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

Lucy Walker Donnell Papers, 1876-1970s (MG 3.3, Boxes 1-3)


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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