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Mary Elizabeth Carnegie Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0093

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a manuscript copy of Carnegie's book, Breakthrough to nursing: twenty five years of involvement, published in 1988, which Carnegie apparently gave to Dr. Eloise Lewis (past Dean of the School of Nursing at UNCG) for her review. The collection also includes a copy of the 1962 edition of The Glowing Lamp, the official publication of Chi Eta Phi National Nurses Sorority.

Dates

  • 1962 - 1984

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Carnegie (1916-2008), was a distinguished educator and author in the field of nursing, known for breaking down racial barriers and preserving the history of African American nurses. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, received a diploma from the Lincoln School of Nurses, bachelor's degree from West Virginia State College, master's degree from Syracuse University, and doctor of public administration degree from New York University.

Carnegie's professional achievements include: serving as dean of the school of nursing at Florida A and M University; becoming the first black nurse appointed to the board of the Florida Nurses Association; editing the American Journal of Nursing for 35 years; authoring the award-winning book The Path We Tread: Blacks in Nursing Worldwide; initiating the baccalaureate nursing program at Hampton University; serving as president of the American Academy of Nursing; and receiving eight honorary doctorates in addition to numerous professional awards.

Dr. Carnegie taught as a visiting professor at institutions including the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Extent

0.16 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Carnegie (1916-), is a distinguished educator and author in the field of nursing, known for breaking down racial barriers and preserving the history of African American nurses. This collection includes a manuscript copy of Carnegie's book, Breakthrough to nursing: twenty five years of involvement, and a copy of the 1962 edition of The Glowing Lamp, the official publication of Chi Eta Phi National Nurses Sorority.

Method of Acquisition

Transferred from UNCG School of Nursing to University Archives in 1988.

Related Materials

UNCG's Jackson Library holds a copy of Carnegie's best-known book, The path we tread: blacks in nursing worldwide (1995), as well as a report by Carnegie entitled "Disadvantaged students in R.N. programs; a comparative study of school-completion records of two groups of socioeconomically disadvantaged students in programs leading to registered nurse licensure" (1974).

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Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff.
Title
Mary Elizabeth Carnegie Papers
Author
Archives staff
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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