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Collection TitleCL 59 Helen DeLoff O’Connor CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:6/03/2008

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library in 2008 by John Baker.


Elmira (N.Y.); Hospitals, Gynecologic and obstetric; Hospitals, Proprietary; Hospital records; Medical care; Nurses

Historical:Helen DeLoff O'Connor-Helen DeLoff came to Elmira in 1891 and worked as a nurse.  On February 27, 1906, she married James O'Connor, a lawyer with the Elmira law firm O'Connor & Murtaugh.  In 1907, they purchased a building at 360 Columbia Street, and, in 1912, Mrs. O'Connor opened the O'Connor Private Hospital at that location.  The O'Connor Private Hospital served as a rehabilitation center and maternity hospital for the community.  It was also a licensed boarding house for children whose parents were temporarily unable to care for them.  The Hospital closed in 1930, but the O'Connor family continued to live at the 360 Columbia Street property until it was sold by the couple's son James Jr. in 1981. 
Scope:The Helen DeLoff O'Connor Collection contains personal items relating to the O'Connor family as well as material relating to the O'Connor Private Hospital.  The bulk of the collection consists of hospital charts, ranging in date from 1904 to 1926, which include patient histories as well as records of births.  The collection also contains Mrs. O'Connor's financial records from 1898 to 1931, including bank statements, check books, and cancelled checks.  Also included within the collection are Mrs. O'Connor's personal correspondence, receipts and various miscellaneous documents.   
Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1896-1978
AbstractThis collection contains personal material relating to Helen DeLoff O'Connor as well as material relating to the O'Connor Private Hospital.

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Letter from Miss Anna L. Legget concerning nursing classes, circa 1918.Letter011709
Letter from Helen O'Connor to Miss Florence Johnson regarding nursing classes, April 23, 1919.Letter011710
Letter from Florence Johnson to Mrs. O'Connor concerning nursing classes, Augusy 5, 1919.Letter011711
Letter from the Superintendent of the Arnot-Ogden Memorial Hospital to Mrs. Helen D. O'Connor concerning nurse registration, November 15, 1920.Letter011712
Letter from Mrs. William Tipple to Mrs. O'Connor wishing a happy Easter, March 31, 1923.Letter011713
Form letter from Sandoz Chemical Works Inc. to the O'Connor Private Hospital advertising a new drug, March 5, 1928. Letter011714
Cetechism of Christian Doctrine. Book011801
Pocket ledger with notes about patients. Ledger011802
Prouncing Dictionary of the English Language. Book011803
James O'Connor Jr.'s report card from Elmira Free Academy for the first term of the 1928-1929 school year. Report Card011804
Blank envelopes. (2)Envelopes011805
Scrap paper with calculations, lists, notes on patients, and sketches. (9 items)Documents011806
American Red Cross Nurses' Bulletin number 3, January 1921.Document011807
Ten Laws of Health.Document011808
Growth of the Arnot Ogden Memorial Hospital, 1957.Document011809
Agreement between Frances Cotton and Grover and Ruth Stedge for the adoption of the infant Leslie Cotton, October 15, 1926. Document011810
Invoice from Chas. E. McConnell Contractor and Builder for renovations done to a building owned by Helen DeLoff O'Connor, October 11, 1910. Document011811
Proposed floor plan, presumably for the O'Connor Private Hospital.Drawing011812
Scraps of book covers.Document011813
Photographs of an inidentified woman and an unidentided toddler on a bike, circa 1900. Photographs0119
Cornell Daily Sun, October 5, 1896.Newspaper012001
Elmira Star-Gazette, February 14, 1978, business section.Newspaper012002
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