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Interview with Wilma Duval Whittlesay, November 30, 1979

Part of Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

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Title:
Interview with Wilma Duval Whittlesay, November 30, 1979
Creator:
Dale Deaton; interviewer. Wilma Duval Whittlesay; interviewee.
Format:
oral histories
Publication date:
1979
Date uploaded:
2012
Description:
Wilma Whittlesey first read of the FNS in the rotogravure section of the Louisville Courier-Journal in 1929. She answered a secretarial ad and became Mary Breckinridge's secretary from 1929 to 1936. She calls Breckinridge a renaissance woman and tells of her many accomplishments. Whittlesey traveled with Breckinridge for speaking engagements and answered much of her correspondence personally. Mention is made of Breckinridge's correspondence with an English spiritualist and the disposition of the letters. Whittlesey comments upon federal assistance during the Depression and upon road-building in the area but indicates that the local economy was not dependent upon factors very much influenced by outside events. After initial local resistance to federal programs, Breckinridge persuaded key individuals of their value. Whittlesey was at one time part of a team of nurses who conducted a survey in the Ozark Mountains concerning implementation of the FNS in that area.
Language:
english
Publisher:
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
Repository:
University of Kentucky
Type:
audio
Subject:
Frontier Nursing Service, Inc., Rural health services
Source:
Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project
Metadata record:
http://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt7kd50fvh0g/data/mets.xml
Rights:
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