Thursday, March 12, 2009

Clothes horses!

Our collection of costumes expanded yet again yesterday with the donation of Nancy Zimmerly Biehn's nursing school uniform and other memorabilia. A December 1959 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Nursing, Nancy was a student during the school's period of transition from a department of nursing education with the Medical School to a full-fledged school within the University of Oregon.

Included in the collection is the basic gray uniform with bibs (still heavily starched from their last washing), the cap with black band denoting senior status, and the gray wool cape with red lining. You can see Nancy showing off her new outfit outside of the nurses dormitory, Gaines Hall, in the series of four images from a scrapbook she compiled. We also received several original photos, including this group portrait of psychiatric nursing students at their rotation in Salem, and miscellaneous documents and news clippings related to Nancy's schooling.

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