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Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing collection
- University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
- Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing collection
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- MC 212
- 0.917 Linear feet
- Muhlenberg Hospital Nurses Training School, New Jersey, was created in 1894. This collection consists of photographs and other memorabilia relating to Muhlenberg nurses in the early part of the 20th century. Of particular interest is a series of photographs depicting nurses playing baseball.
Cite as:Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing collection, Barbara Bates Center for The Study of The History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
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Muhlenberg Hospital opened in 1881 with twenty beds. After two minor expansions and the installation of electric and plumbing systems, the Muhlenberg Hospital Nurses Training School was established in 1894 as a two-year program. In 1896, the first class of two students graduated, and a Nurses Home building was completed. In 1903 the hospital moved to its present location at Park Avenue and Randolph Road in Plainfield, New Jersey. At this time the hospital had a capacity of sixty beds. The Alumnae Association was organized in 1905.
The hospital continued to grow throughout the 20th century. In 1986, Muhlenberg Hospital changed its name to Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. In 1998, the hospital merged with John F. Kennedy Medical Center as part of Solaris Health System, but ten years later, the Muhlenberg location’s acute care facility was closed. Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center currently offers a satellite emergency department and a small number of outpatient services as Solaris Healthcare System’s JFK Medical Center – Muhlenberg Campus. The School of Nursing was transferred to JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J., and continues to educate nurses through a cooperative nursing program with UNION County College in Cranford, N.J.
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of documents and photographs relating to the Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing. It is primarily comprised of photographs of nurses from about 1912-1915. These photographs, some of which were removed from a scrapbook, show nurses participating in various activities, such as a "Nurses vs. Doctors" baseball game. The photographs are accompanied by an assortment of memorabilia. These items include a certificate and a pin previously belonging to Adele Krooks Kirkgard, class of 1922. Also included is a copy of a 1961 memorial book entitled "Muhlenberg Nurses Through the Years, 1896-1961," which features historical information on the school.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Bethany Myers
This collection is unrestricted.
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Related Archival Materials note
The Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association Papers, 1904-2000, are held at the Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060.
Controlled Access Headings
- Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing.
- Plainfield (N.J.)
- Nursing schools.