Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Harriet M. Huebel Family Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Harriet M. Huebel Family Papers,
Creator: Huebel, Harriet M.
Inclusive dates: 1895, 1967, and undated
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (in 3 small boxes, 1 Oversized folder)
The papers consists mostly of papers of Harriet M. Huebel, and some materials of other family members. Papers include notes, scrapbook, diary of Frances Huebel. Nursing diplomas, correspondence, paperwork, diary of Harriet M. Huebel, many photographs, mostly from World War I, nursing notes, tests, nurse's hat and pins, biographical materials, and retirement papers. Family holiday cards, correspondence, and diplomas of Harriet, Frances, and Harry Hubel [surname spelled with one e] are also included.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

many Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Harriet M. Huebel Family Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Harriet M. Huebel Family papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is by size, alphabetical and then chronological.



Harriett Miriam Huebel was born on August 20, 1890, the daughter of William (died by 1936) and Caroline Theresa Herbe Huebel (1856-1936) of Traverse City, Michigan. Her parents emigrated from Austria to Traverse City in 1855.

Harriett graduated from Traverse City High School in 1910 and earned a diploma in nursing from Peterson Hospital and the University of Michigan (UM) Training School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1915. After July 1917, Peterson Hospital was called Ann Arbor Private Hospital. From 1912 to 1915 she worked in Ann Arbor Private Hospital and was a Supervisor at the UM Hospital in 1916. In 1918 Harriett served as Assistant Superintendent of Ann Arbor Private Hospital.

From 1918 to 1919 Harriett worked as a Reserve Nurse for the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She was assigned to active duty on September 28, 1918. In November 1918, Harriett sailed for France. She returned to the U.S. in July 1919. Harriett then worked as a private duty nurse at Harper, Grace, and Ford hospitals, 1919-1922.

In 1922, Harriett joined Detroit’s visiting Nurses Association. She worked for the Association for 34 years, until she retired on January 1, 1957.

Harriett was one of the first nurses in the Association to earn a certificate in Public Health Nursing by attending night classes at Wayne University, now Wayne State University, Department of Nursing Education in 1936. She was highly respected and loved by her peers. After suffering for six months with acute lymphatic leukemia, Harriett died on June 26, 1959 in Traverse City.

Harriett had four siblings: Anne, Frances, Mrs. Ida (Robert) Slaby, and William C. (died 1906?). (This information is from the collection.)

A Harry E. Hubel [surname spelled with one e] graduated from Central State Teachers College, now Central Michigan University (CMU) in 1931 with a B.S. and from Wayne University with a M.A. in education. The 1931 CMU yearbook listed him as being from Clare, Michigan. He may have been a cousin or nephew of Harriett’s.

Collection Scope and Content Note

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.

Subject Terms

    • Huebel, Harriet M.
    • Huebel, Frances I.
    • Hubel, Herbert E.
    • Huebel family.
    • Ann Arbor Private Hospital (Mich.)
    • Peterson Hospital (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
    • United States. Army Nurse Corps.
    • United States. Army Nurse Corps--History.
    • American National red Cross. Nursing Service.
    • Central Michigan University--Alumni and alumnae.
    • Wayne State University--Alumni and alumnae.
    • Nurses--Michigan--Pictorial works.
    • Military nursing--United States--History.
    • Hospitals--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
    • Nurses--Michigan--Detroit.
    • Nurses--Michigan--Traverse City.
    • World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American.
    • Jackson County (Mich.)--History.
    • France--Description and travel.
    • Traverse City (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Traverse City (Mich.)--History.
    • Hubel, Herbert E.
    • Huebel, Frances I.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Harriet M. Huebel Family Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, 1915-1959 (Scattered)
    Box   1 F   2
    American Red Cross, Correspondence to Harriet, 1919
    Box   1 F   3
    American Expeditionary Forces Hospital Paperwork, 1918-1919
    Box   1 F   4
    (Various) Cards and Identification, 1917-1959, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Correspondence to Elba Morse from Maybelle Johnson, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Correspondence to Little Girl from Leo F. Sannell, 1918
    Box   1 F   7
    Correspondence to Harriet Huebel, 1910-1917
    Box   1 F   8
    Correspondence to Harriet Huebel, 1918
    Box   1 F   9
    Correspondence to Harriet Huebel, 1919
    Box   1 F   10
    Correspondence to Harriet Huebel, 1919
    Box   1 F   11
    Correspondence to Harriet Huebel, 1920, 1956, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Correspondence to Harriet Huebel, Miscellaneous, 1895, 1908, 1957
    Box   1 F   13
    Correspondence to Hattie and Ida, 1907; to Hatti and Emma, 1915, 1907; 1915
    Box   1 F   14
    Correspondence to Heine from Hattie, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    Correspondence to Mary Strohm from Regina, 1906
    Box   1 F   16
    Correspondence to Miss Sargent From Harriet, 1956
    Box   1 F   17
    Correspondence to Sister Anna from Various, 1915-1918 (Scattered), undated
    Box   1 F   18
    Correspondence to Sister Frances from Harriet, 1914-1960 (Scattered), undated
    Box   1 F   19
    Correspondence to Sister Ida from Hattie, etc., 1912-1917 (Scattered), undated
    Box   1 F   20
    Diary, 1915; Cooking Notes, 1910 (probably of Frances Huebel), 1910; 1915
    Box   1 F   21
    Diary, 1918-1919
    Box   1 F   22
    Greeting Cards, undated
    Box   2 F   1
    House Rental Information, 1945
    Box   2 F   2
    Huebel, Mrs. William, Obituary (Harriet's mother), 1936
    Box   2 F   3
    Invitations to Dances, 1919
    Box   2 F   4
    Memorandum Book (Addresses), undated
    Box   2 F   5
    Memorial Dedication of an Oil Painting in Memory of Harriet Huebel, 1959
    Box   2 F   6
    Morse, Elba, Jr., Nurse of the Year, Michigan, 1952
    Box   2 F   7
    Negatives, Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   2 F   8
    Nurse's Hat, Pins, undated
    Box   2 F   9
    Nursing Tests, 1914, undated
    Box   2 F   10
    Peterson Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Correspondence to Harriet, 1912, 1915
    Box   2 F   11
    Peterson Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Nursing Notebooks (folder 1 of 2), circa 1912-1915
    Box   2 F   12
    Peterson Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Nursing Notebooks (folder 2 of 2), circa 1912-1915
    Box   2 F   13
    Peterson Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Photographs and Postcards (of hospitals, nurses), 1914-1918
    Box   3 F   1
    Photographs, American Expeditionary Forces (a group of nurses either enroute to or returning from France), 1918 or 1919
    Box   3 F   2
    Photographs, Harriet Huebel, 1917-1918, 1956, undated
    Box   3 F   3
    Photographs, Miscellaneous, 1918, 1920, 1930, undated
    Box   3 F   4
    Photographs, Miscellaneous, 1918, 1929, 1957, undated
    Box   3 F   5
    Photographs, Miscellaneous, 1911, 1918, undated
    Box   3 F   6
    Photographs, Miscellaneous, 1910, 1918, 1928, 1967, undated
    Box   3 F   7
    Photographs, Taken in France, 1919
    Box   3 F   8
    Poetry, 1918-1919, undated
    Box   3 F   9
    Postcards, 1918, undated
    Box   3 F   10
    Retirement Papers, 1956
    Box   3 F   11
    Scrapbook of Frances Huebel, 1917
    Box   3 F   12
    War Department, Papers, 1919
    Box   3 F   14
    War Insurance Papers, 1918-1919
    Box   3 F   15
    Wayne University, College of Liberal Arts, Degree (1 year program in Public Nursing), 1936
    Box   3 F   16
    W.O.S.L. Roster, 1949
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder (contents arranged by size), Traverse City Public School, Diploma of Frances I Huebel, 1912
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder (contents arranged by size), Wayne University, Master's in Education Degree of Harry Edward Hubel, Vellum, 1944
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder (contents arranged by size), Central State Teachers College, B.S., Degree of Harry Edward Hubel, 1931; Chippewa Yearbook Photograph of Harry Edward Hubel, 1931, 1931
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder (contents arranged by size), Photograph of World War I Nurses of the American Legion, Banquet at Detroit, September 23, 1931
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder (contents arranged by size), Training School for Nurses of the Peterson Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Diploma, Vellum, 1915