Author Biographical Info

Leta Elizabeth Denham was born in 1895 in Hempstead, Waller County, Texas, and was one of sixteen children. She attended the Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses in Houston, Texas, graduating from the program in 1919. The commencement ceremony was held at First Baptist Church in Houston on May 29, 1919. After graduating from nursing school Leta Denham went to China to fulfill her life-long dream of working as a missionary. She served as a medical missionary in Yingtak, China from 1921 to 1922.


MS 181

Publication Date(s)

October 11, 2022




Nursing--History, Nursing students, Health occupations schools » Nursing schools, Nursing, Houston (TX), Memorial Hospital System, Memorial Baptist Hospital Lillie Jolly School of Nursing, Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses, clippings (information artifacts), photographs, photographs » panoramic photographs, certificates, yearbooks


The Leta Denham, RN papers contains a short handwritten family history, scrapbook segments, photographs, a school yearbook from 1918, newspaper clippings, a nursing cap, and other items related to Leta Elizabeth Denham's nursing education at Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses from 1918 to 1919. See more at MS 181.


The bulk of this collection was received March 2014, donated by Patricia Ays, granddaughter of Leta Denham. One additional item was received in July 2014 along with the Deed of Gift signed by Patricia Ays on July 17, 2014.



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