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University of Virginia School of Nursing, Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, Nancy Milio Collection

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Processed by Henry K. Sharp in 2011

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of Virginia School of Nursing, Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

Title: Nancy Milio Collection
Physical Characteristics: .75 linear feet; 2 boxes

Language: English

Collector: Nancy Milio

Scope and Content Information

The Nancy Milio Collection contains manuscript and published materials principally related to the organization and operation of the Mom and Tots Neighborhood Center, which Milio established in southeast Detroit, Michigan in 1966. Most important are a series of nine "field notebooks," or diaries kept by Professor Milio between 1965 and 1968. These notebooks comprise a near daily record of Milio's activities, meetings, interactions, conversations, assessments, and impressions of the various individuals and conditions she encountered as a public health nurse and community organizer in the Kercheval and McClellan district of Detroit, a low-income, African-American neighborhood. Of particular significance are the insights Milio gained regarding race relations and identity formation, and the critical importance of collaborative strategies to the successful organization of a truly neighborhood-based women's health service and day care facility.

Dr. Milio wrote of her experiences with the Mom and Tots Neighborhood Center in the book: 9226 Kercheval: The Storefront That Did Not Burn, published in 1970. Correspondence and various news articles concern the book, as well as the operations and funding of Center, which was left untouched in the civil disturbances of 1967, when many of the Kercheval buildings were burned. Manuscript versions of other professional papers and presentations, reprints of journal articles and book chapters, news stories concerning Milio herself, photographs, and an audio cassette interview with Milio recorded in 1994 complete the collection.

Biographical/Historical Information

Nancy Milio grew up in the Kercheval neighborhood during World War Two, when the community was populated by southern European immigrants and their children. These white residents began moving to the Detroit suburbs after the war, and by the early 1960s, the neighborhood had become lower-income and African-American, with declining housing stock, limited public services, and few employment opportunities.

At exactly this moment, in 1960, Milio graduated from Detroit's Wayne State University with a B.S. in Nursing and an abiding concern for the delivery of health care services to underprivileged communities. She worked with the Detroit Visiting Nurse Association as a staff nurse and field teacher, and began to look for ways to comprehend the health and social problems afflicting poor communities. She investigated methods likely to effect positive changes in public health among ghetto populations. Milio completed a Master's degree in Sociology from Wayne State in 1965, writing about the class basis of maternity health standards. This consciousness underlay her work to establish the Kercheval center as a community-based institution shaped and directed by the needs and aspirations of the people it was to serve. After leaving the center in 1969, Milio earned a doctorate in Sociology from Yale University in 1970, and embarked on an academic career, becoming a professor of Nursing and of Health Policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Milio joined the UNC School of Nursing faculty in 1976 and that of the School of Public Health in 1977.

The materials contained here relative to the Mom and Tots Neighborhood Center represent Milio's earliest professional steps in her long and distinguished career in public health policy. 9226 Kercheval was only the first of twelve books to her credit, three of which have received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. She has contributed chapters to an abundance of scholarly monographs, published extensively in a wide range of academic journals, and has served as a research fellow and visiting professor in numerous university public health programs around the world.


The Nancy Milio Collection is organized by subject, with materials grouped together by type and ordered chronologically within each folder.

Contents List

Curriculum Vitae - Nancy Milio, Ph.D.

2004/05 Box-Folder: 01-001

News Articles Concerning The Mom And Tots Neighborhood Center

1966/12/04-1976/02/22 Box-Folder: 01-002

Newsletter: "The Sounds Of Moms And Tots" (Two Issues), And Other Materials (Appointment Card And Outline Of Services) From The Mom And Tots Neighborhood Center

1968/04-1973/12 Box-Folder: 01-003

9226 Kercheval: The Storefront That Did Not Burn - Correspondence And Readers' Comments Concerning The Manuscript And Publication

1968/09/23-1970/03/17 Box-Folder: 01-004

9226 Kercheval: The Storefront That Did Not Burn - Announcements And Book Reviews

1970/03/11-2001/05-06, N.D. Box-Folder: 01-005

News Articles Concerning Nancy Milio, Ph.D.

1967/04/21-1975/03/05 Box-Folder: 01-006

Papers-Manuscripts: Nancy Milio, Ph.D.

1965-1975, N.D. Box-Folder: 01-007

Reprints: Nancy Milio, Ph.D.

1966/09-1975 Box-Folder: 01-008


1966/04-1994/12 Box-Folder: 01-009

Field Notebook Number 1

1965/03-1966/07/20 Box-Folder: 02-001

Field Notebook Number 2

1966/07/20-1966/12/09 Box-Folder: 02-002

Field Notebook Number 3

1966/12/12-1967/02/16 Box-Folder: 02-003

Field Notebook 4

1967/02/17-1967/04/18 Box-Folder: 02-004

Field Notebook 5

1967/04/18-1967/07/11 Box-Folder: 02-005

Field Notebook 6

1967/07/11-1967/10/24 Box-Folder: 02-006

Field Notebook 7

1967/10/27-1967/11/22 Box-Folder: 02-007

Field Notebook 8

1967/11/24-1968/02/01 Box-Folder: 02-008

Field Notebook 9

1968/02/02-1968/06/19 Box-Folder: 02-009

Interview With Nancy Milio By Denise Dooling (Two Cassette Tapes)

1994/10/26 Box-Folder: 02-010

2013 Nursing History Forum, Program And Digital Images (Cd)

2013/01/29 Box-Folder: 02-010