Ruth T. McGrorey papers
Scope and Contents
Papers, ca. 1965-1977, of Dr. Ruth T. McGrorey, professor of nursing education and Dean (1966-1974) of the School of Nursing at the State University of New York at Buffalo, consisting of papers, articles and speeches by McGrorey; annual reports of the School of Nursing; working papers for projected books on nursing administration, teaching and consultation, ca. 1965-1977; notes, itineraries, correspondence, reports and other materials concerning a sabbatical study of new patterns of nursing administration and patient care in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Spain, 1974-1975; memorabilia including diplomas, citations and awards, including citations from the National University of Asuncion in Paraguay; poems, including McGrorey's Friendship Poems; cassettes and reel to reel tape recordings, ca. 1966-1975, of seminars, speeches, nursing conferences and faculty meetings.
- McGrorey, Ruth T. (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection material in English.
Terms of Access
Ruth T. McGrorey Papers, 1965-1977, are open for research.
Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.
Ruth McGrorey, as a nurse and an educator, was instrumental in revising UB's Nursing curriculum and in expanding the profession's role in the health care field. While at UB, she encouraged her students and faculty to become involved in their communities and recruited numerous students of various backgrounds to the program.
McGrorey graduated with a diploma in Nursing Education from the Buffalo City Hospital and the University of Buffalo in 1936. Six years later she received a bachelor's in Nursing as a member of the UB's School of Nursing's first graduating class. In 1947, McGrorey continued her education at Columbia University where she received her M.A. and then her Ed.D. in 1955.
Before coming to UB, McGrorey worked in a number of nursing and administrative positions. From 1942 to 1945, McGrorey was Educational Director of Pediatrics at Hamot Hospital in Pennsylvania. During World War II, McGrorey served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She then went on to work as the Associate Director of Education at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey from 1946-1949, and as the Assistant Editor of the American Journal of Nursing from 1949-1950. She also served as the Chairman of the Department of Basic and General Nursing at Seton Hall University in New Jersey (1950-1953) and Chairman of the Department of Nursing for Canisius College (1953-1956).
Some of McGrorey's most notable work was while working as a Consultant in Nursing for the Paraguay Project (University Archives collection 19/1/708). This project was initiated by the US State Department Project to provide the National University at Asuncion with UB's health sciences expertise. A three-year contract was signed between the Health Servicio of Paraguay and UB in 1956 and renewed continuously until 1971. The contract set up an exchange whereby Paraguayan doctors were sent to study at UB and two Buffalo faculty members, in addition to short-term consultants were sent Paraguay. While in Paraguay McGrorey helped to develop a Nursing School at Asuncion. McGrorey also implemented many changes nationally, helping to bring Paraguayan nursing and medical standards on par with North American standards. In 1962, Asuncion honored McGrorey with the Distinguished Visiting Professor title and in 1969 an honorary doctorate.
After holding a number of other posts in government and academe, McGrorey returned to UB as the Dean of the School of Nursing in 1966, a position which she held until 1974. After her resignation from the deanship, McGrorey continued to be involved in nursing education at UB and nationally until her death in 1977. She was president-elect of the New York State Nurses Association District #1 and served as the Vice-President of the New York State League for Nursing.
A scholarship fund was later created after her death for the UB school of Nursing. The Ruth T. McGrorey Award for Excellence in Nursing is given to a student who demonstrates excellent knowledge of nursing theory and excellence in nursing practice.
3.33 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 2 record cartons, 1 oversize item)
Papers of Dr. Ruth T. McGrorey, professor of nursing education and Dean (1966-1974) of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Nursing. The collection consists of papers, articles and speeches by McGrorey; annual reports of the School of Nursing; working papers for projected books on nursing administration, information on her teaching and consultation activities; and materials concerning a sabbatical study of new patterns of nursing administration and patient care in the US, UK and Spain; as well as personal memorabilia and tape recordings of seminars, speeches and meetings.
This collection is arranged by topic.
The University Archives received the first batch of material for this collection (accession 78-011) from the Office of the Director of Libraries in February 1978 and October 1979. The bulk of the material (accession 83-010), however, arrived in February 1983 via Jane Donahue, executrix of Professor McGrorey's estate.
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