History of Nursing in Pacific Canada

The UBC Library, together with the Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry at the UBC School of Nursing and the BC History of Nursing Society, has identified material that is of interest to scholars of nursing history. The primary focus for digitization is local material (British Columbia and Yukon) held at UBC Library. The intent is to provide access for scholars throughout the world to material that is relevant to nursing and health history and that highlights the contributions of nurses connected to our geographic area. Our local nurses are often stars on the international stage and always thoughtful and innovative.

The growing collection includes reports written by public health nurses in British Columbia, 1924-1939; a Report of the Study Committee on Public Health (1950) also known as the Baillie-Creelman Report that was a classic textbook for nurses; a Report of proceedings of the annual convention of the British Columbia Hospitals’ Association, 1918-1931; and other materials. New materials will be added shortly, including items written by Ethel Johns.

See the digitized collection here.