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Nightingale (Florence) Memorial Collection
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Materials
  • Other Finding Aids

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, San Francisco Archives & Special Collections
    Title: Florence Nightingale memorial collection
    creator: McDonald, Country Joe
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2015.3
    Physical Description: 8 Linear Feet (1 carton, 1 box, 1 oversized box, 76 rare books)
    Date (inclusive): 1831-2009
    Abstract: Collection contains material regarding Florence Nightingale and the history of nursing collected and created by Country Joe McDonald. It includes McDonald writings and research, printed material, audiovisual and graphic material, ephemera, and rare books, dated 1831-2009.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Florence Nightingale memorial collection, MSS 2015-3, Archives and Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research. The non-circulating rare book collection is searchable through the UCSF Library catalog and is available to researchers in the Archives and Special Collections reading room.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish material must be submitted in writing to the UCSF Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Library and Center for Knowledge Management as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was donated to the UCSF archives on September 15, 2014 by Country Joe McDonald.

    Biographical / Historical

    Country Joe McDonald (1942-) is a singer, songwriter, social advocate, and co-founder of the Country Joe and the Fish rock band. He began researching and collecting material about Florence Nightingale, the Crimean War, and the Victorian era in 1981. He eventually built the website, “Country Joe McDonald’s Tribute to Florence Nightingale.” Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was a British nurse, statistician, and social reformer. She was born in Florence, Italy, and raised at Lea Hurst in Derbyshire and Embley Park in Hampshire. She managed the nursing of British and allied forces during the Crimean War at Scutari. She established the Nightingale School of Nursing in London in 1860 and set up training for midwives and nurses in workhouses. In 1907 she was awarded the Order of Merit.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains material about Florence Nightingale, the Crimean War, the Victorian era, and the history of nursing collected and created by Country Joe McDonald, dated 1831-2009. It contains McDonald writings and research, including scripts, song lyrics, film treatments, website, and photocopies of Florence Nightingale correspondence and writings. Also included are ephemera, audio and visual recordings, photographs, and printed material, including clippings, booklets, event programs, maps and travel guides, museum and park brochures, and postcards. The collection includes a number of rare books, searchable through the UCSF Library catalog.


    The collection is arranged in five series: Series I: Country Joe McDonald research and writings, 1855-2009; Series II: Ephemera and artifacts, undated; Series III: Audiovisual material, 1988-2006; Series IV: Printed material, 1855-2008; Series V: Rare books, 1831-2008.

    Separated Materials

    Rare books are housed as a non-circulating named collection searchable through the UCSF Library catalog and available to researchers in the Archives and Special Collections reading room. Duplicate rare books were removed from the collection and returned to donor.

    Other Finding Aids

    An item level inventory is available in the UCSF Archives and Special Collections. Please contact the Head Archivist for access.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Crimean War, 1853-1856
    McDonald, Country Joe
    Nightingale, Florence