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Collection Occupational Folklife Project

Psychiatric Nurses in Wisconsin

In 2018, Charitie Hyman, an independent folklorist and mental health worker from Madison, Wisconsin, received an Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center to document the occupational folklore and culture of psychiatric nurses in Wisconsin. During 2018 and 2019, she recorded 20 work-related oral histories from a diverse group of nursing professionals throughout the state. These in-depth interviews explore the interviewees' professional training and daily work routines as well as issues of race, power, and prestige in workplace relationships. The collection enhances the American Folklife Center's archival holdings on this demanding specialty within the highly-skilled occupation of nursing.

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