National League for Nursing Collection
Preserving the history of nursing through the National League for Nursing Archives project.
The National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Barbara Bates Center have joined forces to preserve the NLN’s rich history in an archival repository for scholarly historical research.
As the oldest nursing organization in the United States, founded in 1893, the NLN works across the spectrum of nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community. Its rich history is vital for scholars and students investigating the history of nursing, nursing education, and nursing accreditation.
In 2013, the Bates Center, with generous support from the Independence Foundation, helped the NLN conduct a survey of its records, data, publications, and other significant documents. In 2017 the Center formally initiated a four-year process of identifying and preserving NLN archives. Since then, the Independence Foundation has joined the effort with a generous gift to fund the development and implementation of a full archival repository of NLN holdings, including video digitization and the digitization of paper records. As it is a matching grant, the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education continues to seek funds in order to preserve the League’s past as a resource for scholars. For more information on how to donate to this project please visit the NLN’s donation page.
To learn more about the records in the NLN collection and view curated digitized materials visit NLN Resources.
If you have materials regarding the National League for Nursing and you would like to donate them for the collection, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are especially interested in minutes, conventions, and reports but are open to all materials. Please note the Center is unable to accept all items. Please contact the Center directly at email@example.com for more information about the donation process.
When using the digitized materials in research or classroom use, please use the following citation: National League for Nursing collection, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania.
For other purposes, please contact the Center via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.