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Guide to the Thelma Ingles Papers, 1936-2014 (MC.0025)

Abstract

Contains the personal and professional papers of Thelma M. Ingles (1909-1983), former professor and chair of the Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing at Duke University and international nursing education consultant. Types of materials include correspondence, diaries, reports, schedules, writings, reprints, biographical materials, and photographs. Major subjects include nursing education, nurse-patient relations, nursing service in hospitals, Duke Hospital, Duke University School of Nursing faculty, and Duke University Department of Nursing. Materials range from 1936 to 2014.

Descriptive Summary

Call Number
MC.0025
Title
Thelma Ingles Papers
Date
1936-2012
Creator
Ingles, Thelma
Extent
4.5 Linear Feet (3 cartons) and 1 oversized folder
Repository
Duke University Medical Center Archives

Collection Overview

Contains correspondence, diaries, reports, schedules, writings, reprints, biographical materials, and photographs pertaining to the career of Thelma M. Ingles. Major subjects include nursing education, nurse-patient relations, nursing service in hospitals, Duke Hospital, Duke University School of Nursing faculty, and Duke University Department of Nursing. Materials range from 1936 to 2014.

Arrangement Note

Organized into the following series: Diary Notes and Correspondence, 1945-1972; Field Work, Reports and Correspondence, 1962-1978; Correspondence, 1945-1980; Writings and Biographical Materials, 1955-1986; Additions to the Thelma Ingles Papers, 1936-1989; Care from the Heart, 2009-2014; Oversized Items, 1973.

Material within this collection has been organized by accession reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. Researchers should note that material within each accession overlaps with/or relates to material found in other accessions. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each accession described in the Series Scope and Contents section.

Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the DUMCA.

Restrictions on Access & Use

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Access Restrictions

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals or IRB approval may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Duke University assumes no responsibility.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

1. Diary Notes and Correspondence, 1945-1972

Series Scope and Contents: Contains one bound volume of diary entries and letters exchanged while Ingles traveled and conducted research in the field. Materials date from 1945 to 1972.

Diary Notes and Correspondence, 1945
Box 1
Diary Notes and Correspondence, 1946, 1953
Box 1
Diary Notes and Correspondence, 1962-1963
Box 1
Diary Notes and Correspondence, 1962-1963
Box 1
Diary Notes and Correspondence, January-August 1964
Box 1
Diary Notes and Correspondence, September 1964-1965
Box 1
Diary Notes and Correspondence, 1969
Box 1
Diary Notes and Correspondence, 1970-1971
Box 1
Diary Notes and Correspondence, 1971-1972
Box 1

2. Field Work, Reports and Correspondence, 1962-1978

Series Scope and Contents: Contains correspondence, reports, schedules, assignments, and some diary entries pertaining to field work and sponsoring agencies. Materials date from 1962 to 1978.

Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., home visit reports, 1962
Box 1
Cali, Colombia and Brazil, 1962-1978
Box 1
Bangkok, 1968
Box 1
Cali, 1967
Box 1
Cali, Colombia, 1973-1974
Box 1
Bangkok, Columbia, and Istanbul, 1969
Box 1
Russia, folder 1, 1969
Box 1
Russia, folder 2, 1969
Box 1
Zaire, 1973-1974
Box 1
Colombia, Brazil, England, 1973
Box 1
Cali, Colombia, 1973-1974
Box 1

3. Correspondence, 1945-1980

Series Scope and Contents: Contains personal and professional correspondence concerning teaching, writing, politics, nursing, nursing education, travels, field work, and grant reports to the Rockefeller Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Major correspondents include Virginia Arnold, Nancy Milio, Terrance Keenan, and Margaret Mahoney. Materials are ordered by name for major correspondents and date for other correspondents. Materials date from 1945 to 1980.

Processing Note: Letters from Virginia Arnold which are part of the new addition dated to January 8, 1964 and June 3, 1964 have been placed in the folder Correspondence 1961-1964. A letter written by Thelma Ingles while in Turkey dating to June 5, 1946 which is part of the new addition is also stored separately in the folder Correspondence 1945-1948.

Virginia Arnold, 1962-1964
Box 1
Ann Bliss, 1972-1974
Box 1
Morton Bogdonoff, 1962-1978
Box 1
Sanford Cohen,, 1959-1961 1977
Box 1
Duke University, 1958-1980
Box 1
Terrance Keenan, 1974-1978
Box 1
Margaret Mahoney, 1971-1976
Box 1
Nancy Milio, 1972-1977
Box 1
Robert S. Morrison, 1962-1972
Box 1
St. Christopher's Hospice, 1972-1974
Box 1
Osborne, Oliver H., 1972
Box 1
Project Hope, 1968-1974
Box 1
Reiter, Frances, 1964-1976
Box 1
Eugene Stead, 1970-1978
Box 1
University of Ghana, 1976-1977
Box 1
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1975-1976
Box 1
Robert E. Whalen, 1963-1978
Box 1
Ruby Wilson, 1964-1974
Box 1

Publishers, 1945-1977

General, 1968-1970
Box 1
Correspondence, 1945-1948
Box 2
Correspondence, 1961-1964
Box 2
Correspondence, 1965
Box 2
Correspondence, 1967-1971
Box 2
Correspondence, 1972-1974
Box 2
Correspondence, 1975-1977
Box 2

4. Writings and Biographical Materials, 1955-1986

Series Scope and Contents: Contains correspondence, poetry, newspapers clippings, reprints, handwritten notes, photographs, published materials, manuscripts, photocopies of checks, and obituaries. Materials date from 1955 to 1986.

The Physicians View of the Evolving Nursing Profession, 1873-1913, 1962
Box 2
Reprints and articles, folder 1, 1955-1974
Box 2
Reprints and articles, folder 2, 1955-1974
Box 2
Conference materials, Pacific Palisades, CA, folder 1, 1966-1967
Box 2
Conference materials, Pacific Palisades, CA, folder 2, 1966-1967
Box 2
Sigma Theta Tau Ingles Memorial Writing Award Fund, 1982-1986
Box 2
Obituary and biographical materials, 1983
Box 2
Photograph of Thelma Ingles, undated
Box 2
Certificate of recognition for service to Massachusetts General Hospital, 1973
Box 2

5. Additions to the Thelma Ingles Papers, 1936-1989

Series Scope and Contents: Contains correspondence from friends expressing their grief over the passing of Thelma Ingles and correspondence written to Susan Haradon and Virginia Haradon about tracking down Thelma Ingles' papers. Also contains copies of some of Thelma Ingles' papers along with bound copies of her diary entries from 1962 to 1974. Materials date from 1936 to 1989.

Processing Note: Letters from Virginia Arnold which are part of the new addition dated to January 8, 1964 and June 3, 1964 have been placed in the folder Correspondence 1961-1964. A letter written by Thelma Ingles while in Turkey dating to June 5, 1946 which is part of the new addition is also stored separately in the folder Correspondence 1945-1948.

Letters of Condolence and Attempts to Find Papers of Thelma Ingles, 1964-1989

Arnold, Virginia, 1983
Box 2
Baber Turkey, 1983-1985
Box 2
Burnett, Florence / Duke, 1983
Box 2
Campbell, Emily / Duke, 1980
Box 2
Cammaet, Margaret, 1983
Box 2
Farnsworth, 1983
Box 2
Forgione, Rose, 1971-1986
Box 2
Gleason / Duke, 1983
Box 2
Golden, Archie S., 1975
Box 2
Hassenplug, Lulu Wolf, 1965, 1983
Box 2
Hayes, Guy S., 1976-1983
Box 2
Hildebrand, Edith, 1983
Box 2
Henderson, Virginia / Yale, 1975-1987
Box 2
Hunter, Anne, 1979,1983
Box 2
Jenkins, Carol / Cali, Columbia, 1983
Box 2
Kakosh, Peggy, 1982, 1986
Box 2
King, E.E., 1982
Box 2
Lee, Virginia, 1983-1984
Box 2
Lastavica, Catherine C., 1970-1989
Box 2
Manfredi, Maricel, 1983
Box 2
McAllister, Alex, 1980-1984
Box 2
McCall, Lorene / Duke, 1986
Box 2
Lusk, Walter, 1983
Box 2
Lippincott, Barton, 1980, 1985
Box 2
Lewis, Edith P. / Nursing Outlook, 1974
Box 2
Martin, Shirly Davis, Post, 1983
Box 2
Mayo, Maurine P., 1983-1984
Box 2
Milan, Joseph E., 1983
Box 2
Milio, Nancy, 1982
Box 2
Morison, Robert S., 1964-1983
Box 2
Moser, Louise G., 1983-1984
Box 2
Nahm, Laura J., 1986
Box 2
Neelon, Gunny / Duke, Post, 1983
Box 2
Nicholls, Katherine B., 1983
Box 2
Peck, Elizabeth, 1983
Box 2
Peplau, Post, 1983
Box 2
Placak, Joseph, 1980-1984
Box 2
Read, Esther H., 1983
Box 2
Reese, Eva M., 1983
Box 2
Reiter, Francis, 1964-1983
Box 2
Rhodes, Jo Ann, 1983-1984
Box 2
Richardson, Marjorie, 1983
Box 2
Saunders, Cindy, 1983
Box 2
Schutt, Barbara, Post, 1983
Box 2
Schwarts, Doris, Post, 1983
Box 2
Simpson, Ida H., 1980
Box 2
Smith, Dorothy, 1983
Box 2
Smith, Marian G., 1983
Box 2
Stamm, Esther S., 1982
Box 2
Strode, Orienne, 1983
Box 2
Thelma Ingles' Last Letter to Neelson / Duke, 1983-1984
Box 2
Watson, June D., 1979-1984
Box 2
Webb, 1983
Box 2

Bound Copies of Diary Entries and further Thelma Ingles Articles, 1936-1979

Diary of Thelma Ingles, 1962-1968
Box 2
Diary of Thelma Ingles, 1969-1974
Box 2
Writings, Reprints, and Articles, 1936-1979
Box 2

6. Care from the Heart, 2009-2012

Series Scope and Contents: Contains materials pertaining to "Care of the Heart," the memoir of Thelma Ingles, published in 2012 by Susan Hardon, PhD, Virginia Ingles Hardon, MSW, and Paula Weeldon. Includes the published book, binder containing the manuscript, correspondence, and a draft. Materials date from 2009 to 2012.

Typescript Copy, 2009
Box 3
Print Copy, 2012
Box 3
Edited Typescript,
Box 3

7. Oversized Items, 1973

Series Scope and Contents: Contains certificate from the Centennial celebration at Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing. Material dates to 1973.

Certificate of Recognition from Massachusetts General Hospital, 1973
Box MCA OS1

Biographical Note

Thelma M. Ingles was born in Redfield, South Dakota, on December 16, 1909 to Thomas J. Ingles and Della May (nee Hooker) Ingles. She received a bachelor's degree in English literature from University of California at Los Angeles in 1931 before pursuing a career in nursing. She graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in 1935 and received a master's degree from Western Reserve University in 1941. Postgraduate study included a year at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on public health nursing and sociology, and a year at Duke University, where she received a United States Public Health Service grant to study the role of the nurse in the clinic.

Ingles was assistant superintendent at the Boston Nursery for Blind Children (1936-1937), instructor at Burbank Hospital of Massachusetts (1937-1938), clinical nurse in Cleveland, Ohio (1938-1942), head nurse at St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio (1942-1943), faculty member at the University of Virginia (1941-1945), and faculty members at the Admiral Bristol Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey (1945-1948).

From 1949 to 1961 Ingles was professor and chair of the Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing at Duke University. During her time at Duke she provided leadership in establishing the national and international reputation of Duke's nursing education programs. In 1958, Ingles developed the clinical nursing specialist program, the first master's program of its kind in the United States. Despite initial disapproval of the National League for Nursing accreditation board for not including in the curriculum a functional focus for faculty or administrator preparation, this program pioneered the important role of nurses with advanced clinical knowledge in the delivery and teaching of nursing care. From 1962 to 1973 Ingles served as a member of the field staff of the Rockefeller Foundation where she consulted health clinics, small organizations, and educational programs in Colombia, Brazil, Thailand, Ghana, and other countries. During the 1970s, prior to her retirement in 1974, Ingles was a consultant for the Peace Corps and Project HOPE.

During her 40-year career, Ingles traveled to a total of 52 countries. Thelma Ingles' ideas for nursing education and clinical practice identified her as a leader nationally and internationally. She published numerous articles, including case studies and autobiographical narratives, in "The American Journal of Nursing", "Nursing Outlook", and the "American Journal of Medical Education."

In 1973, Duke University honored Ingles with the establishment of the Thelma Ingles Scholarly Papers Award, presented annually through the Beta Epsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau at Duke University.

Ingles died on July 23, 1983.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thelma Ingles Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.

Acquisitions Information

Accession A1979.004 (acquired from Ruby Leila Wilson, January 1979), Accession A2007.081 (gift, September 2017), Accession A2009.067 (gift, November 2009), Accession A2013.123 (gift, May 2013), Accession A2014.042 (gift, December 2014)

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn: November 2003; updated by Brian Goforth: June 2008

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