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Foundation of the New York State Nurses Association


Foundation of the New York State Nurses Association, Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History


2113 Western Avenue, Suite 1
Guilderland, NY 12084-9559


(518) 456-7858 ext. 24

Fax Number

(518) 452-3760


Contact Person

Gertrude B. Hutchinson, MSIS, MA, RN



The Center for Nursing history collects materials that document the history of professional nurses and professional nursing in New York State. The collections include personal papers of New York nurses and organizational records for nursing associations and nursing schools, such as the New York State Nurses Association, Nurses House, the National Student Nurses Association, and the Bellevue School of Nursing. The bulk of the collection date from the 20th century. The collection is open to the public by appointment.


Marguerite B. Harris Papers and Artifacts: 7.5 cubic ft. plus 17 framed documents and public heath nursing uniforms. A graduate of the Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing in 1925, and Rockland County public health nurse, Miss Harris was the first black public health nurse in Paterson, NJ in 1927 and was the first black graduate of the Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Seton Hall University.

Mabel Keaton Staupers Papers and Memorabilia: 0.8 cubic ft: Mrs. Staupers, a graduate of the Freedmen's Hospital School of Nursing (now Howard University Hospital), was a nursing leader who led the movement to gain full integration of black nurses into the armed forces and professional nursing organizations in the 1940s and 1950s. Collection consists of awards and honors she received, as well as some photographs and scrapbooks.

Ivy Nathan Tinker Papers and Memorabilia: 0.5 cubic ft: Ivy Nathan Tinkler was the first African-American to be appointed as Director of Nursing of the Lincoln School for Nurses, her alma mater, and Lincoln Hospital. Over the course of her career she held leadership positions in hospitals in New York, Illinois, and Virginia. Collections consists of photographs, awards, and diplomas. Oral history interviews: Iris Gilmore-Brice, Jane Godden, and Etta Miller. (All were nurses in New York City during the mid-to-late 20th century.)

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