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Elizabeth G. A'Hearn-Dorety Conway Papers, 1937-1948

Identifier: 067

Collection Overview

This collection contains the uniform, tools, memorabilia, and textbooks from Elizabeth G. A'Hearn-Dorety Conway's time as a student at the Cambridge City Hospital Nursing School.


  • 1937-1948

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Access to Collection

This collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection contains a mixture of public domain and copyrighted material. It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. The materials for which no copyright exists are in the public domain. For the materials subject to copyright and other intellectual property restrictions, researchers must obtain written permission from the copyright holders(s) if they wish to publish these documents. Questions concerning copyright should be directed to the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections.


Elizabeth A’Hearn Dorety Conway was born on March 11th, 1927 to William and Elizabeth A’Hearn. Along with her seven siblings, Elizabeth grew up in an apartment on Raymond Street in North Cambridge. She enrolled in the Cambridge City Hospital nursing program in 1945 and lived for the next three years on Camelia Avenue where the students were housed. Elizabeth graduated as a Registered Nurse in February of 1948.

After graduation, Conway moved to Philadelphia where she married Joseph A. Dorety, Sr. in August, 1949. She held varied nursing positions during her career beginning as a staff nurse at Temple Hospital, then moving into private duty nursing for several years until leaving to care for her young family.

Elizabeth and Joseph had eight children: Joseph, Jr., Tomas, Candy, Daniel, Betty Anne, Kim, Mary Kay, and Timothy. After raising her children in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, Conway returned to nursing at Northwood Nursing Home during the late 1970s and 1980s. Before she retired in 1990, Elizabeth was recognized by the City of Philadelphia for her dedication to nursing. More than a decade after her husband Joseph died in 1977, Elizabeth married Anthony (Tony) Conway, Sr. in November 1990. Elizabeth and Anthony lived in Sicklerville, New Jersey and later in Cape May, New Jersey. In the Cape May retirement community where she lived, Victorian Towers, Conway continued to care for the sick and elderly on a volunteer basis. Conway died at the age of 87 on June 21, 2014.


1.1 Linear Feet

.3 Cubic Feet

1.1 boxes (Oversize)

8 Items

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1: Realia

Series 2: Books

Custodial History

Donated by Betty Simms (Elizabeth G. A'Hearn-Dorety Conway's Daughter) in September, 2014.

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Processing Information

Processed by Alyssa Pacy in June, 2015.
Finding Aid to the Elizabeth G. A'Hearn-Dorety Conway Papers, 1937-1948 067
Alyssa Pacy
June 30, 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Cambridge Public Library
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Cambridge MA 02138 USA