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NLN Resources

The National League for Nursing Collection is a critical resource for scholars investigating nursing, nursing education, and nursing accreditation in the United States.

Founded in 1893 at the World’s Fair in Chicago as the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses, the National League for Nursing was the first nursing organization in the United States. Isabel Hampton, superintendent at Johns Hopkins Training School in Baltimore, chaired a group of leaders who set the foundation for reforming nursing and nursing education. In 1912 it would become the National League of Nursing Education, and in 1952 it became as it is now known as the National League for Nursing.

The National League for Nursing is a leading organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. NLN members represent nursing education programs across higher education, health care organizations, and agencies.

To learn more about its robust history, view a timeline curated for their 125th anniversary in 2018.  

Books and Publications

The NLN has an extensive publication history and is a large feature of its record collection. The Center has over 1100 books, pamphlets, and booklets published by the NLN. A full listing of titles can be found on the NLN Finding Aid. For more information about the collection contents, please contact the Center.

Video Tape Collection

As part of the Archive Processing Project, the Bates Center has digitized over 150 video tapes produced by the NLN during the 1980s and 1990s. Video topics range from annual convention keynotes to interviews with nursing leaders to health care policies and practice, among many others. These videos are now available for viewing at the Center and a full listing is provided here.

Preview clips of selected videos are highlighted below. 

 

Nursing pioneers Mildred Montag and Verle Waters discuss the development, struggles, and successes of Associate Degree nursing programs. 

 

[Mary] Elizabeth Carnegie was an educator and author in nursing and well known for breaking down racial barriers. In this video she discusses her life and the barriers she faced throughout her career.

A leading figure in nursing education, Virginia Henderson discusses her theory of nursing and the path her career took.

This video highlights several nurses who tell their stories of caring for HIV/AIDS patients in the hospital, in the community, and in the home.


For the 125th anniversary, the National League for Nursing and the Center compiled a selection of NLN Nursing Leaders in Their Own Voices as shown below. 

For questions regarding the videos or usage of the videos please contact the Center via email: nhistory@nursing.upenn.edu.

Digitized Annual Reports and Proceedings

Available online are a selection of digitized Annual Report and Proceedings from the NLN. The early annual reports of the NLN are the proceedings of their annual conventions. Contained are the speeches, meeting notes of discussions, and resolutions passed during the event. 

A full Table of Contents, and when provided its Index, for all the Annual Conventions has been reproduced. In addition, upon request a limited keyword version for select years is available to researchers.  

For high resolution still images and well as information on additional digitized report and proceedings, or other materials, please contact the Center. Searchable copies available upon request.

  • Eighteenth Annual Convention of the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses, Part 1 , Part 2
  • Twentieth Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1 , Part 2
  • Twenty-first Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Twenty-second Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Twenty-third Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Twenty-fourth Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Twenty-sixth Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Twenty-seventh Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Twenty-eighth Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Thirtieth Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Thirty-fourth Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Forty-eighth Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Fifty-second Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Fifty-third Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Fifty-fifth Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Fifty-sixth Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2
  • Fifty-seventh Annual Report of the National League of Nursing Education, Part 1, Part 2

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: nhistory@nursing.upenn.edu.

If you have materials regarding the National League for Nursing and you would like to donate them, please email: nhistory@nursing.upenn.edu or call (215) 898-4502.