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Claudia M. Durham Papers

Identifier: MS-BC181

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, newspaper clippings, and articles, newsletters, photocopies of articles, manuals and research papers/monographs documenting Durham’s professional work and her interest in civic affairs, education, and nursing. Topics discussed include Gray Panthers, black history, education, nursing/midwifery, senior citizens, and the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. This collection also contained approximately one half cubic foot of photographs and tapes which were transferred to the library’s audiovisual section.


  • Created: 1935-1984
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1971-1981
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1985

Biographical or Historical Information

Claudia Durham was a nurse, teacher, administrator and consultant. She was born in rural Mississippi on October 26, 1908. She attended elementary school in Mississippi (1916-1922) and high school and junior college in Chicago after her family moved to Illinois in 1923. She received her diploma from Provident Hospital School of Nursing in 1933 and degrees in Public Health Nursing from Loyola University (B.S. 1942) and in Administration and Supervision from the University of Chicago (M.S., 1954). She also attended Tuskegee Nurse-Midwifery School in Alabama and did graduate coursework at Illinois Teachers College (1958-1965) and Roosevelt University (1965). Her forty-five year professional career includes positions as staff and public health nurse, nursing school teacher/supervisor, consultant in maternal and child health and in personal and public service occupations, elementary/adult education teacher and librarian. She was employed at such private and public organizations as nurse midwifery schools, Chicago Department of Health, U.S. Children’s Bureau, National League for Nursing, Illinois State Board of Vocational Education and Rehabilitation and the East Central Curriculum Management Center. She retired from the Illinois Office of Education in June 1978. After, she worked briefly in an educational research project at Eastern Illinois University, July 1978-June 1979. She was active in several community and religious organizations including: Senior Learners Program, Sangamon State University, American Nurses Association, NAACP, Springfield Urban League, Gray Panthers, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, and Project area agency on Aging. Divorced with no children, Durham died March 22, 1995.

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Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into two Series: Series I - Personal Papers and Series II - Education/Professional Papers. The series are subdivided into subseries. Series I has subseries including Club/Organizations File, Correspondecne File, Family Papers, and Financial Records. Series II has subseries including Education/Professional Papers, Academic/Research Paper file, and General Reference File.Some of these subseries have further divisions. All series are arranged roughly alphabetically.
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Anne V. Shaughnessy and Kendra Ciccone
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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