Celebrate Nurses! – National Nurses Week

Portrait of Alice Griffith Carr

Portrait of Alice Griffith Carr, MS-135, Alice Griffith Carr Papers, Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries

The American Nurses Association’s National Nurses Week occurs annually from May 6, National Nurses Day through May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Special Collections and Archives and the Campus Online Repository (CORE) hold several collections that celebrate the rich history of nursing in the Miami Valley and beyond.

Alice Griffith Carr (1887-1968, pictured) was born in Yellow Springs.  She graduated from Antioch College and Johns Hopkins Nursing School and served as a Red Cross nurse in France during World War I and as a public health administrator in Greece from 1923-1941.  She was internationally known for her work with refugees.  For more about Alice Carr, view the online inventory of MS-135, The Alice Griffith Carr Papers — or visit the Special Colllections and Archives Department.

Other manuscript collections in the archives that celebrate nurses and nursing include:

FSC-22, Flight Nurse Section, Aerospace Medical Association Records

FSC-31, The Visiting Nurses’ Association of Dayton

FSC-32, Student Nurses’ Association of Ohio, District Ten

FSC-41, Ohio Association of School Nurses Records

MS-121 Records of the American Red Cross, Dayton Area Chapter

You can also learn more about the history of WSU’s own College of Nursing and Health (CONH). Transcripts from the Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health’s Oral History Project are available online in CORE.


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