The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

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Milio Collection


Benoist collection

Image used by permission of the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, established at the University of Virginia in 1991 to support historical scholarship in nursing, is dedicated to the preservation and study of nursing history. The goals of the Bjoring Center include the collection of materials, the promotion of scholarship, and the dissemination of historical research findings.

The Bjoring Center hosts a regular series of nursing history forums, sponsors the annual Agnes Dillon Randolph Award and Lecture, awards a yearly historical research fellowship, and publishes a newsletter, Windows in Time.

Located in the University of Virginia School of Nursing's McLeod Hall, the Bjoring Center is routinely open to visitors and researchers Monday through Friday. Please contact the Center to schedule a visit.

Randolph Conference

The University of Virginia School of Nursing Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry is hosting the Third Agnes Dillon Randolph International Nursing History Conference.

We are seeking nursing abstracts of current research from historians around the world.  Abstracts must arrive on or before October 12, 2015. Confirmation of the arrival of your abstract will be sent by e-mail. Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis; applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than December 15, 2015.  Detailed information about abstract submission is available on the 2016 Randolph Nursing History Conference Call for Abstracts.  Please submit abstracts to

For more information, please see the conference website:

Tour of Nightingale's Kaiserswerth, Germany

Mutterhauskirche in Duesseldorf-Kaiserswerth, von Sueden

Plan now to join the 2015 Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry tour to Kaiserswerth and other historic areas in Germany including Cologne and Düsseldorf.

Kaiserswerth is considered Düsseldorf’s oldest and most richly traditional neighborhood.  Join nurse historian colleagues and others as we walk the cobblestone streets of this German village where Florence Nightingale received her training.

Register online at or complete and return the printed registration form.


Windows in Time is a historical newsletter produced twice yearly by the University of Virginia School of Nursing's Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry.

It includes news of recent nursing history programs and conferences, announcements of upcoming events, updates on Bjoring Center activities, and articles on nursing history by contributing scholars. The latest issue and selected back issues are available in PDF format for online reading.

Helpful Information

Bjoring Center Overview - Collecting Materials & Promoting Scholarship

The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry (ECBCNHI) acquires and preserves nursing materials such as personal papers, letters, reports, photographs, and nursing textbooks. Agencies, schools, and organizations are encouraged to donate their records and photographs so that the institutional history of nursing may be documented. Through collecting and making available such materials, the Center serves as a national resource open to visiting scholars, faculty, students, and others interested in the study of nursing and health care history. The collections are housed in the secure, climate-controlled rooms.  Materials are described and catalogued in the Center.

The Bjoring Center sponsors local and international programs and conferences to disseminate research findings, and awards an historical research fellowship. each year. The ECBCNHI also provides informational, consulting, and photographic services to those who seek assistance with research in the history of nursing and health care.

To Donate Historical Materials

We encourage you to help preserve nursing’s heritage. Any material from the past may be of considerable value to health care historians. This includes personal papers related to an individual’s student days and nursing career (such as letters, photographs, teaching materials, reports, manuscripts, and research notes). Organizational papers or publications (such as minutes, records, newsletters, and brochures) are also valuable historical resources. One of the Bjoring Center’s goals is to document southern nursing history, and we particularly encourage those who have lived and worked in the south to help us with this endeavor.

If you have any questions, email the Center or call the number below.

To Purchase Photographs

You may obtain copies of photographs that are owned by the Bjoring Center. Prints for personal and/or educational use are priced at our costs for reproduction and mailing. Photos that will be used in publications are subject to other charges and restrictions. Please email the Center for details on photographic reproduction costs and policies.

Contact Us:

The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry
School of Nursing
McLeod Hall
P.O. Box 800782
Charlottesville, VA
Phone: (434) 924-0083
Fax: (434) 982-1809

Bjoring Center Faculty and Staff

Arlene Keeling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Centennial Distinguished Professor of Nursing
CMNEB 2111
email: awk2z@Virginia.EDU
(434) 924-5906
(434) 960-3239

Barbara Brodie, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor Emerita
McLeod 1010
email: bb9w@Virginia.EDU
(434) 924-0083

Mary Gibson, PhD, RN
Associate Professor in Nursing
CMNEB 2107
email: meg2e@Virginia.EDU
(434) 924-0130

John C. Kirchgessner, PhD, RN, PNP
Assistant Professor, St. John Fisher College

Linda Hanson
Project Coordinator, Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry
McLeod 1010
email: llh3x@Virginia.EDU
(434) 924-0083