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Edith Erikson Ives papers


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing [Contact Us]Claire Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard, Floor 2U, Philadelphia, PA, 19104-4217

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Edith Erikson Ives (1902-1988) began her nursing education and career at Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) School of Nursing on September 1, 1925. After graduating in 1928, Ives began working as a registered nurse for PGH. She was promoted to Supervising Nurse in 1942. Her work has merited several awards throughout her career. Following World War II, Ives was awarded for her service in the war and the American National Red Cross gave her a Certificate of Appreciation in 1945. In 1959 the Philadelphia General Hospital awarded her a citation for over twenty-five years of service to the hospital and to the Philadelphia community. Four years later she resigned from PGH and eventually settled in Kennedyville, Maryland for some time.

Her husband, George Ives, was a ship builder for the Maritime Administration. He died in 1981.

During her nursing school career she manifested her talent to create as well as to heal. She wrote poetry to communicate her feelings concerning the daily life of a nursing student. Upon graduation, she wrote a poem, "Tall Oaks from Little Acorns Grow," for her graduating class. The typical day for her was a 7a.m. to 7p.m. shift including patient visits, doctor consultations, patient maintenance, etc. Edith Ives continually gave support to nursing students during her professional career at PGH.

A 50th year reunion brought together about fifty members of the 1928 graduating class of the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing.

Gift of Ruth Erikson, 1995.

University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
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Collection Inventory

Book, Nursing Procedures, Philadelphia General Hospital, including anecdotes, 1924.
Box 1 Folder 1
Celebration of 50th Anniversary, Class of 1928, May 5, 1978.
Box 1 Folder 2
Citation and Certificate of Appreciation, 1945-1959.
Box 1 Folder 3
From Big Sisters, 1925.
Box 1 Folder 4
Appointment to Supervising position and resignation letters, 1942 and 1963.
Box 1 Folder 5
Family History, Ives, 19th century.
Box 1 Folder 6
Notebook, Class Lecture Notes, undated.
Box 1 Folder 7
Obituary, October 10, 1988.
Box 1 Folder 8
Summary, First three days at Philadelphia General Hospital, school of Nursing, 1925.
Box 1 Folder 9

Announcement of courses, 1924-1925, 1947-1948 and 1950-1952.
Box 1 Folder 10
Faculty lectures and department personnel, 1940-1941.
Box 1 Folder 11
Brochures, 1950s.
Box 1 Folder 12
Class poems, 1925-1928.
Box 1 Folder 13
Code for Professional Nurses, 1960; Essentials of General Good Nursing Care, undated; poem "The Nurse," undated.
Box 1 Folder 14
Graduation Invitation, 1935.
Box 1 Folder 15
Handbooks, Student Government Association, 1940s and 1951-1953.
Box 1 Folder 16
Class Night Exercises- Class of 1928.
Box 1 Folder 17
Graduating Exercises and class poem, Class of 1928.
Box 1 Folder 18
Graduating Exercises of Class of 1971.
Box 1 Folder 19
Publication, Blockley News, December 1958 and Holiday Issue, 1949-1950.
Box 1 Folder 20
Public Relations-Promotional Reprints, 1955 and 1956.
Box 1 Folder 21
Service Flag, Dedication, 1940s.
Box 1 Folder 22
Statement on "Nursing Education: Status or Service Oriented?" New York Academy of Medicine, 1977.
Box 1 Folder 23
S. Lillian Clayton, Superintendent of Nurses, collection of Memorabilia, 1915-1954.
Box 1 Folder 24
Alice Fisher, Superintendent of Nurses 1884-1888, article "To Alice in Philadelphia" - The American Nurse, 1976.
Box 1 Folder 25
Stella Goostray, Education Director. Article, "Stella Goostray...Distinguished Administrator, Professional Leader, and Good Neighbor", March 1958.
Box 1 Folder 26

Annual Banquet Programs, 1935-1985.
Box 2 Folder 27
Charter and By-Laws, 1972.
Box 2 Folder 28
Clippings and news articles, Graduates of Philadelphia General Hospital, 1960-1987.
Box 2 Folder 29
Monthly Bulletins, February 1933 to September 1987.
Box 2 Folder 30
Stamp Envelope-"Honoring Nursing Profession", 1961.
Box 2 Folder 31
Program, "Forty-Two Years of Nursing in a Democracy, 1900-1940," American Journal of Nursing, 1940.
Box 2 Folder 32

Christmas Dinner Menus, 1925, 1935 and 1944.
Box 2 Folder 33
Civil Service Regulations, March 7, 1963.
Box 2 Folder 34
History and Information, 1920s-1950s.
Box 2 Folder 35
Hospital Week, Units to be toured, May 5, 1959.
Box 2 Folder 36
Interpersonal Relations, Nursing Staff, undated.
Box 2 Folder 37
Invitation, Dedication Exercises, Dental Clinic, 1959.
Box 2 Folder 38
Invitation, New Release, Urology Clinic Open-House, 1962.
Box 2 Folder 39
Map, University City, 1967.
Box 2 Folder 40
Closing (of hospital) and proposed development of AREA, including correspondence, 1976 and 1982.
Box 2 Folder 41
Financial and fiscal crisis and proposed building, 1966-1971.
Box 2 Folder 42
Future role in the community, 1968-1971.
Box 2 Folder 43
Health care and facilities available to community, 1966-1971.
Box 2 Folder 44
Individuals associated with hospital, 1957-1972.
Box 2 Folder 45
Obituaries, associates, volunteers, and employees, 1968-1971.
Box 2 Folder 46
Otolaryngology clinic-news release, 1962.
Box 2 Folder 47
Pediatric clinic, brief summary, 1960.
Box 2 Folder 48
Poor working and treatment facilities condition, 1969-1971.
Box 2 Folder 49
Proclamation, ceremony marking end of holiday season, undated.
Box 2 Folder 50
Commemoration 25 years as Presbyterian Chaplin, 1941, including Fiftieth Annual report of City Missions in Presbytery of Philadelphia, 1941-1942.
Box 2 Folder 51
Dedication Service, Protestant Chapel, 1958.
Box 2 Folder 52
Luncheon and dinner in honor of employees, 1952, 1961 and 1963.
Box 2 Folder 53
Neurology Building, opening ceremonies, 1951.
Box 2 Folder 54
Osler at Old Blockley, presentation of painting including invitation, 1953.
Box 3 Folder 55
Osler Slept Here, musical comedy by Dr. Eric Reiss, 1950.
Box 3 Folder 56
Testimonial dinner, honor of Elizabeth Miller, 1954.
Box 3 Folder 57
Review in General, 1st edition by Employees Committee, 1963.
Box 3 Folder 58
Ten Year Report, Philadelphia General Hospital in 60s, 1961.
Box 3 Folder 59
The Thermometer, 10th year/No. 1-3, 1959.
Box 3 Folder 60

Down and Out in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1970.
Box 3 Folder 61
The Outcast Old, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1969.
Box 3 Folder 62
Albert Schweitzer, "The Good Samaritan of Haiti," 1976; W. Meredith Heyl, M.D., "The Doctor is a Dowser," 1968; Nurse Dodged Killer by Hiding Under Bed, 1966.
Box 3 Folder 63
Scrapbook, 1951-1971.
Flatbox 4 Folder 64
Series 6. Photographs and Slides.
Flatbox 5

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