Hidden Nurses: Processing the Bates Nursing History Center Collections


This three year project will make accessible to scholars seven currently unprocessed collections held by the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, one of the largest archival repositories focused on nursing history. The project will serve to highlight three themes central to understanding the role of nurses in delivery of health care to the American public. These themes include the growth of hospitals as scientific institutions, nursing publications, and nursing leadership and diversity. Once completed, the project will make available a wealth of documentary materials previously hidden from scholars which will add greatly to our understanding of the development of a profession essential to the nation's health.


Digitizing Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded


Year Added



The Trustees of the Univeristy of Pennsylvania


  • Dr. Jean Whelan (University of Pennsylvania)

Date Range

1851 - 1851

Geographic Scope

Emphasis on Mid-Atlantic region, but includes collections of national and international significance.


  • 274 Artifact (Including Archaeological Objects, Weapons, Machinery, Instruments, Costumes, Textiles, Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, Etc.), Audio (Including Speech And Music), Audiovisual, Image, Manuscript, Text (Including Electronic Texts)