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Nursing students in classroom auditorium

About The Illinois Training School for Nurses

The Illinois Training School (ITS) for Nurses was founded in 1880 as the first Nightingale-type nurse training school in the Midwest U.S. The school's founders included such prominent Chicago women as Dr. Sarah Hackett Stevenson, Lucy Flower, and Margaret Lawrence. These progressive-era women aimed to improve the nursing care of the city's sick poor while allowing Midwestern young women to prepare for the new occupation of trained nursing. The prestigious new school attracted early nursing leaders to serve as superintendents, including Isabel Hampton Robb and Lavinia Lloyd Dock. The student nurses primarily trained at Chicago's Cook County Hospital. The school closed in 1929.

About the Illinois Training School for Nurses Collection

The ITS lantern slides are from the 1880s and show images of wards in Cook County Hospital, student nurses at work, a bed-making demonstration, and several portraits of early ITS nurses. The photographs include several interesting scenes of ward life at Cook County Hospital in the 1880s, student nurse group graduation portraits from 1883 through to 1929, groups of nurses, including ITS nurses, leaving for France during the First World War, and snapshots of student nurses inside and outside the "Nurses Home". This collection, because of the age and reputation of the school, is unique in the history of nursing in the Midwest.

About this Digital Collection

The images in this collection are held by the University of Illinois at Chicago, either in the College of Nursing's Midwest Nursing History Research Center or in the Special Collections Department of the Health Sciences Library. Digitization was made possible through a generous gift from the estate of Dr. Martha Pitel and the collection is named in her honor.

Related Resources

Archival Collections:
Illinois Training School for Nurses Records
Cook County School of Nursing Records
Midwest Nursing History Research Center

Credits

Digitization was made possible through a generous gift from the estate of Dr. Martha Pitel and the collection is named in her honor.

Contact Information

Special Collections & University Archives
1750 W. Polk St., Room 320
Chicago, Illinois 60612
(312) 996-8977

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