New York: Bellevue, 1915 - 1949. First edition. Hardcover. A total of 11 separately printed publications spanning the period of the two world wars, and describing the early history of the renowned New York City hospital and its school of nursing.
The Training School for Nurses opened in 1873, and was the first school in United States to be organized according to Florence Nightingale's nursing principles. Bellevue is the oldest American public hospital, founded in 1736, boasting the first maternity ward in the country and with the second ambulance service in America, begun in 1869, thanks to the hospital’s Civil War involvement.
Bellevue Hospital and the nursing school felt the impact of World War I; in 1916 enrollment of nurses for Base Hospital No. 1 in Europe was initiated. 65 nursing graduates were called up in early 1918. In the Alumnae quarterly of June 1916 in this archive, the creation of this WWI hospital unit (the "Bellevue Unit") is described. In the Bellevue year book for 1921, there is a lengthy article illustrated with b&w printed photographs describing the work of the Bellevue Unit and its nurses and doctors at Base Hospital No. 1 right up to demobilization.
The archive includes, in chronological order:
1 - 3. The Bellevue Alumnae Quarterly, 3 separate issues: September 1915 (8vo, xxvi. Printed paper wrappers); June 1916 (8vo, pp 21 - 46. Printed paper wrappers; and March 1917 (8vo, 20pp. Printed paper wrappers).
4. Bellevue, A Short History of Bellevue Hospital and of the Training Schools, June 1915. 8vo, pp, b&w ills. Navy gilt cloth boards with elaborate gilt bordered title at front board. OCLC: 830543159.
5. Year book, 1921 Class of Bellevue Training School. 8vo, 140pp, printed b&w photographic ills throughout. Blue paper wrappers.
6 - 7. 48 - 51st Reports to the Board of Trustees, dated 1924 (8vo, 89pp, printed b&w photographic ills & folding chart staffing chart. Printed paper wrappers); and Third Annual Report of the Schools of Nursing of Bellevue and Allied Hospitals and 55th Annual Report of the Bellevue Training School for Nurses, dated 1928 (8vo, 92pp, printed b&w photographic ills & folding chart staffing chart. Printed paper wrappers).
8. The Crane, 1928. Sml 4to, 131pp, b&w printed photographic ills throughout. Dark green gilt cloth. This is the nurses' year book for 1928 with printed portrait photos of all staff and students.
9 - 11. The Bellevue Bulletin, 3 issues: Winter Issue 1938; Summer Issue 1942; and Spring Issue 1949.
All items in very good condition; a few of the early paper wrappers very slightly chipped at edges. Very good condition. Item #23213