NC Nursing Photo & Video Collections

Photos are a rich source for historical context, adding a depth to understanding the social forces of each era in North Carolina. This page is currently under construction; it will offer photo exhibits based on significant historical periods, ethnic groups, nursing practice areas, nursing education, and military service.

To browse the entire photo collection, see the Nursing Carolina Nursing History main collection.


Photo Series: Emergency Infantile Paralysis Hospital in Hickory, NC

Staff with patient in respirator  Patient with family  Nurse with patients in airplane stints  Staff with patient  Nurse with patients on porch

During a 1944 polio outbreak throughout North Carolina, the Emergency Infantile Paralysis Hospital was established in Hickory in response to the urgent need for patient care.  The hospital, commonly called the "Miracle of Hickory," operated until the spring of 1945, treating over 500 patients.  Both Hickory and the hospital received national attention, including a July 1944 feature in Life magazine.  To read more about the role of NC nurses during the 1940's polio epidemics, click here.  To read about the experiences of Frances Allen, RN in the hospital, click here.

The pictures in this series were graciously provided by the family of Catherine Crowell Hester, RN, who documented her time at the hospital and provided valuable insight into the dedication of the nurses and staff at the "Miracle of Hickory".  If you or someone you know worked or received treatment at the hospital and would like information on any pictures, please contact Dr. LaShanda Sell at

To view the entire series, please visit North Carolina Nursing History on Flickr.


North Carolina Nursing History Flickr Page:

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Omeka Appalachian State University Photo Collections:

North Carolina Nursing Pioneers

 Check back for new exhibits!  Please click View Items in North Carolina Nursing History on the right.


Photo Collections at Other Institutions:

Some photos of NC nurses in national nursing jounrals 1949-1963

Some photos of NC Public health nurses from The Health Bulletin 1919-1972

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (used to be known as the Cabbarrus County Hospital School of Nursing and the Louise Harkey School of Nurisng( 1948-2000 (1955and 1956 missing)

Charlotte Memorial Hospital school of Nursing yearbooks 1946-1967

Charlotte Mecklenberg Public Library:

        Note: They have undigitized yearbooks from Charlotte Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing and Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing

Digital Forsyth: 149 historic photographs of nurses in Forsyth County.

Duke University Medical Center Archives

East Carolina University Digital Collections

New Hanover County Public Library Digital Archives

James Walker Hospital School of Nurisng yearbooks 1949-1966 (Wilmington)

North Carolina Baptist Nursing School Collection: Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives, Wake Forest University

North Carolina State Archives and History flickr collection

Pack Memorial Library Special Collections (Asheville/Buncombe):
Collection of nursing photographs.  

     Note: Among several nurses of note, there are photographs of Madelon "Glory" Battle Hancock (see Biographies tab  on this website).

Rex Hospital School of Nursing on DigitalNC

UNC -Asheville Ramsey Library special collections  - 375 photos of Oteen Soldiers Hospital (became a VA hospital in 1930) during WWI

Southeastern General Hospital School of Nursing 1970 yearbook


Videos from other sources:

Nursing Amid Racism: Theresea Elder and Lillian Herron - 1960s (Youtube)

The Resurfacing Debate: Historical Perspectives of Multiple Entry-Levels to RN Practice: Dr. April Matthias
(Youtube, 56:13 min)

Voices: Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina, 1903: Dr. Evelyn Wicker
(Youtube, 41:33 min)

Watauga County's First Public Health Nurse: Amy Fisher - 1930s

MOVIE CLIP of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County Public Health Nurse Blanche Hayes Sansom at 2nd Ward School in 1941



Finding Aids for Photo Collections

NC State Archives - Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Hosptial: finding aid, 1890-2000

NC State Archives - Dr. George Cooper's public health photographs: finding aid, 1914-1948

Description of photographs found in the High Point Public Library.