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 Barbara 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.
NLN Announces Expansion of the NLN Collection at the University of Pennsylvania Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing
The National League for Nursing proudly announces that a project underway for nearly a decade—the NLN Collection at the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, housed at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia—has been expanded.
Movers & Makers: The Story of Mercy-Douglass Hospital
The Barbara Bates Center is proud to announce that Mercy-Douglass Hospital will be featured in a TV special from WHYY’s Movers & Makers, which airs on Thursday, February 16, at 7:30 PM EST.
Penn Nursing Professor Emerita Named a 2022 Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania
Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf recently recognized 11 women as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, highlighting their extraordinary achievements and contributions to the commonwealth at an event at the Governor’s Residence. One of them was Neville Strumpf, PhD, RN FANN, Professor Emerita of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing).
New Disease, Old Ecologies: The Roots of Pediatric AIDS in the United States
The HIV-AIDS pandemic disproportionally affected children and families of color in the United States. This Bates Center seminar will trace and interrogate how some families in the U.S. were made more vulnerable to the AIDS pandemic’s emergence and spread during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing