Florence Nightingale letter


Descriptive Summary

Title: Florence Nightingale letter
Dates: 1855
Collection Number: MSS 2011-20
Extent: 0.25 linear ft. (1 box).
Repository: UC San Francisco. Special Collections
Abstract: Contains one letter written by Florence Nightingale and a letter of appraisal.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Florence Nightingale letter. UC San Francisco. Special Collections

Acquisition Information

Letter was given to Zina Mirsky, former Navy Nurse and retired School of Nursing Associate Dean, by a former student, Darlene Anderson.

Biography/Administrative History

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was a British nurse, statistician, and social reformer. She's recognized as the mother of modern nursing philosophy. Furthermore, she managed nursing of British and allied forces during Crimean War at Scutari; established the Nightingale School of Nursing in London, 1860; created training for midwives and nurses in workhouses; and was awarded Order of Merit, 1907.

Scope and Content of Collection

Original handwritten signed letter by Florence Nightingale dated September 22, 1855 and addressed to Mr. John Dancey informing him of the death of Private Nicholas Flint of the 13th Dragoons who died of typhus fever in Barrack Hospital in Scutari. Also includes an appraisal letter prepared by J.W. Todd, Jr. of Shorey Book Store, Seattle, WA in 1975.