The collection consists mostly of Harriett’s papers, notes, photographs, postcards, a diary, nurse hat and pins, diplomas, and biographical materials. Harriett’s materials document her career in nursing, including her training and work at Peterson Hospital and Private Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, service in France, 1918-1919, as a Reserve nurse for the U.S Army Nurse Corps, and her later work as a member of Detroit’s Visiting Nurses Association.
Photographs of Harriett; Photographs taken in France, and Photographs of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) nurses on board the SS. Missouri, and perhaps another ship, sailing to or from France also document Harriett’s career. Photographs document family, friends, hospitals, nurses, doctors, patients, pets, views of France, etc.
Most of the correspondence is to or from Harriett and her nursing peers or sisters. Some of her nursing peers and regular correspondents were Elba Lila Morse and Maybelle Johnson.
Harriett also had two gentlemen admirers who wrote to her, Provost Ray W. Cooper and Harold E. Provost.
Oversized materials include degree certificates for Harriett, 1915, and Harry E. Hubel, 1931 and 1944. All materials are Harriett’s unless otherwise noted.
Harriett’s sisters, Anna, Ida, and Frances are documented in the correspondence and photographs. Frances is also documented in a diary, scrapbook, and cooking class notes.