Oral Histories of British Columbia Nurses

In 1987 in celebration its 75th anniversary, an oral history project to record the experiences of BC nurses was initiated by RNABC – later CRNBC. The History of Nursing Professional Practice Group, now the BC History of Nursing Society, took over this project when the group was established in 1989. The taped recordings were placed in the RNABC library and copies given to us for our archives. Since 2008, all recordings have been saved on CDs. Interviews on cassette tapes are being transferred as MP3 files and saved on our computer.

In 2015, the entire RNABC/CRNBC collection was gifted to us.  There 210 interviews in this collection.

The entire collection of oral histories have now been transferred to UBC Library Rare Books and Special Collections.  To have access to listen to any of the oral histories you may click on the link: https://rbsc.library.ubc.ca/visiting/

UBC LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED FROM AUGUST 1, 2022 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30TH.     

SORRY FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE BUT IT IS NECESSARY TO COMPLETE VARIOUS CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. 

We are pleased to share 3 interviews with you.
A full list of available recordings can be found here.


Elinor Knudson

Elinor Knudson

  • Click HERE to listen to an in-depth interview with Elinor Knudson (Aprox 50 minutes)
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Nan Martin

Nan Martin

  • Click HERE to listen to an in-depth interview with Nan Martin (Aprox 60 minutes)
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Kathy Murphy

  • Click HERE to listen to an in-depth interview with Kathy Murphy (Aprox 50 minutes)
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