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Fay Franklin Thomas-Vaden Papers

Identifier: 2022-086

Scope and Contents

The Thomas-Vaden collection includes papers from Fay Franklin Thomas Vaden's years as a student at MCV (1934-1935), notes she used as surgical and obstetric nursing instructor and supervisor in various institutions, (1937-1944), notes from a summer course she took at the University of Virginia on “Curriculums in Schools of Nursing,” (1944) and notes from her course in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. The collection includes an autobiographical sketch that details various patient experiences she had while working at Walter Reed Hospital (1944-1945). General Jefferson Randolph Keane, who worked with Dr. Walter Reed to conquer yellow fever, was one of the patients Mrs. Vaden describes. General Keane was a great great grandson of Thomas Jefferson. A photograph and obituaries from two newspapers also provide additional information about the nursing career of Fay Franklin Thomas Vaden.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1934-1944

Biographical / Historical

Fay Franklin Thomas Vaden, RN, 1937 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia Hospital School of Nursing, was active in nursing throughout her life. Upon her death in 1996, her husband, Joseph Vaden, of Keysville, Virginia, donated papers from Mrs. Vaden’s varied nursing career.


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Repository Details

Part of the The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry Repository

University of Virginia School of Nursing
P.O. Box 800782
Charlottesville Virginia 22908-0782 United States