Fundraising Letter from Mary Breckinridge, Frontier Nursing Service, to Edsel Ford, June 3, 1940

Summary

In 1925, Mary Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service to bring qualified nurse-midwives and modern, life-saving healthcare to many inaccessible areas of eastern Kentucky. To support these efforts, Breckinridge cultivated wealthy donors, such as Edsel Ford. Breckinridge sent this appeal to Edsel in 1940. Edsel, before deciding how much to give, listed his previous contributions, which included a used automobile.

In 1925, Mary Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service to bring qualified nurse-midwives and modern, life-saving healthcare to many inaccessible areas of eastern Kentucky. To support these efforts, Breckinridge cultivated wealthy donors, such as Edsel Ford. Breckinridge sent this appeal to Edsel in 1940. Edsel, before deciding how much to give, listed his previous contributions, which included a used automobile.

Artifact

Letter (Correspondence)

Date Made

03 June 1940

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.6.181

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Typewriting
Printing (Process)
Handwriting

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 11 in

Width: 8.5 in

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