Friday, March 17, 2017

Director of UK Libraries Louie B. Nunn Center Talks Frontier Nursing on WUKY's Saving Stories
In honor of Women’s History Month (and—perhaps unwittingly—as a sidebar to the current healthcare debate), WUKY’s Saving Stories featured clips from the Frontier Nursing Service oral history collection in an interview with Dr. Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Founded in 1925 by Mary Breckenridge in rural Leslie County, the Frontier Nursing Service brought primary health care to remote areas of eastern Kentucky, helping, among other things, to dramatically decrease the health risks to women and infants associated with childbirth. UK Libraries SCRC is the repository for the Frontier Nursing archives, which documents the organization’s background and development and includes such materials as correspondence, minutes, reports, promotional materials, guest books, financial files, architectural plans, and memorabilia. There is an accompanying collection of photographs and other audio-visual materials located in the Audio-Visual Archives as well as the collection of oral histories in the Louie B. Nunn Center. If you missed the interview on Tuesday, you can hear an archived version here, and you can listen to the full oral history archive here.

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