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The Living History Museum’s collection covers the entire history of UMSON, from its founding in 1889 to the present day.

  • The Museum displays and preserves a collection of several hundred artifacts ranging from nursing uniforms to medical instruments nurses used on their daily rounds. Highlights include a model of Mary V. Neal's original rocking hammock, contents from a 1910 private duty nurse’s traveling bag, and souvenirs UMSON nurses brought home from both world wars, including an artillery shell and a geisha doll.
  • The archival collection consists of an extensive array of documents about various aspects of UMSON’s history and administration. Highlights of the collection include correspondence of various nurses during the two world wars, documents regarding the legal battle of the School’s first African-American student to gain admittance in 1949, and items related to the Alumni Association dating from its founding in the 1890’s.
  • The Museum maintains a robust photo collection that chronicles the education of nurses and the day-to-day practice of nursing. Included in the collection are class pictures, scenes from University Hospital, and nursing students in classrooms and in the community.

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