Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Records, 1911-1968  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital
Title
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Records
Dates
1911-1968
Quantity
1 linear foot and 2 reels microfilm
Collection Number
Collection 0551, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Bozeman Deaconess Hospital records include minutes of the hospital staff meetings from 1919 to 1933, hospital admission and discharge records, printed and manuscript reports from 1914 through 1939, hospital fund raising documentation from 1916 to 1928; and other miscellaneous materials. The records also include legal documents pertaining to the operation and construction of the hospital's retirement home, Hillcrest Retirement Community, 1961-1968. Also included are materials from the nursing education program administered first by the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital itself and, after 1937, in partnership with the Montana State College.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

Original hospital registration books in folders 3 and 4 are unavailable for research use until the creation of a surrogate that redacts any personal identification information.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The Bozeman Deaconess Hospital was founded in 1911 when the city of Bozeman and the Methodist Church both contributed $10,000 to purchase a sanitarium owned by Dr. J. F. Blair on the corner of Lamme Street and Tracy Avenue. The hospital was initially operated by Methodist church deaconesses, women who dedicated their lives to service by performing patient care and janitorial duties, typically receiving a small stipend plus room and board. The hospital was also overseen by a managing board of community and church members. By 1920, additional hospital facilities were constructed after a fund raising campaign and the former sanatorium building was renovated to house the Deaconess nurses. In 1956, the governing board at Bozeman Deaconess purchased 500 acres of land east of town. The hospital initially built a retirement home on some of the property, the Hillcrest Retirement Community, and in 1986 moved into a new 86 bed facility constructed nearby. The hospital continues to expand at its new location to meet the needs of a growing population.

An important part of the hospital's function has been and continues to be the training of student nurses. The Deaconess system of nursing education involved several other Montana hospitals in Great Falls, Havre, and Billings, with each hospital annually graduating its own group of newly "capped" nurses. In 1937 the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital partnered with Montana State College to offer more structured academic training for nursing students. For many years after the merge, those nurses who graduated from either the earlier Deaconess program or the MSC affiliation continued to maintain contact through an alumni association.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Bozeman Deaconess Hospital records include minutes of the hospital staff meetings from 1919 to 1933 kept by Edith R. Ackerman; two volumes of hospital admission and discharge records; printed and manuscript reports from 1914 through 1939; documentation of various fund raising efforts for the hospital from 1916 to 1928; and other miscellaneous materials. The records also include legal documents pertaining to the operation and construction of the hospital's retirement home, Hillcrest Retirement Community, 1961-1968. The nursing education program administered first by the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital itself and, after 1937, in partnership with the Montana State College, is documented with commencement announcements, invitations, "capping" ceremony programs, and a scrapbook of memorabilia pertaining to nursing alumna. Many of the nursing education materials were originally mounted in the scrapbook but came loose through mishandling and age. This includes twenty three original photographs of alumni nurse families and group portraits of nurses. A small selection of commencement announcements and invitations from other Montana Deaconess Hospital operations and newspaper clippings complete the original materials in this collection. The two reels of microfilm were from the 1967 and 1970s material loans from Burlingame and Street, and have the original accession numbers in brackets after the folder title.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Edith R. Ackerman's notebook of hospital staff meeting minutes 1919-1933
1/2 Signed physician fee pledges 1922
1/3 Hospital discharges May 1932-September 1933
1/4 Hospital admissions and discharges March-August 1939
1/5 Printed annual reports 1914-1916
1/6 Financial reports 1918-1927, 1931
1/7 Audit 1937
1/8 Audit 1939
1/9 Fund drive - Publicity and subscriptionsSubscriptions 1918, 1916
1/10 Fund drive
brochure, letters, related material
1926-1928
1/11 Fund drive
contact lists of church membership; Bozeman businesses, Gallatin County tax rolls
1926-1928
1/12 Hospital receipts
correspondence, lists of outstanding accounts
1931
1/13 Hillcrest Retirement Community, legal papers regarding construction lawsuits
1/14 Hillcrest Retirement Community, legal papers regarding mortgages and gifts
1/15 Hillcrest Retirement Community, legal papers regarding status as non profit
1/16 BDC Nursing student commencement materials 1921-1953
1/17 Montana State Colleges LPN commencement materials 1949-1953
1/18 BDC and MSC "Capping" ceremony materials 1940-1951
1/19 BDC nursing student alumna materials 1915-1959
1/20 Other Deaconess Hospital nursing student commencement materials and invitations
1/21 Newspaper clippings and miscellaneous materials
2/1 Photographs #1-10; alumni nurse families
2/2 Photographs #11-23; nurse individual and group portraits
2/3 Scrapbook for nurses training 1915-1945
Box
3 Microfilm; annual reports, financial statements, incorporation and bylaws
[551]
1911-1940
4 Microfilm; scrapbook and ephemera from Box 2
[1008]

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Deaconesses--Methodist Church
  • Deaconesses--Montana--Bozeman
  • Hospitals--Montana--Bozeman
  • Methodist Church--Montana--Bozeman
  • Methodist women--Montana--Bozeman
  • Nursing--Study and teaching--Montana--Bozeman
  • Retirement communities--Montana--Bozeman
  • Women in charitable work--Montana--Bozeman
  • Corporate Names :
  • Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Archives
  • Bozeman Deaconess Hospital--Alumni and alumnae
  • Hillcrest Retirement Community (Bozeman, Mont.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bozeman (Mont.)--Church history--20th century
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Ackerman, Edith R., 1887-1972
    • Corporate Names :
    • Montana State College