A Guide to the Virginia Department of Health Professions Historical Collection Health Professions, Department of Historic Collection 2005/May/12

A Guide to the Historical Records of the Virginia Department of Health Professions

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives, Tompkins-McCaw Library
Accession Number 2005/May/12


Virginia Commonwealth University, Tompkins-McCaw Library

Special Collections and Archives
Tompkins-McCaw Library
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Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0582
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© 2005 By Virginia Commonwealth University. All Rights Reserved.

Processed by: Jody Romero

Special Collections and Archives, Tompkins-McCaw Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
Accession number
Virginia Department of Health Professions Historical Collection. 1917-1986
Physical Characteristics
.8 linear feet, 12 items.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Virginia Department of Health Professions Historical Collection, Accession #2005/May/12, Special Collections and Archives, Tompkins-McCaw Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Biographical/Historical Information

The collection was donated due to the historical importance of the records. These are not the offical records of the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Scope and Content

The Board of Pharmacy records consist of historical applications, as well as photographs of confiscated drugs.

The Board of Nursing records consist of historical bylaws booklets and a report on the condition of nursing schools conducted in 1920.


The records are arranged in chronological order.

Contents List

Board of Pharmacy
Box-folder: 2
  • Box-folder 1.1
    Index to Applicants for Registered Pharmacists and Registered Assistant Pharmacist 1-1500 1901-1916

    This folder contains an alphabetical listing of the first 1500 registered pharmacists regulated by the Board as well as a copy of the Seal.

  • Box-folder 1.2
    Bankbooks from State-Planters Bank 1933-1972

    This folder contains bankbooks that list the financial security of the State Board of Pharmacy.

  • Box-folder 1.3
    Application for Examination as Registered Pharmacist 1906

    This folder contains applications for pharmaceutical license. Each application has supporting documentation attached, like statements to work experience and character.

  • Box-folder 1.4
    Scrapbook and photograph collection. 1942, 1959

    This folder contains several photographs and a scrapbook.

    • Box-folder 1.4
      Members of the Board of Pharmacy 1889

      Pictured are C.B. Fleet, Robert Brydon, E. R. Beckwith, J. W. Pierce. Beckwith and Brydon were original members.

    • Box-folder 1.4
      Scrapbook of confiscated drugs. circa 1942

      Each entry has a photograph and caption.

    • Box-folder 1.4
      Photographs of possibly confiscated drugs. 1959
  • Box-folder 1.5
    Prescriptions collection 1921

    This folder contains several prescriptions from doctors in Salem and Roanoke, Virginia.

Board of Nursing
Box-folder: 2

This series consist of documents and correspondence of the Virginia Board of Nursing.

  • Box-folder 2.1
    Rules, Bylaws, and Laws regarding Nursing and the State Board 1917-1986

    This folder contains bylaws, congressional legislation, and updates. The bulk of this folder is the yearly bylaw booklets.

  • Box-folder 2.2
    "Report of Inspection of Training Schools of Virginia" 1920

    This folder contains the proceedings of a report of all the nurse training programs through the state. Also contains the correspondence this report created within the Schools.

  • Box-folder 2.3
    Papers related to the operation of the Board of Nursing 1918-1920

    This folder contains various documents regarding the Board of Nursing. Included are supply order forms, lists of nursing training hospitals, and other evaluation forms.

  • Box-folder 2.4
    Personal Correspondence.

    This folder contains letters and papers of a personal nature from Ethel Smith, Julia Mellichamp, and R. V. Blankinship. All were early Board of Nursing members. Mellichamp and Smith were the first two leaders of the Board.

  • Box-folder 2.5
    Annual and Financial Reports 1961-1967

    This folder contains the Annual and Financial reports of the Board of Nursing

  • Box-folder 2.6
    Nursing Licensing Information.

    This folder contains rules for practical nurses, licenses for Certified Tuberculosis Nurses, and a listing of Board members.

  • Box-folder 2.7
    "First Nurse registered in Virginia"

    This folder includes the paperwork on the first nurse and practical nurse to be registered in Virginia.

  • Box-folder 2.8
    Policies and recommendations regarding nursing education. 1917-1966

    This bulk of this folder contains regulation booklets from 1917-1966 as well as a 1964 Report to the State Council n Education.

  • Box-folder 2.9
    Miscellaneous publications

    This folder contains several booklets on various subjects and concerns of the State Board.