NC Nursing Photo, Power Point & 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.

There are over 7,000 images of NC nurses on the Digital NC website

Many county and biography links on this website have photos:



The Monroe Journal
Monroe, North Carolina
09 Nov 1920, Tue  •  Page 8

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. Phoebe Pollitt 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

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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 

Youtube of Vernice Ferguson, RN,  MSN, FAAN

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Finding Aids for Photo Collections at NC State Archives in Raleigh

Dorothea Dix School of Nursing Related Papers, 1905 - 1951 - The Dorothea Dix School of Nursing opened in 1902 and trained nurses through World War II, becoming a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. After the last graduating class of 1949, the school still offered an affiliation in psychiatric nursing to students who had completed 21 months of basic nursing course from approved schools of nursing, until 1951. The bulk of this collection consists of photographs of nursing school graduating classes, covering 1930 to 1948, and including the Cadet Class of 1944. Other materials include publications, The Dorothea Dix School of Nursing, 1947, and Dixiana, 1951, and general records of the school. (1 manuscript box)

Cooper, Dr. George Marion, Photograph Collection, ca. 1914-1940 - The collection belonged to Dr. George M. Cooper, a pioneer public health official who was associated with the North Carolina State Board of Health for thirty five years. It mainly consists of photographs taken in conjunction with his public health career and includes views of schools, students, dentists, nurses, public buildings, scenic views, etc.  Housed at the NC State Archives in Raleigh 

Description of photographs found in the High Point Public Library.



North Carolina Nurse Pioneers (script)

History of Public Health Nursing in North Carolina (script)

African American and Cherokee Nurses in Appalachia (script)

Photos from

Asheville Citizen-Times 
Asheville, North Carolina
15 Mar 1942, Sun  •  Page 8