District Two Illinois Nurses' Association Records, 1914-2004
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Brief Description:

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 expansion of the I.N.A., as well as office changes and digital access, is noted via a series of newsletters (1995-2004) in box 7.

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.

A 3.5" floppy containing historic documents created in 1995 and 1996 can be found in the Historical Committee folder (box 7). The documents included a list of officers (1982-1997), presidents (1914-1996), and contact information for the Regional History Center, where INA District Two Records were donated. These e-records may be accessed on the computer in the Center's reading room. Print copies of the documents are in the collection.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/144
Volume: 5.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 08/28/1973. Addenda were added at later dates.
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.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Community Health Clinics
Copley Hospital
DeKalb County (Ill)
Delnor Hospital
Geneva (Ill.)
Grundy County (Ill.)
Illinois Nurses' Association
Kane County (Ill)
Kendall County (Ill)
Medical care
Mercy Hospital
Morris (Ill.)
Sherman Hospital
St. Joseph Hospital
Sycamore Municipal Hospital
Will County (Ill)
Women--Societies and clubs.
Women in the professions.
World War I
World War II
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to District Two of the Illinois Nurses' Association; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Technical Access Notes: Electronic records may be accessed on the computer in the Center’s reading room.
Acquisition Notes: Maxine Zamecnik  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.