About the Florence Nightingale Digitization Project

The Florence Nightingale Digitization Project began in 2014 as a collaborative effort to create a comprehensive digital collection of digitized correspondence written by Florence Nightingale.  Original partners in the Project were the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, and the Florence Nightingale Museum, Royal College of Nursing and the Wellcome Library, all in London.  Additional organizations have joined, and the collaborative now has 20 international partners.  The collection currently contains over 2,300 scanned letters or direct links to partners' websites, which are accessible to the public through this portal hosted by Boston University.

We hope this portal will be a valuable tool to anyone interested in Florence Nightingale, or engaged in research on any of the topics encompassed in the collection.  While nothing can match the experience of holding and reading an original letter by Florence Nightingale, having access to a high quality digital reproduction really is the next best thing.

The model developed for the project is inclusive, and we welcome repositories to consider joining if they have one, ten, or one thousand original letters. The goal is to help to share Florence Nightingale with the world. This webpage is a resource for students, scholars, and all those who respect and admire "The Lady with the Lamp."  We welcome you to explore the remarkable legacy that Florence Nightingale has left for us in her prolific correspondence, in her own words.

Images on this website have been supplied courtesy of the Florence Nightingale Museum, London.

Florence Nightingale Autograph

About Archive Manager

Archive Manager is an open source, web-based application currently under development at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. Archive Manager was used to create the collaborative database that is the core of the Nightingale Digitization Project. It is a custom built content management system which allows archivists to enter descriptive metadata during the cataloguing process; manage digital objects; and create online searchable finding aids. The development of this application was a direct result of our experiences as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Archival Collaborative, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded cataloguing project. Archive Manager is designed to mesh with the Gotlieb Center's current policies and practices with regard to description and cataloguing. It also allows us to create a substantial authority file of Library of Congress standardized names and subjects linked to the descriptive data, making the finding aids searchable by scholars, patrons, and staff, using those standard terms. Cataloging collections with Archive Manager allows us to connect various people, places, thoughts and ideas; the value of the central authority file increases exponentially with each collection catalogued. Archive Manager is the "engine" that runs several Gotlieb Center projects including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Online Finding Aid, the Alistair Cooke Letter from America project, Partisan Review Online, the NEH funded project on Howard and Sue Bailey Thurman, and the newly developed international collaborative the Florence Nightingale Digitization Project.

Florence Nightingale Bust