Frontier Nursing Service Records,1911-1976
- 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
- Berea College
- 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