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Jane W. Pierson Papers



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Title: Jane W. Pierson PapersAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1917-1952

ID: RG 09/9.37

Primary Creator: Pierson, Jane W.

Extent: 2.0 MS boxes

Subjects: Berea College -- Faculty, Frontier Nursing Service, Inc., Nursing -- Ky -- History., Nursing.

Languages: English


Jane Wilhelmina Pierson was born in Ohio on July 24, 1917, the daughter of William and Barbara (Ries) Pierson. In 1939, she graduated from Mercy School of Nursing and later completed Midwifery training in the Frontier Nursing Service (1952). After working for five years in the maternity ward at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, she served for two years as a frontier nurse on horseback in the Bull Creek, Kentucky area. After serving as a frontier nurse, Pierson worked at the Berea Hospital for twenty-four years and retired in 1979. The part of her career that she most enjoyed telling stories about was her work with the Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky. She drove a jeep over crude roads to reach her patients, often having to abandon the jeep and finish the trip by horseback (and sometimes on foot).  Pierson died at the age of ninety-four in Monroe, Ohio.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are the papers of Jane Wilhelmina Pierson. Records include photographs, family and biographical information, documents and information regarding the Frontier Nursing Service, nursing items and memoribilia, and transcripts of a interview regarding her time with the Frontier Nursing Service.

Subject/Index Terms

Berea College -- Faculty
Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.
Nursing -- Ky -- History.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Item/Folder/Box], RG 9/9.37: Jane W. Pierson Papers.  Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: Processing completed May 2017.

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[Box 1],
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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Family HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Childhood and Schooling, 1917-Add to your cart.
Includes personal writings about younger years, report cards, recording on tape cassette of childhood memories, diplomas and school records.
Folder 3: Good Samaritan Hospital, 1945-1950Add to your cart.
Records and manuals
Folder 4: Frontier Nursing Service, 1948-1952Add to your cart.
Diploma, handbooks, handwritten notes about time in Service and other, record of work and deliveries.
Folder 5: Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery - Lecture NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery - Lecture NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Transcripts of InterviewsAdd to your cart.
Interview regarding time in Frontier Nursing Service and memories of childhood.
Folder 8: Berea, KYAdd to your cart.
Clippings, awards, correspondence and other from time in Berea.
Folder 9: Nursing Pins and OtherAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Buttons, Stripes and OtherAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Quilt PiecesAdd to your cart.
Note with names of quilt patterns and other information attached to envelope.
Folder 12: Nursing HatsAdd to your cart.
2 Pieces
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Includes family and Frontier Nursing Service photographs.
Folder 2: Pages from ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Includes information and photographs regarding time in FNS.
Folder 3: Photographic SlidesAdd to your cart.
Images of travels abroad (Europe), list included (however slides not in order as listed).

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