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Medicine/Public Health in Appalachia: Primary Sources in Special Collections: Primary Sources in Special Collections

This guide will help you find primary source materials pertaining to Medicine and Health Care in Appalachia.

Primary Manuscript Sources Without Online Finding Aids.

Frontier Nursing Service Delivery Logs, 1925-1976. These ledgers serve as a record of births administered by the Frontier Nursing Service. The logs document births in the Hyden Hospital as well as those at the "outpost" clinics located at Red Bird, Brutus, and Homeplace. The midwife recorded the name and address of the patient, patient's age, date and time of the child's birth, whether the child was full term or premature, complications or still births when they occurred, and condition of the mother and child as well as the doctor's name, if called, and space of the midwife's remarks. Use of this collection (Accession #96M9) is restricted. Contact the Appalachian Collections archivist.


Frontier Nursing Service Postcards, 1900s-1960s. These postcards show the following images: Hyden, Kentucky; Joy House, home of the FNS medical director; log barn at Wendover, Kentucky; Frontier Social Service secretary at Wendover; cabins at Wendover; winter in the eastern Kentucky mountains; Margaret Voorhies Haggin Quarters for Nurses at Hyden Hospital; state highway bridge over Middlefork River above Hyden; swinging bridge at Wendover; cow barn at Wendover; living room of an Outpost Center; Margaret Durbin Harper Nursing Center on Wolf Creek Big Fork; the Chapel at Wendover; gardens and log barn at Wendover; living room in the "Big House" at Wendover; winter in Wendover; exterior view of St. Christopher's Chapel at Hyden; interior view of St. Christopher's Chapel at Hyden; Moonbow at Cumberland Falls; Cumberland Falls scene; the Palisades of the Kentucky River; Cumberland Gap; scene at the Breaks Interstate Park.


Midwifery Collection, 1920s-1930s. This small collection of weekly and monthly statistical and narrative reports is concerned with midwifery programs conducted in eastern Kentucky in Carter and Cumberland counties in the late 1930s. Also included is a report titled Kentucky's Chief Maternal Menace: The Untrained Midwife probably authored by Dr. Annie S. Veech of the Kentucky Bureau of Maternal and Child Health ca. 1926. (Accession #94M2)

Medicine/Public Health in Appalachia: Oral Histories in Special Collections. Click On Links To Access Full Project Descriptions And Individual Interviews.