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Bernice Dixon papers

Identifier: L2016-06

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Bernice Dixon papers, 1851, 1881-1882, 1899-2015 (bulk 1954-1982), consist of correspondence, annual reports, catalogs, bylaws, programs, student materials, scrapbooks, photographs, yearbooks, and other printed material. The materials document the activities of the Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, relevant institutions, organizations, students, alumni and the hospital’s nursing service. Bernice Dixon collected the materials during her employment at Grady Hospital and while researching her book about the school's history.


  • Creation: 1851, 1881-1882, 1899-2016
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1954 - 1982


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Bernice K. Dixon

Bernice Killcrease Dixon (born 1922 in Gwinnett County, Georgia) graduated from Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta in 1945. She taught in the School of Nursing from 1950 to 1963. She then became the Director of the School of Nursing in 1963 and remained in that position until the school closed in 1982. After the closing of the school, Mrs. Dixon became the Director of Patient Services and Assistant Director of Nursing Service at Grady Memorial Hospital, a position she held until 1992. She later authored a book, Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing: The History, the People, the Memories, with Judy (Lee) Clary and Mary (Sutton) Rau-Foster (2015).

Historical Note on the Grady School of Nursing

The Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing was chartered in 1898. The Grady Memorial Hospital Municipal Training School for Colored Nurses was organized in 1914 by Mrs. Ludie Andrews, who served as superintendent of the school until 1922. From 1922 to 1965 the school was under the direction of the White Nursing School. In 1965 the two schools were combined. Nancy Wooten served as Registrar and Field Director of the Hospital's professional schools from 1956 until her retirement in 1980. The school closed following the graduation of its 1982 class.


54.9 Linear Feet (in 48 boxes and 20 oversize containers)

Language of Materials



The papers are arranged into six series:

  1. Series I: School of Nursing, 1900-2015
  2. Series II: Grady Hospital, 1899-1910, 1916-1917, 1930-2009
  3. Series III: Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, 1920-1951, 1958-1995
  4. Series IV: Nursing Profession, 1921, 1937-1938, 1950-1986, 1991
  5. Series V: Subject/Research Files, 1851, 1881-1882, 1903-1986, 1989-1995, 1998-2003, 2014-2015
  6. Series VI: Historical Files, 1910-2016

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Bernice Dixon, April 6, 2016 and September 29, 2021.

Processing Information

Processed by Tierra Thomas and Hal Hansen at the file level, Summer and Fall 2017. Addition processed by Hal Hansen, January 2022.

Bernice Dixon:
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Finding aid prepared by Georgia State University Library
Fall 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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