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Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard CollectionPictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection

Nurses and nursing have been the frequent subjects of postcards. Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection examines how these postcard images are informed by cultural values; ideas about women, men, and work; and by attitudes toward class, race, and national differences. Pictures of Nursing presents a selection of historic postcards from NLM’s recently-acquired Zwerdling postcard collection, spanning a century of nursing imagery. Pictures of Nursing investigates the hold these images exert on the public imagination—then and now.

The online exhibition features a range of resources for educators and students including a lesson plan developed for high-school courses, and a higher education module developed by a scholar, working in the discipline, for undergraduate and graduate students and instructors.

Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Collection is available as a traveling exhibition free of charge to interested libraries and cultural centers. Please go to Book a Traveling Exhibition for more information.

Last Reviewed: March 24, 2016