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Elisabeth Robinson Scovil fonds
The greater part of these records revolve around Elisabeth Scovil's writings about her contemporary, Florence Nightingale, a nurse and friend. This fonds also includes 2 letters written by Elisabeth Scovil to family members, 1 each to her mother (1867) and her nephew, Captain M. A. Scovil (1916); a handwritten manuscript copy of her book entitled, 'Little Tales for Little Ears in Words of One Syllable'; a photocopy of a b&w photo of Elisabeth Scovil; excerpts from 'The Longfellow Birthday Book' with an index to family birthdays; and a manuscript copy of 'The Art of Cookery in 1788' [...]
Elizabeth Scovil, a nurse, and author of 21 books, was a member of staff for the American Journal of Nursing for 20 years, and for 12 years, editor of “Canadian Nurse”. Having had the experience of raising her brother’s children, she also conducted the Mother’s Department on the care and training of children for the Ladies’ Home Journal. Most of her books were of an educational or religious nature, especially written for young readers. One of these books interested Florence Nightingale to such an extent that she asked to meet the author, and subsequently agreed to sign Miss Scovil’s birthday book, an autograph now treasured by her grand-niece, Anne Purdy. Elizabeth Scovil took an active part in the formation of the Victorian Order of Nurses in Canada, and assisted in the administration of the Pickett Memorial Fund, through which nursing assistance was provided without charge to members of the Anglican Clergy [...]