The Grady Nurses Conclave Collection was officially donated to the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History during the 2001 Conclave. The library is located at 101 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. We are extremely proud that the history of Ludie Andrews and Grad Memorial Hospital School of Nursing for Black Nurses is now preserved in the national research archives.
Scope and Content Note
Minutes and agendas, scrapbooks, photographs, reports and historical writings, printed material and ephemera, personal papers of individual nurses, books, and artifacts including textiles make up the National Conclave of Grady Graduate Nurses Collection. The material documents the history and activities of the conclave, the lives and professional accomplishments of its members, the history of Grady Hospital and its School of Nursing, and the historical role of Mrs. Ludie C. Andrews.
Conclave Historian Mary Dixon Smith chaired the Collection Committee (co-chaired by Dora Edwards Way), which coordinated the assembly of National Conclave of Grady Graduate Nurses Collection. In 2000-2001, the Committee solicited biographical information and historical records from Grady Graduates and their families. With these donations, Mrs. Smith created History and Profile books, which contain biographical data on over 100 nurses, and assembled the Conclave's records (minutes, reports, convention programs). Mrs. Smith and the Committee also assisted with an exhibit at Auburn Avenue Research Library, coinciding with the 2001 Conclave in Atlanta, about Mrs. Andrews and the Grady School of Nursing.
Though many Grady Graduates' donations were added to the National Conclave's records, to the Profile books, or used for exhibit, the committee also compiled personal collections from donating nurses. These individual collections, arranged by form, make up all of Series III and IV, and the bulk of Series VI and VII. Thus, the National Conclave of Grady Graduate Nurses Collection includes small collections from the following Grady Graduate Nurses:
Please visit the Auburn Library to learn more about the collection here.