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In The Beginning…

Week of 9/28/09

This was the first official week of the internship.  Katie and I met last week to decide where a good starting place would be.  We decided that it would be a good idea to start out the original search of the Collections widely.  We decided that an overall look at medicine in Mecklenburg County, prominent 19th century families, and some city publications would give a good starting point from which we could later narrow down both themes and artifacts.  After about 10 hours of research I had gone through the following collections.

And decided that the following might be useful in an exhibit

The Mary Boyer Collection was a treat because there was a report from the Good Samaritan and St. Peter’s Hospital written around the turn of the century.  They showed an incredible increase in the effectiveness in both hospitals.  I also was able to find the story of the founding of St. Peter’s Home and Hospital written by Jane Wilkes in the Reports and Minutes of St. Peter’s Hospital Records.  The same Wilkes collection in which the above found also gave receipts that showed that the Wilkes owned a minimum of 17 slaves in the years before the Civil War.  Buying and selling people until 1864.  Another interesting find came in the reading of the history of St. Peter’s Hospital by one of its Reverends.  He mentions the impact of Jane Wilkes, but rarely by name and he gives her very little credit for her part in founding the St. Peter’s home and Hospital.

Visually the Mary Boyer Postcard collection provided many contemporary views of the structures that women were responsible for during this time.
This postcard shows an old picture of St. Peter’s Hospital. This hopsital was founded by Jane Wilkes, nicknamed the “Godmother of Charlotte Hospitals.”

The above picture is of Good Samaritan Hospital also founded by Jane Wilkes.

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  1. Phoebe Pollitt permalink
    December 11, 2009 9:03 pm

    I wrote an article about Jane Wilkes for the American ASsn for the history of Nursing Bulletin about 10 years ago. This is the quarterly Bulletin not the annual Journal …
    Anyway, up here at ASU we are creating a history of nursing in NC website and I have several pieces about Jane Wilkes, Good Sam (records are at State archvies in Raleigh), a little about St Peters.

    If I can send you stuff . please let me know. I can’t wait to see your finished product

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