Martha Emily Shaw papers
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Martha Emily Shaw (1877-1944), RN, was born November 3, 1877 in Manayunk, Pennsylvania. She was admitted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Training School for Nurses in the fall of 1910. In March of 1918 she was mobilized with the University of Pennsylvania’s 20th Base Hospital. After receiving military training at Ellis Island, she was stationed in Châtel-Guyon, Puy de Dome, France. In 1919 she transferred to the 49th Evacuation Hospital in Coblenz, Germany. After returning to the United States in the early 1920s, Shaw joined the Helen Fairchild Post #412 of the American Legion. She was an active member, attending many conventions in the U.S. and Europe through the 1920s and 30s. Shaw died July 31, 1944.
This collection consists of the personal papers of Martha Emily Shaw, Philadelphia native and graduate of the Training School for Nurses of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The collection includes her 1911 course lecture notes, photographs taken while she served with the University’s Base Hospital No. 20 in France during World War I, and materials concerning her participation in the American Legion’s Helen Fairchild Post #412.
Gift of Harry B. Kidd, 2011.
- University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
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- Finding aid prepared by Bethany Myers
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This collection is unrestricted.
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The notebook containing Shaw’s 1911 lecture notes from her time as a student at the Training School for Nurses of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania also contains a ledger of personal expenses covering the period 1926-1929. The pages of lecture notes have been scanned and are available on a compact disc. The individual lectures are as follows: April 28, 1911 Dr. Piersol Therapeutics & materia medica
May 5, 1911 Dr. Piersol Materia medica
May 12, 1911 Dr. Piersol Materia medica
October 4, 1911 Dr. J.B. Hirst Obstetrics
October 10, 1911 Dr. J.B. Hirst Management of normal labor
October 17, 1911 Dr. J.B. Hirst Obstetrics
October 4, 1911 Dr. Müeiler Tracheotomy & intubation
November 1, 1911 Dr. Müeiler Surgical infections
November 7, 1911 Dr. Morris Disease of kidneys
November 14, 1911 Dr. Piersol Diet in disease
November 28, 1911 Dr. Sailor Medical emergencies
December 7, 1911 Dr. Wood Treatment after abdominal operations
December 7, 1911 Dr. Turnbull Causes of disease
December 19, 1911 Dr. Martin Complications after abdominal operations
December 21, 1911 Dr. J.G. Clark Observation of operative cases
Undated No name listed Rheumatism