Florence Nightingale Letters Collection

An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago




Collection Summary

Creator:Meyer, Karl A.
Title:Florence Nightingale Letters Collection
Dates:1855-1881
Abstract: Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was a pioneer in the field of nursing and a reformer of medical sanitation practices. The Florence Nightingale Letters Collection highlight aspects of Nightingale's work throughout her life. The correspondences exemplify her engagement in policy matters as well as her leadership in the field of Nursing. Many appear on black-bordered mourning stationary.
Quantity: .25 linear feet
Identification: FNightingale

Biographical Sketch

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was a pioneer in the field of nursing and a reformer of medical sanitation practices. She developed a model of statistical gathering and reporting for medical data, distinguishing herself as a professional statistician. She authored several books on the topics of medical practices and women's rights, and effected legislation related to medical practices and military medicine.

She was born in 1820 in Florence, Italy to a wealthy British family. Her father believed strongly in education, and as a result both she and her sister were well educated in a variety of subjects. Throughout her early adulthood, Florence disappointed her mother by rejecting various suitors and at 25 declared an interest in nursing. After training in Germany, she was recruited for service in an army hospital in Scutari in 1854 during the Crimean War. It was there that she became horrified with sanitary practices and began to campaign for improvement. She returned to England in 1856 as a national heroine for her efforts on the soldiers' behalf. Back in England, she established the Nightingale Training School for Nurses at St Thomas' Hospital. She continued to advocate for a wide variety of social reform issues until her death in 1910.


Scope and Contents

The Florence Nightingale Letters Collection highlight aspects of Nightingale's work throughout her life. The correspondences exemplify her engagement in policy matters as well as her leadership in the field of Nursing. Many appear on black-bordered mourning stationary.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Subjects:
Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910 --Archives.
Nursing --Sources.
Midwest Women's History


Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Dr. Karl A Meyer accumulated the letters in this collection , later donating them to the Cook County School of Nursing. The Special Collections Division of the University of Illinois at Chicago acquired the collection in 2000.


Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

Series I: Florence Nightingale Letter Collection

BoxFolder
11Letter from Florence Nightingale to unknown man [with transcription], 1855
2Letter from Florence Nightingale to Queen Victoria, 1863
3Letter from John F Clark to Florence Nightingale [with transcription], 1863
4Letter from John F Clark to Florence Nightingale [with transcription], 1863
5Letter from Florence Nightingale to Right Honorable Gathorne Hardy [with transcription], 1866
6Letter from Florence Nightingale to Colonel Baird, 1874
7Letter from Florence Nightingale to Henry Fawcett, 1880
8Letter from Florence Nightingale to Henry Fawcett, 1880
9Letter from Florence Nightingale to unknown man [with transcription], 1881
10Payment Receipt to Florence Nightingale, 1854
11Exhibit Catalog - Cook County School of Nursing, 1954