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Maryland Nurses Association:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

July 2005



Profile Description

Creation: EAD finding aid created by Trish Raque Bogdan, July 2005
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Maryland Nurses Association
Title: Maryland Nurses Association records
Dates: 1882-1989
Quantity: 21.5 linear ft.in 48 manuscript boxes and 3 oversize boxes
Abstract:The Maryland State Association of Graduate Nurses established its priorities as creating a state registration program, fostering relationships among Maryland nurses, promoting nursing standards, and later, serving as the primary collective bargaining agent for nurses. The records of the Maryland Nurses Association document its creation in 1903; its organizational structure and everyday activities; its annual conventions; and its commitment to the establishment of nursing professional standards.
Accession number: L1979-33
LanguageEnglish.

Organization of the Records

Organized into 9 series:
Series I. Annual Meetings/Conventions
Series II. Bylaws and Constitutions
Series III. Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Series IV. Structural Units
Subseries A. Committees
Subseries B. Councils
Subseries C. Divisions
Subseries D. Special Interest Groups
Subseries E. Task Forces
Series V. Economic and General Welfare Program
Series VI. Office Files
Series VII. Financial Documents
Series VIII. Central Directory of Registered Nurses
Series IX. Historical Material
Maryland Nurses Association records arrived in four accessions: L1977-16; L1979-33; L1988-32; and L1989-10. Each folder title includes (in brackets) the number of the accession in which it arrived.Accessions L1977-16 and L1979-33 had been previously processed as two separate collections. Therefore, the boxes from accession L1977-16 are shelved together in one location and the boxes from accession L1979-33 are shelved together in a separate location; materials from each can be located using the respective box numbers. The L1988-32 and L1989-10 accessions have been physically combined into 29 boxes that are shelved together. Within this finding aid, the materials from the four accessions have been listed according to their subject matter and each folder title is listed in its subject-appropriate series. The L1997-16 and L1979-33 accessions had been previously processed and their original arrangement has been retained as much as possible. Additional series were created to accommodate material from the most recent two accessions.

Scope and Content of the Records

The records of the Maryland Nurses Association document its creation in 1903; its organizational structure and everyday activities; its annual conventions; and its commitment to the establishment of nursing professional standards. The multiple accessions of the records make it difficult to ascertain their place or person of origin. The records primarily consist of annual meeting proceedings, board of director minutes, committee information, and collective bargaining activities.

The nearly complete runs of the annual meeting proceedings and Board of Director minutes provide succinct depictions of the most important issues facing the association over the course of its history.

The collective bargaining activities of the Maryland Nurses Association are documented in Series V: Economic and General Welfare Program and mainly consist of the records of professional chapters at various medical facilities. According to the bylaws of the staff chapter of Prince George's General Hospital and Medical Center, the professional chapters served to "implement ANA standards of nursing and stimulate and promote the Professional development of nurses and advance their economic and general welfare through effective and aggressive collective bargaining." Although the records focus on only eleven medical facilities and corporations, the information provided is comprehensive.

The records included limited documents from the district organizations and the executive director and office files, and contain incomplete runs of the organizational bylaws.


History of the Maryland Nurses Association

On December 14, 1903, over 400 nurses gathered in Baltimore to organize the Maryland State Association of Graduate Nurses. At that first meeting, the Maryland State Association of Graduate Nurses established its priorities as creating a state registration program, fostering relationships among Maryland nurses, promoting nursing standards, and later, serving as the primary collective bargaining agent for nurses.

The organization changed its name to the Maryland State Nurses' Association and joined the newly formed Middle Atlantic Division of the American Nurses' Association in 1921. It took the name Maryland Nurses Association, Inc. in 1959. From its creation, it has been a constituent member of the American Nurses' Association and adheres to ANA bylaws and the ANA Code for Nurses.

In 1909, the association created the Central Directory of Registered Nurses as a profit-sharing corporation. The Central Directory of Registered Nurses provided pre-approved registered nurses and licensed practical nurses for private duty and to hospitals and to other health-care institutions when requested. It became a non-profit agency owned and operated by the association in the late 1940s.

The Maryland Nurses Association has used an evolving organizational structure consisting of constituent associations, or district nurses' association (DNA); the offices of presidents, vice-presidents, secretary, and treasurer that form an Executive Committee; a Board of Directors composed of elected members; appointed committees and cabinets; councils of elected and appointed members; divisions composed of elected members; task forces and commissions composed of volunteer or elected members who advise the Board of Directors on a particular issue; professional chapters and cabinets that carry out collective bargaining at places of employment; sections for specific groups of professional nurses; and special interest groups.

The Maryland Nurses Association quickly established itself as an advocate for professional standards in nursing education, training, and legislation with the passage of the Nurses Bill and the appointment of a State Board of Examiners in 1904. The association's commitment to nursing legislation and advocacy for nurses' rights was further solidified with the formation of the Committee on Economic and General Welfare in 1958. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the MNA filed a collective bargaining petition with the Labor Commission, obtained a registered lobbyist, and hired a labor lawyer to work with the Economic and General Welfare Program and local units. The General and Economic Welfare Program of the MNA operated through the use of professional chapters that were responsible to the Council on Professional Employment Activities.

For further historical information on the MNA, see Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Maryland State Nurses Association: An Historical Sketch, 1903-1928, by Helen C. Bartlett and Highlights of Nursing in Maryland, 1903-1976, by Alice Sundberg, et al. in the Historical Materials series.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

American Nurses Association
Maryland Nurses Association--Archives
Collective bargaining--Nursing--Maryland
Labor unions--Nurses--Maryland
Nurses--Maryland
Nursing--Law and legislation--Maryland
Nursing--Maryland--Societies, etc.
Maryland--Labor--Trade-unions
Maryland--Societies, etc.--Nursing

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], [series title], Maryland Nurses Association records, [accession number], Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Maryland Nurses Association, 1977-1989 (accessions L1977-16, L1988-32, and L1989-10).

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Gernazian, August 1978; Robert Dinwiddie, September 1985.Additions processed and EAD finding aid created by Trish Raque Bogdan, July 2005; edited by Amanda Brown, December 2005.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository: District of Columbia Nurses Association records [L1979-16].

Georgia State Nurses Association records [L1976-26; L1976-39; L1977-17; L1977-23; L1977-31; L1977-38; L1980-31; L1994-12].

Kentucky Nurses Association records [L1978-20; L1991-01; L1992-26 ].

South Carolina Nurses Association [ L1977-37; L1978-22; L1978-28; L1980-38; L1994-03].


Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, an oversized poster, a ledger, and pamphlets were separated to the Southern Labor Archives Oversize Collection and the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.


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