Center for Nursing History

HistoryCenter600x300Founded in 1975, the Center for Nursing History is one of a small number of centers dedicated to a historical appreciation of nursing’s influence in health care. The heart of the center is the Historical Gallery, housed in UWM's Cunningham Hall so researchers, students and visitors can experience rare artifacts, momentos and photos related to the advances in the art and science of nursing.  The center contains more than 700 rare books and other publications and is the largest academic collection of its kind in Wisconsin.

The Historical Gallery aims to:

  • instill appreciation of the history related to nursing education and health care
  • increase awareness of the historically significant role played by nurses
  • serve as a learning resource for faculty, students and the community
  • provide a rare viewing experience of historically significant artifacts.

The Historical Gallery is appreciative of donations of memorabilia that are, or will be, of historical interest in the area of nursing.  Memorabilia keeps nursing history alive and is meaningful to current students, the community and nursing historians. Examples of in-kind donations include: portraits; books; films; notes; equipment; posters; uniforms; pins and: momentos of student nursing, military nursing, hospital and public health nursing.  Financial support from individuals, groups or foundations is also greatly appreciated and used for acquisitions and upkeep of the Historical Gallery. To make a donation please contact Nicole Bloomberg.

Director Information

Laurie K. Glass, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor Emeritus/Director, Center for Nursing History
Phone: 414-229-4073

Related Sites

American Association for the History of Nursing

Florence Nightingale Museum

Historical notes on nurse attorneys