St. Agnes Hospital and Nursing School. Records

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St. Agnes Hospital and Nursing School. Records


  • 1923-1933, 1942-1958 (Creation)


.25 cu.ft. (1 box partial)

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Sarah L. Hunter, wife of St. Augustine’s College principal, appealed to the General Convention of the need for a hospital in Raleigh for African Americans and succeeded in obtaining support to establish St. Agnes Hospital and Nursing School in 1896. The hospital occupied buildings on St. Augustine’s grounds as both a hospital and as a nurses’ training school for Black women. By 1931 it had grown to a one-hundred bed hospital serving 2,000 inpatients and outpatients annually. St. Agnes was affiliated with ACI from about 1906 until 1958 when ACIN discontinued appropriations in order to conform to its mission to support only church-related schools and in anticipation of a new county health system. St. Agnes Nursing School closed in 1959.

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The records of St. Agnes Hospital and School consists of correspondence (1924, 1927), documents relating to building requirements (1944, 1946-1949), and audits and financial reports (1945-1952). Correspondence is also present from ACI’s Director (with the Bishop of North Carolina, 1942, 1944-1947) and its Executive Secretary (with St. Agnes’ administrator, 1953-1955, 1958). A pamphlet and articles (1923, 1929, 1933) provide historical information of the hospital and school. This series includes a survey report of the school by the George Peabody College for Teachers (1946). While St. Agnes was a separate entity, it resided on St. Augustine’s campus and thus references to St. Augustine’s College can be found in these records.


This material constitutes file series 16.2 of the ACI archive.

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Access to Episcopal Church records is governed by the Archives Public Access Policy. Research requests must be submitted in writing.

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