Maria College’s nursing program was born in 1968 out of the closing of St. Peter’s Hospital School of Nursing, both founded by the Sisters of Mercy. The first class graduated in May of 1970. The Associate Degree Nursing program expanded into a baccalaureate degree program in 2010. Today, Maria College’s nursing program offers a practical nurse certificate program, associate in applied science in nursing, and a bachelor of science in nursing. In addition to nursing curriculum, the program focuses on service to others and shaping leaders in the profession.
Scope of Collection
Digital collection includes 80 born digital photographs and videos, 56 photographs, 16 ephemera items, 6 pamphlets, 5 announcements and press releases, and a variety of manuscripts, articles, an advertisement, a booklet, correspondence, and a newspaper clipping created between 1968 and 2020 at Maria College in Albany, New York. The collection features items from the past 50 years of nursing education at Maria College, an institution established by the Sisters of Mercy. This includes White Tea Ceremony photographs and ephemera, invitations and programs for events hosted by the college nursing program, and photographs of students, faculty, and facilities that have played important roles in the growth of the nursing program. The items from the 1970s through 1990s are primarily photographs and documents that capture the growth of the nursing program at Maria College. The 2000s and 2010s feature more ephemera and program information along with born digital photographs showcasing the college’s nursing program as well as video interviews of students.