Midwest Nursing History Research Center
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The Midwest Nursing History Research Center is the central repository for nursing historical documents and artifacts from the Midwestern United States and serves as a center for scholars engaged in historical research. Collecting, preserving and disseminating Midwestern nursing history, the center combines a small museum with an archival collection and space for scholarly research. Researchers, students, and members of the public are encouraged to contact the center and arrange for a visit or discuss the archival holdings.
Visitors to the UIC Midwest Nursing History Research Center will see nursing artifacts related to nursing education and practice. These include furniture, school catalogs, photographs, and a nineteenth century uniform from the Illinois Training School for Nurses, the first Nightingale-type nursing school in the Midwest. Other displays showcase items used in bedside nursing at home and in hospitals, nursing during war time, and the Nightingale letters. There is dedicated work space for nurse historians and access to the center’s holdings.
The center offers the Annual Harriet Fulmer Lecture, given by a noted historian of nursing, in the fall. In addition, other educational events are regularly presented.
The center, located on the fourth floor of UIC’s College of Nursing, is open to visitors and researchers by request. Please contact the center as far in advance as possible to schedule a visit.
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