The OHSU School of Nursing began in 1919 at the University of Oregon and offered the state’s first professional courses in nursing. In 1926, the University introduced a five-year curriculum culminating in the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. Later, and the program has been growing and changing ever since – adding certificate programs, pre-nursing curricula, continuing education and distance learning, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs, and a wide variety of care-focused nursing concentrations. This is collection contains virtually every kind of documentation and format covering all facets of the School’s administration and history.
The origins of the OHSU School of Nursing can be traced to the summer of 1919 when the University of Oregon introduced the state's first professional courses in nursing. The courses were offered in Portland in cooperation with the Northwest Division of the American Red Cross Home Service Department, the Portland Visiting Nurse Association, the Welfare Bureau, and the Oregon Tuberculosis Association. During this time, the Portland School of Social Work offered a standard course of study in public health nursing. The materials trace the adminsitration of the school through the present day. The transfer of the materials is based on the descretion of the administrative offices of the School and are therefore sometimes incomplete.