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Operational Archives Branch
Naval Historical Center
805 Kidder Breese Street SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5060

Records of the
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Nurse Corps,

Scope and Content Note

The immediate office file of the Director, Navy Nurse Corps contains materials dating primarily after the establishment of the Nurse Corps in 1908 with some scattered earlier documentation dating back to 1881. Correspondence, articles, reports, and other items in this collection are arranged in the following series: the papers of Josephine Beatrice Bowman, who was Director of Nurse Corps from 1922 to 1938; statistical notebooks and daybooks from 1908 to 1977; an alphabetically arranged subject file; printed material; and photographs. Also included are later additions from the Navy Nurse Corps.

Subjects covered include nurse recruitment, rank, benefits, education, uniforms, and legislation. There is information on Navy Nurses in overseas posts, on nurse prisoners of war in World War II, and on Navy Nurses in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Further correspondence of Josephine Beatrice Bowman for the pre-1922 period can be found in the Miscellaneous Records of Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (box 8). Associated Nurse Corps artifacts and photographs are in the Naval Historical Center's Curator Branch. Personal papers of Navy nurses can be found among the Archives' personal papers collections (including a further collection of Bowman's personal papers).

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Records of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Nurse Corps, Operational Archives Branch, Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C.


19 cubic feet

2 July 2003