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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. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Nov

    Case Studies in Reproductive Rights and Social Justice

    Join 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.