Guide to the Visiting Nurse Assoication of Allegheny County, Inc. Records, 1918-2000 AIS.2000.13

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Visiting Nurse Association of Allegheny County Records, Inc.
Creator
Visiting Nurse Association of Allegheny County (Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.2000.13
Date [inclusive]
1918-2000
Extent
2.25 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 oversize scrapbook, 213 photographs)
Abstract
Formerly known as the Public Health Nursing Association of Pittsburgh, the Visiting Nurse Association of Allegheny County was a voluntary, non-profit organization that provided skilled-care nursing care on a visiting basis to the sick in their homes. The collection consists of a variety of materials including annual reports, minutes, organization history, forms, correspondence, nursing stories, minutes, reports, procedure manuals, news clippings, program information and membership, newsletters, scrapbooks, videotapes, and photographs.

Preferred Citation

Visiting Nurse Association of Allegheny County Records, Inc., 1918-2000, AIS.2000.13, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Public Health Nursing Association of Pittsburgh was established in July 1919. The Association was a voluntary, non-profit organization that was established to "provide skilled nursing care on a visiting basis for the sick in their homes; to prevent disease by teaching principles of health, hygiene, and sanitation; and to promote health, --individual, family, and community."[1] The organization began with twenty-eight nurses, opened six sub-stations in the Hill District, South Side, East Liberty, Oakland, Lawrenceville, and the North Side, and had 101 patients.

In 1927, the Public Health Nursing Association became a member of the Community Chest, an organization of citizens representing the community, which provided financial support through the United Fund. The VNA operated on a fee based service; however, no one was denied care if unable to pay. Other financial and program support came from the Fruit Flower Mission, a service organization formed during the Civil War. "During the height of the influenza and pneumonia epidemics in 1937, as many as 150 new calls a day were answered."[2] Some of the services that the organization provided included general nursing, communicable disease prevention, maternal and child health services, and school nursing.

The organization changed its name in 1949 to the Visiting Nurse Association of Allegheny County (VNA). Emphasis on service moved toward home care needs and developed rehabilitation and supportive programs. In the 1970's, VNA added nurse clinicians, and developed specialty programs. The 1980's brought advanced professional skills and multidisciplinary staff to treat patients with complex treatments, such as intravenous chemotherapy and antibiotics, occupational therapy, speech pathology, and so on. In the 1990's services expanded to include psychiatric nursing, Chaplain services, and a Medicare-certified Hospice Program. The VNA Foundation formed to raise funds for the VNA, and there was another change in the name to VNA HealthCare Services to reflect the services offered by the organization. The organization served Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for 81 years before closing in 2000.

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Scope and Content Notes

The collection consists of a variety of materials including annual reports, minutes, organization history, forms, correspondence, nursing stories, minutes, reports, procedure manuals, news clippings, program information and membership, newsletters, scrapbooks, videotapes, and photographs, documenting the organization over 81 years of service in Allegheny County. Annual reports document the services provided during a particular time period, as well as the fiscal information. The nurses documented their home visits through stories. The sub-stations implemented projects where they created booklets on baby care, hygiene, and other issues promoting health. The scrapbooks document the organizations active role in the community through their presence in newspapers and magazine articles.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, March 2002

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Revision Description

 Description of oversize material added to the finding aid. December 2010

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh 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.

Acquisition Information

Thie collection was a gift of the Visiting Nurse Association of Allegheny County, Mary L. Smith, Chief Operating Officer, on April 28, 2000.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Selicia Gregory in 2002.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Community Chest of Allegheny County.
  • Fruit & Flower Mission.
  • National Organization for Public Health Nursing (U.S).
  • Public Health Nursing Association of Pittsburgh.
  • Visiting Nurse Association Foundation.
  • Visiting Nurse Association Health Care Services.
  • Visiting Nurse Association of Allegheny County (Pa.).

Genre(s)

  • Administrative records
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Training manuals

Personal Name(s)

  • Dorsey, Nan L.
  • McCord, Annie E.
  • Sweeton, Lucia M.
  • Tierney, Maureen

Subject(s)

  • Associations
  • Health and medicine
  • Preventive health services -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Public health nursing -- Pennsylvania
  • Social action
  • Visiting nurses -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County

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Previous Citation

Visiting Nurse Association of Allegheny County Records, Inc., 1918-2000, AIS.2000.13, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Organizational Records 

  BoxFolder
History 1934, 1968, 1988, 1994-95 11
  Folder
Bylaws 2
  Folder
Administrative materials 3
  Folder
Correspondence 1919, 1922-23, 1931 4
  Folder
Speeches 1931, 1951 5
  Folder
Nursing stories, case accounts 1931, 1951 6
  Folder
Publicity articles 7
  Folder
Annual Reports 1921-39 8
  Folder
Annual Reports 1923, 1932, 1935, 1937-69 9
  Folder
Annual Reports 1970-99 10
  Folder
County Committee Minutes 1923-24 11
  Folder
Monthly County Nursing Service Reports 1923-27 12
  Folder
Coal Mine District Service Reports 1923-24, 1926 13
  Folder
Board of Directors Annual Meeting 1980-98 14
  Folder
Public Health Nursing Meeting Minutes 1918-1919 15
  Folder
General Meeting Minutes 1976-77 16
  Folder
Medical Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 1977 17
  Folder
Nurse Clinician Meeting Minutes 1977-78 18
  Folder
Program Coordinator Minutes 1976-78 19
  Folder
Program Coordinator/Nurse Clinician Meeting Minutes 1976-77 20
  Folder
Priorities Committee Reports 1976-77 21
  Folder
Committee to Review "HWA Study of Public Health Nursing Services" 1976-77 22
  Folder
Staff Education 1977-78, 1990 23
  Folder
Staffing, benefits, service fees 24
  Folder
VNA Procedure manuals 25-27
  Folder
Nursing technique manuals 28
  Folder
Supervisor's Manual 29
  Folder
Greeting cards 30
  Folder
Miscellaneous 31
  BoxFolder
McKeesport, PA News clippings 1954-84 21
  Folder
News Clippings 1918-21, 1923 2
  Folder
News Clippings 1930-32, 1943 3
  Folder
News Clippings 1953-54 4
  Folder
News Clippings 1956-58 5
  Folder
News Clippings 1959-61 6
  Folder
News Clippings 1965, 1969 7
  Folder
News Clippings 1970-74 8
  Folder
News Clippings 1976-79, 1984 9
  Folder
News Clippings 1999-2000 10
  Folder
News Clippings [n.d.] 11

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Series  II. Programs 

  Folder
Fruit and Flower Mission 1919-1949 12
  Folder
Fruit and Flower Mission 1950's - 1960's, 1987 13
  Folder
Stroke Rehabilitation Program 14
  Folder
Stroke Rehabilitation Program Membership 15
  Folder
Stroke Rehabilitation Program News clippings and articles 1968-99 16
  Folder
Stroke Rehabilitation Program 25th Anniversary Clippings 1986 17
  Folder
Arsenal Combined Nursing Service 18
  Folder
Substation Projects 19
  Folder
Homemaker-Home Health Aide Services (H-HHAS) Clippings 1961-63, 1966, 1974 20

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Series  III. Publications 

  Folder
Public Health Nurse Quarterly 1930-31 21
  Folder
The Visiting Nurse 1955-65 22
  Folder
VNA Record 1966 23
  Folder
Bag N' Tell 1973-78 24
  Folder
Bag N' Tell 1979-82 25
  Folder
Bag N' Tell 1983-85 26
  Folder
Bag N' Tell 1986-87 27
  Folder
Bag N' Tell Communicator 1988-92 28
  Folder
Stroke of the Pen 1983-91 29
  Folder
Stroke of the Pen 1992-96 30
  Folder
Close Up 1982, 1984-85 31
  Folder
VNA Update 1993-94 32
  Folder
VNA Update 1995-96 33
  Folder
House Call 1993 34
  Folder
Anniversary Booklets, Calendar 35
  BoxFolder
Chats with a Public Health Nurse by Elizabeth H. Rath 31
  Folder
Supervision by Lucia M. Sweeton, R.N. 2
  Folder
Brochures, Pamphlets 3
  Folder
Survey of Public Health Nursing, National Organization for Public Health Nursing 4

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Series  IV. Scrapbooks 

  Folder
Scrapbook 1 Miscellaneous 1918-52 5-10
  Folder
Scrapbook 1 Miscellaneous 1918-52 5-10
  Folder
Scrapbook 2 News Clippings 1922-23, [n.d.] 11-14
  Volume
Miscellaneous 1938-75 Scrapbook 3

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Series  V. Media 

Scope and Content Notes

The series contains two video tapes.

1997 United Way Campaign, National: Pittsburgh Area 
Slutski Oltmann's: VNA Healthcare Systems "Home" "Choice," 1997 United Way Video 10/23/97 

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Series  VI. Oversize Material 

Scope and Content Notes

This material was added to the finding aid in December 2010.

  Map-caseDrawer
Miscellaneous Photos (13 items) 75

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