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Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia Scrapbook

The Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia documented their activities from 1918 thru 1919 via a newspaper clipping scrapbook. These clipping focus on fundraising efforts during the war for their organization, the new services offered, and their actions during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. The clippings available here, curated by the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, relate to the 1918 influenza pandemic, highlight the city of Philadelphia’s actions, and the bravery of the society’s nurses during this terrifying outbreak.

The Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia was founded in 1886 to give nursing care to the sick in their homes, particularly in South Philadelphia where immigrant and African-American low-income workers and their families resided. They expanded their focus to include maternity and infant care and public health education on the prevention of infectious diseases.

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