Visiting Nurse Service of New York records

Abstract: 

The records of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) contain extensive documentation of the oldest and largest public health nursing organization in the U.S. The records are a significant resource for the history of public health, nursing, medicine, women, and New York City. Included in the records are minutes and records of the Board of Directors and its committees; correspondence of the Executive Directors/Presidents; and records of fundraising, public relations, and human resources departments; printed material including a wide range of fundraising and informational brochures, reports, studies, and periodicals; scrapbooks; photographs; audiotapes; artifacts; and internal histories.

There is also a large amount of records from the VNSNY's pre-1944 predecessor organization, the Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service, including minutes of its Board of Directors and its committees; correspondence of its Nursing Directors; biographical material on its staff; nursing case notes; reports and studies; and considerable printed material especially relating to fundraising and publicity.

There are over 17 cubic feet of photographs which document almost every aspect of the VNSNY's activities from its founding into the 1990s. It is probably one of the most important sources for visual documentation of public health and nursing in the U.S.

Creator: 

Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Date [inclusive]: 

1889-2007 (bulk 1893-1983)

Languages: 

English, Spanish, French, Greek

Physical Description: 

105 cubic feet (288 boxes, 20 flat boxes)

Collection: 

Access: 

Records of the Board of Directors and its committees are closed for 50 years from date of creation. All other records, with the exception of published material intended for general public distribution, are closed for 25 years from date of creation. Researchers seeking to use restricted records may apply to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York for access.

Permission to publish images found in the records must be obtained from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Access to records containing Protected Health Information (PHI) as defined by the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is allowed under the terms of Archives and Special Collections’ Access Policy for Records Containing Protected Health Information.

Cite as: 

Visiting Nurse Service of New York Records, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.