Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago photograph collection




Chicago History Museum


6.0 Linear feet


Bulk, 1910-1950



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 Contents note

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.

Custodial History note

Gift of the Visiting Nurses Association of Chicago (1980.0089; 1985.0469).

Related Archival Materials note

Visiting Nurses Association of Chicago Records - Chicago History Museum

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2010 October 8 by Andrew Steadham.