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Methodist Hospital Historical Collection

Identifier: M424

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials relating to the Methodist Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. There are photographs and newspaper clippings about the Methodist Hospital and its School of Nursing that relate to some of the student nurses who were trained there. There is also an article from the August 2003 issue of Journal MSMA, about the former Ross Sanitarium/Gulf & Ship Island Railroad Employees Hospital and their successor, the Methodist Hospital. The article was written by Lucius Lampton, MD, and consists of a brief historical sketch about the hospitals. The collection also includes photographs, certificates, and other materials pertaining to the nursing career of Mrs. Pauline Elizabeth Garraway Conn.


  • circa early 1900s-2000s

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

The Methodist Hospital of Hattiesburg, Mississippi has gone through several incarnations. Established by Dr. T.E. Ross as Ross Sanitarium in 1900, the hospital was a first for Hattiesburg. In 1903 it became the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad Employees Hospital, and a training school for nurses was established there in 1906. In the years following, the hospital was also called Hattiesburg Hospital (1908) and King's Daughter's Hospital (1918), until 1921 when the Methodist Conference of Mississippi obtained it and named it Methodist Hospital of Hattiesburg. In 1980, Methodist Hospital moved from its original location on Bay Street in the downtown area, to Highway 98 West.

The Methodist Hospital founded the Institute for Wellness and Sports Medicine in 1986, the first hospital-based wellness facility in Mississippi. Finally, in 1997 it became known as Wesley Medical Center.


1.8 Cubic Feet (total) : 108.MC2.15

Language of Materials



Photographs, newspaper clippings and memorabilia about this Hattiesburg hospital (now Wesley Medical Center) and its School of Nursing.


Materials in this collection were donated by Ms. Ruby Cook and Mrs. Allene Findley in 1999 and 2004.

Existence and Location of Copies

For Digitized Materials from this collection, see: External Documents link at bottom of page.

Related Materials

M246 Hattiesburg Historical Photograph Collection

M314 Cargill-Powers Photograph Collection


Case file

Contents of the collection

McCarty, Kenneth G. "Hattiesburg, a pictorial history." Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1982.

Photograph Log

M424-1 Miss Dovie Adams 3 ½” x 5” B &W ca. 1960s-1970s Miss Adams began her employment at the Methodist Hospital in 1929 as night supervisor. She held many positions, ending as Director of Nursing Services upon her retirement in 1977. (Box 1, Folder 7)

M424-2 (L to R): Miss Dovie Adams and Ms. Pauline Garraway Conn, Hattiesburg 3 ½” x 5” B &W ca. 1960s-1970s (Box 1, Folder 7)

M424-3 Group of nursing students, Hattiesburg 4” x 12” B &W ca. early 1900s (Box 1, Folder 7)

M424-4 Hattiesburg Hospital 8” x 10” B &W 1915 (Box 1, Folder 7)

M424-5 Methodist Hospital, Hattiesburg 8” x 10” B & W 1925 (Box 1, Folder 7)

M424-6 Group of graduates making sponges, Hattiesburg 8” x 10” B &W 1943 (L to R): Lois Milling Sarphie, Frances Russell, Katherine Cargill-Chiles, Mary Smith, Mary O. Lingle, and Peggy Verligar (?) (Box 1, Folder 7)

M424-7 Group of nursing graduates, Hattiesburg 8” x 10” B &W Feb. 3, 1950 Front Row (L to R): Katie M. Craft Bryant, Dorothy McLemore Morgan, Helen Rowell Walker (Dec.), Ruby Simons Cook; Second Row (L to R): Lena P. Kelly Croft, Margie McDonald Watkins, Reba Wheeles Winster (Dec.), Reba Cooley Muier (Dec.) (Box 1, Folder 7)

M424-8 Methodist Hospital, Hattiesburg 8” x 8 ½” Color ca. 1990s (Box 1, Folder 7)

M424-9 Panorama of Methodist Hospital nursing students posed in three rows (ca. 1926) 7 ½” x 20” B &W ca. 1926 (Oversize Folder)

M424-10 Panorama of Methodist Hospital nursing students posed in a single line, with hands on each other's waists 8” x 20” B &W ca. 1926 (Oversize Folder)

M424-11 Panorama of Methodist Hospital Nurses 8” x 30” B &W July 30, 1926 (Oversize Folder)
Methodist Hospital Historical Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001