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Dates
1903
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Photograph
Nursing
Accession Number
013030001
Description
Stiff paper cardboard with decorative design incised around oval sepia toned photograph of a woman in a nursing uniform that includes long slim dark undersleeves, short puffy top white fabric sleeve with a dark fabric cross sewn on and bib style long apron, high starched collar and puffed small nur…
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Accession Number
013030001
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Photograph
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Archival
Photography
Nurses -- portraits
Description
Stiff paper cardboard with decorative design incised around oval sepia toned photograph of a woman in a nursing uniform that includes long slim dark undersleeves, short puffy top white fabric sleeve with a dark fabric cross sewn on and bib style long apron, high starched collar and puffed small nurses cap; standing upright in photo.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donor's paternal aunt, Evelyn Patterson, Kingston General hospital School of Nursing Class of 1903.
Maker
C. H. Boyes
Site Made (City)
Kingston
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1903
Date Remarks
Graduation date
Inscriptions
On front: "C. H. Boyes // KINGSTON // CANADA"; on back: "Evelyn Patterson '03 // To Grace // From Auntie "Pat: Leggett"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-6 Assorted Binder A pg 19 b
Length
18.0 cm
Width
9.5 cm
Depth
0.01 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
paper faded; minor foxing on fornt; minor stains from fingerprints
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Document
Research Facts
Other family members in the nursing profession also graduating from the KGH School of Nursing: maternal aunts Emma McLean Class of 1921 and Gertrude McLean Class of 1927, Grace Patterson Ledgerwood Class of 1956. Her nephew was Dr. Stuart Patterson.
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photograph album

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact14684
Dates
1927
1935
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Photograph
Nursing
Accession Number
010009005
Description
Softcover photograph album with black paper pages ties up with brown cord; cover with brown black texture; first six pages loose; black and white photographs mounted with black or white photo corners and identified with either white or grey pencil. The photograph album covers a time frame of 1929 t…
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Accession Number
010009005
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Photograph
Nursing
MeSH Heading
Archival
Nursing
Photography
Description
Softcover photograph album with black paper pages ties up with brown cord; cover with brown black texture; first six pages loose; black and white photographs mounted with black or white photo corners and identified with either white or grey pencil. The photograph album covers a time frame of 1929 to 1936. Earlier photos relate to nursing school days showing fellow nursing students. Another section covers Reserve Hospital in Saskatchewan. Throughout the album are family photos. The last section of the album relates to Ellen’s employment at the Fort Alexander Reserve in Manitoba. Last image is of the wedding cake at the head table.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Belonged to donors mother, Ellan A. McKenzie (1908-1988) Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1930.
Dates
1927
1935
Date Remarks
Dates marked in the album
Material
paper: black, white, brown
fabric: brown
Inscriptions
On front cover: "Snapshots"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-1-4
Length
29.8 cm
Width
18.3 cm
Depth
4.8 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Cover edges show wear
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Donor
Research Facts
Ellan A. (Anderson) McKenzie (1908-1988) Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1930 worked for the Department of Indian Affairs, at several Indian Reserves near Pine Falls, Manitoba: Roseau River Reserve, Brokenhead Reserve, Fort Alexander Reserve, Sioux Lookout and other mining and lumber towns. After WWII she worked in Ottawa with the Civil Service.
The photograph album covers a time frame of 1929 to 1936. Earlier photos relate to nursing school days showing fellow nursing students. Another section covers Reserve Hospital in Saskatchewan. Throughout the album are family photos. The last section of the album relates to Ellen’s employment at the Fort Alexander Reserve in Manitoba. When Ellen married Alexander McKenzie on October 19, 1935, she had to resign from nursing as the policy of the day was that only unmarried women could nurse. Her husband, Alexander (University of Toronto Forestry Class of 1924) worked in Pine Falls with the Abitibi Paper Company as a ‘timber cruisier’, created maps of the area before being promoted to a management position.
Ellen worked at the File Hills Colony Hospital in Lorlie, Saskatchewan in 1932, a demonstration community set up by the Indian Department on the Peepeekisis Reserve around 1900-1932. The colony was designed to train graduates from Indian Residential School in farming and community development skills. As an experiment, it was deemed a success in its day, but is now thought of as an exercise in social engineering given that its long term goal was assimilation. The hospital opened in 1915 and was declared a fire hazard by the deputy superintendent in 1933. It was more of a dispensary with most of its patients treated as outpatients.
Ellen traveled to other areas by dogsled, wagon and on one occasion by airplane. She also worked at the Dynevor Hospital, Selkirk, Manitoba;
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Portrait of Dr. Helen MacMurchy [portrait]

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact11791
Dates
1901
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Photograph
Accession Number
002050289
Description
A black and white photo of a woman, she is standing sideways but looking into the camera, she wears a dark coloured overcoat with silver buttons that run the length of the front of the jacket and appear on the sleeves as well, she is holding a rolled up paper in her hand, she wears a light coloured…
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Accession Number
002050289
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Archival Items
Classification
Archival, Photograph
MeSH Heading
Physicians -- portraits
Description
A black and white photo of a woman, she is standing sideways but looking into the camera, she wears a dark coloured overcoat with silver buttons that run the length of the front of the jacket and appear on the sleeves as well, she is holding a rolled up paper in her hand, she wears a light coloured shirt and dark coloured hat, her eyes are light coloured and her dark-coloured hair is tied up under the hat.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine.
Maker
Hunter & Co.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1901
Date Remarks
Graduation date
Material
paper: cream
ink: black
Inscriptions
Printed on the front: "HUNTER & CO. TORONTO"; handwritten on the back: "Dr. Helen McMurchy // [illeg.] McMurchy // D. Oct. '53, age 91"; printed on the back: "Hunter & Co. // Artists // & // Photographers // 107 // King St West, // Toronto."
Permanent Location
Storage Room 2005
2005-5-7 Assorted Binder A, pg. 21 a
Length
10.5 cm
Width
6.3 cm
Condition Remarks
#1: Stable: On the front: slight soiling all over, slight fading of the photo, small tear on upper left edge; on the back: slight soiling.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
http://famouscanadianwomen.com/famous%20firsts/medical%20professionals.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_MacMurchy
Research Facts
Helen MacMurchy Born January 7, 1862. Died October 8, 1953. In 1901 Helen graduated with a medical degree from the University of Toronto and interned as the first woman doctor with the Toronto General Hospital. She went on to be the first woman doctor to do post graduate studies at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. In 1909 she conducted a survey of the high infant death rates experienced in cities at the turn of the century. In 1914 she wrote a popular book, 'A Little Talk About Baby'.
In 1915 she was appointed the inspector of the feeble minded in Ontario. Sadly her actions to persuade the government that eugenics was the answer to preventing degenerate babies led to the wrongful sterilization of many immigrants.
Helen was the first editor of the Canadian Nurses Journal. In 1920 she was placed in charge of the federal government’s new Division of Child Welfare and was responsible for the contents of some of the government published Blue Books with advice on caring for children. These little books were published in multiple languages including Cree.
It was in the 1920’s that she made a special study of medical inspection of schools, child welfare and public health in England and the United States.
In 1934 she was inducted as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 1949 she was named one of the leading women doctors in the western world. In 1997 she was declared a Person of National Historic Significance.
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