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Guide to the May Petras Lenox Hill School of Nursing Yearbook
1943, 1945
 PR 343

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 16, 2017 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Petras, May
Title: May Petras's Lenox Hill School of Nursing yearbook
Dates: 1943, 1945
Abstract: The collection includes nursing student May Petras's 1945 graduation yearbook from Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing in New York City and a gelatin silver photograph of sculptor Walter Russell (1871-1963). The 1943 photo is inscribed by Russell to Petras, and was taken in Russell's studio in the Carnegie Hall apartments, showing him working on a large bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet in one folder
Mixed materials [Box]: Small Collections 1
Container: PR343
Call Phrase: PR 343

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Biographical/Historical Note

May Petras was born in Manhattan in 1923. She graduated from Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing in New York City in 1945. She worked for a time after graduating for the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital before joining the Navy Nurse Corps. (Information provided via email by the donor.)

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes two items:

1) A copy of Achelis, the Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing yearbook, for the year 1945. This was May Petras's copy, and includes an image of her. Several of her fellow graduates inscribed messages to her in the book.

2) A toned gelatin silver photograph of sculptor Walter Russell (1871-1963). The photo is inscribed with regards by Russell to Petras, and dated 30 July 1943. A note on the reverse of the photograph indicates that Russell was a patient of Petras. The photograph was taken in Russell's studio in the Carnegie Hall apartments (the central portion of which was later occupied by Editta Sherman, according to N-YHS curator Marilyn Kushner); he is pictured working on a large bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Petras, May
  • Russell, Walter, 1871-1963 -- Photographs

Document Type

  • Photographs
  • School yearbooks

Subject Organizations

  • Lenox Hill Hospital. School of Nursing.

Subject Topics

  • Nursing schools--New York (State)--New York--History
  • Sculptors

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers by appointment only.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from: Rights and Reproductions The New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West New York, NY 10024 Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270 Fax: (212) 579-8794.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as the May Petras's Lenox Hill School of Nursing Yearbook, PR 343, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Marian Austin, May Petras's daughter, in September 2017.

Processing Information Note

The collection was processed by archivist Larry Weimer in September 2017.

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