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Dr. Jayne Elliott
Dr. Jayne Elliott, a retired nurse, was the former administrator of the Nursing History Research Unit at the University of Ottawa.
Like many historians of nursing, Jayne began her career as a practicing nurse. She graduated from the Atkinson School of Nursing at the Toronto Western Hospital and worked in hospitals in Toronto, Kingston, and Yellowknife.
Her doctoral research investigated the history of the Red Cross outpost hospitals in Ontario. She had worked at one such, as part of her nursing training. Subsequent research interests focused on the history of rural hospitals and rural and remote nursing. Her work serves as an important addition to understanding the breadth and scope of women’s healing work as both separate from and part of their professional identities.
A surprising find of personal family letters led to her current exploration of Canadian military life in Germany during the early Cold War period.
In the summer of 1954, Major Robert Elliott, a military surgeon, was posted to Germany to provide medical care to Canadian soldiers already stationed there. It was eight more months before his wife, Catherine, and their children could join him.
Major Elliot's letters, which Catherine saved, provide a window into the impact early Cold War Canadian military policy had at the personal level. But as historians have also pointed out, letters can also tell us much about a person’s identity: in this case, Robert Elliott’s identity as a military physician, husband and father.