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Collected Works of Florence Nightingale

In the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale all the surviving writing of Florence Nightingale will be published, much of it for the first time. Known as the heroine of the Crimean War and the major founder of the modern profession of nursing, Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is revealed also as a scholar, theorist and social reformer of enormous scope and importance.

Original material has been obtained from over 150 archives and private collections worldwide. This abundance of material is reflected in the series, revealing a significant amount of new material on her philosophy, theology and personal spiritual journey, as well as on her vision of a public health care system, her activism to achieve the difficult early steps of nursing for the sick poor in workhouse infirmaries and her views on health promotion and women's control over midwifery and reform. Nightingale's more than forty years of work for public health in India, particularly in famine prevention and for broader social reform, will be reported in detail.

The Collected Works of Florence Nightingale demonstrate Nightingale's astute use of the political process and report on her extensive correspondence with royalty, viceroys, cabinet ministers and international leaders, including such notables as Queen Victoria and W. E. Gladstone. It also contains a great deal of new material on family relations.

This series will confirm Nightingale as an important and significant nineteenth-century scholar and illustrate how she integrated her scholarship with political activism. Indispensable to scholars, and accessible and revealing to the general reader, it will show there is much more to know about Florence Nightingale than the “lady with the lamp.”

Currently, Volumes 1 to 11 are available in e-book version by subscription or from university or college libraries through the following vendors: Canadian Electronic Library, Ebrary, MyiLibrary, and Netlibrary.

After the print publication is complete there will be electronic publication (the form yet to be determined) of all the original texts, with faithful reproduction of the original handwritten (or printed) texts through the the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale Project. With this electronic venue there'll be substantial data bases including a chronology of Nightingale's life (events and publications), and correspondence (incoming as well as her letters). There is a Names data base, with biographical information on her colleagues, family, correspondents, authors, and experts she read and consulted. These will be useful research tools for scholars working on other nineteenth century figures, political leaders, public health experts, the military, scientists and literary figures.

For more information about the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale Project, please visit their website.

Lynn McDonald, director of the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, is university professor emerita at the University of Guelph, Ontario, and has an honorary doctorate from York University. She is a former MP (the first MP to use the title Ms in the House of Commons) and former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. She has published three books on sociological theory, two of which focus on women theorists.

Books in the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale Series