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 digital collections. To support our efforts individuals can contribute funds, donate personal papers, and volunteer time.
New Drugs, Old Problems: The Sulfonamide Revolution and Children’s Health Care Delivery in the United States, 1933-1949Using pediatric patient records housed at the National Library of Medicine, Dr. Connolly explores the transformation wrought by the sulfonamides in medical and nursing practice at Baltimore’s Sydenham Hospital.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, Penn Today spoke to experts across the University, including the Barbara Bates Center’s Director Patricia D’Antonio and archivist Jessica Clark, to reflect on suffrage.
Barbara Bates Center Director Patricia D’Antonio was interviewed on WHYY’s “The Pulse” about the changing role of nurses and the importance of nurse-to-patient ratios.
The University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) has awarded thirteen COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Grants designed to produce policy insights directly relevant to the ongoing pandemic and its broad range of health effects. Penn Nursing is represented with three research projects.