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District Two Illinois Nurses' Association Records


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Administrative Information

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Administrative Records

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District Two Illinois Nurses' Association Records, 1914-1995 | Northern Illinois University

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Collection Overview

Title: District Two Illinois Nurses' Association Records, 1914-1995

ID: RHC/RC/144

Extent: 4.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The District II, Illinois Nurses' Association records (1914-1995) are organized in five series:  1) administrative records, 2) financial records, 3) membership records, 4) publications, and 5) other organization’s records.

Date Acquired: 08/28/1973. More info below under Accruals.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The district includes nurses from DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, and Will Counties.  Administrative records comprise the largest series and contain constitutions and by-laws, regular and board meeting minutes, annual reports, correspondence, committee and section records, and histories of the association and hospitals and nursing education programs within the district.  The section records document specific nursing divisions within the association such as general duty or mental health nurses.  Although distinct from the financial records series, some budgets and treasurer's reports can be found in the regular meeting minute books or the finance committee file.  Annual meeting minutes also are interfiled in the regular meeting minutes.  Records for Nurses Week in 1978 and awards and commendations complete the series.  

Materials from the District II Student Nurses' Association, the Illinois State Nurses Association (I.S.N.A.), the Illinois Nurses' Association (I.N.A.), and the American Nurses' Association (A.N.A.) comprises the other organizations' records series.  There is a detailed history of the I.N.A. for the years 1901 to 1935 in Box 6, folder 3.  Of particular interest is the file containing state nursing acts (1931-1965) indicating the associations' concern for registration and certification laws.

The collection provides substantial information on the development of the nursing profession and it is especially useful for women's history research.  Indications of advancements in medicine may also be gleaned from the documents.  In particular, the minutes detail the effect World Wars I and II had upon the nursing and medical professions as well as the struggle for standard nursing education requirements.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Addenda were added at later dates.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to District Two of the Illinois Nurses' Association; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Maxine Zamecnik

Acquisition Method: Maxine Zamecnik, President, Second District, Illinois Nurses' Association, deposited the associations' records in the Northern Illinois University Archives on August 28, 1973.  J. Joseph Bauxar, University Archivist, transferred the collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center in June 1978.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series I.: Administrative Records],
[Series II.: Financial Records],
[Series III.: Membership Records],
[Series IV.: Publications],
[Series V.: Other Organizations' Records],
[Addendum 1],

Series III.: Membership Records
Box 5
Folder 19: Membership, 1954-1957
Folder 20-26: Membership Lists by Section, 1957-1966
Folder 27: Membership Directory, November 1969
Folder 28-29: Membership Lists, 1974, 1978, 1990-1991

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[Series I.: Administrative Records],
[Series II.: Financial Records],
[Series III.: Membership Records],
[Series IV.: Publications],
[Series V.: Other Organizations' Records],
[Addendum 1],

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