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COLLECTION Identifier: 79-M23

Additional papers of Carrie May Hall, 1892-1963


Addenda to the papers (MC 275) of Carrie May Hall, nurse who served in France during World War I.


  • Creation: 1892-1963

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

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.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

The collection consists of photographs of Carrie May Hall, reports re: the American Red Cross, 1917-1919, and Hall's service during the 1914-1918 war, and clippings about Hall, 1917-1963


Carrie May Hall was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1874, and graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital School for Nurses in 1904. She worked as superintendent of the Margaret Pillsbury Hospital in Concord, New Hampshire, until 1911, and then became principal of the school of nursing and superintendent of nurses at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.

In 1917, she was sent to France as Chief Nurse of the "Harvard Unit" and was stationed at General Hospital No.11. After one year in this post, she was appointed head nurse of the American Red Cross in Great Britain, and was later transferred to the position of chief nurse of the American Red Cross in France, where she worked until six months after the Armistice in 1919. Hall was instrumental in developing the organization which was utilized by future nursing staffs of the American Red Cross Commissions overseas.

After the war, Hall resumed her position at Peter Bent Brigham, and became increasingly active in nursing education. She served on the board of the National League of Nursing Education from 1922 to 1932, and was president from 1925 to 1927. She was elected Vice President of the Community Nursing Council of Boston in 1939. She was also active in improving the financial situation of nurses and served on various committees including the Finance Committee of the National League of Nursing Education and the Harmon Association for the Advancement of Nursing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 79-M23

These addenda to the Carrie May Hall collection were given to the Schlesinger Library by Harriet Hall Tucker Feb. 7, 1979.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Carrie May Hall papers, 1917-1964 (MC 275).

Processing Information

Preliminary Inventory: October 1980

By: Jane S. Knowles

Hall, Carrie May, 1874-1963. Additional papers of Carrie May Hall, 1892-1963: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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