This page links to organizations and resources that document the history of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and otherwise keep the memory of Cadet Nurses and their contributions to the war effort and the nursing profession alive. Please contact us, if you know of other resources that should be on this page.

American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN)

The American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) is a professional organization open to everyone interested in the history of nursing. Originally founded in 1978 as a historical methodology group, the association was briefly named the International History of Nursing Society. The purpose of the Association shall be to foster the importance of history as relevant to understanding the past, defining the present, and influencing the future of nursing by:

  • Stimulating national and international interest and collaboration in the history of nursing;
  • Educating nurses and the public regarding the history and heritage of the nursing profession;
  • Encouraging and supporting research in the history of nursing and recognizing outstanding scholarly achievement in nursing history;
  • Encouraging the collection, preservation, and use of materials of historical importance to nursing;
  • Serving as a resource for information about nursing history;
  • Producing and distributing educational materials related to the history and heritage of the nursing profession;
  • Promoting the inclusion of nursing history in nursing curricula;
  • Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration in history.
American Association of University Women

American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners. For 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW's mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP)

The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP), established at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 1998, documents the contributions of women in the military and related service organizations since World War I. The WVHP includes a wide range of source material including photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, oral histories, military patches and insignia, uniforms, and posters, as well as published works. Through active acquisition and educational outreach, the WVHP continues to expand its research collection to explore the cultural, social, and military changes in American society that have been fueled by the gender integration of the armed forces.

The WVHP’s strengths are oral histories and materials from veterans of World War II, but it also includes the stories and materials of women who served in World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, The Cold War, Desert Storm, the Gulf Wars, and the War on Terror. The WVHP currently holds more than 550 collections which include 350 oral histories. The collections chiefly document women military veterans, but they also chronicle the contributions of workers in related service organizations such as the Red Cross, special services, and civilians in service. Our current focus is collecting oral histories of UNCG student veterans as well as women in the Greensboro area.

This link connects with the home page for the Extra-Military - Cadet Nurse Corps section of the collection.

Cadet Nurse Corps Archive at Arizona State University

At this link are Cadet Nurse Corps related resources from 3 contributors: 

  1. Arizona State University Retirees Association's Video History Interview with Ellamae Branstetter. After World War II, Ellamae went on to help build the nursing program at ASU. This interview was taken in 2007.
  2. Joyce Finch Oral History Project. Joyce Finch was a Cadet Nurse who conducted oral history interviews with 25 Cadet Nurses toward the end of their careers in the 1980s. Original cassette tapes and hardcopy of the interview transcripts are in the ASU Archive. Elsie Szecsy digitized the transcripts so they are available to others online.
  3. Elsie Szecsy Papers. Elsie has digitized the complete set of Cadet Nurse News newsletters, the scores of the Cadet Nurse Hymn and Cadet Nurse March, photographs, a dataset of Cadet Nurse enrollment in Arizona Schools of Nursing, as well as conference papers and presentations.
Cadet Nurse Project

Thelma Morey Robinson and Paulie Morey Perry served as Cadet Nurses during World War II and the post war years. After 50 years, the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps had been forgotten through the pages of time. Upon retirement, the Cadet Nurse sisters began a project to make the legacy of the Corps better known. More than 2,000 women who had served as cadet nurses and others who had been associated with the U. C. Cadet Nurse Corps were invited to participate in the project.

Harvard Nurses' Health Study

The Nurses’ Health Studies are among the largest and longest running investigations of factors that influence women’s health. Started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, the information provided by the 238,000 dedicated nurse-participants has led to many new insights on health and disease. 

News about the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps also appears periodically in the Nurses' Health Studies Newsletter.
Read article in 2011 Newsletter.

Reminisce Magazine

Reminisce, North America’s top-selling nostalgia magazine, “brings back the good times” of the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ‘60s and early ’70s. A variety of true, heart-felt stories are mainly written by the readers, not professional writers, which makes our magazine-and website-unique.

In the March 2014 issue is an article about one Cadet Nurse, Patty Simpson Beckmeyer, whose story is linked in the Scrapbook page of

Reward Unlimited

This video stream from the Ball State University Digital Media Repository dramatizes the need for Cadet Nurses during World War II.
Catalog Reference:,76

This film is also available for purchase at

Beatrice Kalisch and Philip Kallisch wrote an article on this documentary and other aspects of the publicity campaign to recruit Cadet Nurses. It appeared in 1973 in Nursing Outlook under the title Be a Cadet Nurse: The Girl with a Future.


The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry was established at the University of Virginia in 1991 to support historical scholarship in nursing.  It is dedicated to the preservation and study of nursing history.

The goals of the Bjoring Center include:

  • the collection of materials
  • the promotion of scholarship
  • the dissemination of historical research findings

The Bjoring Center hosts a regular series of nursing history forums, sponsors the annual Agnes Dillon Randolph Award and Lecture, awards a yearly historical Research Fellowship, and publishes a newsletter, Windows in Time.

A number of Cadet Nurses' papers and other artifacts are in the Bjoring Center archive.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

In their voluminous repository of original source and instructional materials is this lesson plan based on a Cadet Nurse Corps recruitment poster.