Leta Denham, RN papers


Manuscript Collection No. 181


TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Collection Overview
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents Note
  • Restrictions
  • Index Terms
  • Related Material
  • Administrative Information
  • Detailed Description of the Collection
  • Series I: Leta Denham papers, 1918-1920
  • Collection Overview

    Repository: John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
    Creator: Denham, Leta Elizabeth
    Title: Leta Denham, RN papers
    Dates: 1918-1920
    Quantity: 1 cubic foot (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
    Abstract: The Leta Denham, RN papers contains handwritten notes, photographs, newspapers articles, nursing cap and pin, certificates, and yearbook from the nursing education and career of Leta Denham. She was a nursing student at Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses in Houston, Texas. Two years after graduating in 1919 she spent a year in China working as a missionary. The collection equals one cubic foot and includes two boxes and one oversize folder. Materials are primarily in good condition. Rolled panoramic photographs need conservation consultation to flatten.
    Identification: MS 181
    Language: English

    Biographical Note

    Leta Elizabeth Denham was born in 1895 in Hempstead, Waller County, Texas, and was one of sixteen children. She attended the Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurse’s in Houston, Texas, graduating from the program in 1919. The commencement ceremony was held at First Baptist Church in Houston on May 29, 1919. After graduating from nursing school Leta Denham went to China to fulfill her life-long dream of working as a missionary. She served as a medical missionary in Yingtak, China from 1921 to 1922.

    Leta Denham married Marcus Jackson Scott in June 1921, and died in Langley, Washington in 1982.

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    Scope and Contents Note

    The Leta Denham, RN papers contains a short handwritten family history, scrapbook segments, photographs, a school yearbook from 1918, newspaper clippings, a nursing cap, and other items related to Leta Elizabeth Denham’s nursing education at Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses from 1918 to 1919. The scrapbook segments and photographs show Leta Denham and other nursing students and school faculty, including class portraits. There is one photograph of the reception room at the nurse’s home. There are three images relating to the 1918 flu pandemic, showing the nursing students holding “Quarantined” banners with the year 1918, and a photograph of a faculty member wearing a “Quarantined” sash across her chest. On the back of this photo “Miss Becker play-acting” is written giving the impression that the students are pretending to be quarantined but are not actually ill. Included with the photographs is an image of Mrs. J.P. Burnett (Lillie Jolly), Superintendent (undated). In addition to a nursing cap there is a pin from Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses that is in the shape of a cross and has “L. Denham” inscribed on the back. Oversized items include Leta Denham’s Registered Nurse certificate from the Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners dated June 28, 1919, and her diploma from Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurse’s dated May 29, 1919. The collection equals one cubic foot and includes two boxes and one oversized folder. The materials are primarily in good condition. Rolled panoramic photographs need conservation consultation to flatten.

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    Access Restrictions

    Unrestricted. Material is open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the repository, McGovern Historical Center.

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    IC 022 Memorial Hospital System records; IC 103 Memorial Hospital Photograph Collection; IC 098 TMC Library Historical Photograph Collection

    Scrapbook segments and phots are very similar to those in the WWI Nursing Scrapbook in IC 022 Memorial Hospital records. They might have been part of it at one time. Also, the images seem to be featured in the yearbooks.

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    Index Terms

    Subjects (Persons)

    Denham, Leta Elizabeth

    Subjects (Organizations)

    Baptist Sanitarium
    Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses
    Memorial Baptist Hospital, Lillie Jolly School of Nursing
    Memorial Hospital System

    Subjects

    Medicine and Health
    Nursing schools—Texas
    Nursing–History–20th century
    Schools, Nursing—Texas—Portraits
    Students, Nursing
    Students, Nursing—Texas—Portraits

    Places

    Houston (Tex.)

    Document Types

    Certificates
    Clippings (Information artifacts)
    Panoramic photographs
    Photographs
    School yearbooks

    Occupation

    Nurses

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    Preferred Citation

    Leta Denham, RN papers; MS 181; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

    Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.

    Acquisition Information

    The bulk of this collection was received March 2014, donated by Patricia Ays, granddaughter of Leta Denham. One additional item was received in July 2014 along with the Deed of Gift signed by Patricia Ays on July 17, 2014.

    Processing Information

    This small collection had no apparent natural order. The items were organized into folders according to types of materials. An oversized diploma and certificate are stored separately in a map drawer (MD16). The bulk of the collection was received in March 2014, an additional newspaper clipping was received in July 2014 and was added to the collection.

    Additions

    No accruals are expected for this collection.

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    Detailed Description of the Collection

    Series I: Leta Denham papers, 1918-1920
    This series contains handwritten notes, photographs, newspapers articles, nursing cap and pin, certificates, and yearbook from the nursing education and career of Leta Denham.
    Box Folder
    1 1 Two handwritten notes describing some of Leta Denham’s family history, undated
    2 Photographs and scrapbook segments showing Leta Denham and other nursing students and faculty of the Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses, circa 1918-1919
    3 Newspaper articles about the 1919 graduating class of the Training School for Nurses. One clipping is identified as being from the Houston Post, dated May 26, 1919, and duplicate articles dated June 3, 1919, 1919
    4 Nursing cap from the Houston Baptist Sanitarium, circa 1919
    5 Nursing pin from the Houston Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses with “L. Denham” inscribed on the back, 1919
    6 Invitation to the Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses graduation on May 29, 1919, and the commencement program, 1919
    7 Certificate for the completion of Bible studies issued by the Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses, 1919
    8 Yearbook “The Nightingale” for the Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses, 1918
    Box
    2 Large format photographs – 1920 class portrait; Group portraits with Leta Denham; Reception room in Nurse’s Home at Baptist Hospital, 1920
    Box
    MD 16 Registered Nurse certificate from the Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners; Diploma from Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses, 1919