White, Louise
Scope:
The Louise White collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Manuscripts in the collection include: a draft of a course outline utilized by White in her course "The History of Medicine and Nursing"; "History of Nursing in Rhode Island"; and "Historical Background for Periods in the History of Nursing," written by White for Nursing 121, a class taught by Professor Maude Muse at Teachers College, Columbia University (1942). There is also a description of lantern slides for a presentation.

Correspondence, dated 1918 to 1967, is the bulk of the collection; they are mostly letters to White from various authors, along with carbon copies of her replies; these include a letter to White from a Margaret Breay, enclosing a signed receipt for the purchase of Florence Nightingale letters (1929).  Also present are letters to and from other individuals (not White).

Printed material in the collection includes background material used by White for her class "The History of Medicine and Nursing."  These items include illustrations on various topics.  In the section designated as "The Work of Nurses" includes images of American nursing; wartime nursing; and uniforms of nursing. "Foreign Nursing" includes images of nursing in Canada and elsewhere.  "Nursing Education" covers the development of nursing education; general training for nursing; "Nurses' Diversions for Patients"; hospital schools of nursing; the Department of Nursing Education; and Teachers College, Columbia University. "Nursing Organizations" includes the American Nurses Organization; the International Council of Nurses; and the Rhode Island State Nurses Association. Other printed material in the collection includes the pamphlets "Teacher's Guide for Nursing History," by Minnie Goodnow (1948); and "Educating the Nurse in Norway," by Honora R. Moriarty (1954).

Photographs in the collection include the Ninth International Congress of Nurses; Le Beguinage, Bruges, Belgium (a 17th century complex of buildings inhabited by nuns and religious lay women, with exhibits of 17th century life); and the medical facility, Hopital Saint-Jean, Bruges, Belgium.  Photos used for "The History of Medicine and Nursing" course include multiple photos related to Florence Nightingale, her birthplace, and the hospital at Scutari; photos of Clara Barton and the Red Cross; Linda Richards; and other noted nurses.
 
The collection also includes several scrapbooks.  One scrapbook contains the signatures of many prominent nurses from the U.S. and elsewhere; a second scrapbook includes pictures and signatures of well-known nurses; and the third scrapbook, labeled "Guide to Historical Hospitals in Europe," includes a map and brief notes for the information of travelers.
Notable Figures
1. White, Louise, R.N.
Associated Subjects
1. Medical teaching personnel – United States
2. Nurses – United States
3. Research (document genres)
4. Nursing – Study and teaching – United States
5. Nursing
6. Women authors, American