Street, Margaret Mary (1907-1993)

  • See Oral History files, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 8
  • See Memorial Nursing Portrait collection, Fonds 18, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 9, File 7
  • See Margaret Street Fonds in the UBC Archives.

Born in Toronto, Margaret Street grew up in Winnipeg, graduating from the University of Manitoba in 1928.  After four years’ teaching, she became a nurse, holding various senior administrative positions across Canada.  In 1961 she graduated from the Master’s in Nursing Administration program at Boston University.

From 1961 until her retirement in 1972 she taught in the UBC School of Nursing where she became friends with Ethel Johns, the first director of the UBC nursing program.  This encouraged her to write her biography of Ethel Johns, Watch-fires on the Mountains:  The Life and Writings of Ethel Johns, (1973), which received the Walter Stewart Baird Medal for the year’s best historical book on health sciences.  Her awards have also included the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Order of Canada in 1982.  Margaret was an honorary life member of the BC History of Nursing Society.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Curriculum Vitae—UBC.
  2. Nomination to the CNA Memorial Book.
  3. Articles by Margaret Street
    1. “The Orientation of Nurses.” The Canadian Nurse, (1947) 43 (7), 533-536.
    2. “The Life and Writings of Ethel Johns”: A Biography Project.  Proceedings of the Colloquium on Nursing Research, March 28-30, 1973, Ottawa, CNA.
    3. “Canadian Nursing in Perspective: Past, Present and Future.”  Keynote address.  Fiftieth anniversary of the University of Alberta Hospital and The University of Alberta School of Nursing, November 15, 1974.
    4. “Staffing Problems in Nursing Service”, The Canadian Nurse, February 1965, 61 (2), 91-93.
    5. “A Biographical Program of the Nursing Program at Mount Royal College, Calgary”, April 10, 1985.
  1. Proposal for Johns’ biography
  2. Notes for book
  3. Wallace, Pat, “Love’s Labor Wins.” Rev. of The Life and Writings of Ethel JohnsThe Province, February 13, 1974.
  4. “Biography of a Trail Blazer”, Rev. of The Life and Writings of Ethel JohnsRNABC News 6 (2), 10.
  5. “Margaret Street Authors Biography of Ethel Johns”, RNABC News, October/November 1972, pp. 11-12.
  6. Excerpt from Ethel Johns’ book
  7. Notes on Ethel Johns’ book
  8. The M.A.R.N. Makes a New Appointment.” The Canadian Nurse (1943), 39 (9), 594.
  9. M.M Street, “Professors Emeriti Division, UBC Alumni Association: Oral history project”.
  10. Material prepared by Margaret M. Street for interview, September 30, 1987.
  11. Street, M.M. [Notes] (preparation for interview by Ann Carroll), October 25, 1990.
  12. Ann Carroll’s questionnaire, with responses.
  13. Letter to M. Street from Walter Gage, President of UBC, January 21, 1974.
  14. “Endnotes”, The Canadian Nurse, September 1982, p. 62.
  15. Mackie, E.J. “Gertrude M. Hall and Margaret M. Street.  Biographical Information”, June 1984.
  16. “Miss Margaret Street”. In Desjardins, E., Flanagan, E. and Giroux, S.  “Heritage: History of the Nursing Profession in Quebec from the Augustinians and Jeanne Mance to Medicare”, Adaptation from French by H. Shaw. Montreal, ANPQ (1971), 175.
  17. “Names and Faces”, The Canadian Nurse (September 1976), p. 14.
  18. Fax to C. Petty from G. Zilm, January 26, 1994.
  19. Correspondence, 1987-1995.
  20. “In Memoriam”, UBC Alumni Chronicle, Spring 1994, p. 28.
  21. Ethel Warbinek, “In Memoriam”, UBC Alumni Association: School of Nursing Division Newsletter, March 1994, p. 4.
  22. In Memoriam, 1907-1993.
  23. Bateson, Helen, [Memorial program and biographical information].
  24. “Margaret M. Street: In Memoriam”, AARN (1994), 50 (1), 31.
  25. Obituaries
  26. Eight photographs
  27. Material regarding nomination for University of Alberta doctorate. – 1993
  28. Biography and CV
  29. Biographical information with photocopied photograph.
  30. Funeral program