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NLN Collection

National League for Nursing Archive Preservation Project

Preserve the history of nursing through the National League for Nursing Archives project.

The National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Bates Center are joining forces to preserve the NLN’s rich history in an archival repository for scholarly historical research.

The oldest nursing organization in the United States, founded in 1893, the NLN works across the spectrum of nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community. Its rich history is vital for scholars and students investigating the history of nursing, nursing education, and nursing accreditation.

As we move forward with this critical project we will feature highlights of the collection, including short videos and photographs.

President Eisenhower with nurse leaders after signing proclamation for National Nurses Week, Oct 8, 1954 (L to R: Lucile Leone, Assistant Surgeon General, Agnes Ohlson, ANA President, and Ruth Sleeper, NLN President).President Eisenhower with nurse leaders after signing proclamation for National Nurses Week, Oct 8, 1954 (L to R: Lucile Leone, Assistant Surgeon General, Agnes Ohlson, ANA President, and Ruth Sleeper, NLN President). Four NLN Presidents during break at the meeting, January 1964 (L to R: Ruth Sleeper, Ruth Freeman, Lucile Leone, and Lois Austin).Four NLN Presidents during break at the meeting, January 1964 (L to R: Ruth Sleeper, Ruth Freeman, Lucile Leone, and Lois Austin).

In 2013, the Bates Center, with generous support from the Independence Foundation, helped the NLN conduct a survey of its records, data, publications, and other significant documents. In 2017, we formally initiated a four-year process of identifying and preserving NLN archives. Since then, the Independence Foundation stepped in with a generous gift to fund the development and implementation of a full archival repository of NLN holdings, including video digitizing and the digitization of paper records. As it is a matching grant, the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education continues to seek funds in order to preserve the League’s past as a resource for scholars. For more information on how to donate to this project please visit NLN’s donation page.