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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.

Upcoming Events:

  • Mar
    Lara Freidenfelds, PhD

    The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy: A History of Miscarriage in America

    In this Bates Center seminar, Lara Freidenfelds, PhD, will discuss the rise of our current childbearing culture from its earliest glimmers in the Revolutionary era to today. It concludes with suggestions for how we might set realistic and humane expectations for childbearing, and accept the inevitable imperfections of this most human of endeavors.