Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago Photograph Collection

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1895-1973
Extent: 6 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
From 1890 to 1995, the Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago employed its own nurses and other health professionals to provide health care to the underprivileged. Now the VNA Foundation operates exclusively as a grantmaking foundation, giving financial support to nonprofit organizations offering home- and community-based care to the underserved.

Scope and Content Note:
Summary: Visual materials relating to the VNA, which was organized in 1889 and chartered the following year. Shows child and adult patients from varied ethnic backgrounds receiving health treatments and instruction in their homes (ca. mid-1890s-1950s); single and group portraits of the nursing staff and office personnel; some views of the nurses at their substations; unidentified neighborhood scenes taken to document unsanitary conditions; turn-of-the-century shots of domestic interiors suggesting lack of hygiene and level of poverty; albums showing treatment procedures, braces, and other equipment mainly for poliomyelitis. Most transparency subjects are not found in other media. Some subjects are found in both photoprints and lantern slides.

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