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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 216

Papers of Eleanor Lee, 1919-1966


Correspondence, articles, reports, photographs, etc., of Eleanor Lee, nurse.


  • 1919-1966

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

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.


.63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)
The collection consists of published and unpublished articles, correspondence, photographs on Lee's career in nursing and on her active interest in the history of nursing: she was on the Committee on Historical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.


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.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

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.


The following items have been removed from the collection and sent to Columbia University:
  1. Starch and Stripes (1948, 1961, 1962)
  2. Bagatelle (March, June, October 1965)
  3. Duplicate publications


  1. Box 1: 1-12, volumes 1-4, M1-M3
  2. Box 2: 13-17, volumes 5-6

Processing Information

Processed: May 1975

By: Nancy Wagner, Eva Moseley
Link to catalog
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

Repository Details

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