School of Nursing, Yale University, Historical Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection documents the Yale School of Nursing deans, faculty, students/alumni, and programs. The collection consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, reports, minor publications, meeting minutes, presentations and papers on nursing, audiovisual materials, and correspondence compiled and/or created by the Yale School of Nursing, the School of Nursing Alumnae/i Association, and individual faculty and staff. Major events in the school's history, deans, and faculty are particularly well documented through photographs, audiovisual recordings, newspaper and other clippings, and writings. Students, particularly early ones, are documented in the photographs, scrapbooks, data cards, and Alumnae/i Association files.
The bulk of the collection consists of photographs of deans, faculty and students/alumni and research files, which contain presentations and research reports on nursing. Yale School of Nursing's programs, curriculum, and administrative history are also documented in the small amount of administrative records present in the collection including reports, correspondence, manuals, and Alumnae/i Association files. The collection primarily documents Yale School of Nursing affiliated individuals, however, the history of nursing and nursing education in the United States is also documented.
Please note that due to a numbering error there are no folders 650-652, 1340.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is partially restricted. Details available in Collection Contents.
Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Researchers wishing to obtain an additional copy for their personal use should consult Copying Services information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site.
Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.
Some records in this finding aid have been redacted, as they include student names, donor names, and other restricted data. These records will not appear in the published finding aid.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
The collection includes documents in digital formats. See Collection Contents for details.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of Yale University is retained by Yale University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was transferred from the School of Nursing, Yale University, 2008.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by topic.
Due to the retention of existing filing system, a topic may fall under several headings; researchers are advised to use the keyword search function to find all instances of a topic.
103.75 Linear Feet (224 boxes and 1 folio )
691 Megabytes (1 5.25 floppy disk, 4 3.5 floppy disks, 3 CD-Rs)
Language of Materials
The collection documents the Yale School of Nursing deans, faculty, students/alumni, and programs. The collection consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, reports, minor publications, meeting minutes, presentations and research reports on nursing, audiovisual materials, and correspondence compiled by the Yale School of Nursing, the School of Nursing Alumnae/i Association, and individual faculty and staff. Major events in the school's history, deans, and faculty are particularly well documented. Students, particularly early ones, are documented in the photographs, scrapbooks, data cards, and Alumnae/i Association files.
Biographical / Historical
The Yale School of Nursing was established in 1923 with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. It awarded its first Bachelor of Nursing (B.N.) degree in 1926 and its first Master of Nursing (M.N.) in 1937. In 1934 the school began admitting only college graduates. An official graduate program was established in 1952. The basic program was altered in 1956 when it was expanded to prepare nurses in public health, maternal-newborn nursing, and psychiatric nursing. The Master of Nursing program was discontinued in 1956, but a Master of Science in Nursing was established. Over the years, the school evolved based on changing training needs, support from the University administration and economic conditions.
Annie W. Goodrich, one of the original founders, served as its first dean and led the school through its formative years. She was followed by several deans who were each influential in the school's development: Effie Jane Taylor (1934-1944), Elizabeth Torrey (Bixler) (1944-1959), Florence Wald (1958-1967), Margaret Arnstein (1967-1972), Donna Diers (1972-1984), and Judith Krauss (1984-1998), Catherine Gilliss (1998-2004), Katherine Jones (2004-2005) and Margaret Grey (2005- ).
The collection, originally called the Yale School of Nursing Special Collection, was maintained by the Yale School of Nursing Library, which was housed in the Yale School of Nursing building. The library moved to the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, but the Special Collection remained in the Yale School of Nursing building for several years until its transfer to Manuscripts and Archives. In the intermittent years additional materials, including a small amount of Yale School of Nursing Alumnae/i Association records and administrative records, were also housed in the Special Collections room.
Box 175 contained a video VHS tape, titled “Commemorative Video Presentation, 1998 June 5,” that was found to be blank upon digitization in 2017. It was therefore removed from the collection.
- Arnstein, Margaret G.
- Diers, Donna
- Goodrich, Annie Warburton, 1866-
- Henderson, Virginia
- Krauss, Judith Belliveau
- Midwifery -- Study and teaching
- Nursing -- Study and teaching
- Nursing schools
- Nursing students
- Public health -- Study and teaching
- Taylor, Effie J. (Effie Jane), 1874-
- Torrey, Elizabeth
- Wald, Florence, 1917-2008
- Yale University -- Alumni and alumnae
- Yale University -- Faculty
- Yale University -- Students
- Yale University. School of Nursing
- Yale-New Haven Hospital
- Guide to the School of Nursing, Yale University, Historical Collection
- Under Revision
- Compiled by Mary Caldera and Sarah Trippensee
- November 2009
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository
Yale University Library
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Sterling Memorial Library
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