The Bates Center is the preeminent history of nursing research center and archive.
Our priority is to increase the understanding of the importance of the history of nursing and healthcare to the development of our healthcare system and in crafting effective health policies and patient care strategies.
Through its extensive collections, fellowships, and curricula opportunities, the Bates Center provides considerable evidence for scholars and students to question traditional disciplinary paradigms; to give voice to the historical power of nursing, and to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of local and global approaches to issues of health and illness.
Nov29Join the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing for the final Enduring Issues in American Healthcare Colloquium, “Case Studies in Reproductive Rights and Social Justice,” at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
The digitized lecture and ward notes of Mary V. Clymer, 1889 graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Training School for Nurses, illuminate the experience of 19th century student nurses.
Nurses were instrumental in laying the groundwork that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which granted women the right to vote.
The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing is participating in “In Her Own Right: Women Asserting Their Civil Rights, 1820-1920,” which aims to uncover archival materials that document the early struggle for women’s rights.