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MC 216

Lee, Eleanor, 1896-1967. Papers of Eleanor Lee, 1919-1966: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 216
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Eleanor Lee, 1896-1967
Title: Papers of Eleanor Lee, 1919-1966
Date(s): 1919-1966
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, articles, reports, photographs, etc., of Eleanor Lee, nurse.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 1206
The papers of Eleanor Lee were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in August 1967 by Mrs. Henry P. Taggard.

Processing Information:

Processed: May 1975
By: Nancy Wagner, Eva Moseley

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Eleanor Lee as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Eleanor Lee Papers, 1919-1966; item description, dates. MC 216, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The following items have been removed from the collection and sent to Columbia University:


Eleanor Lee was Director of Nursing and Associate Dean (Nursing) of the Columbia University Faculty of Medicine. Born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, she graduated from Radcliffe College in 1919, attended a three-month nursing course at Vassar and then entered the Presbyterian Hospital Nursing School.
Upon graduation in 1920, Lee taught at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and at Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1924 she returned to Presbyterian Nursing School as educational director and in 1937 was appointed an associate professor. She became director of the Nursing Department in 1955 and Associate Dean and 1958, and retired in 1961.


The collection consists of published and unpublished articles, correspondence, photographs on Lee's career in nursing and on her active interest in the history of nursing: she was on the Committee on Historical Source Material in Nursing of the National League for Nursing, and curator of the Florence Nightingale Collection, and wrote two volumes on the history of nursing at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.


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Additional Index Terms

Nursing school administrators
Nursing schools--New York (State)--New York
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
Columbia University. Department of Nursing
National League for Nursing
Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910
Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.). School of Nursing
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae