Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center


Toledo Diocesan Council of Nurses

Fremont Deanery




Agency History

Scope and Content





The records of this organization were donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 2004 by Jane Havens, Fremont, Ohio.


Agency History


Founded by the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, the Council of Nurses became an official lay organization of the Church.  The purposes of the organization included tending to the professional, spiritual, material, and social growth of Catholic nurses; fostering the spirit of charity; and promoting opportunities for care of ailing indigents.


The Fremont Deanery was established in June 1941 with 13 charter members.  The council met once each month in September, November, January, March, and May of each year. The organization provided scholarships for individuals embarking on careers in nursing.  Members performed volunteer nursing for the American Cancer Society; the American Red Cross; and diabetes, polio, and area migrant health clinics. They also raised funds for supplies for needy families and area nursing homes. 


Scope and Content


Records and documents date from 1941 to 1985, while meeting minutes date from 1976 to 1985. Nearly half of the materials are contained in a scrapbook assembled for the Toledo Diocesan Council of Catholic Nurses Silver Jubilee held in May 1965.  The scrapbook contains literature about the Council of Catholic Nurses and lists of members and officers from 1941 to 1949.  There are also news clippings, most from the 1960s, and literature about the Toledo Diocese. Membership cards exist for more than 80 members. Membership information includes member’s name (if married), maiden name, address, phone number, school of nursing, date of graduation, and home parish.  Program booklets date from 1959 to 1985. Treasurer’s records exist for the year 1969 and continue through 1979.




Ac. 5645

¼ linear ft.


1.      Scrapbook: Organization, articles, by-laws, and statement of purpose

2.      Scrapbook: Membership

3.      Scrapbook: News clippings

4.      Silver Jubilee booklets

5.      Programs: 1959 – 1984

6.      Treasury records: 1969 - 1979

7.      Minutes 1976 – 1981

8.      Minutes 1982 – 1985

9.      Members’ registration cards