• Description

Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) sources about the history of nursing have been familiar to scholars for quite a while. Since the publication of Ellen Condliffe Lagemann's Nursing History: New Perspectives, New Possibilities in 1983, many others have used the collections in Sleepy Hollow. Scholars have studied public health nursing in particular countries, most notably Latin American (Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Luiz Castro Santos) or European ones (Erik Ingebritsen). Browsing the Nursing History Review brings out many articles that make it clear that scholars of bedside and public health nursing in national frameworks have found grain to grind in Pocantico Hills, thanks to sources that document the presence of the Rockefeller Foundation and associated boards in the field of nursing education beginning in the 1910s. The nursing program also caught the attention of those who have tried to reconstruct the history of a specific Rockefeller Board, as John Farley did for the International Health Board. The existence of a Survey of Sources at the Rockefeller Archive Center for the History of Nursing (1990 by Emily Oakhill) bears witness to this long-lasting interest.