Nursing Sisters' Association of Canada fonds [textual record, graphic material]

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    • Nursing Sisters' Association of Canada fonds
      Nursing Sisters' Association of Canada fonds Fonds de l'Association des infirmières militaires du Canada
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    1.48 m of textual records.
    25 photographs.
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    Scope and content:
    Fonds consists of Canadian National Association of Trained Nurses correspondence regarding nursing sisters in the First World War and files on the creation and inauguration of a memorial in Parliament to Canadian nursing sisters, 1922-1926. Constitution, bylaws, minutes and correspondence of the Overseas Nursing Sisters' Association of Canada (1928-1944) and the Canadian Nursing Sisters' Association of Canada (1944-1998). Membership directories, lists of executives, nominal rolls and awards, 1926-1986. Material for publications on the history of Canadian nursing sisters. Minutes, reports and correspondence of the Ottawa Unit, 1931-1992. Memorabilia from nursing sisters, 1885-1987.
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    Biography/Administrative history:
    Nursing Sisters' Association of Canada: The first nurses (called nursing sisters) to officially serve with the Canadian military were in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. During the South African War, three groups of nursing sisters were sent to take care of Canadian troops. In 1906, a permanent nursing service was established and the nursing sisters were given officer rank. Over 3 000 nursing sisters served in the First World War of whom 47 died while on active duty. During the Second World War, 4 480 nursing sisters served in all three services and in all Canadian operational areas, 13 died while serving. Sixty nursing sisters served in the Korean War. Now called Nursing Officers, nurses continue to provide care to the Canadian military. The campaign to erect a memorial to the nursing sisters of the First World War acted as a catalyst for the formation of local associations of nursing sisters across Canada. The unveiling of the memorial in the Parliament Buildings in August 1926 undoubtedly aided the formation of the Overseas Nursing Sisters' Association of Canada (ONSAC) in July 1929. The existing associations became local units of the ONSAC. There were major changes in 1944; the name was changed to the Nursing Sisters' Association of Canada (NSAC) and nursing sisters who had not served overseas were allowed to become members. The nursing sisters returning from the Second World War boosted the ranks of NSAC. The aims of NSAC are: to maintain friendship among nursing sisters, to work for national unity and international peace and to assist nursing sisters in need.
    Finding aid:
    Textual records (Electronic) The finding aid, prepared by Economic-Governance archives in 2002, is a list of textual files. MSS2296 (90 90: Open)

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    General Note:
    Acquired from the Canadian Nurses Association Archives in 2000.
    Custodial history:
    The NSAC placed its archival material in the Canadian Nurses Association Archives in 1977.
    Availability of other formats note:
    Volumes 1-9 are available on microfilm.
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    Textual records: Originals have been withdrawn from circulation. Researchers must use microfilm reels H-3125 to H-3131.

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