The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry Collections


Manuscript Collections


New manuscript collections and individual items are added to our holdings frequently.  The Bjoring Center also maintains a growing collection of historical nursing texts and nursing school yearbooks.   For more complete information, contact the Center.

Photograph Collections

Historical photographs comprise an important part of the Bjoring Center’s holdings. Presently the largest collections are photographs of University of Virginia nursing students from 1903 to the present, making up the University of Virginia School of Nursing and Nursing Alumni Association Collections. Nursing students’ classroom and clinical experiences, social life, and educational rites of passage are depicted in images that capture the many changes, as well as the continuing traditions, of twentieth century nursing education.

The Barbara Brodie Collection includes many early nursing photographs, especially representing pediatric nursing and nursing education. Important clinical and educational nursing photographs from the 1920s are included in the Washington D.C. Columbia Hospital collection. A group of photos donated by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Health Department and by nurse Imogene Bunn represent community health work in Virginia. The Stella Prombo Renaud collection depicts 1928-29 nursing education at St. Charles Hospital in Illinois. A Winchester, Virginia nursing student of the same era, Grace Ethel Lineberry Henderson, kept a photo scrapbook of her experiences.

Images from the ECBCNHI website are available for use in educational lectures and presentations at no charge.  For any other use, please contact the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry for permission and specific wording of the credit citation you will be required to use.  All images reproduced in any medium require the written permission of the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry.  Use fees and conditions apply.