"THERE SHALL BE FOUR CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP IN THIS ASSOCIATION, I.E. NURSE—ASSOCIATE NURSE—LAY AND HONORARY…"
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLORED GRADUATE NURSES. Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. (New York): NACGN, (1939). Tall 12mo, staple-bound as issued, original printed cream paper wrappers; pp. 15. $750.
Desirable 1939 revised edition of the incorporation and by-laws of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, one of the premier Black professional organizations, founded in 1908.
Founded in 1908 by nursing pioneer Martha Minerva Franklin, the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses was founded with the dual goals of setting professional standards for Black nurses and fighting discrimination against those nurses. "The main purpose of the NACGN was to win integration of Black RNs into nursing schools, nursing jobs, and nursing organizations" (African American Registry). Although the initial growth of the organization was slow, World War II served as a galvanizing event and it boasted almost 1000 members by 1949. In 1951, after notable achievements like the creation of an integrated Cadet Nurse Corps, the NACGN voted to merge with the American Nurses Association, who agreed to put the unique concerns of its Black members at the forefront. This 1939 edition contains a pasted-in errata slip reflecting a change to the rules surrounding members with lapsed dues. With laid-in membership card to the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses belonging to Annie E. Robinson, 1946.
Rust stains to wrappers with offsetting to adjacent pages, a few tiny spots of staining to front wrapper. An extremely good copy.