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Title: Margaret Catherine Moore Papers, 1913-1982Add to your cart.

ID: 04/Mss088

Primary Creator: Moore, Margaret Catherine (1913-1975)

Extent: 0.8 Linear Feet. More info below.

Subjects: Military nursing - United States - 20th century, Moore, Margaret Catherine, 1913-1975, Nurse administrators - Virginia, Nurses - North Carolina, Nursing schools - North Carolina - Greensboro - Faculty, Teachers - United States, United States. Army Nurse Corps, Woman's College of the University of North Carolina - Alumni and alumnae, Women soldiers - United States, Women veterans - United States, World War, 1939-1945 - Medical care - Europe, World War, 1939-1945 - Participation, Female, World War, 1939-1945 - Women - United States

Forms of Material: Forest Park High School (Baltimore, Md.) - Students - Yearbooks

Languages: English

Abstract

Margaret Catherine Moore (1913-1975) was a Woman's College alumna, nurse and nurse educator after whom the UNCG School of Nursing building is named. The Margaret Catherine Moore Papers date from 1913 to 1982 and contain biographical material, diplomas and degrees, a high school annual, photographs, Moore's thesis from New York University, and World War II materials.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Margaret Catherine Moore Papers date from 1913 to 1982 and contain biographical material, diplomas and degrees, a high school annual, photographs, Moore's thesis from New York University, and World War II materials.

Collection Historical Note

Margaret Moore (1913-1975) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where she grew up with two older brothers and three male cousins and learned to take care of herself at an early age. Foreshadowing her time as an army nurse, young Margaret joined the "Red Star Training Class," a children's organization in the mold of the Red Cross.

Moore attended Forest Park High School, the only coed high school in Baltimore at that time. She participated in all varsity sports available to girls, lettered in field hockey and basketball, and served as president of the Girls' Athletic Association. Upon graduation, Moore decided to attend the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now UNCG). There, Moore served on the Judicial Board and the Honor Board, and played varsity hockey. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1935.

After college, Moore taught high school science and physical education until 1938, when she enrolled in NYU's School of Education. She completed her master's degree in education in 1939. She then served as Recreational Director of the Gouvenour Neighborhood House in New York City from 1940 to 1941. During this time Moore's friend Elizabeth Kemble encouraged her to further her education in nursing. Moore enrolled in NYU's Bellevue School of Nursing and received her Certificate of Nursing in 1943.

Moore enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in May 1944. As a Lieutenant, she supervised a ward in the Convalescent Section of the 121st General Hospital in England, and traveled through France, Germany and Italy before returning to the U.S. at war's end.

After she separated from service, Moore was appointed to the Baker VA Center in Virginia. During her time there, Moore purchased a 97 acre farm with Ruth Kelly, the hospital's physical therapist. Together they grew barley, small grains, and grass for hay, and stocked cattle, sheep, pigs and rabbits. However, Moore grew disillusioned with the inefficiency and red tape associated with government work, and resigned.

In 1949, Moore took a position as Instructor of Medical-Surgical Nursing at the Winchester Hospital before moving on to become the Administrator and Director of Nurses at the Warren Memorial Hospital in 1951. There, she supervised the building of a new wing and the expansion of services. She also began the process of integrating hospital staff, but ran into strong opposition from the board, which caused her to resign.

Moore then enrolled in the master's degree program in hospital administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she found a new friend in associate dean Eloise Lewis. Moore graduated in 1960, and stayed in Chapel Hill to teach. When Lewis was sent to Greensboro to establish a new school of nursing, she took Moore along as her assistant.

Moore worked closely with architects on the design of a new building for the nursing school, and was active in the North Carolina Nurse's Association, as well as the local Presbyterian church. She died suddenly in 1975.

Subject/Index Terms

Military nursing - United States - 20th century
Moore, Margaret Catherine, 1913-1975
Nurse administrators - Virginia
Nurses - North Carolina
Nursing schools - North Carolina - Greensboro - Faculty
Teachers - United States
United States. Army Nurse Corps
Woman's College of the University of North Carolina - Alumni and alumnae
Women soldiers - United States
Women veterans - United States
World War, 1939-1945 - Medical care - Europe
World War, 1939-1945 - Participation, Female
World War, 1939-1945 - Women - United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Acquisition Method: Transferred from the School of Nursing, 1987-1988.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Margaret Catherine Moore Papers, Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, USA.

Processing Information: Processed by Archives staff.


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Folder 1: World War II materials: appointment, discharge, miscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Master's thesis, New York University, 1939Add to your cart.
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Folder 4-5: Biographical material, 1913-1975Add to your cart.
Materials prepared by Filbert Moore , circa 1982
Folder 7: High School Annual, The Forester, 1931Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Woman's College scrapbookAdd to your cart.


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