Frontier Nursing Service Records,1911-1976

Descriptive Summary

Frontier Nursing Service Records,1911-1976
Berea College library staff
.4 lin. ft.
Organizations, health care -- Frontier Nursing Service
Leslie County, Kentucky -- Organizations, health care
Organizations, health care -- American Association of Nurse-Midwives
Appalachia -- Organizations, health care
Appalachia -- Midwifery
Appalachia -- Nursing
Appalachia -- Health care
Wendover, Kentucky -- Frontier Nursing Service
Maternal health services -- Appalachia
Obstetrics -- Appalachia
Women -- Nursing
Appalachia -- Social action
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:M. Plarr
Berea College

Collection Overview

Biography / History
FNS was founded in 1925 by Mary Breckinridge and known initially as the Kentucky Committee for Mothers and Babies. It operated as a horseback brigade of nurse-midwives in its early years, providing health care services for mountain women during pregnancy and for their children.
Scope and Content
Materials acquired over a period of years by Berea College library staff include correspondence, reports and bulletins, clippings, and photographs relating to the Service and its founder, Mary Breckinridge.
Materials include letters (ca. 45 items; 1911 - 1951) from Breckinridge to Berea College presidents William J. and Francis S. Hutchins. These reflect Breckinridge's friendship with William J. Hutchins, relate to various speaking engagements of both Breckinridge and Hutchins, and in general provide biographical details about her.
Also present are miscellaneous reports and bulletins comprised of minutes of the American Association of Nurse-Midwives of which Breckinridge once served as chairperson, and printed bulletins of the Frontier Nursing Service. Black and white photographs (5 items; n.d.) of FNS facilities and staff, along with newsclippings and copies of articles relating to the Service, are also present