Nursing Materials on Display

This Friday the School of Nursing hosts its annual Reunion Weekend for alumni. Each year the Archives has a display during this event with items showcasing the history of nursing at Duke. We invite you to get a close-up look at some of our artifacts, such as a vintage nursing uniform and publications, and a timeline complete with historic images. Since we have more material than we can display, here is a look at some of what we have available for research.nursing scrapbook

One of the best parts about the School of Nursing Records collection is that it contains a wide variety of media. We have everything from artifacts and photographs to paper and textiles. Among the most interesting of these items are the scrapbooks compiled by nursing students. These scrapbooks feature photographs and inscriptions that present a personal reflection on nursing at Duke by the individuals who created them. Pictured on the right is one of the scrapbooks open to the cover page.

nursing uniformThe Archives also has a large selection of nursing uniforms and accessories that were worn by students. Unique among these is a complete Cadet Nurse uniform from World War II. And though the iconic nursing cap went away in the 1980s, we have several housed here at the Archives. Pictured on the left is the uniform that was introduced in 1966 and worn through 1984. Come by our table in the School of Nursing on Friday from 9-2 to see a vintage uniform on display. We also have a uniform on display in the Medical Center Library as part of the exhibit Head to Toe: Medical Attire at Duke.

But you don’t even have to leave your computer to access some our greatest nursing material. Our digital repository MEDSpace has a large selection historic nursing images that are accessible via our website. These images include nursing faculty, students, buildings, and events.

Lastly, we have several oral histories conducted with former students and faculty from the School of Nursing. One example is the group of interviews collected in 2008 by the Archives for the 50th anniversary of the class of 1948. Interviews were conducted with several members of that class discussing their time as nursing students. Individuals featured include Louise Dennis, Anna Painter, Gladys Poindexter, and Jane Sharpe.

To learn more or to access any of these materials, please submit a request or call (919) 383-2653.

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