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Thomas Thompson Trust Records, 1844-2001
105 boxes (51.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 358

Abstract:
Charitable organization. Records consist largely of charity case records of poor women from Brattleboro and some from Rhinebeck, New York. Files contain correspondence from clients as well as case notes by the local agent. Collection contains the correspondence and papers of Richards M. Bradley, a trustee who oversaw the trust from 1901 to 1943. Also included are the records of the Brattleboro Mutual Aid Association and the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (includes blueprints and design). BMAA records include annual reports, unpublished reports, and correspondence related to specific programs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The processed portion (completed in 2001) is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection. However, due to the fact that there are client-related materials scattered throughout the collection, researchers must sign the "Access Agreement Form" before viewing. New, unprocessed accessions are closed.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works in this collection created by the Thomas Thompson Trust. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note
Baby Clinic, 1928

Baby Clinic, 1928

The 1869 will of wealthy businessman Thomas Thompson established a trust fund "for or towards the relief and support of poor seamstresses, needle-women and shop girls, who may be in the temporary need from want of employment, sickness, or misfortune, in the towns of Brattleboro, Vermont and Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, the amount being equally divided between the two towns." Thompson's will also required that surplus funds be distributed to other charities in the same towns. Finally, the will declared that the Trust itself would not go into effect until the death of his wife, Elizabeth Rowell Thompson, who died in 1899.

In 1901 the Thomas Thompson Trust (TTT) began to carry out its duties, directed throughout the twentieth century by several Boston-based businessmen and a series of local agents. One businessman in particular, Richards M. Bradley, a native of Brattleboro, was the guiding force of TTT for its first four decades. The first local agent, Augusta Wells, administered the Trust for most of its first twenty years. Florence Hemenway Wells succeeded her adoptive mother, serving as the Trust's local agent from 1921 until the early-1960s. By then, most of the work of the Trust had been taken over by government agencies.

By 1901, when TTT was ready to begin dispensing funds to the "needlewomen" of Rhinebeck and Brattleboro, the very nature of women's work had changed drastically in the three decades since Thompson's will was first written. In Brattleboro, in particular, there had been significant demographic change. Instead of working from their homes or in small shops employing only a handful of people, an increasing number of the town's working women labored within one of several factories. Furthermore, a significant portion of these women were immigrants from the rural countryside or from other countries, especially Ireland. These demographic changes, unanticipated by Thompson in 1869, shaped the decision making of the lawyers appointed to organize TTT. The organizers were also influenced by Progressive era ideas, and since Thompson's will did not specify a plan for disbursement of funds, they were free to devise a plan within the context of those ideas.

Soon after the creation of the Trust was announced in the local papers, the working women of Rhinebeck and Brattleboro formed local committees in an effort to make the best use of the funds available to them. At the same time, the first trustees appointed to oversee TTT, Richards M. Bradley and Boston-based lawyer, Laurence Minot, had their own vision of just how, and to whom, the Trust should dispense its funds in Brattleboro and Rhinebeck. Guided initially by a traditional sense of noblesse oblige, Bradley, in particular, increasingly sought to shape TTT as a model of Progressive era reform, especially in Brattleboro. Thus, from the beginning, TTT sought to prevent illness among working women and their families through public health programs that stressed education in diet and infant care, and by promoting affordable health care. At the same time, small amounts of money were dispensed outright to women in need, sometimes in the form of a loan.

One of TTT's first major contributions to the town of Brattleboro was the funding of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. The hospital, opened in 1904, provided hospital care at a reduced rate for those women covered by the Trust. In 1907, the Brattleboro Mutual Aid Association (BMAA) was created and funded by TTT as a way to oversee direct aid to the working women of Brattleboro. Under the aegis of the BMAA, a district (or public) nursing program to oversee education and treatment was established. The BMAA also oversaw a service providing attendant (or practical) nursing service for working women confined to their homes during a serious illness. For those women simply needing a rest, the BMAA ran a vacation house in Niantic, on the Connecticut shore, from 1910 to 1936. In 1917, responding in part to a nation-wide nursing shortage precipitated by World War I, the BMAA created an attendant nursing school while the hospital maintained a training school for graduate (today known as registered) nurses. In this way, TTT sought to address a potential crisis of care and at the same time provide the opportunity for Brattleboro working women to leave factory work for a more professional (and presumably more lucrative) career. The Influenza epidemic of 1918-19 further emphasized the need for trained health care professionals. The nursing schools remained an important function of TTT throughout the twentieth century.

In 1919, the Town of Brattleboro brought another lawsuit against TTT. The Board claimed that TTT continued to not meet the intent of Thompson's will because they were administering the dispensation of funds inadequately. The working women of Brattleboro, through their organization, the Society of Seamstresses, filed their own complaint but did not join the suit which dragged on for several months before a Massachusetts court ruled in favor of TTT in early-1921. Although technically the victor in the case, Richards M. Bradley was chastened by the legal ordeal and sought to expand the activities of TTT. The Trust increased outright aid and began an ambitious insurance program in the mid-1920s, open to all Brattleboro residents regardless of gender, occupation, or need. The Thompson Benefit Association for Nursing Service (1926) and the Thompson Benefit Association for Hospital Service (1927), each for a small yearly premium, provided coverage for home nursing care as well as the costs associated with a hospital stay. These programs, too, were administered by Florence Wells as TTT's local agent. They would eventually be replaced in the 1950s by commercial health insurance offered in the workplace by Vermont Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

The New Deal profoundly altered the work of the Trust as, for example, the Social Security Act became law. By the early 1960s, Florence Wells herself was a patient at Thompson House, TTT's nursing home in Brattleboro. Her care was funded both by the Trust and the Great Society program, Medicare. The Trust continues to exist in both Brattleboro and Rhinebeck and in 2001, celebrated its centennial in both communities.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Thomas Thompson Trust Records (TTT), 51.5 linear feet, cover the period from the 1890s to the 1960s; the bulk of material is from the early years of the twentieth century.

The bulk of the records date from 1900 to 1960 and consist largely of charity case records of poor women from Brattleboro and some from Rhinebeck, New York. The case files contain correspondence from clients as well as case notes by the local agent that together provide a rich source of working-class women's history in Brattleboro during the early decades of the twentieth century. Because client names can be found throughout the Records, researchers must first sign the Records Access Agreement Form (see p. 9). A significant portion of the collection contains the correspondence and papers of Richards M. Bradley, a trustee who oversaw the trust from 1901 to 1943. Bradley was particularly interested in the professionalization of public health services. His efforts, as documented here, are a fine example of Progressive era reforms in practice, as are the records of the Brattleboro Mutual Aid Association, organized in 1907 as a sort of umbrella agency to oversee local programs. The BMAA records include annual reports, unpublished reports, and correspondence related to specific programs. The programs documented include the practical nursing school and public health programs concerning maternal and infant health care. Material about the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital includes blueprints as well as correspondence regarding its design and opening and the creation of a graduate (registered) nursing school. There is also extensive material documenting the development of health insurance in the 1920s.

For related materials, see the Associated Charities of Brattleboro Records and the Florence H. Wells Papers.

Note: every effort was made to honor the original filing system, when discernible, of the TTT Records. Because both originals and multiple copies were created by the Trustees in Boston and the local agents in Brattleboro and Rhinebeck, there is some duplication of materials throughout the series. For the most part, these records have been arranged in chronological order except where noted.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The processed portion (completed in 2001) is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection. However, due to the fact that there are client-related materials scattered throughout the collection, researchers must sign the "Access Agreement Form" before viewing. New, unprocessed accessions are closed.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works in this collection created by the Thomas Thompson Trust. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

The Thomas Thompson Trust Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Thomas Thompson Trust began donating its records to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1995. The trust is still active and this is a continuing collection.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathleen Banks Nutter, 2002.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
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Language
English.
Bibliography

See also:

Blackwell, Marilyn Schultz. "The Deserving Sick: Poor Women and the Medicalization of Poverty in Brattleboro, Vermont." Journal of Women's History Vol. II, No. 1 (Spring 1999): 53-74.

_______. "Entitled to Relief: Women, Charity, and Medicine, 1900-1920." PhD diss., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1996.

_______. "Keeping the 'Household Machine' Running: Attendant Nursing and Social Reform in the Progressive Era." Bulletin of the History of Medicine Vol. 74 (Summer 2000): 241-264.

_______. "The Politics of Public Health: Medical Inspection and School Nursing in Vermont, 1910-1923." Vermont History Vol. 68 (Winter/Spring 2000): 58-84.

Eaves, Lucile. A Legacy to Wage-Earning Women. Boston: Women's Educational and Industrial Union, 1925.

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
(1899-1961, n.d.)
1 linear ft.

This series consists of material related to the organization of the Trust as well as several writings, both published and unpublished, that provide an historical overview of TTT. The Women's Educational and Industrial Union-sponsored study, A Legacy to Wage-Earning Women (1925), is especially useful in gaining a sense of TTT's early years. Of particular interest are the Constitutions drawn up by the working women of Brattleboro (n.d.) and Rhinebeck (1901) as the women wage-earners sought to make the best use of the Trust funds available to them.

(1867-1952, n.d.)
5 linear ft.

This series is dominated by material related to the Trustees of the Thomas Thompson Trust, especially Richards M. Bradley who oversaw TTT during its first four decades. There is voluminous correspondence, primarily with local agents in Brattleboro and Rhinebeck but with clients and other public health practitioners around the country also. Writings and speeches by Bradley can also be found here. Also of interest are the deeds for income-producing properties in Boston held by the Trust and several official reports.

(1901-69)
11 linear ft.

This series contains a substantial amount of material that reflects the monies loaned or given outright to clients over the years. Some of this is immediately evident within the Applications for aid subseries. More tedious but equally telling are the several other financial record-keeping systems of TTT, including Invoice and expense reports, Ledger sheets and Check registers.

(1844-1946)
.75 linear ft.

Of particular interest here are the records of the two court cases (1907-08 and 1919-20) that TTT went through as a result of client complaints. These records include affidavits, petitions and decrees, and correspondence. Also included in this series are several legal interpretations of the will of Thomas Thompson; material regarding properties held by the Trust; and copies of the court-mandated yearly notices of intent, published every year by TTT in the Brattleboro Reformer.

(1907-77)
5 linear ft.

The material within this series has been separated into three subseries: Brattleboro Mutual Aid Association, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, and Rhinebeck. The first two subseries represent agencies in Brattleboro. Rhinebeck contains document related to TTT's less extensive activities in that city. The BMMA subseries contains material regarding the various individual programs that TTT sponsored, including dental hygiene (1916-1942), the Thompson School for Attendant (later Practical) Nursing (established in 1917), the TTT-sponsored Tuberculosis Camp of 1911, and the Thompson Vacation House in Niantic, Connecticut. The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital subseries contains records related to the development and construction of the hospital which reveal Richards M. Bradley as a guiding force. The Rhinebeck subseries includes the records of the North Dutchess Health Service Center (Box 45), notable for an unusually frank discussion of therapeutic abortions in correspondence from 1938.

(1926-59)
5.5 linear ft.

In 1926, TTT expanded its services by venturing into the field of insurance, first by offering coverage for nursing care at home and, a year later, insurance benefits covering hospital stays. Premiums offered through the Thompson Benefit Associations were reasonable and coverage was available to all residents of Brattleboro and surrounding towns. The bulk of the material re: the TTT insurance plans is records of premiums paid and payments to beneficiaries. It documents the increasing specialization of medical services even within relatively rural areas such as Brattleboro. These records, most of which are from the 1930s, also document the nascent health insurance industry during a critical period of growth and increasing government involvement.

(1901-69)
17.5 linear ft.

This series consists of material most directly related to the working women of Brattleboro and Rhinebeck. In many cases, a woman's relationship with the Trust lasted decades and is documented through years of applications for aid as well as through reports written by either the local agent or, less often, an attending physician. In many cases, there is correspondence from the clients to the Trust itself. Of particular interest are the interviews carried out by Augusta Wells in the first years of TTT's operation in Brattleboro (Interview re: vital statistics, 1901-09). While these and other documents have been filed alphabetically, one portion of the series has been filed according to the case number assigned by the Trust-a filing method that seems to have fallen out of use by the 1920s. There is significant duplication of this material scattered among other series.

(1902-62, n.d.)
4.5 linear feet

Although there are very few photographs within the records of TTT, and most are undated, they nonetheless give a glimpse of the activities of this charitable organization. One especially intriguing series of photographs documents the Dental Hygiene Program that the Trust sponsored for the children of Brattleboro (n.d., circa 1920s). Other images include those taken at a 1938 tribute dinner for Richards M. Bradley and for the Baby Welfare Conference (n.d., circa 1940s). The scrapbooks cover the first six decades of TTT (1902-62) and are comprised primarily of newspaper clippings from the Brattleboro Reformer.

(1901-2001)
2.5 linear ft.

This series consists of architectural drawings for Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and oversize financial reports.

Contents List
SERIES I. HISTORY
(1899-1961, n.d.)


Will of Thomas Thompson Trust (reprint,
1944)

Box 1: folder 1
"Records of the Society of Seamstresses, Needlewomen and Shop-girls of Rhinebeck, NY,"
1901

Box 1: folder 2
Constitution, Society of Seamstresses, Rhinebeck,
1901

Box 1: folder 3
Constitution of the Society of Seamstresses, Brattleboro: list of signers,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Articles and speeches: drafts,
1908, 1923, n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
Historical summations and briefs for constructive charity


Box 1: folder 6
Lucile Eaves and associates, A Legacy to Wage-Earning Women (Boston: Women's Educational and Industrial Union, [2 copies]
1925)

Box 1: folder 7
Pamphlets,
1917-40

Box 1: folder 8
Allon Peebles and Valeria McDermott, Nursing Service in Brattleboro, Vermont [2 copies]
(1932)

Box 1: folder 9
Original early documents used for Susan Carroll's Thesis research


Box 1: folder 10-11
Miscellaneous,
1931-61

Box 1: folder 12
Newspapers and articles,
1899-1991, n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Kellogg Foundation,
1929-30

Box 2: folder 2
New Bedford Health Association,
1919-30, n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Medical literature,
1914-61, n.d.

Box 2: folder 4-7
SERIES II. ADMINISTRATION
(1867-1952, n.d.)


Trustees' correspondence



Bradley, Richards M.



1902-03

Box 2: folder 8
Thompson, H.M.,
1903

Box 2: folder 9
1906-08

Box 2: folder 10
Re: clients,
1908,n.d.

Box 2: folder 11
Coddington, J.R.,
1908-09

Box 3: folder 1
1909-16

Box 3: folder 2-5
Delaware Health and Reform League,
1916

Box 3: folder 6
WWI nursing shortage,
1916-18

Box 3: folder 7
1917-28

Box 3: folder 8-11
Miller, Dr. George,
1927-30

Box 3: folder 12
1928-33

Box 3: folder 13-14
Frost, Benson R.,
1930-31

Box 3: folder 15
New Bedford Health Association,
1934

Box 4: folder 1
Wells, Florence,
1935

Box 4: folder 2-3
1936


A-E


Box 4: folder 4-9
F-H


Box 5: folder 1-3
Hudson, Miriam


Box 5: folder 4
K-M


Box 5: folder 5-7
Miscellaneous


Box 5: folder 8
N


Box 5: folder 9
Niantic Vacation House Sale


Box 5: folder 10
O-V


Box 5: folder 11-16
W


Box 6: folder 1-2
Wells, Florence


Box 6: folder 3
X-Z


Box 6: folder 4
Young, Lillie


Box 6: folder 5
1937


A-H


Box 6: folder 6-13
Hudson, Miriam


Box 6: folder 14
J-Z


Box 7: folder 1-14
1938


A-H


Box 8: folder 1-10
Hudson, Miriam


Box 8: folder 11
Inquiries


Box 8: folder 12
J-M


Box 8: folder 13-16
Mc-W


Box 9: folder 1-10
Wells, Florence


Box 9: folder 11
Young, Lillie


Box 9: folder 12
1939-40

Box 10: folder 1-2
1941


F


Box 10: folder 3
Hudson, Miriam


Box 10: folder 4
M-T


Box 10: folder 5-6
1942


A-H


Box 10: folder 7-9
Hudson, Miriam


Box 10: folder 10
K-W


Box 10: folder 11-15
1943


B-S


Box 10: folder 16-23
Smith, Anna


Box 10: folder 24
T-W


Box 10: folder 25-27
Wells, Florence


Box 10: folder 28
X-Z


Box 10: folder 29
Minot, Laurence,
1907-11

Box 11: folder 1
Tyler, Roger B.,
1933-52, n.d.

Box 11: folder 2-8
Writings and speeches (Richards M. Bradley)



Speeches,
1913-22, circa 1926, n.d.

Box 11: folder 9-10
Proposal: "The Local Unit,"
1937

Box 11: folder 11
Notes,
n.d.

Box 11: folder 12
Press releases,
n.d.

Box 11: folder 13
Reprints, speeches and articles,
1922-35, n.d.

Box 11: folder 14
Miscellaneous


Box 11: folder 15
Local Agents



MacLeod, Charlotte,
1909

Box 11: folder 16
Wells, Augusta,
1906-10, n.d.

Box 11: folder 17
Wells, Florence



Administrative, s
1920s-60

Box 12: folder 1-4a
Nursing homes



Program,
1960

Box 12: folder 5-6
Program expenses,
1962-63

Box 12: folder 7
General expenses,
1962-63

Box 12: folder 8
Property



Deeds,
1910-15

Box 12: folder 9
Lists and evaluations,
1914-16

Box 12: folder 10
Leases, 12 Derne St., Boston,
1913-34

Box 12: folder 11
List of property held,
1932

Box 12: folder 12
Applications for real estate tax abatement,
1934-35, 1941-42

Box 12: folder 13
Annual report: Expenditures by the Trustees Under the Will of Thomas Thompson in Brattleboro, VT from Jan. 1, 1901 to Aug. 1, 1903 (
1904)

Box 12: folder 14
Other reports,
1901-39, n.d.

Box 12: folder 15-16
SERIES III. FINANCIAL RECORDS
(1901-69)


General



Securities,
1901-29, 1947-55, n.d.

Box 13: folder 1
Tax forms,
1913-17

Box 13: folder 2
Estimated income,
1932-33

Box 13: folder 3
Cash balance analysis,
1944-61

Box 13: folder 4-6
Financial disclosures,
1943-69

Box 13: folder 7-8
Applications for aid



Jan-Aug. 1940

Box 13: folder 9-11
Sept. 1940-Oct. 1942

Box 14: folder 1-11
Nov. 1942-Sept. 1945

Box 15: folder 1-13
Oct. 1945-Dec. 1950

Box 16: folder 1-13
Jan. 1951- Dec. 1953

Box 17: folder 1-12
Jan. 1954-Dec. 1957

Box 18: folder 1-16
Invoices and expense reports



1908-38

Box 19: folder 1
Jan. 1940-Mar. 1944

Box 19: folder 2-8
Apr. 1944-Dec. 1948

Box 20: folder 1-12
Jan. 1949-Jun. 1951

Box 21: folder 1-10
Jul. 1951-Mar 1954

Box 22: folder 1-11
Apr. 1954-Sept. 1957

Box 23: folder 1-14
Oct. 1957-61, n.d.

Box 24: folder 1-3
Brattleboro



Expenditures,
1901-20

Box 24: folder 4
Tuberculosis work,
1911-20

Box 24: folder 5
Office receipts,
1917-20, 1925

Box 24: folder 6
Free kindergarten,
1920-25

Box 24: folder 7
Stock transfers,
1944

Box 24: folder 8
Ledger sheets



Requisitions and expenses,
1925-61, n.d.

Box 25: folder 1-14
Requisitions and expenses,
1926-42

Box 26: folder 1-2
Balance sheets,
1925-74

Box 26: folder 3-6
Trial balances,
1962

Box 26: folder 7
Cash receipts and disbursements



1961-63

Box 26: folder 8
1964-67

Box 27: folder 1-3
Florence Wells,
1962-63

Box 27: folder 4
Adaline Shea,
1964-65

Box 27: folder 5
Five-year audits,
1930-40

Box 27: folder 6
Yearly audit reports



Thomas Thompson Trust



1931-59

Box 27: folder 7-9
1960-70

Box 28: folder 1-2
Brattleboro Mutual Aid Association



1944-65

Box 28: folder 3-6
1966-73

Box 29: folder 1
Ledger books,
1902-73

Box 30
Brattleboro



Check registers



1916-30

Box 31
11 Oct. 1930-1 Oct. 1938

Box 32
1 Oct. 1938-Sept. 1955

Box 33
Oct. 1955-Apr. 1965

Box 34
Rhinebeck



Check registers,
1946-69

Box 34
Cash and ledger,
1947-69

Box 34
Note:
SERIES IV. LEGAL RECORDS
(1844-1946)


Thomas Thompson's last will and testament,
1869

Box 35: folder 1
Legal interpretations of the Thompson will,
n.d.

Box 35: folder 2
Probate Court--trustee appointments,
1911-46

Box 35: folder 3
Notices,
1904-20, n.d.

Box 35: folder 4
Brattleboro Memorial Hospital,
1904

Box 35: folder 5
Client-related documents,
1923-1935

Box 35: folder 6
Client mortgages,
1855-1923

Box 35: folder 7
Townsend Place



Deeds and lease agreements,
1842-41

Box 35: folder 8
Correspondence,
1911-29

Box 35: folder 9
Repair and maintenance contracts,
1915-17, n.d.

Box 35: folder 10
Plot plan,
1844

Box 35: folder 11
General legal documents,
1901-44

Box 35: folder 12-14
Court cases



1907-08


Correspondence


Box 35: folder 15
Client affidavits


Box 35: folder 16
Petitions and decrees


Box 35: folder 17
Mulvey case,
1917

Box 35: folder 18
1919-20


Correspondence


Box 36: folder 1
Petitions, decrees, and statements


Box 36: folder 2
Miscellaneous


Box 36: folder 3
SERIES V. AGENCIES/SERVICE PROGRAMS
(1907-77)


Brattleboro Mutual Aid Association



Administration



Histories



1935-46, n.d.

Box 36: folder 4
Drafts,
n.d.

Box 36: folder 5
Anniversaries,
1928, 1947, 1956-57

Box 36: folder 6
By-laws,
1908, 1926, 1952, n.d.

Box 36: folder 7
Members,
1945-47, n.d.

Box 36: folder 8
Minutes



Executive Board,
1939-51, n.d.

Box 36: folder 9
1907-11

Box 36: folder 10
with attachments,
1928-46

Box 36: folder 11-13
Secretary's records,
1942-46

Box 36: folder 14
Personnel,
1951, n.d.

Box 36: folder 15
Press releases,
1952, 1958, n.d.

Box 36: folder 16
Thompson House disaster plans,
circa 1982

Box 36: folder 17
Financial



Client expenditures,
1907-09

Box 37: folder 1
Clients,
1912-13

Box 37: folder 2
Reports,
1907-47, n.d.

Box 37: folder 3
Requisitions,
1920-33

Box 37: folder 4
Reduction plan,
1931-32

Box 37: folder 5
Stock receipts,
1943-73

Box 37: folder 6
Monthly Treasurer's reports,
1921-63

Box 37: folder 7-13
Florence Wells



Notes and drafts,
n.d.

Box 37: folder 14
Speeches


Box 37: folder 15
Correspondence



General,
1931-70

Box 38: folder 1-3
Bradley, Richards M.,
1939-42

Box 38: folder 4
Burtek case,
1973-76

Box 38: folder 5
Re: clients,
1964-67

Box 38: folder 6
Fawcett, Benjamin,
1973-75

Box 38: folder 7
Harris Place



General,
1917-25

Box 38: folder 8
Legal documents,
1924-25

Box 38: folder 9
National Organization for Public Health Nursing,
1919

Box 38: folder 10
Wells, Florence H.,
1939

Box 38: folder 11
Re: Florence Wells,
1962-63

Box 38: folder 12
Programs



Children's Repair Fund,
1939-43

Box 38: folder 13
Cooperation with Hospital,
n.d.

Box 38: folder 14
Dental hygiene



Report and proposal,
1916, n.d.

Box 38: folder 15
Annual reports,
1936-42

Box 38: folder 16
Monthly reports



1937-39

Box 38: folder 17-19
1940-42

Box 39: folder 1-3
Genevieve M. Ely, "The Importance of Baby Teeth": speech,
n.d.

Box 39: folder 4
Federal Nutritional Survey Unit,
1945

Box 39: folder 5
Health exhibit,
1910

Box 39: folder 6
House tour,
1954-58

Box 39: folder 7
Influenza epidemic,
1920

Box 39: folder 8
Nursing Center,
n.d.

Box 39: folder 9
Preschool clinic,
1923, 1938

Box 39: folder 10
Public health (District) nursing



General,
1917-52, n.d.

Box 39: folder 11
Instructive District Nursing Association (Boston),
1920-24

Box 39: folder 12
National Organization for Public Health Nursing,
1942-50, n.d.

Box 39: folder 13
Red Cross,
1917-35, n.d.

Box 39: folder 14
School nurse,
1916-37, n.d.

Box 39: folder 15
Services to the sick,
1921-28

Box 39: folder 16
Special Children's Health Fund,
1941-44

Box 39: folder 17
Thompson School for Practical Nursing



History,
n.d.

Box 39: folder 18
Correspondence,
1950-51

Box 39: folder 19
Applications for Director,
1950-51

Box 39: folder 20
Nurses' training publications


Box 39: folder 21
Radio script,
n.d.

Box 39: folder 22
Reports,
1950, n.d.

Box 39: folder 23
National Association for Practical Nurse Education



Accreditation,
1949-51

Box 39: folder 24
Constitution and By-laws,
1947, 1951

Box 39: folder 25
Newsletters,
1949-50, n.d.

Box 39: folder 26
Conference,
1948-50

Box 39: folder 27
Speech,
1949

Box 39: folder 28
Pamphlets,
n.d.

Box 39: folder 29
Publications not by Thompson School,
1912-50, n.d.

Box 40: folder 1
Tuberculosis Camp,
1911, n.d.

Box 40: folder 2
Tuberculosis exhibit,
1909

Box 40: folder 3
"Typical Day,"
1910, 1915

Box 40: folder 4
Vacation house



Property,
1912, 1936

Box 40: folder 5
Applicants,
1914-21

Box 40: folder 6-13
Reports



Attendant Nursing Service,
1939-42

Box 40: folder 14
Attendant Nursing Statistics,
1934-35

Box 40: folder 15
Auxiliary Services,
1959

Box 40: folder 16
Comparison of Practical Nursing Schools,
n.d., circa 1940s

Box 40: folder 17
Public health (district) nurses,
1939-42, 1945, 1951

Box 40: folder 18-19
Rural nurse,
1930-37, 1939

Box 40: folder 20
Supervisor,
1928-29, 1944-46, 1949-50

Box 40: folder 21
Sub-committees,
1938-59

Box 40: folder 22
Miscellaneous,
1917, n.d.

Box 41: folder 1
Fragments,
n.d.

Box 41: folder 2
Annual reports



Drafts,
1949, 1956

Box 41: folder 3
Typescripts,
1945-58

Box 41: folder 4
Published,
1920-48

Box 41: folder 5-6
Publications



"The Brattleboro Mutual Aid Association"
n.d., circa 1910s

Box 41: folder 7
"Hospital Benefit Service,"
n.d., circa 1933

Box 41: folder 8
"Health and Service System,"
1931

Box 41: folder 9
"Health Work in Windham County,"
1931

Box 41: folder 10
Brattleboro Memorial Hospital



History



Pamphlets,
1926, 1954-58

Box 41: folder 11
Suggestions from doctors,
1901

Box 41: folder 12
Information re: other hospitals,
circa 1901

Box 41: folder 13
Richards M. Bradley, "A Well Ordered Hospital": speech,
n.d., circa 1901

Box 41: folder 14
Construction,
1903-04

Box 41: folder 15
Plan of land near hospital,
n.d.

Box 41: folder 16
Hospital charter,
1904, 1953

Box 41: folder 17
Hospital notice,
1910

Box 41: folder 18
Patient survey,
n.d.

Box 41: folder 19
Hospital supply catalogs,
n.d., circa 1940s

Box 41: folder 20
Administrative reports,
1912-14, n.d.

Box 41: folder 21
Annual reports,
1906, 1908-13

Box 41: folder 22-23
Financial



Funding,
1930-42

Box 42: folder 1
Sources of income,
1934-35

Box 42: folder 2
Client payments,
1901-18

Box 42: folder 3
Schedule of fees,
1924

Box 42: folder 4
Accountants' reports,
1907-08

Box 42: folder 5
Yearly audits,
1933-37, 1942

Box 42: folder 6-7
Monthly expense reports,
January 1935-February 1943

Box 42: folder 8-11
Graduate Nurses



Legislation,
1911, 1941

Box 42: folder 12
Reports



Miscellaneous,
1912, n.d., circa 1930s

Box 42: folder 13
National League of Nursing Education,
1934

Box 42: folder 14
Questionnaire,
1942

Box 42: folder 15
Rhinebeck



Expenses,
1901-20

Box 43: folder 1
Correspondence



General,
1903, 1922, 1929, n.d.

Box 43: folder 2
Greenough, Dorothy



Harding and Koch,
1947-51

Box 43: folder 3
General,
1947-63

Box 43: folder 4-6
Hudson, Miriam,
1939-43, 1946-47

Box 43: folder 7-8
Miller, George N., M.D.,
1925-32

Box 43: folder 9-13
Trustees,
1941-43

Box 43: folder 14
Minutes,
1913, 1929

Box 43: folder 15
Reports



Agency for Dependent Children,
1916-17

Box 43: folder 16
Client case reports,
1914-17

Box 43: folder 17
Legislation,
1934-36

Box 44: folder 1
Nurses' monthly reports,
1919

Box 44: folder 2
Special reports,
1914-19, 1931, 1939-43, n.d.

Box 44: folder 3
Superintendent's reports,
1918, n.d.

Box 44: folder 4
Research notes,
1910-13

Box 44: folder 5
Publications,
1908, 1915, 1931, 1936, 1947, 1953, n.d.

Box 44: folder 6-7
Programs



Dutchess County Health Association



Proposal,
1922

Box 44: folder 8
Miscellaneous


Box 44: folder 9
North Dutchess County Nursing Service



Financial reports,
1938-44

Box 44: folder 10
Correspondence,
1938-42

Box 44: folder 11
Monthly reports,
1919, 1933-34, 1939-44

Box 44: folder 12-13
Annual reports,
1939-43

Box 44: folder 14
General,
n.d.

Box 44: folder 14a
Therapeutic abortions: correspondence,
1938

Box 44: folder 15
Registry,
1939-41

Box 44: folder 16
Reports,
1940-42

Box 44: folder 17
Publications,
n.d.

Box 44: folder 18
Thompson House



Financial



Accountants' report,
1903-08

Box 44: folder 19
Treasurer's reports,
1916-43

Box 45: folder 1-2
Audits,
1919-42

Box 45: folder 3-4
Expenditures,
1911-18

Box 45: folder 5
Proposal,
n.d.

Box 45: folder 6
Construction expenses,
1907-10

Box 45: folder 7
Monthly reports,
1916-21

Box 45: folder 8
Reports,
1915, 1941-42

Box 45: folder 9
Annual report,
1915

Box 45: folder 10
SERIES VI. INSURANCE PROGRAMS--Thompson Benefit Associations
(1926-59)


General



Survey,
1941

Box 46: folder 1
Reports,
n.d.

Box 46: folder 2
Drafts and notes,
n.d.

Box 46: folder 3
Publications,
1926-32

Box 46: folder 4
Financial,
1931-33, 1946, n.d.

Box 46: folder 5
Thompson Benefit Association for Nursing Service



Publications,
1926-42

Box 46: folder 6
Client payments,
1926-56

Box 46: folder 7-17
Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Benefit Association



Premiums collected,
1933-35

Box 46: folder 18
Total hospital charges,
1934-35

Box 46: folder 19
Non-Surgical case insurance,
1934-35

Box 46: folder 20
Northfield student service,
1934-37

Box 46: folder 21-22
Mr. Grimshaw's reports,
1935-36

Box 46: folder 23
Miss Converse's reports,
1938-39

Box 46: folder 24
Publications,
1930s

Box 47: folder 1
Reports,
1936, 1941

Box 47: folder 2
Annual reports,
1937-43

Box 47: folder 3
Financial



Client accounts,
1933, 1946

Box 47: folder 4
Infirmary payments,
1938-46

Box 47: folder 5
Infirmary receipts,
1945-46

Box 47: folder 6
Legal: Freeman case,
1932-33

Box 47: folder 7
Springfield (VT) Mutual Benefit Association,
1937-42

Box 47: folder 8
Publications re: other insurance plans,
1910s-1950s

Box 47: folder 9
Insurance client records



Ledger sheets,
1932-33

Box 47: folder 10
Ledger sheets,
1945-60

Box 47: folder 11-12
Premium cards,
1920s-50s

Box 48-50
Disbursements, ; Information, 1920s
1920s-50s

Box 51
Enrollment,
1920s-30s

Box 52-53
Receipts,
1930s-50s

Box 54-56
Miscellaneous


Box 57
SERIES VII. CLIENT RECORDS
(1901-69)


Report to Committee for Working Women Under Thompson Will, A-Z,
1901-05

Box 58
Interview re: vital statistics, A-Y,
1901-09

Box 59: folder 1-4
Applications for aid,
1914-19

Box 59: folder 5
Case Files (numerical)



#1501-1563


Box 60: folder 1-40
#1564-1695


Box 61: folder 1-34
1705-1760


Box 62: folder 1-46
1761-1860


Box 63: folder 1-60
1861-2499


Box 64: folder 1-37
#2516-2694


Box 65: folder 1-68
Case files (alphabetical)-Brattleboro



A-Ber


Box 66: folder 1-34
Bet-C


Box 67: folder 1-47
D-F


Box 68: folder 1-35
D-F


Box 68a: folder 36-50
G-H


Box 69: folder 1-36
I-L


Box 70: folder 1-27
M


Box 71: folder 1-21
N-O


Box 72: folder 1-12
P-Sh


Box 73: folder 1-29
Sm-V


Box 74: folder 1-29
W-Y, no name


Box 75: folder 1-21
Case files (alphabetical)-Rhinebeck



A-B


Box 76: folder 1-13
C-L


Box 77: folder 1-18
M-V


Box 78: folder 1-25
W


Box 79: folder 1-6
Case files (chronological)-Rhinebeck



1947-52

Box 80: folder 1-37
1949-55

Box 81: folder 1-30
1949-55

Box 82: folder 1-31
1955-62

Box 83: folder 1-28
Rhinebeck, A-Z,
1960-69

Box 84-85: folder 1-24
Wells, Florence



Correspondence,
1927-60

Box 86: folder 1-4
"Notes,"
n.d.

Box 86: folder 5-7
Massachusetts Eye and Ear,
1928-32

Box 87: folder 1
Physicians



Reports,
1924, 1931, 1936

Box 87: folder 2
Patient charges,
1936-43

Box 87: folder 3-5
Minimum charges,
1940

Box 87: folder 6
Correspondence,
1940-1951

Box 87: folder 7-9
Client loans



Brattleboro,
1914-17, 1924, 1926, 1932

Box 87: folder 10
Rhinebeck,
1904-41

Box 88: folder 1
Client reports



Brattleboro,
1902-03, 1909

Box 88: folder 2-3
Rhinebeck,
1906

Box 88: folder 4
Sample cases,
1909

Box 88: folder 5
Miss Davis' reports,
1914

Box 88: folder 6
Patients admitted to BMH,
n.d.

Box 88: folder 7
Client expenditures, Brattleboro,
1913-49

Box 88: folder 8-11
Client payments, Brattleboro,
1901-07, 1917-19, 1947

Box 88: folder 12-13
Client receipts, A-Z


Box 89-96
SERIES VIII. PHOTOGRAPHS/SCRAPBOOKS
(1902-62, n.d.)


Photographs,
1910s-40s, n.d.

Box 97
Scrapbooks,
1902-64, 1980

Box 98-105
SERIES IX. OVERSIZE MATERIALS
(1901-2001)


Architectural drawings



Brattleboro Hospital


Flat File
Brattleboro Hospital, alterations and additions


Flat File
Portable cottage


Flat File
Sewage disposal


Flat File
Expenditure sheets,
1901-30

Flat File
Estate of Thomas Thompson: statements of earnings,
1930-1943

Flat File
Disease Classifications: charts


Flat File
Notice of Centennial Celebration in Brattleboro, Vermont: poster,
Dec. 13-15, 2001

Flat File

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Subjects
  • Bradley, Richards M., 1861-1943
  • Brattleboro Memorial Hospital--History--Sources
  • Brattleboro Mutual Aid Association--History--Sources
  • Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations--United States--History
  • Charities--New York (State)--Rhinebeck--History--Sources
  • Charities--Vermont--Brattleboro--History--Sources
  • Poor women--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Public health nursing--Vermont--Brattleboro--History--Sources
  • Thomas Thompson Trust
  • Thompson, Elizabeth Rowell, 1821-1899
  • Thompson, Thomas, 1798-1869
  • Vermont--Brattleboro--History--20th century--Sources
  • Vermont--Brattleboro--Social conditions
  • Wells, Florence Hemenway, 1878-1967
  • Women--Charities--United States--History--Sources
  • Women--Employment--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women--Vermont--Social conditions--20th century--Sources
  • Working class women--United States--History--20th century--Sources


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