Durice Dickerson Hanson and James Butler Hanson papers
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Durice Dickerson Hanson and James Butler Hanson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Hanson, Durice Dickerson, 1898-1986
Creator: Hanson, James Butler, 1887-1957
Title: Durice Dickerson Hanson and James Butler Hanson papers
Dates: 1907-1973, undated
Quantity: 1.668 linear ft. (four document cases and one flat file)
Identification: ahc.MSS358

Biographical/Historical Note

Durice Dickerson (1898-1986) was born in Elbert County, Georgia, to John William Dickerson (1874-1959) and Theodoshie Dickerson (1877-1968) and grew up near Orlando, Florida. She attended nursing school at Grady Memorial Hospital and received additional nursing education from the University of Georgia Evening College, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Chicago. Durice worked as a nurse in Macon, Georgia; Orlando; and New York City before returning to Atlanta and working at Grady. In 1929, she became supervisor of the Children's Ward at Grady Hospital and later worked with the Georgia State Nurses’ Association and the Fulton County Health Department until her retirement in 1968. In 1944, she married James Butler Hanson (1887-1957). Durice served as the president of the Grady Hospital Alumnae Association; the vice president and president of the Georgia League of Nursing Education; the vice president of the Fifth District of the Georgia State Nurses' Association; and the executive secretary of the Georgia State Nurses’ Association.

James Butler Hanson (1887-1957) was born in Social Circle, Georgia, to James Frank Hanson (1865-1934) and Martha “Mattie” A. Borders (1868-1931). He graduated from Emory College in 1907, and was a member of the Kappa Phi Kappa fraternity. After college, he worked as a teacher at Hoke Smith School and as the assistant principal of Boys High School from 1914 to 1915. Hanson served in the United States Army during World War I as regimental 1st Sergeant of the 4th Company, U. S. War Prison Barracks Guard at Fort McPherson, Georgia. In 1918, he was appointed 2nd lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps, where he served until his honorable discharge in 1919. Hanson owned the Zone Oil Company in El Paso, Texas; was a member of American Legion Lodge #1; and was a 32nd Degree Mason.

Scope and Content Note

This collection primarily consists of materials collected by Durice Dickerson Hanson during her education and career as a nurse, specifically information regarding the profession and public health; Grady Memorial Hospital and its nursing schools; and various nursing associations. Materials include booklets, pamphlets, event programs, rosters, newsletters, and annual reports. The collection also includes James Butler Hanson's military papers, booklets and a map related to his Zone Oil Company, and alumni materials from Emory University.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

American Nurses' Association.
American Red Cross
Board of Examiners of Nurses for Georgia.
Community health services--Georgia--Atlanta
Emory University
Georgia State Nurses’ Association.
Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta, Ga.)
Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta, Ga.). School of Nursing.
Oil fields--Texas--Maps.
Professional education--Georgia--Atlanta
Public health nursing
The Zone Oil Company (El Paso, Tex.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Durice Dickerson Hanson and James Butler Hanson papers, MSS 358, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1977

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2018.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11American Nurses’ Association: The American Nurse newspaper, 1973
2American Nurses’ Association: informational booklets, 1937-1940
3American Nurses’ Association: newsletters and programs, 1931-1953
4American Nurses’ Association: scrapbook from biennial convention, 1940
5American Red Cross newsletters and pamphlets, 1939-1958, undated
6Better Health Council of Georgia papers, 1950-1952
7Board of Examiners of Nurses for Georgia booklets, 1943-1949
8Civil defense newsletters and pamphlets, 1953-1960
9Durice Dickerson Hanson: addresses, 1931, undated
10Durice Dickerson Hanson: biographical papers, 1933-1968, undated
11Durice Dickerson Hanson: Central Night School papers, 1935, undated
12Durice Dickerson Hanson: correspondence, 1931-1944, undated
13Durice Dickerson Hanson: correspondence regarding Grady Hospital children’s ward, 1930-1932, undated
14Durice Dickerson Hanson: Fulton County Health Department Training School certificate, 1953
15Durice Dickerson Hanson: Georgia Peabody College for Teachers papers, 1946-1954, undated
16Durice Dickerson Hanson: Grady Hospital Schools of Nursing alumnae papers, 1932-1948, undated
17Durice Dickerson Hanson: Grady Hospital Schools of Nursing bulletin and newspapers, 1918-1961
18Durice Dickerson Hanson: Grady Hospital Schools of Nursing general information and history, 1936, undated
19Durice Dickerson Hanson: greeting cards, 1933-1947, undated



21Durice Dickerson Hanson: personal notes, 1928-1929
2Durice Dickerson Hanson: Presidential inauguration invitation, program, and tickets, 1929
3Durice Dickerson Hanson: research paper, “Community Organization and the Social Service Index”, 1947
4Durice Dickerson Hanson: research paper, “The…Peace Ship: Neutral Nations”, 1944
5Durice Dickerson Hanson: research paper, “Public Health Nursing: Principles and Organizations”, 1947
6Durice Dickerson Hanson: scrapbook of field visits, 1940
7Durice Dickerson Hanson: University of Georgia Evening College and University of Chicago papers, 1943, undated
8Fulton County and Georgia Departments of Health papers, 1944-1962, undated
9Georgia and National Leagues of Nursing Education papers, 1934-1973, undated
10Georgia State Association of Graduate Nurses: bound programs, 1930-1939


4Georgia State Association of Graduate Nurses: bound yearbooks, programs, and rosters, 1925-1947
11Georgia State Nurses’ Association: booklets and event program, 1943-1962, undated
12Georgia State Nurses’ Association: bulletins, 1935-1972
13Georgia State Nurses’ Association: convention programs and pamphlets, 1936-1969



31Georgia State Nurses’ Association: correspondence, 1934-1948, undated
2Georgia State Nurses’ Association: directories and yearbook, 1931-1969
3Georgia State Nurses’ Association: scrapbook from “Open House”, 1940
4Grady Memorial Hospital annual reports, 1934-1941
5James Butler Hanson: biographical papers, 1915-1952, undated
6James Butler Hanson: Emory University alumni and graduation papers, 1907-1953, undated
7James Butler Hanson: Emory University fiftieth reunion papers, 1957
8James Butler Hanson: English literature papers, 1935, undated


FF 534James Butler Hanson: geological map of Texas, 1920
9James Butler Hanson: juvenile delinquency booklets, 1947-1948
10James Butler Hanson: Kappa Phi Kappa fraternity papers, 1932-1955
11James Butler Hanson: military papers, 1917-1919, undated
12James Butler Hanson: United States citizen’s identity card and the Zone Oil Company papers, 1919-1921, undated
13Nursing history and pageant script, 1950-1967, undated
14Nursing newsletters and pamphlets, 1936-1953, undated
15Nursing programs, 1940-1953
16Public health newsletters and pamphlets, 1940-1958, undated
17Roy McGee Health Center papers, 1960-1961
18Story of Nurse Lillian Duke’s career, 1948, undated