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
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
The Pennsylvania League for Nursing (PLN), a constituent member of the National League for Nursing, represents nurses and other health care professionals interested in fostering the development of nursing and comprehensive health care services. Founded in 1953 to serve both professional and lay persons of Pennsylvania and headquartered in Harrisburg, the PLN was formed with the purpose "to foster the development and improvement of hospital, industrial, public health, and other organized nursing services and of nursing education, through the coordinated action of nurses, allied professional groups, citizens, agencies and schools to the end...that the nursing needs of the people of Pennsylvania shall be met."
The agency has held annual conventions since 1953 and was actively involved in accreditation of schools of nursing under the National League for Nursing. In 1989, the PLN closed their Harrisburg office and donated their inactive records to the Center.
Gift of Mary Boose Walker, 1990.
- University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Center staff, updated by Bethany Myers
- This collection was processed with funds provided by the National Historical Publications and Record Commission as part of the Nursing History Processing and Cataloging Project.
- Access Restrictions
This collection is unrestricted.
- Use Restrictions
Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Center with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.
This series contains general correspondence of the agency's president, executive secretary and director, and editor and includes inquiries from prospective nurses and patron correspondence, 1972-1981; report records and correspondence from Area VI, 1969-78; by-laws, personnel policies, convention programs, and publicity pamphlets. There is a file on resolutions, job descriptions, lists of personnel and an operating manual for the executive secretary. Correspondence is arranged in chronological order and subject files are arranged in alphabetical order.
The bulk of this series is comprised of reports and minutes of Board of Directors meetings with a nearly complete set of Executive Committee minutes for the years 1953-1983. Included here are memos and correspondence related to the events and their organization in chronological order. There are also reports and minutes of Annual Meetings for the years 1957-1982.
This series consists of correspondence, memos, meeting minutes and reports, recommendations and correspondence associated with the organization of meetings of various permanent and ad hoc committees of the PLN. Arranged in alphabetical order by committee name and then chronologically. The series includes some printed literature produced by NLN and PLN and lists of committee personnel and consultants.
This series is divided into two departments - Public Health Nursing and Hospital Nursing. It contains reports, minutes and correspondence of the departments, and files from their Annual Meeting and Steering Committees. There is also material on workshops and educational needs of PLN Public Health Nurses.
Contained in this series are reports and meeting minutes of the sub committee on Nursing Education; reports of others bodies on nursing education; information and correspondence of short-term courses offered by PLN; protocols, course outlines, and instructors guides; and materials regarding the Educational Loan Fund. This series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Here are financial statements and accounts, 1971-1979; receipts, vouchers, and invoices; Treasurer's reports, 1983-1984; policy manual of fiscal management, 1978; cashbooks for the years 1979, 1980-1985; and a financial ledger, 1980-1985. Arranged alphabetically by file title, then chronologically.
This series is made up of the agency's Newsletter, Penn League News, Newsbulletin, and PLN Visions, which succeeded each other as the organization's regular Newsletter, in chronological order, 1953-1989 (broken run).
In this series are reports, correspondence and literature of other organizations such as the Community Services of Pennsylvania.
Materials in this series consist of glass slides of analytical tables, videocassettes re: "credentializing", an L.P. "The First Five Years", photo albums of past presidents, scrapbooks and clippings from various meetings and workshops, and loose photographs and slides.