Duke Hospital Auxiliary Records, 1934-1996

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Duke Hospital. Auxiliary. and Duke Hospital. Auxiliary.
Contains the records of the Duke Hospital Auxiliary, a public relations and fundraising volunteer program at Duke Hospitals. The Auxiliary formed in 1933 as the Duke Hospital Women's Auxiliary and ran until 1947. In 1950, the Auxiliary program was reestablished as the Duke Hospital Auxiliary. Types of materials include correspondence, memoranda, minutes, financial materials, reports, clippings, pamphlets, scrapbooks, logs, and photographs. Major subjects include Duke University Hospital Auxiliary and volunteer workers in hospitals. Materials range in date from 1934 to 1996.
10.5 Linear Feet (7 cartons)
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Contains correspondence, planning materials, budgets, reports, minutes, yearbooks, clippings, pamphlets, newsletters, and photographs pertaining to the establishment and operation of the Duke Hospital Auxiliary, established in 1950. Materials range in date from 1934 to 1996.

Biographical / historical:

The Duke Hospital Women's Auxiliary, the first auxiliary at Duke, was established in 1933 at the suggestion of Wilburt C. Davison. Elizabeth Hanes served as chair and appointed four committees: Cutting Committee, chaired by Mary Glasson (nee Park); Surgical Dressings Committee, chaired by Elizabeth Knox Forbus (nee Burger); Social Committee, chaired Harriet Huntington Roberts Carter (nee Cook); and Book Collection Committee for Howland Ward, chaired Marion Everett (nee Eggstaff). Twenty-seven women participated in the first meeting held on October 17, 1934. The Auxiliary supported hospital staff when hospital professionals left to work overseas during World War II and continued to meet until 1947.
Ross Porter, administrator of Duke Hospital and member of the American Hospital Association's Council of Hospital Auxiliaries, suggested that the Duke Hospital Auxiliary group be reestablished. Harriet Carter and Gin Eagle, wife of Watt Eagle, assembled volunteers, and ,in April 1950, the Duke Hospital Auxiliary was restarted with two-hundred and forty two members.
The Auxiliary served as a public relations medium to the community and volunteer services to improve the hospital environment. The Auxiliary was responsible for the creation of the Duke University Medical Center publication, "The Intercom," published from 1954 to 1986. It then merged with "This Week at Duke" and "Faculty Newsletter" to form "Duke Dialogue." The Auxiliary also runs The Pink Smock Gift Shop. Auxiliary volunteers also staffed a reception desk, provided a guide service, and used shopping carts and library carts to provide books and small goods to patients. Activities started by the Auxiliary, such as directing plays on the children's ward and occupational therapy, eventually were taken over by trained professionals. Junior volunteers (previously called candy stripers) helped during summers, contributing thousands of hours per year.
Besides volunteering, the Auxiliary raised funds to support a wide range of projects. Some of these projects have included a chapel organ, establishing scholarships, and adding to the building fund. As of 2003, the Duke Hospital Auxiliary and junior volunteers managed three gift shops, a snack bar, staff roving book and shopping carts, coordinate special projects, assist pediatric and emergency departments, and continue to raise funds to support special projects.

Acquisition information:
Accession A1976.0067 (originally accessioned by University Archives; transferred to Medical Center Archives, 1978)
Processing information:

Processed by Archives staff and Emily Glenn: July 2003; encoded by Emily Glenn: March 2, 2004

Organized into the following series: Governance, 1950-1991; Correspondence, 1974-1990; Grants for Project and Supplies, 1950-1993; Annual Reports, 1959-1995; Speeches and Presentations, 1961-1979; Committtees and Social Programs, 1954-1968; Printed Materials, 1950-1988; Other Materials, 1934-1996.
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Corporate Name(s):
Duke University. Medical Center.
Duke University. Hospital
Topical Term(s):
Hospital Volunteers.
Fund Raising.


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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred citation:

[Identification of item], Duke Hospital Auxiliary Records, Duke University Medical Center Archives.