by African-American, Duke University Hospital
[Nursing] [ Photo Album] Photo album from nursing student at Duke University Hospital, c. 1944-1946. Filled with 50 original silver gelatin print photographs of pediatric units, doctors and nurses at work, and snapshots with fellow nursing students. Photographs of various size, from 2 x 2" to 3 x 4.5". Original back boards. 7.5 x 11 in. "Photographs." printed on front cover in gilt. Includes many photographs of African-American and Caucasian children receiving treatments and care alongside one another. At this time, there was no federal policy on racial desegregation, and these remarkable images show racial integration in the pediatrics department of the hospital. Most images are unlabeled, but a few note the location and date: image of a sleeping child labeled "Duke - Spring '46"; two children sitting in a crib, one with a bottle labeled "HLH 4 - March '44". Some children have apparent health issues such as microcephaly or alopecia, but many of the children's medical issues cannot be identified from images. They are often shown in bed, in medical examinations, at rest, or taking meals. The final pages include group portraits of the Nursing students in matching uniforms and nursing caps; one of the final photos shows three young women relaxing together in a living room, where they warmly embrace each other and pose for the camera: "Last nite at Duke! Winston-Salem, Fall '46-". In 1925, Duke University Hospital (DUH) and its medical and nursing schools were established with the goal of improving health care in the Carolinas-then a poor rural region lacking in hospitals and health care providers. 3 pages reattached with archival tape. In very good condition.
(Inventory #: 17156)