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Section I, Series 10. Pennsylvania Hospital Nursing Collection, 1876-1995.

History of the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, Papers, 1884-1980, ( MG 3.1, Boxes 1-7)

Although a training school for nurses was first suggested at a Contributor’s Meeting in 1866, it was not until 1878 that arrangements were made to take student nurses. Anne R. Bunting was the first Nursing Supervisor, followed by Lucy Walker, who served from 1895-1907.

This series contains letters to the Board of Managers from candidates for the Supervisor’s position from 1888-1895. Other early documents include a 1908 annual report. This document gives an overview of the early years of the school and provides a list of students. This report, along with two broadsides from the school’s early days entitled “Standing Orders for Day Nurses” and “Rules for Nurses,” provides insight into the life and duties of the turn-of-the century nurse.

  • Boxes 2 and 3 are papers collected by Helen G. McClelland, who served as Director of Nursing from 1933-1956. These papers include correspondence and reports from the Committee on Nursing in 1886, and an 1899 roster of lectures to be delivered to the Nurses Training School by Pennsylvania Hospital medical staff members. Reminiscences from numerous nursing school alumnae and medical staff offer insights into the early practice of medicine.
  • Box 4 contains papers related to the Nursing School from Daniel Test, Superintendent; Charles Evans, Board of Managers; Jane Haling Farguiel, Class of 1941; and Dolores Ziff, Director of Public Relations.
  • Box 5 contains articles and bibliographies, as well as materials related to the history of Blockley Hospital and its nursing school, which later became Philadelphia General Hospital.
  • Box 6 includes booklets and publications collected by Lucy D. Germain dating from 1940 to 1977 on the history of nursing and the history of the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing.
  • Box 7 provides historic photographs and images depicting the nursing school’s educational, clinical and recreational activities. Class photographs date from c.1880 to 1972.

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