Interview with Wilma Duval Whittlesay, November 30, 1979
Part of Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project
- Interview with Wilma Duval Whittlesay, November 30, 1979
- Dale Deaton; interviewer. Wilma Duval Whittlesay; interviewee.
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- 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.
- Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
- University of Kentucky
- Frontier Nursing Service, Inc., Rural health services
- Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project
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