Correspondences written about History of Pennsylvania Military College, Name Change, etc.; Histories written about Widener University and Name Change; Histories written about Old Main; Histories written about Pennsylvania Military College; Preliminary General Plan for Pennsylvania Military College - blue prints; Discussion of Land Between Pennsylvania Military Academy and P.R.A. company; Newspaper clippings about History of Widener, and Pennsylvania Military College; Pennsylvania Military Colleges Histories - 1936 and 1964; booklet about the Delaware Military Academy, 1859-1862; a History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania; a History of the Dining-in Ceremony; also additional papers relating to the history of the institution. Letter about the awarding of a Battle Streamer to Pennsylvania Military College in recognition of the service of cadets in the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863. This was a major battle in the Civil War.
This is a collection of papers and histories. There are two volumes to this material. The contents of volume one are listed first, and the contents of volume two are at the bottom of this record.
VOLUME ONE: The contents of Volume One are as follows:
Section 1 – Widener History – 1988-1992
~History of Widener (1992)
~W.U. profile (1990)
~Memo regarding first degrees awarded in chronological order (1990)
~Memo to President Bruce regarding dates of first degrees for commencement degree order (1990)
~W.U. institutional profile and history (1988)
Section 2 – Widener History – 1993-1996
~W.U. fact sheet (1993-1994)
~Fax regarding profile for media guide (1993)
~Memos regarding contested origin of broom drill (1996)
Section 3 – Cecil B. deMille
~Correspondence between John Kobal and Widener faculty/staff (Patricia Brant, assistant to the president, and David King, archivist) regarding Cecil B. deMille at P.M.C. (1988)
Section 4 – John Bullock
~Memo from Patricia Brant with information on John Bullock contained in Clarence Moll’s dissertation (1986)
~Notes regarding “Bullock’s Boarding School”
Section 5 – General MacMorland
~Letter to Mrs. Edward DePaola with historical material on General MacMorland (1989)
~Biographical sketch (written 1960s, retyped 1989), as well as copy of original
~Copy of Chester Times article regarding his achievements at P.M.C. during tenure as president (March 10, 1959)
Section 6 – Early Female Graduates
~Letter to James Cowee regarding Bertha Hyatt (Mrs. J.C.Cowee), who apparently received a diploma from P.M.C. in 1886 (1986)
~Patricia Brant’s notes on the topic
Section 7 – Requests for Oral Histories (1984 and 1987)
~Letters to Mathews Johnson, William Cottee, George Hansell, and Eleanor Logan requesting oral personal perspectives of Widener and its predecessors (1984)
~Letters to Stuart Raub, Sherwyn Davis, and Carl Schaubel thanking them for their oral histories (1984)
~Letter to Mrs. Mabel Cramp Hyatt requesting information on 1877 and 1886 female graduates from P.M.C., as well as an oral history request (1987)
~Correspondence between Patricia Brant and John Cramp regarding a copy of an 1866 P.M.C. circular (included), as well as an oral history request (1987)
Section 8 – Chester History
~Copy of newspaper article about Virginia Damon, originally from Chester – mentions P.M.C. (1994)
~“A Little Chester History” by Geri Templin (1991)
~History of Delaware County by Henry Ashmead (1884)
Section 9 – School of Nursing, 1992-1993
~Copy of 1991 Nightingale Ceremony speech by former Dean Eleanore Dower (1992)
~Letter to Belinda Puetz regarding Widener’s doctoral program information being submitted to the National Nursing Staff Development Organization (NNSDO) (1993)
~Information describing Widener’s nursing doctoral program (1993)
Section 10 – Wetherill Family
~Brief description of Wetherill house – the Castle
~Copy of Wetherill family history from genealogical book (1934)
~Wetherill Family of Chester history by Sara Roberts Wetherill (1964)
~Copy of Wetherill section in 1926 “Who’s Who in Delaware County” (1926)
Section 11 – Historical Research – P.M.C. and Widener
~Guide to researching the history of an institution (1990)
~Correspondence with Mr. DelVecchio regarding the study/research of P.M.C.’s history (1992)
~Student piece on Old Main (1990)
~Correspondence with Ms. Nancy Kelly regarding the possible purchase of a 1933 survey of P.M.C.
~P.M.C. Folklore (1986)
~Brief History o P.M.C. Alumni Association (1962)
~Delaware Military Academy (1971)
~Eras of P.M.C./Widener
~Short History of Widener University
Section 12 – Mortar Cannons
~Correspondence with Mr. Russ Pritchard and Mr. Charles Smithgall regarding the potential sale of cannons in front of Old Main. Including some historical information (1994)
VOLUME TWO: The contents of Volume 2, in a separate notebook, are as follows:
This is a collection of papers and histories. The contents are as follows:
Section 1 – History of Lathem Hall
~Correspondence between President Bruce and Debra Racz regarding the history of Lathen (1991)
~Newspaper articles about Dr. Abraham Lathem, founder of the church
Section 2 – Pennsylvania Military Prep School
~Copy of viewbook
~Application for admission
Section 3 – Col. Frank Kelso Hyatt
Section 4 – President Robert J. Bruce
~Article from Widener Magazine (2001)
~“1981-1997: The Bruce Administration,” complied by Patricia Brant (1997)
Section 5 – Boettner Hall, 1991
~Copy of remarks by Dr. William Larkin, Dean of Students
~Copy of dedication speech by Joe Corcoran, student
~Copy of remarks by Joseph Boettner
Section 6 – Eugene Hoops
~“Wearing the Gray” by Gene Hoops (1946)
Section 7 – Crozer – 1992
~List of Crozer family members on file
~Information for potentially naming new building “Crozer Hall”
Section 8 – P.M.C. in Magazines/Newspapers
~“The Slater System Bulletin”
~Delaware County Daily Times – January 24, 1966; January 25, 1966
~Philadelphia Inquirer – 1963 (Women at P.M.C.)
~Chester Times – February 23, 1882 (Old Main Fire); March 8, 1882 (P.M.A. post fire)
Section 9 – Remembrances of Times Past
~Remembrances of Times Past
Section 10 - John Norton
~Copy of conclusion of his book, "Widener College - Minimizing Conflict in Accomplishing Change" (1977)
Information about Theresa Lynch, who was instrumental in founding the nursing program.
"History of Nursing Program" compiled by Janette Packer, former Professor of Nursing at Widener
Report done in 1993 by Ronald Wells, President Emeritus of the Crozer Theological Seminary, describing some of the background history of the founding of the Widener School of Nursing.
Document entitled "Early History of the Widener School of Nursing" by Dorothy M. Thompson, April 1995.
E. Dower - School of Nursing History Rough master unedited VHS
Dorothy Stewart Thompson History - School of Nursing VHS
Widener University School of Nursing Judith Ann Kilpatrick, Widener Memories Sprin 2009 DVD
Widener University School of Nursing Through the Eyes of the Deans, sponsored by the Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International 2009 DVD (2 copies)
Crozer Theological Seminary baccalaureate service May 31, 1970 commencement program
People Need what Crozer Gives Today promotional pamphlet for the Crozer Theological Seminary
Papers relating to the history of the Nursing Program on campus, donated by Dean Barbiere of the School of Nursing.
Papers relating to the history of the Nursing Program on campus. Box Includes:
Scrapbook that documents the beginning of the Nursing Program with photographs and articles, 1966 to 1968.
Materials related to Dorothy Thompson, the second Dean of the School of Nursing. They include a scrapbook given to her documenting the receipt by Louis Kapelski of the R. Kelso Carter Award in 1975, a booklet entitled "Dorothy Stewart Thompson, a Celebration of Life, November 12, 1997", and miscellaneous papers related to her life.
Papers relating to the history of the Nursing Program on campus. Box Includes:
Scrapbook that documents the beginning of the Nursing Program with photographs, 1968 to 1969.
Notebook of speech entitled "Some Reflections on the Development of the School of Nursing of Widener University Chester Pennsylvania", presented by Eleanore O. Dower, Associate Professor Emerita at the Nightingale Ceremony, 1992.
A chronology of the development of the College of Nursing of the Crozer Foundation from 1963 to 1969.
"Data Submitted in Support of Application to State Board on Education for Approval of the College of Nursing of the Crozer Foundation." 1965
Additional materials related to Dorothy Thompson
Two copies of a book entitled: "Solutions in Ten Lessons, A Manual for Use in Training Schools for Nurses."
Folders of articles about Nursing History