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Hutzel Hospital Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR001572
The Hutzel Hospital Collection consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, clippings, publicity, biographical information on various directors and board members and other material documenting the history of women’s health care in Detroit.

Important subjects in the collection: Detroit Medical Center Health Care- Children Health Care- Detroit Health Care- Women Hospital Social Services Hospitals- Detroit Mother’s Milk Bureau Nursing Education Valley Farm Home

Important correspondents in the collection: Charlotte B. Failing Frank P. Iacobell Helen Newberry Joy Catherine M. Maloy William C. Maybury Dr. William Stapleton Dr. Anna M. Starring

Part I: 1868-1985, (Boxes 1-10, 1 ledger volume) Part II: 1889-1994, (Boxes 11-21)

Dates

  • 1868 - 1994

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

27 Linear Feet (13 SB, 16 MB, 4 OS, 2 ledgers)

Abstract

In November, 1868, seven members of the Ladies’ Christian Union opened the Woman’s Hospital and Foundlings’ Home in a tenement at Cass Avenue and Montcalm Street, a private, non-profit institution and the first facility in Detroit dedicated to providing care and shelter for abandoned, widowed and unwed mothers and their babies. In 1965, Woman’s Hospital changed its name to Hutzel Hospital and continued its devotion to research into the diseases of women. It is now part of the Detroit Medical Center, working with other hospitals and Wayne State University Medical School to provide high quality medical care to the Detroit community.

Parts 1 and 2 of the Hutzel Hospital Collection consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, clippings, publicity,biographical information on various directors and board members and other material documenting the history of women’s health care in Detroit.

History

In November, 1868, seven members of the Ladies’ Christian Union opened the Woman’s Hospital and Foundlings’ Home in a tenement at Cass Avenue and Montcalm Street, a private, non-profit institution and the first facility in Detroit dedicated to providing care and shelter for abandoned, widowed and unwed mothers and their babies. The hospital’s Board of Trustees was comprised entirely of women as was its staff of resident physicians. A male Board of Counsel acted in an advisory capacity.

In 1929, the new, much larger Woman’s Hospital opened on the block surrounded by Forest, Hancock, Beaubien and Brush Streets. During the Depression, financial exigencies forced the hospital to admit men and begin offering general medical and surgical services, while still specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.

During its long history, Woman’s Hospital inaugurated several revolutionary social service programs for indigent women and their children, beginning with the creation of the Open Door Department (later the Social Services Department) to rehabilitate female prisoners discharged from the Detroit House of Correction and provide vocational training, enabling them to find employment and support their children.

In 1965, Woman’s Hospital changed its name to Hutzel Hospital, in honor of Eleonore Hutzel, director of Social Services from 1915 and a board member with a record of service spanning fifty years. The following year, an ambitious building and remodeling program was completed and the Board of Trustees voted to admit men to its membership.

Woman’s Hospital has always devoted itself to research into the diseases of women. When the hospital established the Grace Whitney Hoff Research Laboratory in 1909, it was the only laboratory in Michigan to specialize in the diseases of women and children. Hutzel Hospital is now part of the Detroit Medical Center, working with other hospitals and Wayne State University Medical School to provide high quality medical care to the Detroit community.

Arrangement

Part I: Folders are listed in the order in which they appear.
Part II: PLEASE NOTE: Material in this collection has been arranged by series ONLY. Folders are not arranged within each series – we have provided an inventory based on their original order. Subjects may be dispersed throughout several boxes within any given series.

Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Reuther by Arthur Seski in 1994.

Related Materials

Marion Josephine Wright Papers, Grace Hospital Records, JCA Sinai Hospital Records

Transfers

Part I: A large number of photographs and several audio tapes have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. A number of issues of the hospital’s newsletter may be found in the Archives Library.
Part II: A large number of photographs and several audio tapes have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. A number of issues of the hospital’s newsletter may be found in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Hutzel Hospital Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA