Guide to the Ruth Stewart Papers
Record Group 234

Date Span:  ca. 1917-1986

Extent:  1 @ ½ Ltr Doc Box

Physical Description:  14 file folders in 2 accessions

Biographical Sketch:  Ruth Law Stewart (February 12, 1917 – August 1994) trained as a nurse at Frasier-Ellis Hospital and Nurse Training College, Dothan, AL, graduating on May 14, 1941. Her parents Robert Lee and Mattie Lee (Crumpler) Stewart, named her for the then-famous aviatrix Ruth Law.  She graduated from New Brockton High School in 1937 and that summer enrolled in the Frasier-Ellis nursing program.  One month after graduating, she married Art Lund (d. October 1986).  They had four children:  Nita Sue (August 1942, St. Louis, MO), Nels Stewart (January 1945, Kansas City, KS), twins Pamela Jane and Patricia Ann (December 1949, Kansas City, KS).  The family moved to Tampa in July 1957.  Stewart never worked as a registered nurse but continued to take classes and kept her license current. (source: biographical Note, Sue Gutierrez to Martin Olliff, September 2, 2017)

Scope / Content Note:

Accession 234-17-0607: Thirty items pertaining to Ms. Stewart's education at the New Brockton High School and Frasier-Ellis Hospital and Nursing Training School. Includes photograph of New Brockton Class of 1937 and multiple photographs of Frasier-Ellis nurse trainees and staff, Ms. Stewart's surgery class notebook, newspaper articles about Frasier-Ellis Hospital and nurses training, a graduation program and diploma, Ms. Stewart's license to practice and identification card, and programs to a 1983 reunion of the nursing class of 1941.

Accession 234-17-0905:  Photographs of Ruth Stewart Lund and her extended family from 1917 to 1986, New Brockton (AL) High School autograph book 1937 w/ one entry from student nurse in 1941, memo books of original poetry (including one about being a student nurse), and one letter with photo of 1986 reunion of the nursing class of 1941.

Provenance:  Ms. Sue Guiterrez and Ms. Pam Salerno, Ms. Stewart's daughters living in Tampa, Florida, mailed the material to the Wiregrass Archives after seeing a posting on Facebook and exchanging emails with Dr. M. Olliff.

Acquisition Method:  Gift

Access/User Limits?  Open per gift agreement, 2017_0703

Proc Date:  10/25/2017                                               Processor:  MTO

Inventory, File Level

Accession 234-17-0607

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Photo, New Brockton (AL) High School, 1937

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Ruth Stewart, Student Nurse Notebook, Frasier-Ellis Hospital, Dothan AL, 1940 - 1941

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News clips and Images, Student-Ellis Hospital, Dothan, AL, 1940 - 1941

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Ruth Stewart, Graduation Announcement, Diploma, Licenses, Frasier-Ellis Hospital, Dothan, AL, 1941 - 1942

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Photos, Frasier-Ellis Employees, ca. 1940 - 1941

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News clips and Programs (1983), re: Student and Employee Reunions, Frasier-Ellis Hospital, Dothan, AL, 1983 - 1985

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News clips, re: Frasier-Ellis Hospital, Dothan, AL, 1984 - 1986

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Dothan Eagle news story re: Flowers Hospital, November 11, 1985

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Photo and caption, Supreme Ice Cream storefront, n.d.

Accession 234-17-0905

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Photo and cardboard frame, Crumpler Family (Ruth Stewart maternal grandmother), ca. 1917

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Photos, Ruth Stewart as a toddler (ca. 1918), Stewart's parents' 50th wedding anniversary family photo (1966)

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Letter and Photo, Frasier-Ellis Hospital, Dothan AL, Nurses' Reunion, 1986

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Class Autograph Book, New Brockton (AL) High School, 1937, 1941

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Ruth Stewart, Memo book of poetry / partial diary, with loose writings, ca. 1937 - 1942

 

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