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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, become a Center member, donate personal papers, and volunteer time. See below for the many ways in which you can become a part of nursing history.

Preserving Our Future - The Campaign for the Barbara Bates Center

As nurses stand at the forefront of a rapidly changing healthcare landscape, the mission of the Bates Center – to thoughtfully analyze the past in order to preserve the future – is more timely and relevant than ever.
We are unsurpassed in our capacity to shape policy, research, practice and education, all of which inform the future of healthcare. The Bates Center’s ongoing impact lies in the hands of those who share its vision and passion and will dream with us about “Preserving Our Future.”

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 at:

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

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


Center Membership

Membership supports the Center’s year-round activities: preservation and processing of records, public reference service, cataloging, and newsletter. By becoming a member, you will receive the Center’s newsletter, The Chronicle, as well as information about special events. To apply for membership, please contact or call 215-898-4502.

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. 

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.