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Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington, DC Area, Inc.

Identifier: 122

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of awards, correspondence, membership data, miscellaneous items, organization finances, organization memorabilia, photographs, plaques, and printed materials.


  • Creation: 1971 - 2007

Biographical / Historical

The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) was formed in 1971. Two primary goals of this association were to unite Black nurses to influence health care services for Black people; and to promote the inclusion of Black people in nursing education and leadership positions. The Black Nurses Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Inc. was officially chartered in June 1975; this branch of the NBNA was actively involved in community service work as well as campaigning to immunize D.C. area children, sponsoring local health fairs, providing scholarships to registered nurses pursuing a higher education, and providing counseling and tutorial services for nurses and potential nurses. One of the objectives of this branch was to “provide a force that effects change, protects the professional growth status, and eliminates barriers involving the Black Nurse”. This statement supports the standards that are set forth by the National Black Nurses Association.


13 Boxes (13 boxes)

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Series 1: Organization History (1971-1999): This series contains a volume on the history of the National Black Nurses Association, Articles of Incorporation (which includes a copy of the Recorder of Deeds certificate) and the purposes and regulations of the D.C. chapter of the organization. The Constitution-By Laws consist only of the purpose of this organization.

Series 2: Correspondence (1979-2006): This series contains organizational membership incoming and outgoing correspondence as well as personal correspondence and memorandums. The incoming correspondence consists of letters of invite from local organizations in the D.C. area requesting assistance, support, and other informative information. The outgoing correspondence consists of letters to several organizations in the D.C. area requesting assistance, participation, and invites on behalf of the chapter. Personal correspondence and memorandums consist of handwritten letters and requests on a variety of topics.

Series 3: Organization Finances (1977-2006): This series contains financial records and documents of the BNAGWDC. They consist of annual financial reports, membership roster lists, reimbursement documents, treasurer’s report, operating fund documents, a 1999 financial statement booklet, scholarship fund documents, quarterly reports, finance statements, dues-fees statements, foreign-domestic reports, and paid/non- paid membership dues.

Series 4: Membership (1977-2006): This series contains records that document the activities of the BNAGWDC and define its role. It is divided into eight separate subseries: BNA Scholarships, committees and task forces, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, meeting notes, meeting notices, membership rosters, and reports.

Series 5: Printed Materials (1981-2006): This series, divided into five subseries, contains various types of printed materials which include newspaper clippings, conference publications, general announcements, miscellaneous programs, and monthly newsletters.

Series 6: Miscellaneous (1983-2006): This series contains items that are not associated with any other series. It is divided into three separate subseries which include certificates, flyers, address books and other items.

Series 7: Photographs (n.d.): This series contains photographs including some negatives. They include members of the BNAGWDC at awards ceremonies, luncheons, dinners, and other events and gatherings; group photographs, vintage photos of some members and their families.

Series 8: Organization Memorabilia (n.d.): This series contains memorabilia such as awards, videos, plaques, buttons, a gavel, a stickpin, a T-shirt, and several “Black Nurse Week” Proclamations from former Washington, D.C. Mayors Sharon Pratt Dixon and Marion Barry and former Maryland Governor Donald Schaefer.

Custodial History

The Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington D.C. Area records were donated to the Library by Patricia Tompkins, President of the Black Nurses Association in September 2008.

Processing Information

General processing procedures included refoldering of items into archival, acid-free folders, shredding of personal financial documents, photocopying of materials, and placing photographs/negatives into archival polypropylene print protectors.

Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington, DC Area, Inc. Records 122
An inventory of the Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington, DC Area, Inc. Records at DC Public Library
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001