Mary E. Laird Papers

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Mary E. Laird papers
Creator: Laird, Mary E.
Call Number: D.420
Dates: circa 1917-1946
Physical Description: 4 boxes, 1 folder
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Personal papers
Series II: Career materials
Collection Overview
Title: Mary E. Laird papers
Creator: Laird, Mary E.
Call Number: D.420
Dates: circa 1917-1946
Physical Description: 4 boxes, 1 folder
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Mary E. Laird was born circa 1888 and graduated from East High School in Rochester, NY in 1906. She then enrolled in the Rochester General Hospital School of Nursing. Laird served on the hospital's staff as a Probation Instructor. In 1913, she attended Columbia University and studied public health nursing in the School of Social Work. During World War I, Laird served as a nurse on the American Base Hospital #19 located in France from 1917- 1919. Once back in Rochester, Laird worked in Rochester General Hospital in the Out-Patient Department. She remained in that position for a short time before moving to New York City and working for the Association for the Improvement of the Condition of the Poor. Laird returned to Rochester in 1920 after being asked to organize a public health organization in the city. She subsequently formed the Rochester Public Health Association, which she modeled under the auspices of the National Public Health Nursing Association. From 1920 until 1926, the Rochester Female Charitable Society financially supported the Association. During the 1920s, Laird served on the board of four local health organizations: President of Genesee Valley Nursing Association, President of Social Workers Club, National Chairman of the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association, and as a board member of the National Organization for Public Health Nursing. Beginning in 1926, Laird served as the Secretary of the Health Division of the Council of Social Agencies in Rochester. She continued in that position until 1936 when she began work in the Day Nursery of the Baden Street.

Scope and Content
The Mary E. Laird Papers are comprised on two series: Personal Papers and Career Materials. The series, Personal Papers consist of correspondence between Laird and a fellow nurse and former colleague, Mary Keith. Included in Career Materials are documents related to the formation of the Rochester Public Health Nursing Association, her involvement and connection with the Rochester Female Charitable Society , Laird's service in France, photographs of co-workers and newspaper clippings.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Nursing
Public health
Photographs
Maps
Laird, Mary E.
Rochester Female Charitable Society
Nurses
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Provenance: The Mary E. Laird Papers were made a gift on October 17, 1977.Access
The Mary E. Laird papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Mary E. Laird papers, D.420, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Personal papers
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1941-1946, undated
Series II: Career materials
Box 1, Folder 2Rochester Public Health Nursing Association
Box 1, Folder 3Materials related to Rochester Female Charitable Society, circa 1919-1977
Box 1, Folder 4Materials related to serving in France, 1917-1919
Box 1, Folder 5Newspaper clippings
Box 1, Folder 6Photographs
Folder 1Mary Laird with Rochester nurses, photograph
This oversized folder is stored with maps.

Box 2Postcards, France
Box 3Bible, New Testament
Box 4Wood block with flower ink design
Folder 1Oversized map: France, 1917-1919
Alcove 8



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