Loma Linda University Library Hosts the National Library of Medicine’s Traveling Exhibit “Pictures of Nursing”
by Carlene Drake, MSLS
Director, University Libraries
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA
Loma Linda University is currently hosting the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) traveling exhibit, Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. It will be on display in the lobby of the Del E. Webb Memorial Library thru April 22nd.
The exhibit features six panels which explore the relationship of nursing to significant forces in 20th-century life, such as war and disease, and how nursing was seen during those times as portrayed on postcards. The postcards are reproductions of items contained in the Zwerdling Postcard Collection, which was acquired by NLM’s History of Medicine Division. The archive of 2,588 postcards came from American nurse and collector, Michael Zwerdling, RN. This unique archive includes images of nurses and the nursing profession from around the world, produced between 1893 and 2011, with many examples coming from the ‘Golden Age’ of postcards—roughly 1907 to 1920.
The exhibit arrived just in time to be installed for Loma Linda University’s annual alumni homecoming weekend in March and will continue to be on exhibit as the students arrive for the beginning of Spring Quarter. The accompanying online version of the exhibit is available on the NLM web site.