Tennessee Nurses' Association Archive

Identifier: EBL-0181

  • Staff Only

Collection Scope and Content Summary


  • 1900-2022

Notes about Access to this Collection

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Reproduction Rights

Copyright is retained by History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University or is retained by the authors of specific published items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Historical or Biographical Note

The Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) is the voice for all registered nurses in Tennessee. It is the only full-service organization whose membership is open to any registered nurse licensed to practice. Since its establishment, TNA has remained a powerful force working for the advancement of the professional nurse in order to provide the citizens of this state with quality, cost-effective health care. The formation of TNA in 1905 began with the drive to develop and pass a law to regulate nursing practice. The first bill was introduced in 1907 but was defeated. In 1909, a second attempt was made to pass a bill and it was once again defeated. But, on February 14, 1911, after much tenacious lobbying by TNA members across Tennessee, the first nurse practice act became law.



30.73 Cubic Feet (15 Paige boxes 2 oversize flat storage boxes (1-25" x 19" x 2.5", 1 - 25" x 30.5 x 2"))

Language of Materials



Collection is partially processed. Contains minutes, publications, scrapbooks, and correspondence.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated in 1986 as reported in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Library Annual Report 1985-1986. Subsequent additions have been made, but this was the first and largest part of the collection to be added to the collection.

Tennessee Nurses Association Archive
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Description is inEnglish.

Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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