Sepia-toned group portrait of ten seated women wearing identical nurse uniforms

Training School for Nurses, 1898

In 1873, the Women’s Education Association of Boston, seeking new occupations for self-supporting women, helped establish the Boston Training School for Nurses. Twenty-three years later, the school came under the management of the MGH Trustees and was renamed the Massachusetts General Hospital Training School for Nurses. This 1898 photograph portrays some graduates of the newly established training program.