Accession Number: SAA 107
Mary Holloway Nursing Records Collection
Bulk Dates: 1925-1941
.4 linear ft.
Access and Use
Access: Permission to view is readily granted; permission
to publish is at the discretion of Berea College.
Provenance: These items were donated to the Berea College Library in
1990 by Lora Holloway Hawes, of Maceo, Kentucky, who disposed of Mrs. Coffman's
Preferred Citation: Mary Holloway Nursing Records
Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives,
This is a collection of records that Mary Finley Holloway kept
when she was a field supervisor in Eastern Kentucky for the Kentucky
Commission on Crippled Children (later known as the "Kentucky Commission for Handicapped Children" and as of 2007, "Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs"). Nurse Holloway's
surviving notebooks include contact information for the counties
she visited, along with names, diagnoses and recommended treatment
for patients seen at the clinics she supervised.
Mary Finley Holloway (later Mrs. R.D. Coffman) obtained her R.N.
from Johns Hopkins Medical Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. In
the 1930s she traveled to clinics in Eastern Kentucky as the field
supervisor of the Kentucky Commission on Crippled Children, and
kept notes on the patients seen at clinics serving 40 Kentucky
counties. In the mountains she rode a mule to reach the clinics,
and sometimes accompanied patients in need of surgery to hospitals
in Louisville. In later years, a relative gave her a Model A vehicle
with a rumble seat. The children and their parents were slow to
trust outsiders, but the chance to ride in the rumble seat helped
gain the children's trust and made them more willing to go with her to the hospital.
The Kentucky Crippled Children's Commission had been founded
in 1924. At that time polio and tuberculosis affected many children
in Kentucky, as the clinic notes ten years later testify. The Commission
was created to provide children crippled by disease, accident,
or birth defects with access to professional treatment, particularly
children in remote locations or indigent circumstances. It is evident
from Mary Holloway's
notes that the clinics were frequently assisted by local churches or civic organizations,
such as Rotary, in furnishing an appropriate space and perhaps in supplying volunteers.
After her marriage to R.D. Coffman, Mary Holloway gave up the
field supervisor position, but continued to work with the Shelby
County Crippled Children Committee,
chairing it in 1940-41. When clinics for crippled children were held in Shelby
County, the doctors sent Mary Holloway Coffman the list of patients and diagnoses,
since the County did not yet have a health department.
1 Ms. Box
- Letters describing Mary Finley Holloway's papers
- Loose Medical Notes
- Medical Notebook (1 of 2)
- Medical Notebook (2 of 2)
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