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Grady Memorial Hospital collection

Collection number: ahc.MSS429

Scope and Content

This collection consists of papers documenting the business administration of Grady Memorial Hospital, including early minute books from the hospital board of trustees, minute books of staff meetings, and correspondence from the medical staff. The collection also holds material from the School of Nursing and School of Practical Nursing, including bulletins, newsletters, alumni information, and lecture notes. As nursing education becomes more specialized, separate school specialties maintain files. Files contain information on bonds issued in 1940 to raise $4 million for the development of the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority.


  • 1894-2014, undated


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Grady Memorial Hospital, named after the editor of the Atlanta Constitution Henry Grady, opened in 1892 as a hospital for low-income families. In later years it broadened it's mandate to provide emergency care and other services to all, becoming one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in the country and the largest hospital in Georgia. Originally located on 36 Butler Street, the hospital changed locations three times, opening its fourth location on 80 Butler Street in 1954. Hospital operations were administered by the city of Atlanta until 1944, the Fulton/DeKalb Hospital Authority between 1945 and 2008, and the non-profit organization Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation after 2009. Grady has worked with student doctors at Atlanta Medical College (which became the the Emory University School of Medicine) and Morehouse School of Medicine. The hospital also operated in-house nursing schools from 1898 until 1982. Between 1912 and 1964 Grady was racially segregated, with separate nursing schools for whites and African Americans and a private hospital, called the Hughes Spalding Pavilion, for African American patients to be treated by African American physicians. The Grady Health System has expanded over the years to include many departments and clinics, including the Steiner Clinic, the Georgia Poison Center, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Center, and the Ponce De Leon HIV/AIDS Center, amongst others.


13.45 linear ft. (seven document cases, nine oversize boxes, and three oversize folders)



System of Arrangement

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

Acquisition Information

Gift, 1980, with subsequent additions

Related Archival Materials

Grady Memorial Hospital Photographs, VIS 102, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Processing Information

Collection re-processed in 2019.

Grady Memorial Hospital collection
Leah Lefkowitz
September 2010
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305