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Harper Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association Records

Identifier: UR001462

Scope and Content

This collection contains a variety of historical materials relating to nursing graduates of Farrand Training School and Harper Hospital School of Nursing including diplomas, Florence Nightingale pledges, class notes, yearbooks, correspondence from World War I, and early Farrand committee meeting notes. Also, found in this collection are Alumni roster books that document the names and graduation dates of former nursing students.


  • 1889 - 2002


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


4 Linear Feet (1SB, 1 OS)


The Ferrand Training School for Nurses at Harper Hospital opened in 1884 and, while eventually changing the program's name to Harper Hospital School of Nursing, continued to train nurses through 1979. The Principal of the Farrand Training School, Lystra E. Gretter, and a collection of nursing graduates organized the Alumnae Association of the Farrand Training School for Nurses on January 4, 1893 and first incorporated on April 23, 1921. The name eventually transitioned to Alumnae Association of Harper Hospital School of Nursing (1938) and the Harper Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association. The Association was formed for the purposes of providing financial assistance to the School of Nursing, scholarships to students, and assistance with medical expenses to graduates.

Over the many years of operation, a variety of historical material relating to the nursing school and alumni were collected. This material includes meeting minutes from the Farrand Training School Committee, yearbooks, alumni association articles of incorporation, class photographs, and an ongoing alumni roster, among other documents.


Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.


Donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library in 2003 and 2008. The 2008 addition was donated by Mary Ellen L’Esperance.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Shae Rafferty on April 30, 2021.
Guide to the Harper Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association Records
Processed by Shae Rafferty.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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