Tuesday, April 27, 2010

School of Nursing and Charles Grossman: two great collections that go great together

We were visited yesterday by our weekly donor Dr. Charles Grossman (off his Tuesday schedule due to an out-of-town trip), who happily brought us a small pile of materials to add to the collection of his papers, including this tidbit:

Appearing in the November-December 1985 US-China Review (9:6), the small write-up is evidence of the connection between the US-China People's Friendship Association and the international exchange program of the OHSU School of Nursing. By 1985, several SON faculty had traveled to China, but the arrival of Li Hong and Fan Li-Ping marked the first visit of Chinese nurses to Oregon in an educational exchange. The national board of UCPFA had granted $2700 for the visit, while the SON pitched in several thousand more dollars in kind. Li Hong was a specialist in medical-surgical nursing, while Fan Li-Ping was interested in nursing process. By all accounts, the visit was a great success.

The School has been very active in international exchange programs with a number of countries. Information on later exchanges between SON and Chinese institutions can be found in the School of Nursing Records (2005-002), as well as in the oral history interview with Professor Emerita Mary Brambilla McFarland, PhD.

While we often see connections between closely related archival collections, this rather unlikely coming together of institutional records from the nursing school and the personal papers of a physician (and "professional rabble-rouser") positively cheered our rainy day!

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