The Barbara 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.
The Barbara Bates Center is a committed partner in preserving all voices of nursing history, opening access to collection materials, and growing our digitized collections and sites. To support our efforts individuals can contribute funds, donate personal papers, and volunteer time.
The Barbara Bates Center welcomes researchers back to the archive as of Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Researcher policies have been updated according to University guidelines regarding COVID-19.
Barbara Bates Center associate director Cynthia Connolly, PhD, RN, reflects on the 1918 influenza pandemic’s effects on children and its lessons for today.
Epidemics from the Perspective of Professional Nursing: Beyond Germs, Public Health, and Pot Banging
What is the meaning of an epidemic from a nursing perspective? The Barbara Bates Center’s Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, explores this question in a new article in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.
Please join us for the dissertation defense of Hafeeza Anchrum.
The dissertation title is “A New Era in the Fight for Nursing Civil Rights: Mercy Douglass Hospital School of Nursing.”
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Julie Fairman
Join Zoom Meeting
Oct14Please join the Center for a virtual celebration of Nursing the Nation: Building the Nurse Labor Force, by Jean C. Whelan, PhD, RN, October 14, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, EDT.
Oct20Join the Barbara Bates Center on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 for a seminar with Nicole Elizabeth Barnes, PhD.
“Another priceless gem added to my jewels!”: Ellis Reynolds Shipp at the Woman’s Medical College, 1875-1878Join the Barbara Bates Center on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 for a virtual seminar with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, PhD.