Oakhurst Sanatorium photograph album, 1932-1948  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Oakhurst Sanatorium photograph album
Dates
1932-1948 (inclusive)
1932-1941 (bulk)
Quantity
53 photographs in 1 album (1 folder) ; sizes vary
2 postcards and 2 photographs with letters
Collection Number
PH0894
Summary
Photographs of patients and staff at Oakhurst Sanatorium in Elma, Washington
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In the early 20th century, in Washington as well as the rest of the country, tuberculosis was a major health concern. Societies such as the Washington Tuberculosis Association (originally Washington Association for the Prevention and Relief of Tuberculosis), formed in 1906, and the Anti-Tuberculosis League, formed in 1909, aided governmental and medical organizations in combatting tuberculosis. By 1940, there were seven public sanatoria in Washington and nearly all were filled to capacity. Treatments for tuberculosis varied widely and often included forms of lung collapse therapy, exposure to fresh air, and complete bed rest.

The Oakhurst Sanatorium in Elma, Washington was opened for tuberculosis patients by the Board of Commissioners of Grays Harbor County in 1921. At its opening, the institution had a capacity of 25 patients. The Children's Ward was added in 1924, the Women's wing was added in 1926, and an employees' home was built in 1929. By 1938, the sanatorium accommodated 26 women, 25 men, and 14 children. By the 1950s, enrollment in the sanatorium had dropped to 36, and the Washington Department of Health authorized its closure in 1954, sending remaining patients to Firland Sanatorium in Seattle. Oakhurst Sanatorium became a nursing home.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of the Oakhurst Sanatorium building, patients and staff. Most of the photographs depict female patients, and all of the photographs are captioned with identifications of the individuals depicted.

Two postcard photographs, two portraits, and two letters were included with the album at the time of accession. It is not known how they are related to the album.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Oakhurst Sanatorium, Elma WashingtonAlbumReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1-1a
Mary Rondich standing outside
1932
1 1-1b
Norma Chittick sitting on bench in the grass
1934
1 1-1c
Group of eight women standing in front of building
Written on album page: Sylvia Denning, Mrs Bonker, Emma Randall, Elma, Mary Rondich, mother, Jean Wilson.
1934
1 1-2a-1-2b undated
1 1-3a-1-3d 1936
1 1-4a
Jean Wilson standing in front of building in snow
1936
1 1-4b
Ruby & Howard Matlock standing in yard
1937
1 1-4c 1936
1 1-5a undated
1 1-5b
Elaine Fielding and Olive Monley standing in yard
1937
1 1-5c-1-5d
Nurse standing in front of building
On the back of page 5.
1941
1 1-6a
Group of seven women in front of buildings
Written on album page: Sally Bergquist, Lottie Jordan, Me, Jean Wilson, Mrs. Hendrickson, Ruby, Florence Pekola.Written on photo: Sally, Lottie, Me, Jean, Selma, Ruby, Florence 1937.
1937
1 1-6b
Group of four women standing near building
Written on album page: Eleanor Hansen, Jean Wilson, Lottie Jordan, Ruby Matlock.Written on photo: Room 9. Me, Jean, Lottie, Ruby 1937.
1937
1 1-6c
 Group of five women standing in front of building
Written on album page: Margaret Kretz, Lottie Jordan, Mrs. Hendrickson, Dorothy Vincent, Cathryn Roberts.
March 1937
1 1-6d
Group of ten women standing on stairs
Written on album page: Etta Womer, Irene Smith, Ruby Matlock, Gertie Nicman, Sylvia Lindquist, Cathryn Gibson, Helen Spradlin, Gwen Church.
September 1937
1 1-6e 1948
1 1-7a
Women's Ward
June 1937
1 1-7b June 1937
1 1-7c
Five nurses in front of building
Written on album page: Miss Midthoon, Mary Mason, Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Shiack, Mary Gillespie.
October 1936
1 1-7d
Two nurses standing by a tree
On the back of page 7.
February 21, 1941
1 1-7e
Two nurses seated outdoors
Written on album page: Mignone Harris, Isobelle Magnuson, First two U.W. nurses to start work here, June 13 + July 23 - 1938.
On the back of page 7.
1938
1 1-8a
Dr. Srail and Nurse Nel Nelson
undated
1 1-8b
 Nurse leaning on sign
Written on album page: Nurse - Bobby Hallock.Sign reads: NO PARKING HERE - PLEASE PARK IN REAR OF SANATORIUM.
April 1940
1 1-9a
Group of nine women outside
Written on album page: Gertie Nicman, Mrs. Hendrickson, Etta Womer, Nell Dadges, Margaret Kretz, Ruby Matlock, Lottie Jordan, Jean Wilson.
May 1937
1 1-9b
 Group of four women seated outdoors
Written on album page: Irene Smith, Jean Wilson, Ruby Matlock, Lottie Jordan.
May 1937
1 1-9c 1937
1 1-10a
Group of four women seated outdoors
Written on photo: Gwen Church, Sylvia Lindquist, Cathryn Gibson, Ruby Matlock.
September 1937
1 1-10b
Violet Bebic and Billie McNamara seated in windows
1937
1 1-11a
Natalie Nelson in window
August 1936
1 1-11b
Ruby & Howard Matlock
June 1937
1 1-12a
Group of four women in a window
Written on album page: Gertie Nicman, Helen Spradlin, Margaret Kretz, Cathryn Gibson.
May 1936
1 1-12b
Group of eight women in coats
Written on album page: Fern Brooks, Betty Larue, Tillie Kelly, Rita Fitzpatrick, Alice Ashman, Anne Lackey, Anne Hardin, Esther Erickson.
March 1940
1 1-13a
Group of ten women posing outdoors
Written on album page: Billie McDowell, Della Mae, Ruby Humphrey, Esther Frederickson, Lois Lawson, Mrs. Trayor, Frances Ronkainen, Helen Kauppi.
February 1938
1 1-13b
Group of ten women posing outdoors
Written on album page: Billie McDowell, Jennie Austin, Helen Spradlin, Della Mae, Ruby Humphrey, Esther Frederickson, Lois Lawson, Mrs. Trayor, Frances Ronkainen, Helen Kauppi.
February 1938
1 1-14a
Group of four women standing in front of building
Written on album page: Ruby Matlock, Lottie Jordan, Jean Wilson, Shirley Knudtson.
May 1, 1937
1 1-14b
Group of eight women standing outdoors
Written on album page: Cathryn Gibson, Lottie Jordan, Mrs. Hendrickson, Sally Bergquist, Louise Schernigen (written as Scherniger on page 15), Margaret Kretz, Florence Pekola, Jean Wilson.
April 1937
1 1-14c April 13, 1941
1 1-15a
 Group of six women standing outdoors
Written on album page: Mrs. Hendrickson, Sally Bergquist, Ruby Matlock, Lottie Jordan, Louise Scherniger (written as Schernigen on page 14), Margaret Kretz.
1937
1 1-15b
Group of nine women standing in front of building
Written on album page: Margaret Kretz, Mrs. Hendrickson, Gertie Nicman, Nell Dadges, Jean Wilson, Etta Womer, Lottie Jordan, Ruby Matlock. One woman is unnamed.
undated
1 1-16a
 Group of six men standing in front of building
Written on album page: Men - Ed Spradlin, William Matson, Bill Keller, ____ Wilson, Bill Jordan, Little Moose, Clyde Humphrey.Six men are pictured but there are seven names written on the album page.
undated
1 1-16b 1937
1 1-17a
Woman and child in window
Written on album page: Shirley Humphrey.
March 24, 1940
1 1-17b
Two women in windows
Written on album page: Dorothy Cole.
circa 1940
1 1-18a
 Four women in window
Written on album page: Dorothy Cole, Tillie Kelly.
July 3, 1940
1 1-18b
Two women standing by a tree
Written on album page: Ruby Matlock, Sylvia Lindquist.
September 1937
1 1-19a
Ruby standing by a tree
September 1937
1 1-19b September 9, 1940

Postcards and lettersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 2
 Postcard photo of eleven women in front of building wearing or holding flower garlands
Written on verso: do you remember this time + did you have one of these cards/Sparta S.S. class/Mother in dark skirt.
undated
1 3
 Postcard photo of man in hat holding young boy
Written on verso: "Brother Vair" from T.N. Rogers Rudy and (illegible)/Lester Bladsman/Roundup Mont.
undated
1 4
Portrait of Ruth Lease
Written on back of photo: Ruth Lease, 3401 4 Ave. N. Great Falls, Mont.The photo is enclosed in a letter dated August 2, 1921 to Dr. C.L. Clifford in Minot, N. Dak., from Ruth Lease in Great Falls, Mont., in reference to work at the Montana Institute.
1921
1 5
Portrait of Margie Hauger
Written on back of photo: Margie Hauger, Choteau, Mont.The photo is enclosed in a letter dated August 4, 1921 to Dr. C.D. Clifford in Minot, N.D., from Margie Hauger in Choteau, Mont., in reference to work at the Montana Institute.
1921

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Tuberculosis--Hospitals--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oakhurst Sanatorium--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Elma (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs