EVELYN CRARY BACON (1916-1997)
2.3 linear feet and audiovisual material
The papers (donor no. 742) were donated by Franklin Bacon in 2000.
The papers are open for research.
In boxes 2-5.
One audiocassette shelved in audiocassette collection [AC835].
Copyright held by the
donor has been transferred to the
Emily Broeckling, 2003 [BaconEvelyn.doc]
Evelyn Crary Bacon, teacher, decorated
veteran nurse and pioneer in the field of nursing education, was born in
1950, Crary married Franklin Bacon. The couple moved to
After Bacon’s retirement, she volunteered as historian for the Virginia Nurses Association, organizing the papers of early nursing leaders. Bacon was posthumously recognized by this organization as an Outstanding Nurse in 1999, and in 2000 was named a Virginia Pioneer Nurse.
Scope and Content Note
The Evelyn Crary Bacon papers date from 1917 to 2000 and measure 2.3 linear feet. The papers are arranged in three series: Biographical, Julia Crary, and Artifacts.
series consists of a collection of certificates and certification papers;
correspondence; newspaper clippings; photographs; two programs from the
centennial celebration of the Virginia Nurses Association; a set of notes from
Bacon’s college courses, and notes from Bacon’s unfinished dissertation, which
examined the viability of the “health team” model—including physicians, nurses,
pharmacists, therapeutic dietitians and social workers—which was widely
utilized in the medical field. The
audiocassette contains an interview with Bacon on the fiftieth anniversary of
Crary series comprises a collection of six
diaries, dating from 1917-1942, belonging to Evelyn Crary
Bacon’s older sister, Julia Crary, who became a
performer in the Chautauqua traveling circuit.
The diaries begin in 1917, when Crary was
fifteen years old, documenting her day-to-day activities, including school,
church, piano lessons, and social occasions.
In the fall of 1920, Crary started college,
and soon after, joined a sorority. By
1924, Crary’s classes included Dancing, Voice,
Dramatic Arts, and Stage Craft. In
addition, she was involved in numerous stage productions. By 1926, Crary’s
diary entries detail her experiences in the traveling Chautauqua show. These entries are generally very brief, and
include the location of the show, and a few words to describe the tenor of the
crowd. By 1936, Crary
was a faculty member in the Drama department at
The Artifacts series includes a nurse’s cape, an army jacket, a helmet, a pair of binoculars, a canteen, boxed military medals, Bacon’s high school diploma, a Bible, part of Bacon’s nursing uniform, a nameplate, two Red Cross paperweights, a key chain, several pieces of jewelry, and three folders of medals and pins.
Box no. Description
Certificates and certification papers, 1940-1997
Oversized certificates [shelved in map case]
Newspaper clippings, 1959-1998
Virginia Nurses Association programs
A Century to Celebrate Outstanding Nurses (1999)
Dissertation notes, 1968-1970 (2 folders)
Interview with Evelyn Crary Bacon [shelved in audiocassette
collection AC835 ]
Diaries (2 folders)
Commemoration of the
allied armies’ liberation of
World War II victory
Two white linen nurse’s uniform accessories
Two American Red Cross paperweights
Set of gold cufflinks
Gold identification bracelet
Class ring, 1934
Gold dog charm
Gold cathedral charm
Gold charm (unknown organization)
Medals and pins (3 folders)