University of Minnesota

Mickritz, Stella Mucha, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Mickritz, Stella Mucha
Dates: 1919-1983
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, school records, news clippings, reports, published materials, and typescript memoir documenting her life and work as a nurse.
Quantity: 5 lin.in.
Language: English, Polish
Collection ID: IHRC1538

PROVENANCE

Collection donated to the IHRC by Trudy Whyte in 1994 and 2007. It was processed by DaN and Mia Overly in 2006-2010.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

Stella Mucha Mickritz (b.Sep. 24, 1899), a native of Oak Creek Township near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, went to Poland immediately after World War I with the Polish Grey Samaritans, a nursing unit assembled under the auspices of the YWCA and the American Relief Administration’s European Children’s Fund. Upon her return, she had formal training as a nurse and also in the social sciences, at various institutions including the American International Academy in Springfield, MA, and the University of Chicago where she received her Ph.B. degree in social sciences in 1932. Later she pursued her carreer in a number of health care institutions in Wisconsin, Illinois, New York and Indiana.


DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION

Papers (1919-1983, bulk 1919-1963), consisting of correspondence, photographs, school records, news clippings, reports, and published materials documenting Mickritz’s career as a nurse, especially her service with the Polish Grey Samaritans. The majority of materials are bound in two scrapbooks, individual documents are encased in plastic sleeves. Several items from the collection have been digitized and the images are available following the links below.


ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

The Mickritz, Stella Mucha collection is available for public research.

OWNERSHIP & LITERARY RIGHTS

The Mickritz, Stella Mucha collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.

For further information regarding the copyright, please contact the IHRC.


CITE AS

The Mickritz, Stella Mucha Papers, Polish American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Polish American -- Wisconsin
Polish American women
Nurses
Medical Care
Reconstruction (1914-1939) -- Poland
Young Women’s Christian Association of the U.S.A
National War Work Council
American Relief Administration’s European Children’s fund

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1.

Folder 1. Biographical
Folder 2. Scrapbook 1
Materials documenting Mucha's work with the Polish Grey Samaritans in Poland, 1919-1920
IMAGE: Polish grey samaritans ca. 1919 7 x 9 in. Photography view
Polish Grey Samaritan nursing unit of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area prior to departing to aid in the relief effort in Poland through the American Relief Administration. Pictured third row, sixth from left is Stella Mucha.
IMAGE: Polish grey samaritans ca. 1950 6.5 x 8.5 in. Photography view
Reunion of the Polish Grey Samaritans nursing unit of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, who aided in the relief effort in Poland through the American Relief Administration, 1919-1920, with their families, Detroit, Michigan. Pictured front row, third from left is Stella Mucha.
IMAGE: Polish grey samaritans 1933 8 x 10 in. Photography view
Reunion of the Polish Grey Samaritans nursing unit of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, who aided in the relief effort in Poland through the American Relief Administration, 1919-1920, with their families, Detroit, Michigan.
IMAGE: Letter to Estella Mucha July 3, 1919 10.5 x 8.5 in. Manuscript view
Letter to Estella Mucha from Elsa M. Butler, Executive of the Polish Grey Samaritan School, New York, regarding her appointment to serve in the first relief aid unit to go to Poland through the American Relief Administration.
IMAGE: Polish grey samaritans June 1923 5.5 x 7.5 in. Photography view
Reunion of the Polish Grey Samaritans nursing unit of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, who aided in the relief effort in Poland through the American Relief Administration, 1919-1920, Baltimore, Maryland.
IMAGE: Polish grey samaritans 1933 8 x 10 in. Photography view
Reunion of the Polish Grey Samaritans nursing unit of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, who aided in the relief effort in Poland through the American Relief Administration, 1919-1920, Detroit, Michigan.
IMAGE: Polish grey samaritans ca. 1919 6.5 x 8 in. Photography view
Polish Grey Samaritan nursing unit of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area prior to departing to aid in the relief effort in Poland through the American Relief Administration. Pictured second row, third form left is Stella Mucha.
IMAGE: Polish grey samaritans ca. 1920 6.5 x 9 in. Photography view
Polish Grey Samaritan nursing unit of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area in Poland as part of a relief effort sent by the American Relief Administration. Pictured last row, fourth from left is Stella Mucha.
Folder 3. Scrapbook 2
Mucha's career after her return from Poland
Folder 4. Print material
IMAGE: America and Poland April 1925 11 x 8.5 in. Text view
Title page for the American Relief Administration Bulletin AMERICA AND POLAND 1915-1925 :BEING THE STORY OF THE REBIRTH AND RESTORATION OF THE POLISH NATION AND AMERICA'S PARTICIPATION THEREIN.
Folder 5. Print material
IMAGE: ARA European children's fund ca. 1922 12 x 9 in. Illustration view
Cover illustration for AMERICAN RELIEF ADMINISTRATION EUROPEAN CHILDREN'S FUND MISSION TO POLAND = Polsko-Amerykanski Komitet Pomocy Dzieciom 1919-1922.

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