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Barbara G. Schutt papers


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Barbara G. Schutt, RN, DS, MSc Ed was born March 25, 1917 in Ithaca, New York, daughter of Warren and Clara Gordon Schutt. She graduated from Jefferson Medical College Hospital (now Thomas Jefferson University), Philadelphia, PA (1938), received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude, with distinction in psychology, Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia (1942), and a Masters of Science in Education (major in nursing) from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1949).

Schutt’s professional career began as a staff nurse and instructor at Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (1938-1939). From 1939 to 1942, while studying for a bachelor’s degree at Bethany College and upon graduation, she did college health nursing, camp nursing, private duty nursing and part-time general duty nursing. During World War II she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps doing service mainly in Okinawa (1944-1946). Upon discharge from the U.S. Army she joined the staff of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association assistant executive secretary (1946-1957) and executive secretary (1958-1971). Schutt’s main focus was improving nursing services, nursing education and assisting with development of economic and welfare programs for its 18,000 membership. She utilized such techniques as public relations, lobbying and collective bargaining for the advancement of nursing in Pennsylvania. She also was editor of the Pennsylvania Nurse, which received the general excellence 1952-1954 award by the American Journal of Nursing Company.

Schutt was best known to the nursing community during her tenure as editor of the American Journal of Nursing (1958-1971) where her perceptive and forceful editorials made a lasting impression. Mr. William Scott, legal counsel for the Board of Directors of the American Journal of Nursing stated at her retirement dinner, “Barbara has combined a trenchant, incisive and powerful pen with the ability to edit and encourage the work of others. She has built a superb editorial staff. Under her the Journal has become an influential and powerful voice for professional and organized nursing.” Following her retirement from the American Journal of Nursing, Schutt directed the division of nursing at Mohegan Community College. She left that position in 1979 and was presented the presidential citation for her five years of service. She served in various capacities for Eastern Connecticut Health Systems Agency and Southeastern Connecticut’s Commission on Aging, and participated in Senator Lowell Weickers’ Senior Intern Program in Washington, D.C. Schutt received several honors in recognition of her service to the profession. In 1973, she was made a charter member of the American Academy of Nursing and received an honorary doctor of science degree from Bethany College. She received recognition awards from both the American Nurses Association and the Connecticut Nursing Association. The Connecticut Nursing Association established a nursing scholarship in her honor. Schutt passed away on December 26, 1986, leaving behind a distinguished nursing career and legacy.

Gift of Donna Haney, 1998.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents note

This is a small series which includes correspondence, educational course paper, college transcripts and diploma, and Schutt’s thoughts on how World War II had an impact on her future career, and her obituary.

Certificate of Registration-State of Connecticut, 1971.
Box 1 Folder 1
Position references, etc. incoming and outgoing, 1949-1982.
Box 1 Folder 2
Repository of B.G. Schutt manuscripts, etc., Mugar Memorial Library, Boston University, incoming and outgoing, 1972-1973.
Box 1 Folder 3
Speedy recovery wishes, incoming, 1970.
Box 1 Folder 4
Bulletin Training School for Nurses, 1930s.
Box 1 Folder 5
Graduation invitation and program, 1939.
Box 1 Folder 6
The Impact of World War II on my Career.
Box 1 Folder 7
Obituary-Barbara G. Schutt, 1917-1986.
Box 1 Folder 8
Professional resumes, 1935-1985.
Box 1 Folder 9
Transcript, Bethany College, Bethany, WV, (academic record), 1942.
Box 1 Folder 10
Grades and report cards, 1943-1948 and course paper: various philosophies of education, Ed. 652, 1947.
Box 1 Folder 11
Diploma, Master of Science in Education, 1948.
Box 1 Folder 12

Scope and Contents note

In this series are a large number of addresses Schutt presented to state nurses associations meetings and conventions and article reprints published in the various professional journals. It also includes some of her handwritten notes, as well as cue cards used at various meetings.

Your professional associations, Colorado State Nurses Association, 1960.
Box 2 Folder 1
Speaking for nursing, California State Nurses Association, March 6, 1960.
Box 2 Folder 2
Commencement, Jewish Hospital School of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH, August 28, 1960.
Box 2 Folder 3
Some foundation stones for good public relations, Nebraska State Nurses Association, October 5, 1960.
Box 2 Folder 4
Economics of the nursing profession, Iowa State Nurses Association, October 25, 1960.
Box 2 Folder 5
Taking a stand, Arizona State Nurses Association, November 10, 1960.
Box 2 Folder 6
The future of nursing, October 1961.
Box 2 Folder 7
New dimensions of nursing, tomorrow's dividends from today's assets," Connecticut Nurses Association, October 10, 1962.
Box 2 Folder 8
Our opportunities and our resources, Oregon Nurses Association, 1962 (?).
Box 2 Folder 9
Nursing in perspective, Maryland Nurses Association, October 10, 1963.
Box 2 Folder 10
Professional nursing practice-whose responsibility?, Casper, WY, August 1964.
Box 2 Folder 11
Professional Destiny-Whose Responsibility? New Hampshire State Nurse Convention, October 6, 1964 (also presented: First District, Illinois State Nurses Association, April 14, 1964).
Box 2 Folder 12
"Emphasis on Action", Kansas Nurses Convention, October 1964.
Box 2 Folder 13
Design for Future , Iowa State Nurses Association, November 9,1964.
Box 2 Folder 14
Those People Who Nurse, May 18, 1965.
Box 2 Folder 15
Nursing With Medicine, Minnesota Nurses Association, October 24, 1966.
Box 2 Folder 16
Keeping Pace With Space California Nurses Association, March 1967.
Box 2 Folder 17
Communication, California Student Nurses Association, March 1967.
Box 2 Folder 18
Nurses: Where We Are and Where We're Headed, Washington State Nurses Association, March 1967.
Box 2 Folder 19
It's Up To Us, North Carolina State Nurses Association" Convention, October 25, 1967.
Box 2 Folder 20
Writing for Publication, Lexington, KY, April 10, 1968.
Box 2 Folder 21
Together for Tomorrow, Colorado Nurses Association, April 29, 1968.
Box 2 Folder 22
Right Now, Iowa Nurses Association, October 14, 1968.
Box 2 Folder 23
Will Today's Editor Fit Tomorrow's Job ?, American Business Press, Inc. New York , Arden House, October 28, 1968.
Box 2 Folder 24
From The Editor's Chair, New Mexico, October 1968.
Box 2 Folder 25
Miscellaneous; papers, letters to the editor and newspaper clipping, 1948-1968.
Box 2 Folder 26
How To Set Up and Maintain a Professional Journal", International Council of Nurses, June 1969.
Box 2 Folder 27
What Choices Are There ? Illinois Nurses Association, October 2, 1969.
Box 2 Folder 28
Today's Choices-Tomorrow's Fulfillment" Georgia Nurses Association, October 17, 1969.
Box 2 Folder 29
A Shared Purpose, With Different Emphases, Florida Medical Association, Florida Nurses Association, Tampa, Florida, November 1, 1969.
Box 2 Folder 30
The Local Unit As A Basis of Membership, ANA, Convention, 1970.
Box 2 Folder 31
Decade for Decision Self-Determination or Oblivion, Connecticut Nurses Association, October 5, 1971; Pennsylvania Nurses Association, October, 26,1971.
Box 2 Folder 32
Utilization of Manpower ,American Nurses Association ,Symposium, Washington, D.C., November 22, 1971.
Box 2 Folder 33
History Is On Our Side, New York State Nurses Convention, October 7, 1972.
Box 2 Folder 34
Future for Pennsylvania Nurses Association- A Nurse's View, June 27, 1973.
Box 2 Folder 35
Women and Leadership in Nursing from 1975-2000, Rhode Island State Nurses Association, October 23, 1975.
Box 2 Folder 36
Implications of Health Planning for Nursing Education in New England"(panel member), May 30, 1978.
Box 2 Folder 37
Perspectives, Pennsylvania Nurses Association, Pittsburgh, September 9,1978.
Box 2 Folder 38
President's Address, Connecticut Nurses Association, October 4, 1978.
Box 2 Folder 39
Perspectives, Montgomery County Nurses Association, PNA (handwritten), May 23, 1979.
Box 2 Folder 40
Where Will You Be In 1985? Student Nurses Recognition Ceremony, Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Connecticut (handwritten), May 1, 1980.
Box 2 Folder 41
Dangers Confronting Nurses and Professional Organization,(outline, place, not indicated), undated.
Box 2 Folder 42
Florence Nightingale and Her Service To Man, undated.
Box 2 Folder 43
SN-Today; RN-Tomorrow, Oklahoma Student Nurses.
Box 2 Folder 44
Cue Card, 1940s.
Box 2 Folder 45
Handwritten notes, undated.
Box 3 Folder 46
American Journal of Nursing, 1947-1972.
Box 3 Folder 47
At Your Service, Vol. 47 No. 9, September 1947.
Box 3 Folder 47
'Confession of a Committee Women' Vol.49 No.3, March 1949.
Box 3 Folder 47
The Local Unit-A Place for Strength and Growth, Vol.53 No 4, April 1958.
Box 3 Folder 47
The ANA Economic Security Program---What its and Why Vol.72. No.11, April 1958.
Box 3 Folder 47
Spot-Check on Primary Care Nursing, Vol.72 No. 11, November 1973.
Box 3 Folder 47
Collective Action, Vol.73, No.11, November 1973.
Box 3 Folder 47
Better Editing, "Elements of Cover Design", p. 21, Winter 1968.
Box 3 Folder 48
Chart, "What Choices Are There?", Vol. 67, No.1., January 1970.
Box 3 Folder 49
Minnesota Nursing Accent, "Nursing with Medicine", January, 1967; also reprinted in Nursing News, Connecticut Nurses' Association, Vol. XL11, February 1968.
Box 3 Folder 50
Ohio Nurses Review, "Nursing Practice: Issues and Answers" Vol.51 No. 9., November 1976.
Box 3 Folder 51
Pelican News,"It's Up To US", Louisiana State Nurses Association, Vol. 25 No.1, Winter 1969.
Box 3 Folder 52
Pennsylvania Nurses Association, Convention Addresses, "Decade for Decision", October 1971.
Box 3 Folder 53
Tar Heel Nurses, "It's Up To Us", December 1967.
Box 3 Folder 54
Technigram,California,, Society of Radiologic Technologists, "Socio-Economic Security Program", May 1969.
Box 3 Folder 55
The American Nurse, editorial, "She Shares The Benefits; Does She Share The Cost?",Vol.15 No. 6, June 1983.
Box 3 Folder 56
The Journal of Higher Education, Ohio State University, "With The Technicians", Vol.XV,, No.8, November 1944.
Box 3 Folder 57
Journal For Florida Medical Association, "Changing Roles and Goals" C. M. Collins, M.D., April 1970.
Box 3 Folder 58
Book Review, Feminism For The Health Of It, by Wilma Scott Heide, Margaret daughters, Inc. Buffalo, NY, 1985.
Box 3 Folder 59
Congressional Record, Extensions of Remarks, "Frontier's Family Nurses", May 16, 1972.
Box 3 Folder 60

Scope and Contents note

This series documents Schutt’s nursing career as Assistant, Associate and Executive Secretary of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association, as well as editor of The Pennsylvania Nurse, editor of The American Journal of Nursing; director of the Associate Nursing Degree Program, Mohegan Community College, and volunteer activities.

Appointment as Assistant General Secretary , 1946; resignation, 1958.
Box 4 Folder 1
Articles re: publication in American Journal of Nursing, 1946-1950.
Box 4 Folder 2
Appointment to Pennsylvania Nurses Association, 1946; and editor of American Journal of Nursing, 1946-1957.
Box 4 Folder 3
Nursing, nurse staffing, and salaries, 1946-1949.
Box 4 Folder 3
The Path To Here and Now, 1903-1978, Pennsylvania Nurses Association, Dorothy A. Mereness, 1978.
Box 4 Folder 5
The Pennsylvania Nurse (highlighting B.G. Schutt activities), 1953, 1954, and 1957.
Box 4 Folder 6
So...You Have An Organization,(for leaders of nursing organization), undated.
Box 4 Folder 7
Resolution- Appreciative Thanks, To Executive Director, Pennsylvania Nurses Association Convention, 1958.
Box 4 Folder 8
Announcement "Barbara Schutt To Become Journal Editor" The American Journal of Nursing, Vol.58 No. 8, August 1958.
Box 4 Folder 9
Annual Report, 1970.
Box 4 Folder 10
Editorial comments, 1958-1973.
Box 4 Folder 11
Miscellaneous, general, 1972-1984.
Box 4 Folder 12
Retirement, 1971.
Box 4 Folder 13
Subscription, recommend the Journal be included as part of membership dues, 1961-1970.
Box 4 Folder 14
Brochure and pamphlet "For Editorial Excellence," (best single article)" The Patient with Myocardial Infarction", 1965.
Box 4 Folder 15
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Box 4 Folder 18
Box 4 Folder 19
Box 4 Folder 20
Box 4 Folder 21
Box 4 Folder 22
Box 4 Folder 23
Box 4 Folder 24
Box 4 Folder 25
Box 4 Folder 26
Box 4 Folder 27
Box 4 Folder 28
Field trip, University of Iowa, March 24-25,1971 ; re: Writing for Publication, 1971.
Box 4 Folder 29
International Council of Nurses, invitation XIII Quadrennial Congress, from German Nurses Federation, Frankfurt, 1965.
Box 4 Folder 30
Job description, executive director, American Journal of Nursing Company, 1958.
Box 4 Folder 31
Manuscript, "The Story of the American Journal of Nursing", 1960-1975.
Box 4 Folder 32
Box 4 Folder 33
Box 4 Folder 34
Project, Frontier Nursing Service, 1972; New Mexico Nursing Education Need Study, 1973, (includes correspondence), 1972-1973.
Box 4 Folder 35
Statement of Editor, "Needs and Relationships Necessary to Produce and Effective American Journal of Nursing, 1962.
Box 5 Folder 36
Scope and Contents note

The photographs from this scrapbook are in Series 5, photos 36-51.

Board of Directors invitation, April 15, 1971.
Box 5 Folder 37
Invitational guest list, 1971.
Box 5 Folder 38
Guest Book, signatures of guest.
Box 5 Folder 39
Table seating arrangements.
Box 5 Folder 40
Dinner speech of William G. Scott.
Box 5 Folder 41
Box 5 Folder 42
Letters and cards from friends and associates.
Box 5 Folder 43-44
Newspaper clippings and reprints.
Box 5 Folder 45-48
Appointment and resignation, other pertinent material relating to the position, 1970-1979.
Box 5 Folder 49
Correspondence re:participation with research project "The Professional Development of Nurses, a Humanistic Prospective", 1977.
Box 5 Folder 50
Brochure, "Professional Credentials and Personal Service", 1968.
Box 5 Folder 51
ANA Nominating Committee Member.
Box 5 Folder 52
Request to submit name for honorary recognition for leadership, 1968.
Box 5 Folder 53
Submitting name as a charter member of National Academy of Nursing, 1971.
Box 5 Folder 54
Project: Forecasting Nursing for Decade Ahead (including correspondence), 1971.
Box 5 Folder 55
Report of Committee to Plan for the Academy,(includes correspondence), 1972-1974.
Box 5 Folder 56
Biography and consent form for president.
Box 5 Folder 57
Correspondence re:acknowledging contributions made to the Economic and General Welfare Task Force, 1985.
Box 5 Folder 58
Mistress of Ceremonies, Jubilee Award Banquet, correspondence handwritten cue cards and clipping, 1980.
Box 5 Folder 59
Nursing Task Force Committee.
April-November 1980.
Box 5 Folder 60
March 1981.
Box 6 Folder 61
May-November 1981 and January 1982.
Box 6 Folder 62
Natalie Nurse Power,C. Battista, CNA, (pamphlet), 1974.
Box 6 Folder 63
Connecticut Senior Intern Program, Inc., by-laws, correspondence and handwritten notes, 1984-1985.
Box 6 Folder 64
Connecticut State Legistrators, Testimony of Barbara G. Schutt, RN, " State Board for Examiners for Nursing Must Be Preserved", 1979.
Box 6 Folder 65
Correspondence re: nomination for ANA ,Shirley Titus Award, New York, State Nurses Association, 1981.
Box 6 Folder 66
Department of Health, Education and Welfare, project, contract to: Trace the Nature and Extent of Federal Influence and Impact on Nursing, 1971-1973.
Box 6 Folder 67
Thomas Jefferson University, plans for the Sesquicentennial Symposium, 1974.
Box 6 Folder 68
Margaret daughters, Inc., republishing and other related communications activities, 1984-1986.
Box 6 Folder 69
General re: meetings, request for speaking engagements for various professional activities, 1970-1983.
Box 6 Folder 70
Code of Ethics for Journalist, 1948.
Box 6 Folder 71
Interview notes, interviewee, Wilma Scott Heidi, undated.
Box 6 Folder 72
Newspaper clippings, re: meetings, conference, convention, etc, 1967-1984.
Box 6 Folder 73
Reprints, "The Juvenile Diabetic and Visiting Nurse", Leiner and Rahmer, American Journal of Nursing, January 1968.
Box 6 Folder 74

Scope and Contents note

This is a small series which includes certificates of appreciation, distinguished accomplishments, honorary degree, and the Barbara G. Schutt Scholarship Award.

Certificate of Honorary Recognition for Distinguished Service, Pennsylvania Nurses Association, 1960.
Box 6 Folder 1
Certificate of Appreciation, dedicated service to Women's Center of Southeastern Connecticut, 1984.
Box 6 Folder 1
Certification of Recognition for Distinguished Accomplishments, Arkansas Traveler,Ambassador of Goodwill, State of Arkansas, 1962.
Box 6 Folder 1
Achievement Award, Alumni Association of Bethany College, Bethany, WV, 1970.
Box 6 Folder 2
Special Achievement Award, College of Allied Health Science, Thomas Jefferson University . Philadelphia, PA, 1980.
Box 6 Folder 3
Agnes Olson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Through Political Action, Connecticut Nurses Association, 1979.
Box 6 Folder 4
Honorary degree, Doctor of Science, Bethany College, Bethany, WV, 1973.
Box 6 Folder 5
Barbara Schutt Scholarship Award, Connecticut Nurses Foundation, 1986.
Box 6 Folder 6
Community Leaders of America, 4th, edition Barbara Schutt, biographical date, American Biographical Institute, Raleigh, NC, 1970.
Box 6 Folder 7
America Nursing: A Biographical Dictionary, 2nd Vol., biographical information, correspondence, 1989.
Box 6 Folder 8

Scope and Contents note

This series has photographs documenting Schutt’s attendance at various state nurses association meetings and conventions including the International Council of Nursing. Included are the scrapbook photographs of her retirement dinner from the The American Journal of Nursing Company.

Barbara G. Schutt, portrait, US Army Nurse Corps, 1944.
Box 7 Photo 1a
Barbara C. Schutt, portrait, 1950s-1978.
Box 7 Photo 2-6
Barbara G. Schutt, standing at podium, Arden House , American Business Press, Inc, 1968.
Box 7 Photo 7
Barbara G. Schutt, participant at ICN Congress, Frankfort, Germany, 1965.
Box 7 Photo 8-9
Barbara G. Schutt, participant at ICN Congress, Montreal, Canada, 1969.
Box 7 Photo 10
Barbara G. Schutt, with delegation from USA, ICN Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 19??.
Box 7 Photo 11
Barbara G. Schutt, with US Air Force, personnel Georgia, 1962.
Box 7 Photo 12
US Air Force, plane, 1962.
Box 7 Photo 13
Barbara G.Schutt, talking with group, National League for Nursing Convention.
Box 7 Photo 14
Barbara G. Schutt, participant at Kansas State Nurses Association Convention, 1964.
Box 7 Photo 15-16
Barbara G. Schutt, Dorothy A. Mereness, and ?, University of Pennsylvania Tea National League for Nursing, Philadelphia, PA, 1967.
Box 7 Photo 17
Barbara G. Schutt, Lila Maples, Virginia Stone and Harriet Lane, panel members, Dallas, TX, 1968.
Box 7 Photo 18
Group socializing, Georgia Nurses Association, 1969.
Box 7 Photo 19
Barbara G. Schutt, with group representing Connecticut Senior Intern Program, INC, (includes Senator Lowell Weicker's autograph), 1984.
Box 7 Photo 20
Barbara G. Schutt, accepting award for The Pennsylvania Nurse, from Arthur E. Hall, 1950s.
Box 7 Photo 21
Barbara G. Schutt accepting honorary degree at Bethany College, West Virginia, graduation ceremony, 1973.
Box 7 Photo 22a-24a
Betty Murphy accepting Alumni Service Award, for Barbara G. Schutt, Bethany College, Bethany, WV, 1970.
Box 7 Photo 25
Group pictures, Barbara Schutt in Hawaii, 1970s.
Box 7 Photo 26a-31
Barbara G. Schutt with friends, 1968.
Box 7 Photo 32
Barbara G. Schutt talking with two friends.
Box 7 Photo 33
Barbara G. Schutt with friends at a lake resort, Minnasota, 1959?.
Box 7 Photo 34
Office, 1970s.
Box 7 Photo 35
Scrapbook photographs, retirement dinner, St Regis Sheration Hotel, New York, NY, April 15, 1971.
Box 7 Photo 36-51

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