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Margretta Madden Styles papers


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing [Contact Us]Claire Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard, Floor 2U, Philadelphia, PA, 19104-4217

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Margretta Madden Styles (1930-2005) was a nurse scholar who was renowned nationally and globally as a leader in nursing education, credentialing and international nursing. As a past president of ANA, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), "Gretta" Styles demonstrated a lifelong commitment to leadership in nursing. Styles was dean and professor of the University of Texas School of Nursing, San Antonio, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and the University of California, San Francisco. She authored of books and articles on socialization and professionalism.

As the architect of the first comprehensive study of nursing credentialing in the 1970s, Styles was an innovator and pioneer in framing and defining this critical work that recognizes and differentiates quality in all aspects of nursing practice. In the 1980s, she spearheaded ICN's definitive work on nursing regulation. A driving force behind the creation of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, her work laid the groundwork for expanding the services and programs in the United States and abroad.

The recipient of seven honorary doctorates from universities in the United States, Canada and Greece, and numerous other awards from academic and professional organizations, Styles had a global impact on the profession.


This is a preliminary inventory of the personal papers of Dr. Margretta Madden Styles. This collection is unprocessed. It includes 27 cartons of records which were received by the Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, in mid-2000 (Acc. No. 2000.8) and an additional 3 cartons which were received in early 2001 (Acc. No. 2001.1). The material has been inventoried in this preliminary list in order to make the files accessible to the donor and to interested researchers until a more thorough processing project can be undertaken.

The original 20 cartons were re-boxed in a numbering sequence from 1 to 27. Their contents are in the same order in which they appeared in the original containers although the location of specific individual files may have shifted somewhat.

The boxes have been inventoried to the folder level (below) and re-foldered in acid-free folders. These 27 cartons were inventoried by Rita Beatty, May 2001-December 2003.

After Dr. Styles’ death in 2005, an additional 4 cartons of papers were sent to the Center. These cartons do not yet have a box listing available. Please contact the Center for more information.

University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
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Finding aid prepared by Rita Beatty, updated by Donna Ostroff, added to Archivists Toolkit by Bethany Myers
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