Oral History

The Oral History Program

The Foundation of NYS Nurses Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History maintains an oral history program. This program exists to capture the life stories of nurses whose careers contribute to the rich history of nursing in New York State. Please review the list of oral history interviews available at the Veronica M. Driscoll Center for Nursing. Many of the interviews have been transcribed and transcripts are available to interested researchers. Please contact the Foundation’s archivist to gain access to these tapes or transcripts.

Available Oral Histories

INTERVIEWEE  INTERVIEWER DATE FORMAT TRANSCRIPT COLLECTION
Adler, Bonnie E. “Bunny” Bolker Gertrude B. Hutchinson 21 Aug 2009 1 CD Available MC19
 Auerhahn, Carolyn Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  28 Nov 2007 1 CD Available MC19
 Bailey, M. Sheahan  Ellen Burns  11 Feb 1972  1 CD  Available  MC51
 Ballard, Karen Rachael Donaldson 2 Oct 2006  1 CD Available MC46; MC51
 Ballard, Karen  Gertrude B. Hutchinson 15 May 2014  1 CD  Available MC46; MC51
 Barker, Sylvia M. Wanda Hiestand 16 Dec 2003  1 CD  Available MC33
 Birnbach, Nettie Cathryne A. Welch; Gertrude B. Hutchinson  5-7 Oct 2009  6 CDs Available MC35;MC52
 Bolus, Josephine Cathryne A. Welch 28 Sep 2008  1 CD Available MC51
Boyd, Eileen New York Downtown Hospital  Julie Pavri 23 Mar 1993  1 CD  Available MC51: 1993 WTC Project
Bozzonetti, Patricia St. Vincent’s Hospital  Julie Pavri  6 Apr 1993  1 CD  Available MC51: 1993 WTC Project
Brathwaite, Harriet  Cathryne A. Welch  28 Sep 2008  1 CD  Available  MC51
Brooks, Ruth M. Nettie Birnbach 1988  1 tape; 1 DVD available  Available  MC51
Candelaria, Krystina New York Downtown Hospital  Julie Pavri  23 March 1993  1 CD  Available MC51: 1993 WTC Project
Carnegie, Mary Elizabeth  Rachael Donaldson  16 Dec 2006  1 CD Available  MC51
Caruso, Dorothy Vigliotti Gertrude B. Hutchinson  21 May 2008  1 CD Available  MC19
Cohen, Camille Hunter-Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  20 Feb 2008  1 CD Available  MC19
Cornell, Silvia Gertrude B. Hutchinson  14 Sep 2006  1 CD Available  MC51
Creevey, Emily C.  Nancy Noel 1988  1 CD; 1 DVD available Available MC51
Crapo, Margaret McCrane Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  22 Oct 2008  1 CD Available  MC19
D’Amico, Kathy Hunter-Bellevue Sandra Lewenson  22 Aug 2007  1 CD  Available  MC19
 Daly, Grace M. Gertrude B. Hutchinson 30 Sep 2014  MC51
Deasy, Mary J. LiBritz Lt., USNNC (Retired)  Susan Cardinal 19 Sep 2008 1 VHS tape; 1 digital videotape Available  MC51
DeLuca, Marilyn Hunter-Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 27 Mar 2008  1 CD Available  MC19
Driscoll, Veronica M.  Ellen Burns 1988  1 DVD (short version) Available  MC51
Dunne, Ellen T. Capt., USNNC (Retired)  Cathryne A. Welch; Mary J. Finnin 21 Feb 2007  1 CD Available  MC51
Edelstein, Joan Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  20 Nov 2008  1 CD  Available  MC19
Emerson, Mary Ann Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  20 May 2008  1 CD  Available  MC19
Fidelo, Jennifer Hunter-Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  9 Dec 2008  1 CD  Available  MC19
Finnin, Mary J.  Bonita Weddle  8 Dec 2001  2 CDs Available  MC51
Giles, Laura Bellevue Hospital  Cathryne A. Welch  15 Apr 1993  1 CD Available MC51: 1993 WTC Project
Gilmore Brice, Iris  Richard Sloma  15 Oct 1999  1 CD Available  MC51
Godden, Jane  Richard Sloma  15 Oct 1999  1 CD Available  MC51
Griffith, Hiricinth  Gertrude B. Hutchinson  10 Oct 2009  1 CD Available  MC51
Hiestand, Wanda C  Bonita Weddle 7 Dec 2001 1 CD Available  MC51
Hott, Jacqueline Rose  Gertrude B. Hutchinson  11 Jan 2008  1 CD Available  MC51
Houle, Yvonne Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson Available MC19
Janosick, Teddy Hunter-Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  2 Dec 2008  1 CD Available MC19
Kearns, Edmund Bellevue Hospital  Cathryne A. Welch  15 Apr 1993  1 CD Available MC51: 1993 WTC Project
 Kennedy, Shawn Hunter-Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  1 Nov 2007  1 CD Available MC19
Kinsella, Cynthia Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  1 Nov 2007  1 CD Available MC19
Kinsinger, Robert E., EdD  Marianne K. Lettus  11 July 2013  1 audio tape  Available  MC51
Krinsky, Rhonda Bellevue Hospital  Cathryne A. Welch 15 Apr 1993  1 CD  Available MC-51: 1993 WTC Project
Latremore, Beatrice M.  M Janice Nelson  7 Nov 2003  1 CD  Available  MC51
LeStrange, Danielle Bellevue Hospital  Cathryne A. Welch 15 Apr 1993  1 CD  Available MC-51: 1993 WTC Project
Mahoney, Elizabeth Gertrude B. Hutchinson  22 Oct 2013  1 CD  Available  MC51
Malloy, Christine McAuley, Karen St. Vincent’s Hospital  Julie Pavri  6 Apr 1993  1 CD  Available MC-51: 1993 WTC Project
McDonald, Barbara Bellevue Sandra Lewenson  6 Nov 2007  1 CD  Available  MC19
McManus, Loretta St. Vincent’s Hospital  Julie Pavri 6 Apr 1993  1 CD  Available MC-51: 1993 WTC Project
McManus, R. Louise  Jean Brown  9 Sep 1976  1 audio tape  Available  MC51
Miller, Etta  Richard Sloma 16 Oct 1999  1 CD  Available  MC51
 Miluszwksy, Brian Bellevue Hospital  Cathryne A. Welch 15 Apr 1993  1 CD  Available MC51: 1993 WTC Project
Murray, Maureen Fitzgerald Hunter-Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  2 Feb 2008  1 CD  Available  MC19
 Notter, Lucille  Wanda Hiestand  1988 1 DVD (short version) Available  MC51
O’Brien, Laurene  Bonita Weddle  28 Nov 2001  1 tape Available  MC51
Ornstein, Helen Hunter-Bellevue Sandra Lewenson  7 Nov 2007  1 CD Available  MC19
Pantojas, Pura Bellevue Hospital  Cathryne A. Welch  15 Apr 1993  1 CD Available MC51: 1993 WTC Project
Rendon, Diane Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  19 July 2007  1 CD Available  MC19
Robinson, Sharon  Marianne K. Lettus 30 Apr 2014  1 CD Available  MC51
Romilly, Constancia Bellevue Hospital  Cathryne A. Welch  15 Apr 1993  1 CD Available MC51: 1993 WTC Project
Russo, Sandra New York Downtown Hospital Julie Pavri  6 Apr 1993  1 CD Available MC51: 1993 WTC Project
Saranac Lake Cure Cottages Nurses  Ellen Ellis  1995  1 CD Available
Slack, Susan Hunter-Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  3 Nov 2008  1 CD Available  MC19
Smith, June St. Vincent’s Hospital Julie Pavri  16 Apr 1993  1 CD Available MC51: 1993 WTC Project
Sweeney, Virginia St. Vincent’s Hospital Julie Pavri  6 Apr 1993  1 CD Available MC51: 1993 WTC Project
Talotta, Dorothy Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson  28 Nov 2007  1 CD Available MC19
Thompson, Esther M.  Madeline Schmitt  1988  1 CD Available  MC51
Tomaselli, Mary V. Bellevue  Sandra Lewenson 19 July 2007  1 CD Available MC19
 Vartigian, Helen A. Maj., USANC, (Retired Reserves)  Cynthia A. Gurney  2007  8 CDs Available  MC7; MC51
Van Dyke, Georgia Gertrude B. Hutchinson  9 Oct 2012  1 CD Available  MC 51
Ward, Vera G. Gertrude B.Hutchinson  3 Aug 2009  1 CD Available  MC51
Welch, Cathryne A.  Bonita Weddle 5 Dec 2001  1 CD  MC51
Whelan, Margaret Bellevue Sandra Lewenson  20 Nov 2007  1 CD Available  MC19
Whitley, Nancy Nolan Bellevue Sandra Lewenson  15 Feb 2008  1 CD Available  MC19
Wing, Lisa Bellevue Hospital Cathryne A. Welch  15 Apr 1993  1 CD Available MC51: 1993 WTC Project
 Wood, Bonnie Marianne K. Lettus 22 Sep 2014  MC51
Woods, June D. & James L. Gertrude B. Hutchinson 23 Sep 2009  1 CD Available  MC7; MC51
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    History of the Foundation of NYS Nurses

     Interviewee Interviewer Date Format Transcript Collection
     Sickler, Linda Marianne K. Lettus 21 Oct 2014 MC51
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    Advancement of Nursing Education

    Advancement of Nursing Education Oral Histories

    COLLECTION: “Oral Histories for Transforming Nursing Education: A History of Phasing Out of the Bellevue-Mills School of Nursing and the Expansion of Hunter College Department of Nursing, 1967”

    INTERVIEWEE INTERVIEWER DATE FORMAT TRANSCRIPT COLLECTION
    Auerhahn, Carolyn Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 28 Nov 2007 1 CD Available MC-19
    Cohen, Camille Hunter-Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 20 Feb 2008 1 CD Available MC-19
    Crapo, Margaret McCrane Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 22 Oct 2008 1 CD Available MC-19
    D’Amico, Kathy Hunter-Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 22 Aug 2007 1 CD Available MC-19
    DeLuca, Marilyn Hunter-Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 27 Mar 2008 1 CD Available MC-19
    Edelstein, Joan Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 20 Nov 2008 1 CD Available MC-19
    Emerson, Mary Ann Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 20 May 2008 1 CD Available MC-19
    Fidelo, Jennifer Hunter-Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 9 Dec 2008 1 CD Available MC-19
    Houle, Yvonne Bellevue Sandra Lewenson undated 1 CD Available MC-19
    Janosick, Teddy Hunter-Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 2 Dec 2008 1 C Available MC-19
    Kennedy, Shawn Hunter-Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 1 Nov 2007 1 CD Available MC-19
    Kinsella, Cynthia Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 1 Nov 2007 1 CD Available MC-19
    McDonald, Barbara Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 6 Nov 2007 1 CD Available MC-19
    Murray, Maureen Fitzgerald Hunter-Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 2 Feb 2008 1 CD MC-19
    Ornstein, Helen Hunter-Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 7 Nov 2007 1 CD Available MC-19
    Rendon, Diane Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 19 July 2007 1 CD Available MC-19
    Sass, Gerladine Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 14 Nov 2007 1 CD Available MC-19
    Slack, Susan Hunter-Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 3 Nov 2008 1 CD Available MC-19
    Talotta, Dorothy Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 28 Nov 2007 1 CD Available MC-19
    Tomaselli, Mary V. Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 19 July 2007 1 CD Available MC-19
    Whelan, Margaret Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 20 Nov 2007 1 CD Available MC-19
    Whitley, Nancy Nolan Bellevue Sandra Lewenson 15 Feb 2008 1 CD Available MC-19
    INTERVIEWEE INTERVIEWER DATE FORMAT TRANSCRIPT COLLECTION
    Kinsinger, Robert E. EdD Excelsior Marianne K. Lettus 11 July 2013  1 audio tape  Available MC-51
    McManus, R. Louise Teacher’s College, Columbia University Jean Brown 9 Sept 1976 1 audio tape Available MC-51
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    Professionalization of Nursing

    Professionalization of Nursings

    INTERVIEWEE INTERVIEWER DATE FORMAT TRANSCRIPT COLLECTION
    Bailey, M. Sheahan Ellen Burns 11 Feb 1972 1 CD 1 DVD available Available MC51
    Ballard, Karen A. Gertrude B. Hutchinson 15 May 2014 MC51
    Birnbach, Nettie Cathryne A. Welch; Gertrude B. Hutchinson 5-7 Oct 2009 6 CDs Available MC35; MC51
    Bolus, Josephine Cathryne A. Welch 28 Sept 2008 1 CD Available MC51
    Brathwaite, Harriet Cathryne A. Welch 28 Sept 2008 1 CD Available MC51
    Brooks, Ruth M. Nettie Birnbach 1988 1 CD Available MC51
    Carnegie, Mary Elizabeth Rachel Donaldson 16 Dec 2005 1 CD Available MC51
    Creevey, Emily C. Nancy Noel 1988 1 DVD available Available MC51
    Driscoll, Veronica M. Ellen Burns 1988 1 DVD available (short version) Available MC51
    Notter, Lucille  Wanda Hiestand  1988  1 DVD available 1 DVD available (short version)  Available  MC51
    Schmidt, Mildred Strong  Barbara Zittel 07 Jun 2004 1 CD  MC71; MC51
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    NYSNA-FPU Retired Nurses Oral History Project

    In 2006, the Foundation of New York State Nurses and the New York State Nurses Association Functional Professional Unit (FPU) of Retired Nurses began a joint project to capture and preserve the history of the New York State Nurses Association and the nurses and others who made up its staff and membership. Interviews occuring prior to 2006 were from nurses involved within the profession and the FPU of Retired Nurses
     

    INTERVIEWEE INTERVIEWER DATE FORMAT TRANSCRIPT COLLECTION
     Ballard, Karen Rachel Donaldson 2 Oct 2006  1 CD Available   MC51
     Ballard, Karen Gertrude B. Hutchinson 15 May 2014  1 CD Available   MC51
     Barker, Sylvia Wanda Hiestand 16 Dec 2003  1 CD Available   MC51
     Bolus, Josephine  Cathryne A. Welch 28 Sept 2008  1 CD Available   MC51
     Brathwaite, Harriett Cathryne A. Welch 28 Sept 2008  1 CD Available   MC51
     Carnegie, Mary Elizabeth  Rachel Donaldson 16 Dec 2005  1 CD Available   MC51
     Cornell, Sylvia Gertrude B. Hutchinson 14 Sept 2006  1 CD Available   MC51
      Finnin, Mary J. Bonita Weddle 8 Dec 2001  1 CD Available   MC51
     Gilmore-Brice, Iris Richard Sloma 16 Oct 1999  1 CD Available   MC51
     Godden, Jane Richard Sloma 15 Oct 1999  1 CD  Available   MC51
     Griffith, Hiricinth A. Gertrude B. Hutchinson 8 Oct 2009  1 CD Available   MC51
     Hott, Jacqueline Rose Gertrude B. Hutchinson 11 Jan 2008  1 CD Available   MC51
     Latremore, Beatrice Mary M Janice Nelson 7 Nov 2003  1 CD Available   MC51
     Miller, Etta M. Richard Sloma 16 Oct 1999  1 CD Available   MC51
     Robinson, Sharon Marianne K. Lettus 30 Apr 2014   MC51
     van Dyke, Georgia Gertrude B. Hutchinson 9 Oct 2012  1 CD Available   MC51
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    Missionary Nurses Oral Histories

     

    INTERVIEWEE INTERVIEWER DATE FORMAT TRANSCRIPT COLLECTION
    Ward, Vera G. Missionary Nurse to Iran 1959-1975 Gertrude B. Hutchinson 3 Aug 2009 1 CD Available MC-51
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    Military Nurses Oral Histories

     

    INTERVIEWEE INTERVIEWER DATE FORMAT TRANSCRIPT COLLECTION
    Deasy, Mary J. LiBritz Lt., USNNC (Retired) Susan Cardinal 19 Sept 2008 1 VHS tape 1 Digital Videotape available Available MC7
    Dunne, Ellen T. Capt., USNNC (Retired) Cathryne A. Welch Mary J. Finnin 21 Feb 2007 1 CD Available MC7
    Vartigian, Helen A. Maj., USANC, (Retired Reserves) Cynthia A. Gurney 2007 8 CD Available MC7
     Wood, Bonnie Marianne K. Lettus 22 Sept 2014 MC7; MC51
    Woods, June D. & James L. 1st LT, USAF Flight Nurse Gertrude B. Hutchinson 23 Sept 2009 1 CD Available MC5; MC7; MC51
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    1993 World Trade Center Nurses Oral Histories

    INTERVIEWEE INTERVIEWER DATE FORMAT TRANSCRIPT
    Boyd, Eileen New York Downtown Hospital Julie Pavri 23 Mar 1993 1 CD Available
    Bozzonetti, Patricia St. Vincent’s Hospital Julie Pavri 6 Apr 1993 1 CD Available
    Candelaria, Krystina New York Downtown Hospital Julie Pavri 23 Mar 1993 1 CD Available
    Giles, Laura Bellevue Hospital Cathryne A. Welch 15 Apr 1993 1 CD Available
    Kearns, Edmund Bellevue Hospital Cathryne A. Welch 15 Apr 1993 1 CD Available
    Krinsky, Rhonda Bellevue Hospital Cathryne A. Welch 15 Apr 1993 1 CD Available
    LeStrange, Danielle Bellevue Hospital Cathryne A. Welch 15 Apr 1993 1 CD Available
    Malloy, Christine McAuley, Karen St. Vincent’s Hospital Julie Pavri 6 Apr1993 1 CD Available
    McManus, Loretta St. Vincent’s Hospital Julie Pavri 6 Apr 1993 1 CD Available
    Miluszwksy, Brian Bellevue Hospital Cathryne A. Welch 15 Apr 1993 1 CD Available
    Pantojas, Pura Bellevue Hospital Cathryne A. Welch 15 Apr 1993 1 CD Available
    Romilly, Constancia Bellevue Hospital Cathryne A. Welch 15 Apr 1993 1 CD Available
    Russo, Sandra New York Downtown Hospital Julie Pavri 6 Apr 1993 1 CD Available
    Smith, June St. Vincent’s Hospital Julie Pavri 16 Apr 1993 1 CD Available
    Sweeney, Virginia St. Vincent’s Hospital Julie Pavri 6 Apr 1993 1 CD Available
    Wing, Lisa Bellevue Hospital Cathryne A. Welch 15 Apr 1993 1 CD Available