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Giving to Our Future

The Bates Center offers a number of opportunities for individuals who wish to support Center activities. Individuals can contribute funds, donate personal papers, and volunteer time. See below for the many ways in which you can become a part of nursing history.

To Contribute to the Center

The  Bates Center’s operating expenses are covered by a combination of gifts, grants, and endowment income. Contributions to the Center can be made here

Contributions can be sent directly to the Bates Center:

Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Suite 2U
Claire M. Fagin Hall
418 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA  19104-4217

Contributions should be made payable to:  Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

If you have any questions or need assistance when contributing please call 215-898-4502 or e-mail


To Donate Historical Materials to the Collection

Individuals interested in donating personal papers of historical interest should contact the Center at or call 215-898-4502 before sending in their materials. For more information on what we collect and why you should donate your records, please view our guide


To Volunteer at the Bates Center

The Center welcomes individuals interested in assisting in processing historical collections. Please contact the Bates Center at or call 215-898-4502 for more information on an interesting and worthwhile volunteer activity.