Leta Denham, RN papers

Miss Becker Play-acting Nursing students and faculty of the Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses (l... Nursing students and faculty of the Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses (l... Leta Denham, nursing student at the Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses (l...

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Reference code

MS 181

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Leta Denham, RN papers


  • 1918-1920 (Creation)


1 cubic foot (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Name of creator


Biographical history

Leta Elizabeth Denham was born in 1895 in Hempstead, Waller County, Texas, and was one of sixteen children. She attended the Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses in Houston, Texas, graduating from the program in 1919. The commencement ceremony was held at First Baptist Church in Houston on May 29, 1919. After graduating from nursing school Leta Denham went to China to fulfill her life-long dream of working as a missionary. She served as a medical missionary in Yingtak, China from 1921 to 1922.

Leta Denham married Marcus Jackson Scott in June 1921, and died in Langley, Washington in 1982.

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Scope and content

The Leta Denham, RN papers contains a short handwritten family history, scrapbook segments, photographs, a school yearbook from 1918, newspaper clippings, a nursing cap, and other items related to Leta Elizabeth Denham's nursing education at Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses from 1918 to 1919. The scrapbook segments and photographs show Leta Denham and other nursing students and school faculty, including class portraits. There is one photograph of the reception room at the nurse's home. There are three images relating to the 1918 flu pandemic, showing the nursing students holding “Quarantined” banners with the year 1918, and a photograph of a faculty member wearing a “Quarantined” sash across her chest. On the back of this photo “Miss Becker play-acting” is written giving the impression that the students are pretending to be quarantined but are not actually ill. Included with the photographs is an image of Mrs. J.P. Burnett (Lillie Jolly), Superintendent (undated). In addition to a nursing cap there is a pin from Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses that is in the shape of a cross and has “L. Denham” inscribed on the back. Oversized items include Leta Denham's Registered Nurse certificate from the Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners dated June 28, 1919, and her diploma from Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurse's dated May 29, 1919. The collection equals one cubic foot and includes two boxes and one oversized folder. The materials are primarily in good condition. Rolled panoramic photographs need conservation consultation to flatten.

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Conditions governing access

Unrestricted. Material is open for research.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the repository, McGovern Historical Center.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history


Immediate source of acquisition

The bulk of this collection was received March 2014, donated by Patricia Ays, granddaughter of Leta Denham. One additional item was received in July 2014 along with the Deed of Gift signed by Patricia Ays on July 17, 2014.

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No accruals are expected for this collection.

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Related archival materials

IC 022 Memorial Hospital System records; IC 103 Memorial Hospital Photograph Collection; IC 098 TMC Library Historical Photograph Collection

Scrapbook segments and phots are very similar to those in the WWI Nursing Scrapbook in IC 022 Memorial Hospital records. They might have been part of it at one time. Also, the images seem to be featured in the yearbooks.

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: Leta Denham, RN papers; MS 181; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

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Archivist's note

This small collection had no apparent natural order. The items were organized into folders according to types of materials. An oversized diploma and certificate are stored separately in a map drawer (MD16). The bulk of the collection was received in March 2014, an additional newspaper clipping was received in July 2014 and was added to the collection.

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