Feature from the Collection: The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing

The Archives latest acquisition is The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing collection.  Donated by their Alumnae Association, this collection includes such wonderful items as a scrapbook from World War II, photographs of almost every graduating class, uniforms and a beautiful silver tea set.

On the left is Linda Cooper Wellesley '68 - Associate Director, Collaborative Degree Program Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing and on the right is Shirley Heard Wellesley '62 - Alumnae Association President. Also in the picture is a small part of the collection now housed in the Ryerson University Archives. Photo courtesy of University Advancement.

The Wellesley Hospital officially opened on August 27, 1912 – with the Nursing School starting the same year.  The first class of graduates left the school in 1915.

The School graduated its last class in 1975.  Two years previous, the Ontario government mandated that nursing schools be taken out of the Hospitals and placed into Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology.  The Wellesley school was moved to Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, along with the school’s from Sick Kid’s Hospital and Women’s College Hospital, and amalgamated with Ryerson’s School of Nursing.

The following are some photographs of items in the collection. Stay tuned for further blog posts on The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing collection as we come closer to their 100th Anniversary in August of 2012.

Portrait of Elsie K. Jones, Superintendent of Nursing at The Wellesley from 1937-1964. Portrait was a gift from the Nursing students. Portrait painted by Kenneth Forbes. Photo courtesy of University Advancement.

Examples from the silver service and Limoges china. China was used to serve patients their meals in the early days of The Wellesley Hospital. Photo courtesy of University Advancement.

Two Examples of Nursing Uniforms. Uniform on left was worn from 1949 - 1959 when Wellesley Hospital joined with Toronto General Hospital. The uniform on the right was worn from 1960-1968, after the Wellesley became an independent Hospital once more. Photo courtesy of University Advancement.

Nursing Cape. Photo courtesy of University Advancement.

Scrapbooks from the collection. Photo courtesy of University Advancement.

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3 Responses to Feature from the Collection: The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing

  1. Rosalynn MacKenzie says:

    Hello Wellesley Alumni,

    Please do not post email addresses or any other personal information to this blog posting. If you wish to be put in contact with the Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association – please contact the Ryerson Archives at “archives@ryerson.ca” and your email address will be forwarded on to them.

    Thank you,

    Ryerson University Archives

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  3. Louise Jackman says:

    I was born at the Wellesley Hospital in 1954 and am wondering if you have any information or photos of the maternity ward there or a log of all births at that time.

    Regards,
    Louise

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