Richards, Linda (1842-1930)
Scope:
The Linda Richards collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, printed material, and memorabilia.

The only manuscript item is an address, "And the End is Not Yet," written and delivered by Stella Goostray on the occasion of the Centennial Anniversary of the birth of Linda Richards (1941).

Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters to and from Richards, dating from 1886 to 1969.  These letters include: letters from Richards (in Japan) to various others; responses to invitations sent to politicians regarding a ceremony honoring the 85th Anniversary of the graduation of Linda Richards, 1958 (includes Massachusetts Governor Foster Furcolo; Massachusetts Senator Leverett Saltonstall, and Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower); letters from George W. Gay, Lucy L. Drown, Joseph Purvis, and Caroline M. Caswell; and other items.

Photographs include several portraits of Richards; Linda Richards in a rickshaw, used in her book Reminiscences of America's First-Trained Nurse; Richards speaking to the graduating class of the Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing (1911); Richards with the graduating class of Butler Hospital, Providence Rhode Island (1914); several photos sent to the Masta sisters from Japan (ca. 1886); Richards at the Kimball Cottage Alumnae meeting (1920); Richards with the McLean Hospital graduating class (1924); and other images.

Printed material includes various newspaper clippings about Richards, including several obituaries (1914-1930); "America's First Trained Nurse: The Story of Linda Richards, 1841-1930," by Isabelle M. Sloan, Class of 1922 (1941); program from A Service at Trinity Church to Honor Linda Richards (1941); program from American Nurses Association Diamond Jubilee of Nursing Banquet (1948); invitations to events sponsored by the Nurses Alumnae Association of the New England Hospital for Women and Children; Classmate, Vol. 61, No. 26 (1954); photocopies of articles about Richards and others in Japan; and other items.  Books from Richards's personal library include: Book of Psalms (American Bible Society, 1880); Hymns, by Frederick William Faber (E.P. Dutton, 1881), signed by Richards ; The Candle of the Lord and Other Sermons, by Phillips Brooks, Rector of Trinity Church, Boston (E.P. Dutton Co., 1887), signed by Richards; Hymns and Songs of Praise, printed in Japanese by Seishi Bunsha (Yokahama, Japan, 1888), signed by Richards autograph; The New Testament (Philadelphia, 1895); Reminiscences of America's First Trained Nurse, by Linda Richards, second and third printings (Whitcomb and Burrows, 1915 and 1924), both signed by Richards autograph; and The Holy Bible, containing Old and New Testaments (A.J. Jolman Co., Philadelphia).   

Memorabilia includes: Stock Certificate No. 1, American Journal of Nursing (1904); Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nurses, Certificate No. 997 (1911); Richards's framed diploma from the New England Hospital for Women and Children Training School for Nurses (1873); and framed certificate No. 8638 incorporating the Alumnae Association of the New England Hospital for Women and Children Training School for Nurses (1900).  Nursing textiles and related items include: four nurses' caps; a greenish uniform; a facsimile black nurses' uniform; an identification badge with a blue ribbon (1873-1923 MGH Training School for Nurses); a New England Hospital for Women and Children pin; a National Council for Women pin; and a Guild of St. Barnabas pendant.  Other items include: a copper printing plate mounted on a wood block bearing the image of Richards; a silver plate presented by District V, Massachusetts State Nurses Association, engraved: To the New England Hospital for Women and Children, Honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Graduation of Linda Richards, America’s first trained Nurse, 1873-1948 (1948); copper and steel engraved printing plates, possibly used in Richards' Reminiscences of America's First Trained Nurse; a hat, knit by Richards after she became blind; and various other miscellaneous items, including engraved copper plates used for illustrations.
Notable Figures
1. Richards, Linda, 1841-1930
Associated Subjects
1. Memorabilia – United States
2. Photographs – United States
3. Medical teaching personnel – United States
4. Nurses – United States
5. Nurses – United States – Biography
6. Nursing – Study and teaching – United States
7. Nursing
8. Biographies -- United States
9. Art objects -- United States.