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Florence Nightingale recordings


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Florence Nightingale, byname Lady with the Lamp (born May 12, 1820, Florence [Italy]—died August 13, 1910, London, England), foundational philosopher of modern nursing, statistician, and social reformer. Nightingale was put in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War. She spent many hours in the wards, and her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded established her image as the “Lady with the Lamp.” Her efforts to formalize nursing education led her to establish the first scientifically based nursing school—the Nightingale School of Nursing, at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London (opened 1860). She also was instrumental in setting up training for midwives and nurses in workhouse infirmaries. She was the first woman awarded the Order of Merit (1907). International Nurses Day, observed annually on May 12, commemorates her birth and celebrates the important role of nurses in health care.

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Gift of Loretta C. Ford, 2006.

University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
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Finding aid prepared by Gail E. Farr, updated by Bethany Myers
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Adelaide Nutting, Introductory remarks on the life and career of Florence Nightingale and the recording of "The Voice of Florence Nightingale" from a 78-RPM recording made on July 7, 1890., 1939?.
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Printout of e-mail correspondence between the donor and Susan Sparks concerning the background of the recording, April 17 and 19, 1999.
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"Transcription of Recording of the Voice of Florence Nightingale with introduction by M. Adelaide Nutting," 2 pages.
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Scope and Contents note

Note on typescript: "Transcribed at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, September 1982."

"The Voice of Florence Nightingale Introduced by M. Adelaide Nutting", circa 1939.
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Scope and Contents note

This is a one page typescript about the creation of the 1890 recording and its reproduction by The National Vocarium engineers "Through the assistance and at the instance of The Trained Nurse and Hospital Review, New York," in September 1937.

Photocopy of "The Story of the Nightingale-Nutting Record," The Trained Nurse and Hospital Review 103, pages 418 - 421., October 1939.
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"The Voice of Florence Nightingale," CD created from audiocassette, 2012.
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