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Alumnae oral histories

File contains 9 audiocassettes with interviews conducted by a Mary (Sandals) Caesar, class of 1965. She interviewed members of earlier graduating classes about their recollections of training and working as a nurse. Interviewees include Helen Carruthers, class of 1916; Gladys (Bateman) Steele, class of 1916; Florence (Stewart) Roberts, class of 1919; Isobel (MacGillivray) Carleton, class of 1919; Jessie (Campbell) Smith, class of 1919; Grace (Mitchell) Berry, class of 1927; Grace Bolton Farthing, class of 1933; and one class of 1925 graduate.

Caesar, Mary (Sandals)

Extra slides

Two separate containers (one plastic container labelled "Old slides from 1980s - Hospital tour" and the other a cardboard box "Update G. floor when Le...[?] completed") of slides. Some are duplicates of ones used in slide show - others were not used at all.
RG 946. Nursing desk, 1981
RG 946. Nursing desk, 1981
RG 946. Wellesley Hospital new projects
RG 946. 1912-1965 Hospital history chart
RG 946. 1966-1982 Hospital history chart
RG 946. Second floor plan
RG 946. Main lecture hall
RG 946. Administrative office entry
RG 946. Patient breathing oxygen
RG 946. Patient picking book from mobile cart with Hospital worker
RG 946. Wilhelmsen House
RG 946. Staff doing x-rays on patient
RG 946. Wellesley Hospital organization chart
RG 946. Main floor plan
RG 946. Hospital executive and exterior show of hospital
RG 946. Pharmacy and staff
RG 946. Candy striper helping patient in traction
RG 946. Hospital volunteers handing out items to a patient
RG 946. Cover of Dr. Bruce's book "Varied Operations"
RG 946. Lion crest and motto
RG 946. Duke of Connaught and others at opening of new wing August 27, 1912
RG 946. Exterior of modern hospital building
RG 946. Emergency and Admitting entrance exterior

Alumnae World War II scrapbook

Three ring bound scrapbook containing lists of packages sent overseas to Wellesley alumnae serving overseas, item lists for packages, correspondence from Nurses in Europe regarding the packages; and correspondence from the various charities that the Wellesley Alumnae were knitting for including the Navy Knitters.
Numbering of items reflects their order within the original scrapbook.

Bolton, Grace

Alumnae World War II scrapbook page 65

Letter from Mrs. A. J. MacKenzie, wool convenor, of the Toronto Chapter of the British Mine Sweepers Auxiliary - Overseas Parcels League thanking the Wellesley Alumnae for their contribution of 4 pairs of navy socks, 5 pairs of navy mitts, 1 pair of gloves, 4 seaman's caps, 2 ribbed helmets (balaclavas), and 8 turtle neck tuck-ins.

Grace Bolton personal scrapbook

Three ring binder with plastic pages filled with scrapbook pages. Appears that the orginal scrapbook was taken apart and placed in the plastic sleeves. Filled with newspaper clippings, correspondence, cards, programmes, and photographs covering Grace Bolton's history with the Wellesley, the history of the Nursing school, the Hospital, and the Alumnae activities during World War II and beyond.
Scrapbook is not completely in order - First several pages are out of order followed by pages starting in 1933, when Grace Bolton graduated from the Wellesley. The pages are in order by year after this until the end when there was a single plastic sleeve filled with many items place together. Starting with letter from a School in the United Kingdom, these items have each been given their own sleeve. The majority of the pages are double sided - with items on both sides of the page.

Bolton, Grace

Grace Bolton personal scrapbook page 13

Front of page has list of Wellesley Class of 1933 graduates and where they were from and a rolled piece of paper with a blue and white ribbon wrapped around it. Grace Bolton's name is written on it. The bottom of the page has a newsclipping about convalescents.
Back of page has invitations for a graduation tea at Government House, and for the graduation ceremony.

Bolton, Grace

Grace Bolton personal scrapbook page 32

Front of the page has news clippings about Dr. D. E. Robertson, chief surgeon at Sick Children's Hospital, and about Constance Tavener winning the Royal Red Cross for service during WWII. Also on the front is a typewritten letter from Guy's Hospital in London thanking the Alumnae Association for sending ditty bags.
Back of the page had clippings about The Wellesley Hospital Alumnae Association and one about Nursing Sister Beatrice Roberts.

Bolton, Grace

Grace Bolton personal scrapbook page 43

Front of page has a thank you card for Grace Bolton from the Alumnae Executive, articles about the January 1942 annual Alumnae meeting where executive were appointed, Elsie K. Jones spoke about air-raid precaution and defense, and other orders of business.
Back of page has a program from the June 12, 1942 Nursing school graduation, and also articles about Wellesley nurses joining services and other alumnae news.

Bolton, Grace

Grace Bolton personal scrapbook - The Wellesley Hospital Fiftieth Anniversary, 1912-1962 commemorative booklet

The 50th anniversary of the Wellesley Hospital celebrations were held June 6-8, 1962. Events included a garden party at Casa Loma, the School of Nursing's graduation ceremony, tours of the hospital and residence, and a dinner at the Royal York Hotel.
Souvenir booklet includes a history of the hospital and lists of Nursing School graduates by class.

Brown photograph album - Official opening of Hospital 1912 Aug 27 by Duke of Connaught

Photograph taken on the steps of the front entrance of the Wellesley Hospital. The Hospital opened in 1911 but was under renovation and officially opening in August of 1912. The Duke of Connaught, Governor General of Canada was there to do the honours. In the photograph he is standing left of centre in the front row. Also in the photograph are Dr. Bruce (far left bottom), and Sir William Mulock (far right).

Brown photograph album - 60th Anniversary Ball

Photograph of a line of couples entering the Centennial Ballroom at the Inn on the Park for the Wellesley Hospital 60th Anniversary Ball. Leading the procession is Lieutenant Governor of Ontario W. Ross MacDonald and the Duchess of Wellington. The next couple is the Duke of Wellington and an unidentified woman. The third couple entering the ballroom is Angela Bruce, widow of Hospital founder Dr. Herbert. A. Bruce, and former Chairman of Wellesley's Board H. M. Turner.
The photograph was published in the Fall 1972 edition of the Wellesley World magazine and in the Wellesley Anniversary Review '72.

Nicholls, Roy

Fashion Show

Photograph taken looking down the length of the room showing tables on either side filled with alumnae. A woman is speaking into a microphone on the left side and another women is modelling a checkered one-suit pantsuit down the middle of the room.

Nicholls, Roy

Annual Reports of the Board of Directors of the Alumnae Association

File contains annual reports created by the past president, president, first vice-president, second vice-president, membership, secretary, and member at large for distribution to the Alumnae Association members. Reports are included for the following years: 1971-1972 (2); 1976-1976 (2); 1977-1978; 1979-1980; 1980-1981; 1985-1987.

60th anniversary - 1972

The 60th anniversary of the founding of The Wellesley Hospital and The Wellesley Hospital Alumnae Association's celebrations were held September 6 - 8, 1972. Events included tours of the Hospital and a garden party on hospital grounds, class of 1972 graduation exercises, and dinner at the Royal York Hotel.
File contains 2 souvenir booklets, 1 programme from the Diamond Anniversary banquet, correspondence regarding the events, and a b&w transparency of Helen Carruthers' (class of 1916) article from the souvenir booklet.

75th anniversary - 1987

The 75th anniversary of the founding of The Wellesley Hospital was celebrated with various events held over the summer of 1987. On June 7 The Wellesley had a SUNday at Woodbine Racetrack, raising $70,000 for the hospital. On July 11, 800 members of The Wellesley Hospital staff and their families had a picnic at Earl Bales Park. On August 27 there was a 75th anniversary Garden Party on the hospital grounds with a 1912 theme - the year the hospital officially opened. A plaque honouring hospital founder Dr. Herbert Bruce was unveiled.
The file contains a 75th anniversary commemorative sticker, and a copy of the invitation sent to alumnae inviting them to the Garden Party.

Application guidelines

File part contains pages of guidelines, from different years, outlining the sources of funding available to members of the Wellesley Alumnae Association. The guidelines were sent out by the Vice President Patient Services for the Hospital V. Sinnott and the secretary of the Alumnae Association.

For 1986 there were three scholarships:

The Elisabeth Flaws Memorial Scholarship - available to active members of the Alumnae Association and are taking post graduate studies in nursing at the degree level. The scholarship was for $2000.

The Elsie K. Jones LaVenture Memorial Fund - is available to registered nurses that have been on staff at The Wellesley Hospital for a minimum of one year. Applicants must take a short term course in graduate studies. There is a one year service commitment to Wellesley after the course is completed.

The Mrs. Herbert A. Bruce Memorial Scholarship - available to current members of the Association and to registered nurses on staff at The Wellesley for a minimum of one year. Applicants must take a conference, seminar, workshop, or refresher course. Scholarship for $200.

For 1987, all the same scholarships were available along with one more:

The President's bursary - available to all current members of the Alumnae Association who are graduates of the School of Nursing. Applicants must take a short term course in graduate studies.

The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association 100th Anniversary commemorative framing

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wellelsey Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association (1915-2015), the alumnae created a commemorative framed piece. Included in the frame is a photograph of the first graduating class from Wellesley in 1915; a graduation ring donated by Mary Stanton Sheen, class of 1931; and a year and graduation pin from current Alumnae Association president Shirley Hollefriend Heard, class of 1962. Included with the framed item is a information sheet with information about the portrait, pins, and ring.

Christmas Carols by the Choir of the Wellesley School of Nursing

Cream coloured cardstock cover with green writing "Christmas Carols by the Choir of The Wellesley School of Nursing December 19, 1968". In the centre of the front cover is an illustration in red of nursing students singing and playing instruments. Inside the booklet are the words to the carols - O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Come All ye Faithful, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Silent Night, and a programme of events.


File contains magazines printed in the 1970s. In Fall 1970 the magazine switched to a larger size, and between 1973-1975 it took on a newspaper style. In 1976 it returned to the larger size magazine style format - but not glossy. Some of the magazines are missing pages.
File contains:
Spring 1970 (1)
Fall 1970 (2)
Spring 1971 (1)
Summer 1971 (2)
Winter 1971 (2)
1972 60th Anniversary Commemorative issue (3)
Fall 1972 (1)
Spring 1973 (1)
August 1973 (1)
January 1974 (2)
May 1974 (1)
November 1974 (1)
Spring 1975 (1)
October 1975 (1)
May 1976 (1)
September 1976 (1)
December 1976 (2)
Spring 1977 (2)
Fall 1977 (2)
September 1978 (2)
December 1978 (3)
May 1979 (1)

The Wellesley Hospital


Series contains photographs associated with The Wellesley Hospital. Many of them were taken by the hospital's public relations department and published in Wellesley World and other hospital publications. Files include staff members, nursing, education, events, equipment, and facilities.

Sod turning for Nurses' residence

Photograph taken at the sod turning ceremony for the new nurses' residence. In the photograph are Dr. Herbert Bruce, Hospital founder; Nurse Patricia James, President of the Student Nurses' Association; Elsie K. Jones, Director of Nursing; Hiram McCallum, Toronto mayor; and Norman C. Urquhart, Chairman of the Board of Toronto General Hospital. Photograph is published in on page 74 of "The Lion's Tale" by Joan Hollobon.

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