Section I, Series
10. Pennsylvania Hospital Nursing Collection, 1876-1995.
School of Nursing for Men, 1884-1984 (MG 3.14,
The Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing for Men was established
in 1914 at the Department of Mental and Nervous Diseases in
West Philadelphia. The program was designed to provide a background
in general nursing, upon which specialization in psychiatric
and urological nursing could be developed after completion
of the course. In 1965, the School of Nursing for Men was
dissolved, after having graduated 551 men over its 51-year
history. The school for women was dissolved the same year
and a coeducational program was established. This program
continued to attract male students each year until the school
was closed in 1974.
- Boxes 1 and 2 contain photographs of the graduation classes
1923-1967. Many of these photographs are taken from scrapbooks
compiled by Sandy Mannino, R.N., director of nursing at
the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital.
- The photographs in Box 3 document the educational and
recreational activities of the nursing students between
1935 and 1970.
- Documents in Boxes 4 and 5 are components of the school’s
yearly accreditation application to the Pennsylvania State
Board of Examiners (1920-1948). These applications provide
reports and statistics about the school’s training
program. Most of the applications were prepared and filed
by Leroy Craig, Superintendent of Nurses.
- Box 6 contains nursing textbooks.
- Box 7 contains articles about male nurses and their impact
on the nursing profession.
- Boxes 8 and 9 contain logbooks, student registers, correspondence
and other documents related to student nurses and nursing
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