The Margaret M. Allemang Society for the History of Nursing

Canadian Nursing History, Jean Clifton, Marg Walters, Irene Mick, & Marg Kellough, #15 Canadian General Hospital, Bramshott, England, 1941is an Ontario (Canada) organization open to anyone interested in the history of nursing. Founded in 1993, the organization works to increase the visibility of the major role of nurses in our society by:
  • Promoting the study of the history of nursing
  • Helping to locate and preserve archival resources related to the history of nursing
  • Publishing regular newsletters with articles on nursing history and information on nursing history related events
  • Holding regular meetings in order to present papers on nursing history
  • Offering an annual History of Nursing Writing Prize
  • Supporting the collection of oral histories of Ontario nurses
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Canadian Nursing History, Miss Dorothy Macham tends to patient Laird's broken jaw

Our Vision

To preserve nursing's heritage and past contribution to health care and society

Our Mission

  • To create awareness of the contribution of nurses to the history of Canada for the benefit of the general public
  • To promote the study of the history of nursing
  • To promote the collection of archival resources related to the history of nursing
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Canadian Nursing History, Riverdale Hospital Graduating Class, Toronto, 1929

Honouring the Past

The majority of the Society’s archival holdings are now in the University of Toronto Archives. Many items relate to military nursing in World War I and II and include oral histories (tapes and manuscripts), scrapbooks, photos, letters, uniforms and medals. Many items were given to Margaret Allemang by members of the Toronto Branch of the Nursing Sisters Association.

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Canadian Nursing History, Miss M.I. Wylie, serving in World War 1

Our History

In the 1980’s a small group of nurses formed the Ontario Society for the History of Nursing. They viewed the history of nursing as a critical part of the history of women and of Canadian history in the broader context. In 1993 this society was incorporated and renamed in honour of the leadership of Dr. Margaret M. Allemang.
Photo above: Miss M.I. Wylie, who served in the first World War.