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Marshall, Helen Edith (1898–) - Nursing History

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Helen Edith Marshall was born on October 25, 1898, in Braman, Oklahoma, to David Conwell Marshall, a blacksmith, and Laura (Souter) Marshall. She received an A.B. from the College of Emporia in 1923, an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1929, and a Ph.D. from Duke University in 1934. During some of this time, from 1916 to 1931, she taught school in Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. In 1930 Marshall became an instructor in history for the University of New Mexico, and from 1934 to 1935 she was professor of history and head of the social science department at Eastern New Mexico College (now University), Portales. In 1935 she became an instructor in American history at Illinois State University, Normal; she stayed until 1967, eventually reaching the rank of professor.

During her teaching career, Helen Marshall wrote Dorothea Dix: Forgotten Samaritan , a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate in 1937. In 1956 Illinois State University Press published Grandest of Enterprises and in 1967 The Eleventh Decade . In 1972 Marshall wrote Mary Adelaid Nutting: Pioneer in Modern Nursing with a U.S. Public Health Grant. The year before her retirement, she was also consultant to the Nurses Historical Committee. Helen Marshall contributed various magazine articles to periodicals such as the Journal of Illinois Historical Society and the New Mexico Quarterly .

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