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School of Nursing yearbooks, 1922-1955

Identifier: UA 1020 Series 6

Scope and Contents

The series contains yearbooks for the School of Nursing dated 1922 to 1955. The yearbooks are entitled Ex Luminus and White Book and include photographs of individual students and graduating classes. The yearbooks are either professionally printed or handmade.


  • 1922-1955


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Latter-Day Saints Hospital Nurses Alumni Association records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

The Latter-day Saints Hospital of Nursing was established in 1905. The school was charged to train nurses to be effective in the profession. The school was closed in 1955 when Brigham Young University and the University of Utah established their own a nursing schools.

The Dr. W. H. Groves Latter-day Saints Hospital School of Nursing was established in 1905. The students were housed in the hospital at first, but this arrangement was entirely unsatisfactory. A nurses home was planned and constructed in 1906. Students living in the nurses home received board and room, laundry and $5.00 per month. The classroom was in the basement of the home and was the heart of the School of Nursing. It was here that aspiring nurses spent hours practicing the many procedures that they needed to learn in order to be effective nurses. The School of Nursing experienced steady growth from its foundation. World War II had an immediate and strong impact on the School of Nursing as the demand for more and better trained nurses grew. Nurses were encouraged to join the military and many did. Some of the senior students were also assigned to military hospitals as well. This meant that students in the School of Nursing gained a lot of practical experience as they were pressed into duty at the Latter-day Saints Hospital as care givers.

In the early 1950s, the School of Nursing changed considerably. More and more classes were being taught at the University of Utah, and buses would transport the students to the University. The medical field was becoming a very different place at this time and nursing was moving in a more professional direction. Both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah were beginning to offer professional nursing programs, using the hospitals as teaching facilities, but structuring courses so that students could earn a bachelors degree at the conclusion of their nursing training. The Dr. W. H. Groves Latter-day Saints Hospital School of Nursing ended its program in 1955. Students would now have their academic education at Brigham Young University and their clinical experience at the Latter-day Saints Hospital.


14 folders

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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US