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|Creator:||Clara Maass Medical Center (Belleville, N.J.)|
|Title:||Clara Maass Memorial Hospital Collection|
|Abstract:||This collection contains ephemera such as newsletters, invitations, and brochures from the Clara Maass Hospital (originally Newark German Hospital) in Belleville, N.J.|
|Quantity:||.02 linear feet (2 folders)|
|Collection Number:||MG 1670|
The Clara Maass Hospital was named after a woman of the same name, an American nurse who was born in East Orange, N.J. in 1876. At age 15, she began working at the Newark Orphan Asylum. When Clara was 17, she entered the nursing school at Newark German Hospital, only the fourth nursing school at the time in New Jersey and the first in Newark. She graduated in 1895, after two years of training. In 1898, at the age of 21, she was named head nurse at Newark German Hospital. She served a brief engagement as a contract nurse with the United States Army during the Spanish American War. She volunteered for service in the Philippine Islands, where the US Army was fighting. In 1900, Clara volunteered for an innoculation experiment in Cuba conducted to develop a means for controlling yellow fever. Clara was one of 19 participants (the only woman and the only American) exposed on several occasions to mosquitoes that were believed to be infected with yellow fever. She, as well as several other participants, eventually succumbed to the disease. She became ill on August 18 and died on August 24, 1901. In spite of her death, the memory of Clara's heroism lived on. In 1952, the name of the originally named Newark German Hospital (also called Newark Memorial Hospital and Lutheran Memorial Hospital) was changed to Clara Maass Memorial Hospital. It is today known as Clara Maass Medical Center, located adjacent to Newark's Branch Brook Park.
The material from the Clara Maass Hospital includes issues of the Maass Memo hospital newsletter, a multi-page brochure featuring photographs and general information about the hospital, a Women's Auxilliary 25th Anniversary luncheon program and copy of its constitution and by-laws. There is also a Volunteer Awards Presentation invitation and programs.
As part of a separate acquisition, there are also commemorative Clara Maass stamps and other materials related to the stamps which have a different provenance to the rest of this collection.
|The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.|
|Clara Maass Medical Center (Belleville, N.J.)|
|Human experimentation in medicine--Cuba.|
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1670, Clara Maass Memorial Hospital Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Donated by Janet C. Jessel, 2004.
Clara Maass Medical Center. "History" <http://www.sbhcs.com/hospitals/clara_maass/history/index.html> 14 September 2006.
Clara Maass Memorial Hospital Ephemera
|1||1||Informational brochure and Maass Memo newsletters||ca. 1971-1982|
|1||2||Women's Auxilliary consitution and by-laws and luncheon program; Volunteer Awards Presentation invitation and programs.||1959-1974|
|1||3||Commemorative stamps, and stamp related publicity items||1976|
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