Section I, Series
10. Pennsylvania Hospital Nursing Collection, 1876-1995.
Lucy Walker Donnell Papers, 1876-1970s (MG 3.3,
Nursing supervisor from 1895-1907, Lucy Walker was a pioneer
in establishing standards for nursing training schools and
gaining recognition for nurses as professionals. Born in Ulster,
she graduated from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.
She became Superintendent of the Nurses Training School at
Pennsylvania Hospital in 1895.
This series of primary source material is made up of Walker’s
personal papers, photographs, reports she prepared for the
Nursing School, and correspondence, including letters regarding
a bill she helped to introduce in 1900 to get women nurses
admitted to the Armed Forces. In 1918, she was invited to
help design military nurses’ uniforms; papers regarding
this effort, as well as her efforts to help establish the
American Journal of Nursing, are included in this series.
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