Educational History

Swedish School of Nursing
1901 - 1973

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Swedish School of Nursing


  • Opened in 1899; First class graduated in 1901 with three graduates.
  • 1903 changed from 2 years to 3-year program.
  • Associated with Augsburg College for classes beginning in 1953.
  • Affiliations at St. Peter and Rochester for psychiatric training; University of Minnesota Ancker Hospital, and General Hospital for pediatrics.
  • Class sizes ranged from 3 – 81 over the years.
  • Cadet nurse training programs were done from 1943 to 1945; spring and fall graduations occurred at this time.
  • Closed in 1973.
  • There are over 3,000 graduates from the school.

Books about the school and students are available in the MMC Library Collection: From Stripes to Whites and True Nurse.

The Library has a collection of all the class graduation pictures, some graduate programs, and other items.

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HCMC History

The HCMC History Collection includes artifacts of health care, general patient care, and medical procedures at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Metropolitan Medical Center

The Metropolitan Medical Center History Collection is dedicated to providing public access as well as preserving and collecting materials and artifacts.

Educational History

There were many types of education programs at the hospitals in Minneapolis. Nursing schools were often unique to the specific hospital.

HCMC Blue Building

915 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN

The MMC Collection is located in BL.227.
The HCMC Collection is located in BL.226.


Located within Hennepin Healthcare’s HCMC hospital campus in downtown Minneapolis, the Hennepin Medical History Center preserves and shares over a century of hospital history. Visit our public gallery spaces in the lower level of the Blue Building to explore a unique collection of medical artifacts, images, and departmental and nursing school histories.  

Gallery Hours: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm most Thursdays  

Research or General Inquiries: [email protected] or 612-873-6485 

For patients, medical records, or employment inquiries, please access the main website,