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Editha Anderson Shaw collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 07.0036

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to the nursing career of Editha Anderson Shaw, which began in 1944 as a member of the U.S. States Cadet Nurses Corps in 1946. This collection contains photographs, correspondence, an oral history transcript, and a series of objects. The bulk of collection focuses on Shaw’s training at the School of Nursing at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, Virginia and Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, DC. The collection includes an extensive oral history about her childhood, education, observation about racial segregation in the south, medical care offered to returning World War II veterans, and postwar career in nursing.


  • 1944-2007
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2007-04-03

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical / Historical

Editha Anderson Shaw was born in the Bronx, New York on March 26, 1926. Shaw grew up in Brooklyn, New York where she worked as a telephone operator during World War II before enlisting in the U.S. Cadet Nurses Corps in 1944. She enrolled at the School of Nursing at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, Virginia and also received training at Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, DC. From 1946-1948, Shaw worked as a nurse at the Veterans Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In the postwar era, Shaw continued her career as nurse in New York State and later Houston, Texas before retiring in 1987 to Florida. Editha Anderson Shaw passed away on March 4, 2015.


.25 Linear Feet

1 items : Blue Riverside Hospital cadet nurse's cape.

Language of Materials



Gift of Editha Anderson Shaw.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Editha Anderson Shaw collection
G. Kurt PIehler
September 25, 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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