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Durice Dickerson Hanson and James Butler Hanson papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS358

Scope and Content

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.


  • 1907-1973, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


1.668 linear ft. (four document cases and one flat file)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1977

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2018.

Durice Dickerson Hanson and James Butler Hanson papers
Meredith Jones
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305