PCA 447: Kitty Gair Collection, ca. 1880 - 2002, bulk ca. 1930�s by 0Q0S3Rc


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                          Gair, Catherine Frances “Kitty” Smulling

                 Kitty Gair Collection, ca. 1880 - 2002, bulk ca. 1930’s-1980’s

                                                       PCA 447

4 boxes                                                                          Processed by: Amelia Jenkins
2 slide cases                                                                    Laura Wood
(3.7 lin. ft.)                                                                   Jan. 2004

ACQUISITION:           Helen D. Beirne donated the collection in December of 2003. Acc. no.

ACCESS:      The collection is available for viewing, however, the photographs may not be

COPYRIGHT:            Request for permission to publish or reproduce material from the
Collection should be discussed with the Librarian.

PROCESSING:              The collection, as received, consisted of 3 scrapbooks, one guestbook, 2
slide cases, 4 reels of film and a box of photographs. Papers, found unattached and without
original order, were removed from one of the 3 scrapbooks, which was discarded, and
arranged according to creator or owner (Kitty, Angus, Alexander and Annie) then
chronologically. The photographs, received in a box and badly curling, also had no original
order. They were roughly sorted; photos of the MV Hygiene and the Alaska Dept. of Health
were sleeved in Mylar. Gair’s personal photos were sorted into 2 folders: people and places.
The slides were left in the original slide cases. Four reels of 16mm film are housed with the
collection at this time as no signs of deterioration were perceived.

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PCA 447: Kitty Gair Collection, ca. 1880 - 2002, bulk ca. 1930’s-1980’s                    Alaska State Library

                                          BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Catherine “Kitty” Frances Gair (nee, Smulling) was born Nov. 4, 1912, in Altoona, PA. After
graduating from Jefferson Medical College Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1934, she
received a Public Health Nurse Certificate in 1939. She earned a B.S. in Education from the
University of Pennsylvania in 1943, and a Masters of Science in Child Psychiatric Nursing
from Boston University in 1963.

Catherine Smulling came to Alaska in 1942 and served as a public health nurse for the Alaska
Health Dept. from 1942-1945. She worked from 1946 to 1951 on the Alaska Territorial Health
Department vessel, MV Hygiene, providing health care to Alaskan coastal villages. She
worked at the Juneau Health Center from 1951 to 1954 and part time at the Alaska Native
Health Service. Gair was a school nurse in Juneau from 1964-1971, retiring in 1971. She was a
member of the Alaska State Hospital Advisory Board, member and president of the Juneau
Hospital Board, member of the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism, President of the
Alaska Nurses Association, District III, board member, secretary, vice president and then
president of the Alaska Nurses Association, treasurer and secretary of the Mt. Juneau Chapter,
National Society Daughters of American Revolution and Worthy Matron, Nugget Chapter 2,
Order of Eastern Star.

She co-wrote "Alaska's Search for a Killer: 1946 -1948 A Seafaring Medical Adventure" describing
the experience of working on the Hygiene. From 1969 to 1972 she edited Alaska Nurse. She
published articles in the Alaska Nurse, Journal of School Health, and the Juneau Empire. She died at
her Wasilla home in 2002.

                                     SCOPE AND CONTENTS NOTE

The collection consists of personal papers and photographs of Kitty Gair, her husband, Angus
Campbell Gair, and her in-laws, Annie and Alexander Gair (Scottish immigrants). Two
scrapbooks, dedicated to the career of Dorothy Russell, contain biographies and photos of
Alaska Dept. of Health, Alaska Health Dept. and MV Hygiene employees. A signed guestbook
for the MV Hygiene (1946-1947), about 1,200 color slides labeled and roughly organized by
time and place, and four reels of film, labeled with content from the Hygiene and other Alaska
scenes, were included with the collection.

Among Kitty Gair’s personal photographs are images of the Hygiene , coastal villages it
served, patients and employees. People and places from Gair’s personal life and travels in
Alaska are depicted in black and white and color snapshots and slides. Among Gair’s
personal papers are her degrees, awards, certificates, awards and numerous recognitions.


Box 1. Papers. Biographical information, research notes, degrees, certificates, licenses,
           awards, recognitions, memberships, family and medical papers.
   Folder 1 1927-1960
   Folder 2 1961-1973

PCA 447: Kitty Gair Collection, ca. 1880 - 2002, bulk ca. 1930’s-1980’s                    Alaska State Library

    Folder 3 ca.1970’s - 2002
    Folder 4 Angus Campbell Gair, 1913-1977.
    Folder 5 Alexander and Annie Gair, 1880-1953.
    Folder 6 Items located in Oversize Photograph Collection
       1. Diploma – Royal Arch Degree of Free Masonry for Alexander Gair
       2. Marriage Certificate – Alexander Gair and Annie Campbell
       3. Certificate of Membership – The Fraternal Order of Eagles – Alexander Gair
       4. Certificate of Baptism – Angus Campbell Gair
       5. Certificate of First-Aid Training – Angus Gair
       6. Diploma – Altoona High School – Catherine Frances Smulling
       7. Certificate – The Jefferson Medical College Hospital – Catherine F. Smulling
       8. Certificate upon retirement – The Alaska Education Association – Catherine Gair
       9. [Picture of President George H.W. Bush and little girl in White House] To Mrs.
               Gair, Thank you for all you’ve done….

Box 2. Photographs. [No negatives recieved.]
   Folder 1,2 MV Hygiene ship and Dept. of Health Mobile Health Unit (bus), employees,
              patients, Alaskan villages and residents.
   Folder 3 Kitty Gair personal photographs - People.
   Folder 4 Kitty Gair personal photographs - Places.

Box 3. Albums and oversized items.
   1. Scrapbook dedicated to Dorothy Russell’s career with the Alaska Department of
       Health and the Alaska Department of Health and Welfare, presented Nov. 16, 1960,
       her 20th Anniversary, dated. Includes photographs, employee signatures, brief
       professional biographical information, congratulations from Gov. Egan and
       Commissioner Winsor. Photos of the five territorial commissioners of health,
       newspaper clippings, signatures, cards, invitations and programs. Contains clippings
       about her father, Dr. Albert John Baughman.

    2. Scrapbook dedicated to Dorothy Russell upon her retirement from the Alaska
       Department of Health. Includes photographs and memorabilia, employee biographies,
       commissioners, information and photos of the MS Hygiene.

    3. Guest Book. The Hygiene, 1946-1957. Signed with dates, names, addresses and hobbies.

Box 4. Film reels, 16mm; numbered and labeled:
   Reel 1: Mr. Gair Shoveling -- Wrangell Narrows -- [Hygiene] into Haines -- [Canadian]
           Border -- Brandy -- La Perouse -- Yakutat Eric Fish -- St. Elias -- Whale (currants) --
           Haines in Winter -- Pt. Retreat .

    Reel 2: Hygiene McAr [?] Pass -- Ground swell -- Clouds -- Snug Harbor -- Illiana -- Port
            Graham -- Seldovia -- Beluga -- Homer Homestead -- Homer Spit -- Shirley,
            Harvey, Stan -- Port Graham -- Woman on[?] -- Coal -- Fish
            Pumping/dumping/camping -- Kenai River -- Pud -- Kenai -- Cannery --
            Cleaning fish -- Hair Seal

    [No Reel 3]

PCA 447: Kitty Gair Collection, ca. 1880 - 2002, bulk ca. 1930’s-1980’s                    Alaska State Library

    Reel 4: Warm [Springs] Bay -- Kake Shore Boat -- Kake -- Pilot house -- Roll rough waters -
            - Kake Sunset -- Ketchikan -- Baird Pickett -- Fleming Wilma -- Cold Storage -- Sea
            Gull & Hook -- Dock --Tow -- Hydaburg

    Reel 5: Sunset, Kiska -- George and Bear -- Shirley on porch -- Kiska Husky -- Ninilchik --
            Tyonek rough waters -- Anchor wench -- Dolphin Fish Scow Bay -- Boy in clinic --
            Chenega glacier -- Icebergs -- [?] Kenai Boats -- Rainbow -- Skate -- Homer --
            Puddles -- Bill D.

Box 5. Slide Case 1
   Drawer 1: Inverness -- Canada -- Edinbergh and castles in Scotland -- [Washington] DC --
   Germany -- [24 unlabeled slides of the USA] -- London -- Queen, etc. -- New York --

    Drawer 2: Picnics 7-27-56 -- Snow -- Mac [dog] -- Parades -- Fritz Cove -- Juneau -- Xmas --

    Drawer 3: Misc.

Box 6. Slide Case 2
   Drawer 1: Canadian West , SE, NE USA: Alert Bay -- Atlin -- Banff and Jasper -- Dawson -
   - Detroit and Chicago -- East [Lansing] -- Glacier [National] Park -- Lois and Canada --
   Peace Garden (no slides) -- Prince George -- Prince Rupert -- SE USA -- Canada Hiways
   Scenes -- Canada RRs Scenes -- Whitehorse and [White Pass & Yukon Railway] --
   Vancouver -- Victoria -- Colville -- ’72 Snow, [mountain], glacier scenes.

    Drawer 2: Hygiene Friends + AP: Hygiene -- Mobile Units -- Ala Na [no slides] -- Beltz --
    Douglas people -- Howard -- Erickson -- Grays -- Leers -- Poors ? -- Seigs -- Snugders --
    Douglas Star -- Teachers -- Visitors -- AP.

    Drawer 3: Staff and Crew: [Alaska Dept. of Health Personnel] -- Harvey Allen -- Alice --
    Bertha -- Bill Vernm -- Dr. Blair -- [Captains] -- Clyde and Gayle -- Mac, [Hygiene] crew,
    and staff -- Dr. Crim -- Dale -- [Miscellaneous doctors] -- Earl -- Elmer -- Evelyn Harris --
    [Miscellaneous] friends -- Frank -- Forrest -- Group, picnics -- Harry Halverson -- Harvey -
    - Hernam -- Hodgkins -- J.B. -- Joogie -- Jim Brumbough -- John Berthquist -- Sam Lund --
    Marge Roger, John - Meg -- Mess boys -- Al Multons -- Molenars Morgan etc. -- Dr. and
    Mrs. Pope -- Ray Westfall -- Rex -- Dr. Ruthenger -- Ronald -- June -- Dr. Schwinge --
    Herman and Sue -- Rusha Enar Haugen -- Dr. Schwinge -- Steve -- Sue -- Taku Dog -- Joe
    Tassel -- Wayne Ocasse -- Wilma.



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