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

School of Nursing for Men, 1884-1984 (MG 3.14, Boxes 1-7)

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 programs.

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