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Mary Gross Finney Collection

Mary Gross Finney
  • Creator: Finney, Mary Gross (1868 - 1950)

  • Collection Date: 1890 - 1891

  • Extent: 2 items

Mary Gross Finney
by Cummins photograph studio of Baltimore
black and white photograph, 6 x 4 inches, 1890


Mary Gross Finney was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She was a member of the first class of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School for Nurses, receiving her diploma in 1891. She married Dr. John M. T. Finney, a Johns Hopkins surgeon and instructor in 1892. During World War I she organized Red Cross workers to provide aid to Base Hospital 18 where her husband was stationed. During World War II she organized groups of women to supply dressings and clothing for Britain. For this work she received a civilian gallantry medal from the British government in 1948. She was the only American woman to be awarded the "King's Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom."

Hopkins Affiliations

1889 - 1891 Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School for Nurses, student

Scope and Content

The Mary Gross Finney Collection consists of her nursing diploma and a student notebook on nutrition. Notes are from a course taught in the Diet Kitchen by Miss Mary Boland in 1890. This was the first course of this kind to be offered in a school of nursing. The notebook contains mainly recipes to be used by nurses in the care of patients. Miss Boland, a graduate of Boston Cooking School, published a book based on this course in 1893, A Handbook of Invalid Cookery.

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

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