American Association for the History of Nursing
The American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) is a professional organization open to everyone interested in the history of nursing. Originally founded in 1978 as a historical methodology group, the association was briefly named the International History of Nursing Society. The purpose of the Association shall be to foster the importance of history as relevant to understanding the past, defining the present, and influencing the future of nursing by:
- Stimulating national and international interest and collaboration in the history of nursing;
- Educating nurses and the public regarding the history and heritage of the nursing profession;
- Encouraging and supporting research in the history of nursing and recognizing outstanding scholarly achievement in nursing history;
- Encouraging the collection, preservation, and use of materials of historical importance to nursing;
- Serving as a resource for information about nursing history;
- Producing and distributing educational materials related to the history and heritage of the nursing profession;
- Promoting the inclusion of nursing history in nursing curricula;
- Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration in history.
American Association of University Women
American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 . For 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW's mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
Take advantage of the AAUW's Two-Minute Activist tool, which is available on a number of issues, including H.R. 1718, U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act. The tool not only educates about the issue; it also puts one in direct contact with one's legislator in order to advocate on an issue.
Cadet Nurse Project
Thelma Morey Robinson and Paulie Morey Perry served as Cadet Nurses during World War II and the post war years. After 50 years, the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps had been forgotten through the pages of time. Upon retirement, the Cadet Nurse sisters began a project to make the legacy of the Corps better known. More than 2,000 women who had served as cadet nurses and others who had been associated with the U. C. Cadet Nurse Corps were invited to participate in the project.
Harvard Nurses' Health Study
The Nurses’ Health Studies are among the largest and longest running investigations of factors that influence women’s health. Started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, the information provided by the 238,000 dedicated nurse-participants has led to many new insights on health and disease.
News about the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps also appears periodically in the Nurses' Health Studies Newsletter.
Read article in 2011 Newsletter.
Library of Congress Veteran's History Project
The Veterans History Project database honors all those military veterans and civilians who have been interviewed for the Veterans History Project, or whose personal accounts have been donated to the project. The collection is growing and the database will continuously add names as those individuals' donations are received and processed. Information contained in the database is based on participants' own reporting of their service history.
The items that comprise these collections were donated or collected by veterans, their families, friends, historians, folklorists, all volunteers. The types of materials are many and conditions in which they were created vary.
This link points to the Cadet Nurses whose interviews are housed in this database.
Read more about the Veteran's History Project, the American Folklife Center, and the Library of Congress.
Reminisce, North America’s top-selling nostalgia magazine, “brings back the good times” of the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ‘60s and early ’70s. A variety of true, heart-felt stories are mainly written by the readers, not professional writers, which makes our magazine-and website-unique.
In the March 2014 issue is an article about one Cadet Nurse, Patty Simpson Beckmeyer, whose story is linked in the Scrapbook page of uscadetnurse.org.
This video stream from the Ball State University Digital Media Repository dramatizes the need for Cadet Nurses during World War II.
Catalog Reference: http://libx.bsu.edu/u?/WWIIHistFilm,76
This film is also available for purchase at criticalpast.com:
Beatrice Kalisch and Philip Kallisch wrote an article on this documentary and other aspects of the publicity campaign to recruit Cadet Nurses. It appeared in 1973 in Nursing Outlook under the title Be a Cadet Nurse: The Girl with a Future.
The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project
The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP), established at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 1998, documents the contributions of women in the military and related service organizations since World War I. The WVHP includes a wide range of source material including photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, oral histories, military patches and insignia, uniforms, and posters, as well as published works. Through active acquisition and educational outreach, the WVHP continues to expand its research collection to explore the cultural, social, and military changes in American society that have been fueled by the gender integration of the armed forces.
The WVHP’s strengths are oral histories and materials from veterans of World War II, but it also includes the stories and materials of women who served in World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, The Cold War, Desert Storm, the Gulf Wars, and the War on Terror. The WVHP currently holds more than 550 collections which include 350 oral histories. The collections chiefly document women military veterans, but they also chronicle the contributions of workers in related service organizations such as the Red Cross, special services, and civilians in service. Our current focus is collecting oral histories of UNCG student veterans as well as women in the Greensboro area.
This link connects with the home page for the Extra-Military - Cadet Nurse Corps section of the collection.
U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Membership Card Files
This database contains membership cards providing details on women who joined the Cadet Nurse Corps created during World War II.
What’s in the Records
This database contains Cadet Nurse Corps membership cards providing details on women who joined the Corps. There are four different card forms: 300A, 300B (pre-May 1944), 300B revised, and PG 400, which recorded post-graduate information. NARA provides the following description of the forms and the information each includes:
“Form 300A is a membership card and includes the name of the cadet, serial number, name of the nursing school or hospital, address of the school, and dates attended. Form 300B (before May 1944) only identifies the cadet by serial number and includes statistical information about the cadet such as age, hometown, marital status, occupation of her father, and how she found out about the program. In May 1944, Form 300B membership card was revised to include the information that was contained in Form 300A and the previous version of Form 300B. Form PG 400 includes the name and address of the cadet and any post-graduate information such as the name of the university or hospital and what degree was earned.”
Women in Military Service for America
This web site is about the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The Women's Memorial is a unique, living memorial honoring all military women - past, present and future - and is the only major national memorial honoring women who have served in our nation's defense during all eras and in all services. Work on the Memorial was in progress for about 11 years and it was dedicated October 18, 1997. Some 200,000 people visit the Memorial annually.
U.S. Cadet Nurses may register at the Women's Memorial, or, if deceased, a relative may register them on their behalf. Download the registration form here.