Pictures of Nursing

Exhibit Start Date: 
Sep 19, 2016 (All day)
Exhibit End Date: 
Oct 29, 2016 (All day)
Sunday-Thursday: 7am - 9pm
Friday-Saturday: 7am - 7pm
Health Sciences Library lobby
"Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection" is a traveling exhibition from The National Library of Medicine. The exhibition explores a unique archive of 2,588 postcards and over 100 years of images of nurses and the nursing profession from around the world, investigating the hold these images exert on the public imagination—then and now.
The postcard is a fleeting and widespread art form influenced by popular ideas about social and cultural life in addition to fashions in visual style. Nurses and nursing have been the frequent subjects of postcards for over one hundred years. In fact, no other art form has illustrated the nursing profession so profusely using such a variety of artistic styles and images. These images of nurses and nursing are informed by cultural values; ideas about women, men, and work; and attitudes toward class, race, and national differences. By documenting the relationship of nursing to significant forces in 20th-century life, such as war and disease, these postcards reveal how nursing was seen during those times. 
The six-banner traveling exhibition highlights only a small selection from the 2,588 postcards of The Zwerdling Postcard Collection, but over 500 more are available to view in the exhibition’s online digital gallery.
Last updated Mar 14, 2017 by sflores