Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Marianne Harper, April 9, 1979

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:17 - Introduction / becoming involved with the Frontier Nursing Service and the Chicago Committee

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Mrs. Marianne Harper for the oral history project Frontier Nursing Service by Linda Green at approximately 4:00PM in Chicago, Illinois on 9 April, 1979.

Segment Synopsis: Marianne Harper is introduced. She speaks about how she became involved with the Frontier Nursing Service including how she became a courier and her work with the Chicago Committee.

Keywords: Adventures; Chairman; Changes; Chicago Committee; Committees; Couriers; Demands; Distinguished; Donations; F.N.S.; FNS; Friends; Fundraising; Interest; Meetings; Members; Raising money; Recruiting; Speeches; Universities

Subjects: Breckinridge, Mary, 1881-1965; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Horses--Care; Volunteers

00:06:16 - Experiences and responsibilities as a courier

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Partial Transcript: What was the reaction of your--your family and your friends to your becoming a courier?

Segment Synopsis: Harper discusses the tasks she performed as a courier for the Frontier Nursing Service. She talks about her impression of Mary Breckinridge and her ambition to create a midwifery school in America.

Keywords: AMA; Adaptation; Adventures; Advice; American Medical Association; Birth control; British; Changes; Children; Couriers; Deliver babies; Deliveries; Distinguished; Duties; Encouragement; Experiences; F.N.S.; FNS; Home visits; Horseback riding; Inspiration; Jobs; Mail; Public; Responsibilities; Roads; Supplies; Upbringing; Work

Subjects: Breckinridge, Mary, 1881-1965; Childbirth; Families.; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing; Horses--Care; Midwives; Nurses

00:12:36 - Being a committee chairman and interviewing candidates

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Partial Transcript: Now I'm curious then, when you came back--um--were you active again in the committee--or I mean, not active again, but did you become more active?

Segment Synopsis: Harper discusses her role as chairman of the Chicago Committee, especially in interviewing potential candidates for courier positions.

Keywords: Applicants; Applications; Background; Candidates; Chairman; Chicago Committee; Committees; Driving; F.N.S.; FNS; Families; Fundraising; Interviews; Meetings; Money; Requirements; Skills; Work

Subjects: Breckinridge, Mary, 1881-1965; College students; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.

00:17:32 - More on the Chicago Committee and meetings

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Partial Transcript: Could we go back a minute to the--um--the committee meetings--um--th--you had mentioned the Drake Hotel here in Chicago.

Segment Synopsis: Harper talks more about being involved with the Chicago Committee and their meetings. She talks specifically about their fundraising efforts. She lists several former and current committee members and their backgrounds.

Keywords: Changes; Committees; Contributors; Donations; Donors; Drake Hotel; F.N.S.; FNS; Friends; Fundraisers; Helen Browne; Interest; Local organizations; Meetings; Members; Money; Personal; Professionals; Support; Technical

Subjects: Breckinridge, Mary, 1881-1965; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.

00:22:45 - More on her courier experiences / more about the Chicago Committee

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Partial Transcript: The senior courier when I was down there with--uh-- Marian Schauss was a girl named "Pebble" Stone, Helen Stone from Long Island.

Segment Synopsis: Harper talks more about her time as a courier for the FNS including her interactions with the senior courier. She speaks more about the Chicago Committee, including discussion about its operation during the Great Depression. She talks about speeches given by Helen Browne at the committee meetings.

Keywords: Cabins; Committees; Couriers; Data; Determination; Donors; Ducks; F.N.S.; FNS; Films; Foundations; Fun; Fundraising; Funds; Great Depression; Helen Browne; Jokes; Kermit Morgan; Meetings; Mortality rates; Movies; Nurses; Questions; Speeches; Support; Unpopular; World War 2; World War II; World War Two

Subjects: Depressions--1929; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Red Cross; World War, 1939-1945

00:29:49 - Changes to the Chicago Committee

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Partial Transcript: How do you see things changing?

Segment Synopsis: Harper discusses the changes that have occurred to the Chicago Committee of the Frontier Nursing Service over the years. She talks about their fundraising efforts and lists committee members and their distinguished backgrounds. She discusses whether men participate in the committee. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Apathy; Chairman; Changes; Committee members; Differences; Energy; Enthusiasm; F.N.S.; FNS; Founders; Friends; Fundraising; Historic; Men; Money; Support; Women

Subjects: Chicago (Ill.); Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.