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Madeleine Clémence Vaillot papers

Collection MS-1989-011: Madeleine Clémence Vaillot papers


  • Creation: 1947-1985, undated

Scope and Contents

This first series includes information on the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA). The first subseries includes the Minutes and Agenda of the MNA meetings between October 1979 and April 1983. Other subseries include information regarding the meetings of the Council of Continuing Education between 1975 and 1981, the Bay State Committee Meetings between 1980-1984 and the Board of Directors, 1979-1984.

Series II contains information on different nursing awards, scholarships and Honor Societies. Among the Honor Societies that are described include Sigma Theta Tau, the Nursing Honor Society of Boston College. There is also information on the Eileen Angelo Scholarship of Southeastern Massachusetts University for the years 1981-1985. Series III focuses on Sr. Madeleine's addresses, papers and articles from 1947 to 1985, including many speeches to the MNA and St. Anne's Hospital. These talks deal with such topics as the Education of Nurses, Existentialism and Nursing, and the Professional Role and Duties of Nurses. Also includes other publications collected by Sr. Madeleine.

The final series consists of Sr. Madeleine's incoming and outgoing letters dating 1960-1966. Correspondents include Boston College, Boston University, the American Hospital Association and various organizations.


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

Sister Madeleine Clemence Vaillot, daughter of Jules Alexandre and Madeleine Eugenie (Soubies) Vaillot, was born on May 27, 1907, in the town of Bourdan, France. Vaillot, a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, began her career as a registered nurse in 1936 at a French Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. Between 1936-1939 she served as a staff nurse at the Clinica della Presentazione in Italy.

In 1939, Vaillot arrived in the United States, and in she became the director of St. Anne's School of Nursing in Fall River, Massachusetts. She held that post until 1969. While serving as director she earned her Master's of Education (1953) and Ph.D. (1960) from Boston College. She was an assistant professor at Boston College from 1960 to 1967. In 1969, she became Dean of the College of Nursing at Southeastern Massachusetts University in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Vaillot was a member of many professional organizations, including the Boston Board of Higher Education (1967-1970), Nursing Steering Committee (1973-2003), Council of Comprehensive Health Planning (1969-2003), Region VII Comprehensive Health Planning (1972-75), the National Association of Nursing, American Nursing Association, and the Massachusetts Nursing Association.

Vaillot died on October 12, 2003 in Dighton, Massachusetts.


U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.


5.5 Linear Feet (11 containers )

Language of Materials



This collection documents the professional life of nurse Sister Madeleine Clémence Vaillot and includes articles, correspondence, minutes, and publications.


Arranged into four series. I. Massachusetts Nurses Association; II. Awards and Honors Societies; III. Addresses, Articles, and Publications; and IV. Correspondence.

Series I is divided into five subseries: A. Minutes; B. Council on Continuing Education; C. Bay State Annual Meetings; D. Board of Directors; and E. Publications.

Materials are arranged chronologically within series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sister Madeleine Clémence Vaillot, 1989.

Related Materials

Nurses and nursing:

Josephine A. Dolan collection of nursing history, MS.1988.004, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Madeleine Clémence Vaillot papers, MS.1989.011, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Margaret A. Colliton papers, MS.1990.010, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Cynthia E. Northrop papers, MS.1998.002, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Nursing associations:

Visiting Nurse Association of Boston records, MS.1989.006, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

The American Association of Nurse Attorneys records, MS.1997.018, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Nursing schools:

New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing records, MS.1989.008, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing collection, MS.2000.018B, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Madeleine Clémence Vaillot Papers
1947-1985, undated
George Fortier and Brian Moushegian
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Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States