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Film, Video The Forgotten Frontier

About this Item


  • The Forgotten Frontier


  • Frontier Nursing Service
  • Breckinridge, Mary
  • Breckinridge, Marvin

Created / Published

  • 1930


  • -  Nonfiction films
  • -  Documentary films
  • -  Feature films


  • Nonfiction films
  • Documentary films
  • Feature films


  • -  Sound: This moving image content is silent, and was created without sound or a soundtrack.
  • -  Summary: This is a documentary about the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS), which provides medical assistance to the people of the Appalachian mountain area. The FNS focuses on medical care for women and children. A group of people arrive at Hazard, Kentucky to observe the FNS in action. Mary Breckinridge, founder of the FNS, takes them by car and horse to the Wendover Center, the regional headquarters. She tells them of the work of the FNS. They operate from various centers located in this part of Kentucky, such as the Caroline Butler Atwood Memorial Center and the Possum Bend Center. Nurses travel by horse through all kinds of weather to reach their patients. The nurses give inoculation shots to children and adults at a schoolhouse. A man brings two sick newborns to the hospital of the FNS in Hyden for treatment. A nurse delivers a baby. The nurses take care of their horses. Two men meet in the woods. One accuses the other of shooting his brother and then shoots him. A boy finds the wounded man and gets a nurse. Several men carry the man to the Hyden Hospital. A doctor is summoned, and the man recovers. The observers have learned much about the care provided by the FNS.


  • Film, Video

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Mavis identifier: 62166

Source Collection

  • Patterson (Jefferson, Mrs.) Collection (Library Of Congress)


  • Motion Picture, Broadcasting And Recorded Sound Division

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Frontier Nursing Service, Mary Breckinridge, and Marvin Breckinridge. The Forgotten Frontier. 1930. Video.

APA citation style:

Frontier Nursing Service, Breckinridge, M. & Breckinridge, M. (1930) The Forgotten Frontier. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Frontier Nursing Service, Mary Breckinridge, and Marvin Breckinridge. The Forgotten Frontier. 1930. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.