Guide to the Claire Still Scrapbooks, 1933-1959

Processed by Alexis Schwarz; machine-readable finding aid created by Michael C. Conkin
Special Collections and Archives
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University of California
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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History --History, United States (excluding California) Social Sciences --Area and Interdisciplinary Studies --Women's Studies

Guide to the Claire Still Scrapbooks, 1933-1959

Collection number: MS-R 52

Special Collections and Archives

The UCI Libraries



University of California

Irvine, California

Contact Information

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • The UCI Libraries
  • P.O. Box 19557
  • University of California
  • Irvine, California 92623-9557
  • Phone: (949) 824-3947
  • Fax: (949) 824-2472
  • Email: spcoll@uci.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.uci.edu/rrsc/speccoll.html
Processed by:
Alexis Schwarz
Date Completed:
1998
Encoded by:
Michael C. Conkin
© 1998 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Claire Still Scrapbooks,
Date (inclusive): 1933-1959
Collection number: MS-R 52
Creator: Still, Claire, 1916-
Extent: Number of containers: 9 flat boxes

Linear feet: 18 linear feet
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: The Claire Still Scrapbooks are comprised of newspaper clippings and ephemera collected in scrapbooks between 1933 to 1959 by Claire Still, a medical social worker and medical librarian. She resided in Nebraska, Kentucky, Washington DC, Virginia, Wisconsin and California during the years that she was compiling the scrapbooks. The materials include theater reviews on programs she attended and society news such as debutante, engagement and wedding announcements. Many articles pertain to medical advancements or diseases, particularly polio, and women's wartime activity during World War II. Still also collected numerous articles about women working in the military and for the Red Cross.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

Preferred Citation

Claire Still Scrapbooks. MS-R 52. Special Collections and Archives, The UCI Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Claire Still in 1995.

Processing History

Processed by Alexis Schwarz in 1998.

Biography

Claire Still was born on June 29, 1916 in Hastings, Nebraska, the last of three children. In 1922 she and her family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska where she graduated from Lincoln High School in 1934.
Still attended the University of Nebraska located in Lincoln with a Regents' Scholarship. In 1938 she graduated with an A.B. in Sociology and then continued her studies at Lincoln, attending the Graduate School of Social Work until 1939. She completed her graduate degree in 1943 at the National Catholic School of Social Service in Washington DC.
During World War II, she worked for the American Red Cross at hospitals in Kentucky, Virginia and Washington, DC. From 1945 to 1968, she was employed as a medical social worker, living first in Washington, DC, then moving to Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, and finally California. She received a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of California at Berkeley's library school in 1969. From that year until her second retirement in 1981, she was a librarian at the Stanford University Medical School Library.
She was reared with an appreciation for travel and fine arts that has followed her throughout her life. Her mother enrolled her in piano, ballet and elocution courses. As a student, she volunteered at the high school library and worked as a property manager for a Little Theater group in Alexandria. By 1959 she had visited all fifty U.S. states and had toured Europe. This love for travel and an enthusiasm for the performing arts are reflected in her scrapbooks.
Since her retirement, Still has held a number of offices in various associations, including chapter president of the American Association of University Women (1985-1986 and 1994-1995) and of the Leisure World Historical Society.

Chronology

1916 Born in Hastings, Nebraska on June 29th.
1922 Moved to Lincoln, Nebraska with family.
1922-1934 Attended public schools in Lincoln.
1934 Graduated from Lincoln High School.
Received Regents' scholarship to University of Nebraska.
1938 Elected to honorary psychology and sociology societies.
Graduated from University of Nebraska with A.B. in Sociology.
1938-1939 Attended Graduate School of Social Work at University of Nebraska.
1939-1940 Worked at United States Census Bureau and Government Printing Office in Washington DC.
1941 Worked for D.C. Home Service, American Red Cross.
1943 Applied for Red Cross Scholarship to complete master's degree in Social Work at National Catholic School of Social Service in Washington DC.
1944 Received degree from Catholic University.
1944-1945 Worked for American Red Cross Hospitals in Louisville, Kentucky; Staunton, Virginia; and at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington DC.
1945-1948 Medical social worker at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC.
1949-1952 Medical social worker at the Alexandria Virginia Community Center (an outpatient clinic).
1952-1953 Medical social worker for National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
1953-1959 Medical social worker at the Rehabilitation Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
1959-1960 Medical social worker at Stanford Medical Center.
1963 Social worker at The Albertinum in Ukiah, California.
1964-1968 Social Worker for Catholic Charities in San Jose, California.
1968-1969 Attended library school at U.C. Berkeley.
1969 Received M.L.S. degree.
1969-1981 Librarian at Medical School Library at Stanford University.
1981 Retired and moved to Leisure World, Laguna Hills. President of Leisure World Historical Society.
1985-1986 Chapter president of American Association of University Women.
1994-1995 Chapter president of American Association of University Women.

Scope and Content

The Claire Still Scrapbooks are comprised of newspaper clippings and ephemera collected in scrapbooks between 1933 to 1959 by Claire Still, a medical social worker and medical librarian. She resided in Nebraska, Kentucky, Washington DC, Virginia, Wisconsin and California during the years that she was compiling the scrapbooks. The materials include theater reviews on programs she attended and society news such as debutante, engagement and wedding announcements. Many articles pertain to medical advancements or diseases, particularly polio, and women's wartime activity during World War II. Still also collected numerous articles about women working in the military and for the Red Cross.
For the most part, the scrapbooks are arranged chronologically by the predominant year. Within each book there is no discernible month-to-month chronology, and documents of a particular date are often inserted in the scrapbook for a different year. The scrapbooks are intact as they were created by Claire Still.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Military nursing--United States--Archival resources.
Women and war--United States--Archival resources.
World War, 1939-1945--Women--Archival resources.
Poliomyelitis--History--Archival resources.
Theater--United States--Archival resources.
Theater--Archival resources.
Orange County (Calif.)--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Scrapbooks.
Theater programs.
Ephemera.

Index Terms Related to this Collection

Online Archive of California.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

1933

Box 1, Folder 2

1935-1936

Box 1, Folder 3

1936

Box 2, Folder 1

1939

Box 2, Folder 2-3

1944

Box 3, Folder 1-2

1944

Box 3, Folder 3-5

1945

Box 4, Folder 1-2

1946

Box 4, Folder 3

1947

Box 4, Folder 4

1948

Box 5, Folder 1

1948

Box 5, Folder 2

1948-1950

Box 5, Folder 3

1951-1953

Box 5, Folder 4-6

1952

Box 6, Folder 1-2

1952-1953

Box 6, Folder 3-7

1953

Box 7, Folder 1

1953

Box 7, Folder 2-5

1954

Box 7, Folder 6-10

1956

Box 8, Folder 1-5

1957

Box 9, Folder 1-3

1957

Box 9, Folder 4

1959