Telfair Hospital Alumnae Association records
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Telfair Hospital Alumnae Association records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Telfair Hospital Alumnae Association (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Telfair Hospital Alumnae Association records
Dates: 1902-1978
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 box, 1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 1282

Biographical/Historical Note

The Telfair Hospital for Women in Savannah, Georgia, formally opened in January 1886, was established under a bequest in the will of Mary Telfair (1791-1875). A training school for nurses was chartered in 1900 and was the first school of its king in Georgia. The first class graduated in 1902 and the school continued operation until 1935.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of administrative records and other materials from the Telfair Hospital Alumnae Association. It contains letters, yearbooks, photographs, and other printed materials relating to Telfair Hospital and the nursing school operated there from 1900-1935. Included in the materials is a card file containing the names of all the individuals who joined the alumnae association after graduation.

Index Terms

Administrative records.
Letters (correspondence)
Membership lists.
School yearbooks.
Telfair Hospital Alumnae Association (Savannah, Ga.)
Telfair, Mary, 1791-1875.
Women's hospitals--Georgia--Savannah.
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Telfair Hospital Alumnae Association papers, MS 1282, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mary Ann Colquitt, 1978.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Correspondence, 1935-1978 (12 items.)
Letters to the Association, most of them are notes of appreciation for kindnesses - cards, gifts, flowers - by the Association.


2Membership records, 1902-1936 (2 items.)
Notebook with names of members of the class for each year, in pencil; "Suggested Outline for Annual Alumnae Report for Georgia State Nurses Association," mimeographed. Attached to this is a typed list of names and addresses.


3Printed materials (10 items.)
22nd Annual Report, Telfair Hospital for Women, 1908; Southern Hospital, October 1941, featuring Telfair Hospital; The History of Candler General Hospital, by V.J. Ceryanec, undated; Life Line, Fall, 1978, (Georgia Heart Assn); "Healing Verses From the Bible," composition by Rev. R.E. Grantham, Chaplain of Candler Hospital; brochure on the Stroke Care Unit of Candler Hospital; History of the Telfair Hospital (typed manuscript); Eleventh Annual Report, The Fresh Air Home, 1908-1909. 2 clippings: one an obituary of Georgia Bell, Waynesboro, undated; the other an obituary of Lutitia Winifred Seckinger, a 1902 graduate of Telfair Hospital School of Nursing, 1978.


4Photographs (9 items.)
Back of Telfair Hospital with garden (print from a photograph); group photo of classes of 1902-1903 (identifications on back); group photo of class of 1906 (identifications on back); torn picture of a group of nurses at front of hospital; graduation picture of unidentified nurse in the hospital garden; photo of the banquet of the 50th Anniversary of the Georgia State Nurses Association; individual photographs: Dr. E. Carson Demmond; Dr. Jabez Jones (3); unidentified doctor.


4aOutside box. Photographs: group photos of classes of 1911, 1928 and one unidentified (3 items.)


5Mary Ann Raiford Colquitt papers, 1931-1946 (5 items.)
Diploma from Telfair Hospital School of Nursing, 1933; certificates for other training and as a Registered Nurse, 1931-1.933; certificate from American National Red Cross for meritorious personal service, 1945.


42Card file of members of Telfair Hospital Alumnae Association (1 item.)


43Year Books (1 vol.)
Georgia State Association of Graduate Nurses, 1925-1931; Convention Proceedings of Georgia State Nurses' Association, 1931-1937; Bulletin, October 1936.