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Guide to Oral Histories in Medicine and the Health Sciences


Foundation of New York State Nurses, Inc.
Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History


2113 Western Ave.
Guilderland, New York 12084


(518) 465-7858 ext. 24

Fax number

(518) 452-3760

Website URL

Contact Person

Rachel M. Donaldson, Archivist


Access and Services

Reference services are provided on site, via telephone and email. Photocopying of transcripts is provided for a fee. Tape and video loans are provided in certain circumstances. Please consult the archivist for more details.


The Foundation of NYS Nurses runs a small oral history program to gather the stories of New York State nurses. In 1993, the Foundation conducted a series of oral history interviews with nurses who responded to the World Trade Center bombing. Other special areas of interest include African-American nurses and military nurses. Tapes are available to researchers. The Foundation is currently partnering with the New York State Nurses Association to perform oral histories with retired staff of NYSNA. Transcripts and/or DVDs or VHS videos are available for a limited number of interviews. See our website for a complete list of oral history tapes and transcripts.


The collection currently features 32 interviews on tape and/or video and 11 transcripts. Oral history interviews are still being conducted occasionally, dependant on staff and volunteer time and willing narrators. Plans are underway to transcribe earlier interviews. Earlier interviews are being transcribed.

Collection Description

Material Type

Audio and video




The collection contains a limited number of transcripts. No transcripts are available on the web at this time.