Fonds MG4184 - Jean Rogers Fonds

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Jean Rogers Fonds

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CA MUA MG4184

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  • 1956-1958 (Creation)
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    Rogers, Jean, 1904-

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1 m of textual records ; 50 photographs

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(born 1904)

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Jean Rogers was born in Northampton, New Brunswick, in 1904. She received her early education in that province, and in 1923 she graduated from Carleton county Vocational School in Home Economics. Later she took her training at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1928. She worked briefly in Ann Arbour, but the Great Depression forced her to return to Montreal. For most of her career she was a private duty nurse in the Royal Victoria Hospital complex. Among her patients in 1956 was Dr. John Williamson. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he returned to his home in Tanganyika (Tanzania) and invited Miss Rogers to come and be his nurse. She stayed with him from October 1957 until his death in January 1958. Jean Rogers retired in 1970.

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The most significant part of the fonds is the daily diary kept by Miss Rogers during her stay with Dr. Williamson in Tanganyika (1957-1958). There also printed programmes of Dr. Williamson’s funeral service including a copy of a eulogy, and newspaper clippings concerning Dr. Williamson (1956-1958). Non textual records comprise of snapshots taken in Tanganyika as well as two photographs of Dr. Williamson taken when he was a patient at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

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Donated by Marjory Donaldson on May 22, 1994

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Handwritten and typescript

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