Marquette General Hospital records

Summary Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
Marquette General Hospital (Marquette, Mich.).
Marquette General Hospital records
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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], in the Marquette General Hospital records, MSS-090, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

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Historical Note

St. Luke’s Hospital began as Marquette City Hospital. In 1896 a group of Marquette physicians organized to create the St. Luke’s Hospital. Among these physicians were Doctors G.J. Northrup and A. A. Foster. St. Luke’s was opened at 152 East Prospect Street, the home of E. C. Bailey. In less than two months the hospital was in need of more space. The hospital rented a home on the corner of Ridge and Front streets, where the public library is currently located, to create accommodations for 12 patients. In 1897 under Michigan law the hospital was established as a non-profit, non-sectarian, charitable corporation.

In January of 1915 the hospital again found a need to expand, and soon a three story and basement fire-proof building on Hebard Court was opened to the public. St. Luke’s Hospital became well established in its ability to care for their patients. People from all over the Upper Peninsula and some even from out of state came for treatment. Again a concern over bed capacity came up in 1936, so in 1937 a gift from James Couzens allowed the hospital to break ground for a new building which would be completed in 1938, dedicated to James Couzens as the “James Couzens Memorial.” St. Luke’s Hospital continued to grow until its merger with St. Mary’s Hospital in 1973, creating Marquette General Hospital.

St. Mary’s Hospital was established by Dr. A.K. Thiell, aided by Bishop John Vertin, when it was realized that the community was in need of an established hospital. Dr. Thiell and Bishop Vertin were successful in their quest to establish such a hospital in 1890. The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis founded, owned, and controlled St. Mary’s Hospital. The order was originally established in Germany and was devoted to caring for the sick, suffering and wounded. The first superintendent of the hospital was Sister Theckla, Mother Superior, she was accompanied by four sisters, and they came from the first hospital established by the order in the United States in Peoria, Illinois. St. Mary’s Hospital was completed and opened by the fall of 1891; the facility accommodated 50 patients and included a chapel.

In the 1890s the hospital’s system for treatment included a system of selling tickets which provided the ticket holder with medical care, attendance, board and medicine. The hospital would not treat infectious, chronic, contagious or incurable diseases, nor insanity or eye problems. The hospital would also be established as the official U.S. Marine Hospital. St. Mary’s continued to expand until 1955 when a new facility was opened. During St. Mary’s years of care, the order established an excellent reputation within the community and throughout the entire Upper Peninsula.

St. Luke’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital would begin merging in 1973, with the goal to establish the best care for the community and the entire Upper Peninsula.


Brooks, Lillian, RN, CNA Nursing Supervisor. “A Social History of Marquette General Hospital Inc.” Paper.

St. Luke’s Hospital: Founded 1897. Booklet

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection includes a variety of material that documents the history of St. Luke's/Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, Michigan dating from 1890 to 1997. The collection also documents the history of health, health care, and the medical profession in Marquette County for much of the twentieth century. Records include staff meeting minutes, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, various publications, annual reports, memorabilia, brochures, and mounted exhibition photographs.

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Arrangement Note

The Marquette General Hospital records are arranged into five series: I. Announcements, dedicaations and newsletters; II. Health education, St. Luke's School of Nursing; III. Historical research/documents; IV. Minutes/Children's fund; and V. Photographs.

Series descriptions are as follows:

Series I. Announcements, Dedications and Newsletters, 1941-1996. (32 folders) Arranged alphabetically. Hospital Newsletters, Dedications of new buildings and announcements of new procedures, retirements.

Series II. Health Education, St. Luke’s School of Nursing, 1928-1996 (16 folders) Arranged alphabetically. St. Luke’s School of Nursing graduation, reunion. Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation Annual Reports, Upper Peninsula Medical Program Students.

Series III. Historical Research/Documents 1915-1976 (19 folders) Research on radiology, hospital history. St. Luke’s Hospital Bulletin 1930.

Series IV. Minutes/Children’s Fund 1928-1976 (1 box) Arranged in chronological and alphabetical order. St. Luke’s Executive staff and Active staff minutes and correspondence. St. Luke’s Women’s Auxiliary minutes. Children’s Fund of Michigan Annual Reports.

Series V. Photographs 1890-1988 (7 oversize boxes) Arranged in chronological order. St. Luke’s and Marquette General Hospital.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives April, 2002

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, Michigan, 49855

Revision Description

 Glenda K. Ward 06/13/2014

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Marquette General Hospital (Marquette, Mich.).
  • St. Luke's Hospital (Marquette, Mich.).


  • Hospitals--Michigan--Marquette.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 of 10 1890 - 1997 

20-03-02 LRC

Announcement--Election of officers to Board of Trustees, 1996 

Announcement--Mary E. Skeoch resignation, 1941 

Announcement--Robert Nelberg retires, 1996 

Announcement--Medical Breakthrough--Laser Vascular Surgery, 1990 

Broschure--Crippled Children's Services, undated 

Dedication--Outpatient Building, 1985 

Dedication--MRI at Marquette General Hospital, 1987 

Dedication--Marquette General Hospital, 1978-1992 

Dedication--Marquette General Hospital Library, 1974-1985 

Dedication--Marquette General Hospital's: Tower of Care, 1991 

Dedication--New St. Luke's Hospital, 1969 

Marquette General Hospital Miscellaneous, 1979 

Newsletter--Insights, "MRI--Launching Upper Michigan into a New Era of Diagnosis", 1987 

Newsletter--Insights, "New Kidney Stone Treatement at Marquette General Hospital", 1987 

Newsletter--Doctor's Day, 1994, 1996 

Newsletter--Employee Salute, 1993 

Newsletter--Hotline, an Employee Publication, 1985 

Newsletter--Marquette General Hospital's Cardiac Care in the 80's 

Newsletter--Marquette General Hospital "Insights," 1982-1984 

Newsletter--Marquette General Hospital "Insights", 1985-1988 

Newsletter--Marquette General Hospital "Insights", 1990-1991, 1994, 1996-1997 

Newsletter--Medical Excellence Today/Tomorrow: Marquette General Hospital, 1989 

Newpaper--St. Mary's Hospital (supplement to the Mining Journal), 1969 

Newsletter--The 90's Health Challenge: Where can a Woman Turn for Answers, Cancer Combating the Dangers, Dispelling the Myth, 1990-1991 

Newsletters--Physicians Focus, 1993-1997 

Newsletters--The Year in Review: 1985 

Newsletters--The Year in Review, 1986 

Patient Guide, undated 

Physicians Directory, Supplement, 1993, undated 

Physicians Directory, undated 

St. Luke's School of Nursing--Alumni Reunion, 1985 

St. Luke's School of Nursing--School Graduates Obituaries, 1977-1981 

St. Luke's School of Nursing--Misc., 1928-1974 

St. Luke's School of Nursing--"Shop Talk"--Class of 1962 

Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation, Graduates, 1991 

Upper Peninsula Medical Education Program, Residency Program, 1976 

Upper Peninsula Medical Education Program Students, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1989 

UPHEC--Medical Student use of Medical Library and UPHEC of medical library, 1979-1980 

UPHEC--Annual Report, 1981, 1982 

UPHEC--Annual Report, 1984, 1985, 1988 

UPHEC--Correspondence--Restrictions on Medical Students, 1979 

UPHEC--The Hospital Care Clerkship Syllabus, 1978 

UPHEC--MGH Family Practice Residency, 1985, undated 

Upper Peninsula Health Education Corporation, undated 

Upper Peninsula Medical Education Program Update--Newsletter, March 1980-Oct. 1980 

UPHEC--Presidents Five-Year Report, 1979 

Alba Morris, undated 

Celebrating Marquette General Hospital's 100-year Legacy, undated 

The Hager House/Original St. Luke's Hospital, undated 

Iron Lungs and the Polio Epidemic of 1940, 1940-1941 

Advance: For Radiologic Science Professionals: "Reflections of the X-Ray Tube, 1992 

Marquette County Women in History, undated 

Marquette General Hospital Fact sheet, undated 

Medical History of Michigan, 1930 (folder 1 of 2) 

Medical History of Michigan, 1930 (folder 2 of 2) 

Newspaper clippings--"Yesterday in Superiorland", undated 

Radiology, 1956-1983 

Radiology, undated (folder 1 of 2) 

Radiology, undated (folder 2 of 2) 

"A Social History of Marquette General Hospital Inc." compiled by Lillian Brooks, RN, CAN, Nursing Supervisor, undated 

X-Ray reports, 1942-1964 

St. Luke's Hospital Bulletin, 1939 

St. Luke's Hospital has no Peer in U.P.: Growth Remarkable, 1915, 1916? 

Presidents Year-End Report, 1971 

St. Luke's Hospital--history, undated 

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Box 2 of 10 1926 - 1997 

20-03-03 LRC

Children's Fund Annual Reports, 1930-1931, 1935-1936 

Children's Fund Annual Reports, 1937-1938, 1939-1940 

Children's Fund Annual Reports, 1943-1944, 1945-1946 

Children's Fund Annual Reports, 1946-1947, 1947-1948 

Children's Fund Annual Reports, 1949-1950, 1950-1951 

Children's Fund Annual Reports, 1951-1952, 1952-1953 

Children's Fund of Michigan: The Trust Instrument, The Articles of Association, the By-Laws, 1930 

Children's Fund--Correspondence, 1932-1936 

Children's Fund--Press Releases, 1937-1938 

Active staff--minutes, 1930-1933 

Active staff--minutes, 1934-1937 

Active staff--minutes, 1938-1941 

Active staff--minutes, 1942-1944 

Active staff--minutes, 1945-1947 

Active staff--minutes, 1948-1950 

Active staff--minutes, 1951-1953 

Executive staff--correspondence, 1926-1948 

Executive staff--correspondence, 1949-1952 

Executive staff-- correspondence, 1953-1963 

Executive staff--minutes, 1934-1941 

Executive staff--minutes, 1942-1957 

Executive staff--minutes, 1958-1959 

Executive staff--minutes, 1960-1962 

Executive staff--minutes, 1963-1965 

medical correspondence, 1914-1953 

St. Luke's Hospital--misc., undated 

St. Luke's Women's Auxiliary--correspondence, 1950, 1972 

St. Luke's Women's Auxiliary--minutes, 1939-1940 

St. Luke's Women's Auxiliary--minutes, 1941-1942 

St. Luke's Women's Auxiliary--minutes, 1942-1944 

St. Luke's Women's Auxiliary--misc., undated 

St. Luke's Womens Auxiliary--Membership lists, past presidents, 1940-1941, 1949-1950, 1975-1976 

St. Luke's Women's Auxiliary--reports, 1938-1949 

Michigan Nurses Association Agreements -- 1988-2001 

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Box 3 of 10 1890 - 1997 

20-03-04 LRC

Bay Cliff Health Camp, unidentified photos, 1930s 

Calumet and Helca Hospital, 1900 

Calumet and Helca Hospital, 1920 

Calumet, Italian Hall Disaster, 1913 

Moses Cooperstock M.D., undated 

Doctors Buggy-Ishpeming, 1900 

Eugene Elizinga, M.D., 1954 

Ishpeming Hospital 1900 

Max Reynolds with his Iron Lung, 1940 

Pediatric patients in the Reynolds Iron Lung, 1940 

Pediatric patients in standard manufactured Iron Lung, 1940 

Marquette County Medical Society, 1904 

Marquette County Nurses, 1900 

Marquette General Hospital Arial View, 1982 

Marquette General Hospital Ambulence, 1988 

Marquette General Hospital Conference Center, 1986 

Marquette General Hospital Conference Center, Education Department class, 1987 

Marquette General Hospital Conference Center, Education Department, 1988 

Marquette General Hospital Conference Center, AV Equipment in Outpatient Building, 1987 

Marquette General Hospital Cafeteria, 1969 

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Box 4 of 10 1890 - 1997 

20-03-04 LRC

Marquette General Hospital Cafeteria, 1985 

Marquette General Hospital Family Practice Residency Program, 1986 

Marquette General Hospital Family Practice Residency Program, 1988 

Library--Presentation of Kevin F. O'Brien's Portrait, 1974 

Kevin F. O'Brien Health Science Library, 1985 

Marquette General Hospital--Mary Peterson LPN, 1985 

Marquette General Hospital nurses, 1988 

Marquette General Hospital Outpatient Building Dedication, 1984 

Marquette General Hospital Patients Room, 1984 

Marquette General Hospital Pharmacy, 1987 

Marquette General Hospital Construction, 1981 

Marquette General Hospital Building, 1984 

Medical School Surgical Class, 1890 

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Box 5 of 10 1890 - 1997 

20-03-04 LRC

Miners First Aid Class Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co., 1890 

Elba L. Morse, RN 1931, Lulu Ervast (?) Early 1950(?) 

Children's Clinic Dedication, 1931, Unidentified photo's, 1965 

Northern Michigan's Children's Clinic, 1948, 1930's 

Northwestern Hospital, 1890 

St. Luke's and Children's Clinic, 1938 

St Luke's Alumina Reunion, 1972 

St. Luke's Trustees, undated 

St. Luke's Hospital, 1900 

St. Luke's Hospital--Gard Maynard Ward, 1900 

St. Luke's Hospital, 1914 

St. Luke's Hospital, 1925 

St. Luke's Hospital Staff Members, 1931 

St. Luke's Hospital, 1945 

St. Luke's Hospital, 1948 

St. Luke's Nurses with Child--Eliza Pearce Dudley, Ruth Stafford Main, Isabel Teganza Frei, 1900's 

St Luke's Nurses treating Polio Patient, 1940's 

St. Luke's Class of 1946 

St. Luke's Nurses all graduates reunion, 1972 

St. Luke's physicians, 1956 

St. Luke's School of Nursing graduate--Elizabeth Treganza Frei, 1911 

St. Luke's School of Nursing, 1918 

St. Luke's School of Nursing Graduating Class, 1966 

St. Luke's School of Nursing graduates--Elizabeth Cameron, Mary Ann Libery, 1918 

St. Luke's School of Nursing--Helen E. Patterson Howe, 1923 

St. Luke's School of Nursing--uniform display, 1951 

St. Luke's School of Nursing--reunion, 1972 

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Box 6 of 10 1890-1997 

20-03-04 LRC

St. Luke's Hospital--X-Ray Department, 1943 

St. Mary's Hospital, 1891 

St. Mary's Hospital, 1920 

Frank Slope--Anasthesiest, 1931? 

Typical Michigan Pharmacy, 1915 

St. Luke's Photos, undated 

Marquette General Hospital Library, 1986 

Marquette General Hospital Emergency room, 1981 

St. Luke's plaques, 1969, 1980s 

St. Luke's photo's, 1965, 1960s? 

St. Luke's Photo's, 1890 

Marquette General Hospital Architectural plans and Sketches, undated 

St. Luke's Nurses Bungalow, 1945 

Marquette General Hospital--library memorabilia, undated 

Marquette General Hospital MRI Open House, undated 

Marquette General Hospital Sketches, undated 

Photograph copys--Nurses Capping night, 1944 and unidentified photo's 

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Box 7 of 10 1890-1997 

20-03-05 LRC

2 display photos--unidentified 

1 framed photo of the Board of Trustee's--J.H. Kline, John D. Morrison, Lincoln B. Frazier, John McDonald, E.S. Bice, James Beckman 

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Box 8 of 10 1890-1997 

20-03-05 LRC

Framed photo--Arial view, undated 

Framed photo--Arial view, undated 

Framed photo--unidentified man, undated 

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Box 9 of 10 1890-1997 

20-05-05 LRC

Framed photo--building, undated 

Framed photo--Board of Trustees, undated 

Framed Photo--Dr. H.B. Markham, undated 

Framed Photo--Harlow Clark, undated 

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Box 10 of 10 1890-1997 

20-03-06 LRC

mounted photo--doctor's buggy? 

mounted photo--Marquette General Hospital--new logo, 1990 

mounted photo--Nurses Graduation?, undated 

mounted photo--patient ward, undated 

mounted photo--old cath. lab, 1990 

mounted photo--residency program, 1987 

mounted photo--X-ray department, 1940's 

Two Books--"Biography of a Foundation 1929-1954 Children's Fund of Michigan" "Married a Doctor" by" Alma W. Swinton 

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Box 1, Drawer 4 


Beaumont, William 

Beaumont, William and Family 

The Country Doctor-Harpers Weekly 

"Forceps for the Extraction of Arrowheads" in "The Medical Record" 

St. Lukes Nurses 

St. Luke's Nursing Class 1946 

St. Luke's Hospital 

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St. Luke's Hospital Nursing Poster Boards 


Poster Board 1 -- Photograph -- Mary Louise Boyce Markman, M.D. -- 1905. 

Poster Board 1 -- Photograph -- Olive Pendill -- at 85 years of age. 

Poster Board 1 -- Photograph -- Olive Pendill -- Serving in the Spanish-American War. 

Poster Board 1 -- Photograph -- Olive Pendill -- Superintendent of Nurses -- 1899. 

Poster Board 2 -- Photograph -- Audrey Shade, Administrator, n.d. 

Poster Board 2 -- Photograph -- St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary, n.d. 

Poster Board 2 -- Photograph -- St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing, n.d. 

Scope and Content

This photograph is of the faculty of St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing, identified as:

Miss Ann Brogan, R.N., M.A. -- Director Miss Florence Brogan, R.N., M.S. -- Educational Director Mrs. Irene Anderson, R.N., A.B. -- Nursing Arts Instructor Miss Jane Trevarthan, R.N. -- Instructor Mr. Alvin E. Fritz, A.M. -- Northern Michigan College, Professor of Sociology and Psychology Mr. Lucian Hunt, Ph.D. -- Northern Michigan College, Professor of Chemistry Mr. Walter H. Schaefer, Ph.D. -- Northern Michigan College, Professor of Anatomy and Physiology Miss Jane S. Bemis, A.M. -- Northern Michigan College, Professor Home Economics

Poster Board 2 -- Photograph -- Day of Capping, n.d. 

Poster Board 2 -- Photograph -- Wallace Nurses Home, n.d. 

Poster Board 2 -- Photograph -- Serving in the Polio Epidemic -- 1943. 

Poster Board 2 -- Photograph -- Northern Michigan Children's Clinic Staff -- July 1, 1931. 

Poster Board 3 -- Photograph -- 5 female nurses looking at a medical record. 

Poster Board 3 -- Photograph -- 3 female nurses attending patient in hospital bed. 

Poster Board 3 -- Photograph -- 2 female nurses with 2 patients in hospital beds. 

Poster Board 3 -- Photograph -- 2 female and 1 male nurse attending female patient in a leg cast. 

Poster Board 3 -- Photograph -- Female nurse attending newborn in an incubator. 

Poster Board 3 -- Photograph -- Female nurse taking female patient's blood pressure. 

Poster Board 3 -- Photograph -- Group of female nurses observing a patient having heart monitored. 

Poster Board 3 -- Photograph -- 2 female nurses assisting elderly patient in hospital bed. 

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