMINERS"; on the back: "[illeg.] for Record // Dec 16, A. D. 1914 // Austin Orion // Co. Clerk // Recorded - // Register of Nurses Record // Page 4"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-1-5 BOX 27
Length
30.2 cm
Width
38.2 cm
Depth
0.01 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 30.2 cm X Width 38.2 cm X Depth 0.01 cm
Condition Remarks
The edges of the certificate are heavily torn, ripped, curled and bent, but the content of the certificate and seal is still intact; misisng pieces along edges and corners; a few stains on the front, which are showing on the back, and one of the words written in pen on the back of the certificate is missing due to tearing
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
Public Health Reports, Volume 30, Issue 2, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Health Resources Administration, 1915. pg. 1528. https://books.google.ca/books?id=5nI3AQAAMAAJ&dq=%22illinois+state+board+of+nurse+examiners%22&source=gbs_navlinks_s
Research Facts
The Act of June 30th, 1913 referred to on the certificate created a board of five registered nurses, known as the Illinois State Board of Nurse Examiners. They were appointed by the state governor with the consent of the state. The members of the board were paid ten dollars a day plus travel expenses when working. One member was to be appointed secretary and receive a salary of 1400 dollars a year.
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Kingston Registry of Graduate Nurses 1920 [rule booklet]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10959
Dates
1920
circa 1920
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
Accession Number
998008003
Description
A one-page rule booklet, folded in half, of the Kingston Registry of Graduate Nurses; contains 16 rules.
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Accession Number
998008003
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Guideline Adherence -- pamphlet
Nursing
Description
A one-page rule booklet, folded in half, of the Kingston Registry of Graduate Nurses; contains 16 rules.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Cora Burnside.
Maker
The Kingston Registry of Graduate Nurses
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1920
circa 1920
Date Remarks
Date is printed on the paper.
Material
paper: white
ink: black
Inscriptions
"The Kingston Registry // OF // Graduate Nurses // RULES--1920" printed on the cover; 16 rules printed inside.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Length
16.4 cm
Width
13.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 16.4 cm Width 13.0 cm
Condition Remarks
There is a large crease in the centre of the paper.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
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schedule of fees

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10962
Dates
1921
circa 1921
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
Financial
Accession Number
998008006
Description
A card with the schedule of fees for the registry of the alumnae association of nurses of the Kingston General Hospital; printed on one side of a rectangular card.
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Accession Number
998008006
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
Financial
MeSH Heading
Fee Schedules
Nursing Service, Hospital
Description
A card with the schedule of fees for the registry of the alumnae association of nurses of the Kingston General Hospital; printed on one side of a rectangular card.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Cora Burnside.
Maker
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1921
circa 1921
Date Remarks
Date marked on card
Material
paper: white
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on card: "The Registry // of Alumnae Association // OF THE // Kingston General Hospital // SCHEDULE OF FEES // 1. Surgical, Medical and Obstetrical cases: // 12-hour duty ...... $4.00 per day. // 24-hour duty ...... $5.00 per day. // 2. Mental, Smallpox cases: // 24-hour duty ...... $50 per week. // 3. Operation in private house $5.00 extra. // 4. In cases where there are more than one // patient, $1.00 per day will be charged for // each additional patient. // 5. Nursing by the hour, or for dressing, etc., // $1.00. // 6. Nurses engaged for Obstetrical cases are // entitled to charge half fee from date of // engagement while waiting. The patient // to be advised of this when engaging the // Nurse. // 7. Travelling expenses extra. // 8. Nurses doing 24-hour duty are entitled to // not less than six hours undisturbed rest // and two hours recreation. // 9. Registry Fee, $5.00 per year, to begin // January, 1921."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Length
11.3 cm
Width
8.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 11.3 cm Width 8.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Some minor wear.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Archives
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Archives Association of Ontario, Archeion, “Fonds KGH 5999-950 - Kingston General Hospital Nurses' Alumnae Association fonds,” https://www.archeion.ca/kingston-general-hospital-nurses-alumnae-association-fonds
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
“The Kingston General Hospital Nurses' Alumnae Association was formed in 1896 by graduates of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing. Its original purpose was the maintenance and furnishing of the nurses' home and making surgical dressings. It later became an organization sponsoring social functions for nursing students and raising funds for the Hospital.
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Rules and Regulations Relating to Registration of Nurses 1922 [rule booklet]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10960
Dates
1922
circa 1922
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
Accession Number
998008004
Description
An 8-page booklet; contains the rules and regulations relating to the registration of nurses in the province of Ontario; has a tan coloured cover with the Ontario coat of arms printed in black at the top.
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Accession Number
998008004
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Guideline Adherence -- pamphlet
Nursing
Description
An 8-page booklet; contains the rules and regulations relating to the registration of nurses in the province of Ontario; has a tan coloured cover with the Ontario coat of arms printed in black at the top.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Cora Burnside.
Maker
Clarkson W. James
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1922
circa 1922
Date Remarks
Date is printed on the cover.
Material
paper: white; tan
ink: black
Inscriptions
"PROVINCE OF ONTARIO // RULES AND REGULATION // RELATING TO // REGISTRATION OF NURSES // TORONTO: Printed by Clarkson W. James. Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty // 1922" printed on the cover.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Length
14.0 cm
Width
9.2 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 14.0 cm Width 9.2 cm
Condition Remarks
Some minor wear on the cover.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Website
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, "RNAO's PROUD PAST," https://rnao.ca/ninety
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996; nursing was officially recognized as a regulated profession in 1922 when the provincial government passed a nurses registration act in Ontario. The Graduate Nurses' Association of Ontario (GNAO) was largely responsible for the passing of this act.
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commencement exercises program

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10957
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Nursing
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Accession Number
998008001
Description
The commencement exercises from the golden jubilee of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing; printed on hard paper; has information on the events, and the names of the 1923 graduating class; has the Florence Nightingale Pledge on the back.
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Accession Number
998008001
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Nursing
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Education, Nursing -- ephemera
Anniversaries and Special Events -- ephemera
Description
The commencement exercises from the golden jubilee of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing; printed on hard paper; has information on the events, and the names of the 1923 graduating class; has the Florence Nightingale Pledge on the back.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
From the 1923 Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Graduation Ceremony at Grant Hall in Kingston, Ontario; the card was acquired by Cora Burnside when she graduated in 1923 and was later given to her great niece Susan Muer-Simpson.
Maker
The Jackson Press
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Date Remarks
Date is printed on the program, May 11, 1923.
Material
paper: white
ink: black, blue
Inscriptions
Written at the top of the page in pen: "Dost thou remember?"; printed on front: "Eighteenth Annual // Commencement Exercises // Kingston General Hospital // Training School for Nurses // Friday Evening, May 11th, 1923 // Grant Hall 8 o'clock // Graduates, 1923 // Miss Elizabeth Gwendolen Austin, Kingston. // Armorel Louise Beach, Iroquois. // Violet Margaret Black, Forrest Falls. // Cora Frances Burnside, Iroquois. // Elizabeth Cullen, Kingston. // Willa Jean Dusty, Kingston. // Lillian Fairfull, Walkerton. // Gertrude Mabel Fitzsimmons, Russell. // Nina Gibson, Kingston. // Verna Mearle Hamilton (nee Mal- // lory), Mallorytown. // Hazel Hawley, Bath. // Genevieve Helen Horton, Bellamy. // Dorothy Isabelle Howard, Kingston. // Margaret Lindsay Johncox, Arnprior. // Letitia Dora Macdonald, Mallorytown. // Ruth Filson Marshall, Stella. // Gladys Coralene Quail, Newburgh. // Jean Mae Redden, Oshawa. // Gladys Beryl Rogers, Smithfield. // Ethel Margaret Sloan, Peterboro. // Della Maud Steacy, Iroquois. // Vema Maude Strader, Iroquois. // Mary Taft, Kingston. // Bessie Florence Thomas, Shawville. // Edith Maude Walker, Perth. // Elizabeth Gillespie Waller, Napanee. // Rhoda Elizabeth Wesley, Maberly. // Mary Ann Willis, Smith's Falls. // Gladys Ellen Willis, Portland."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Length
20.2 cm
Width
12.1 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 20.2 cm x Width 12.1 cm
Condition Remarks
The paper is creased in several places.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Website
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Kingston Health Sciences Centre website, "KGH School of Nursing," (https://kingstonhsc.ca/kgh-school-nursing)
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
The first official graduating class of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing was in 1888; the school was created in order to educate nurses as the demand for them increased, as well as providing a labour force to the hospital. When the first nurses graduated, they were given a certificate of completion, twenty five dollars, and a nursing medal. Over the years, nurses were sometimes given pins and/or rings or other memorabilia to commemorate their graduation from the school.
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commemorative event invitation

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10958
Dates
1923
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Accession Number
998008002
Description
An invitation to a Masquerade Dance; printed on an orange card with a picture of a cartoon person next to a pumpkin in the upper left corner.
  1 image  
Accession Number
998008002
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
Classification
Archival Items
Communication
Commemorative
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Ephemera
MeSH Heading
Anniversaries and Special Events -- ephemera
Description
An invitation to a Masquerade Dance; printed on an orange card with a picture of a cartoon person next to a pumpkin in the upper left corner.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
From the Masquerade Dance, held on Halloween in 1923; it was given to Cora Burnside.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1923
Date Remarks
Date is printed on the invitation.
Material
card: orange
Inscriptions
"The Superintendent and Nurses // of the // Kingston General Hospital // Training School // request the pleasure of your company at a // Masquerade Dance // to be held in Grant Hall, Queen's University // on Wednesday Evening, October the thirty-first // nineteen hundred and twenty-three // at eight o'clock // Please present invitation at the door" printed on the card; "Miss Burnside and friend" printed in pen ink at the top of the card.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box #8
Dimension Notes
Length 12.8 cm x Width 10.1 cm
Condition Remarks
Like new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
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constitution and bylaws

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10961
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
Accession Number
998008005
Description
The constitution and bylaws of Kingston General Hospital Training School for Nurses Alumnae Association; it is a four page booklet with a brown cover.
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Accession Number
998008005
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival Items
Nursing
Classification
Archival, Publications
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Guideline Adherence -- pamphlet
Nursing
Association
Description
The constitution and bylaws of Kingston General Hospital Training School for Nurses Alumnae Association; it is a four page booklet with a brown cover.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned by Cora Burnside.
Maker
Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Date Remarks
Cora Burnside graduated in 1923.
Material
paper: white; brown
ink: black
Inscriptions
"Alumnae // Association // Kingston General Hospital // Training School for Nurses // KINGSTON, ONT." printed on the cover.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Length
14.0 cm
Width
9.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 14.0 cm Width 9.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Some minor wear on the cover.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Article
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Ian MacAlpine, “Nurses Ready for Reunion,” The Kingston Whig Standard, May 31, 2019. https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/nurses-ready-for-reunion
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of KGH Nursing's class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
The Kingston General Hospital Nurses Alumnae Reunion is held annually, and graduates of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing return to Kingston to celebrate.
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Cora Burnside, Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1923 [photograph]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10964
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Accession Number
998008008
Description
A black and white photograph of Cora Burnside; she is not wearing her nurse's uniform; contains some historical information printed on the back
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Accession Number
998008008
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Archival
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
Classification
Archival, Images
Nursing
Commemorative and Communication Artifacts
MeSH Heading
Nurses -- portraits
Photography
Description
A black and white photograph of Cora Burnside; she is not wearing her nurse's uniform; contains some historical information printed on the back
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Possibly a graduation photograph.
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Date Remarks
Dated 1923
Material
paper: black; white
ink: black
Inscriptions
"CORA FRANCES // BURNSIDE // KGH 1923" printed on the front beneath the picture; "CORA FRANCES // BURNSIDE // IROQUOIS ONTARIO // COUSIN OF ARMOREL LOUISE BEACH // BOTH KGH 1923 // RETIRED FROM NURSING // NEW YORK // NOV 30 1971 // DIED FEB 1996" prined in pen on the back.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-2-2 Box 8
Length
12.5 cm
Width
7.4 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 12.5 cm x Width 7.4 cm
Condition Remarks
Some minor wear.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Website
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Kingston Health Sciences Centre website, "KGH School of Nursing," (https://kingstonhsc.ca/kgh-school-nursing)
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing class of 1923; she worked in New York until 1971 and died in 1996.
The first official graduating class of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing was in 1888; the school was created in order to educate nurses as the demand for them increased, as well as providing a labour force to the hospital. When the first nurses graduated, they were given a certificate of completion, twenty five dollars, and a nursing medal. Over the years, nurses were sometimes given pins and/or rings or other memorabilia to commemorate their graduation from the school.
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nurse's uniform cap

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact10968
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
998008012
Description
A graduate nurse's cap; consists of a circular centre area meant to sit on the head, with a large outside edge with a black stripe across it; made out of a gauze-like material.
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Accession Number
998008012
Collection
Cora Burnside Collection
Category
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
MM= Clothing -- nursing
Description
A graduate nurse's cap; consists of a circular centre area meant to sit on the head, with a large outside edge with a black stripe across it; made out of a gauze-like material.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
It was Cora Burnside's graduation cap.
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1923
circa 1923
Date Remarks
Cora Burnside graduated in 1923.
Material
fabric: white, black
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 Closet C
Length
28.5 cm
Width
18.0 cm
Depth
13.5 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 28.5 cm x Width 18.0 cm x Depth 13.5 cm
Condition Remarks
Some minor wear; creased in centre
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Websites
Reference Comments
Susan Muer-Simpson
Paul Robertson
Canadian Museum of History, "Symbol of a Profession: One Hundred Years of Nurses' Caps," https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/infirm/inint01e.html
"For Service to Humanity: Nursing Education at Kingston General Hospital," Museum of Health Care. https://www.museumofhealthcare.ca/explore/exhibitions/forservicetohumanity.html
Research Facts
Cora Frances Burnside was a graduate of Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1923; she probably wore this cap in New York, where she worked until 1971; she died in 1996.
Throughout the twentieth century, nurses' uniforms changed, in particular with the rising of hemlines. The nurse's uniform was generally white, and Kingston General Hospital uniforms were once known for "turkey red" hemlines. Different levels of nursing education had different uniforms, in particular different caps, as graduate nurses had black bands on their caps to indicate their level of education.
Nurses' caps in Canada changed and evolved over the years, with caps resembling a nun's coif used by military Nursing Sisters and as a reminder of Roman Catholic nursing tradition. Older nurses' caps were styled similarly to caps that female domestic servants wore, and were made to cover the head and keep hair neat. These evolved into highly starched symbolic nurses' caps which perched on the top or near the back of the head. Nurses' caps were white, and usually cut from a flat pattern that could be folded and unfolded for starching and cleaning. The nurse's cap began to disappear in the 1970s as nursing education moved from hospitals to colleges and nurses wanted to be identified more closely with doctors and other medical professionals who wore no uniform.
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