At Home in King County: Images from the Collections
Health, safety, recreation and transportation are some of the topics that appear in these photographs. Please click on the thumbnails at the right for larger images and descriptive text. Links in the captions lead to other pages that are part of the King County Archives Web site. There, you'll find more photographs, maps, drawings and additional text information.
This online exhibit, prepared in honor of Washington State Archives Month 2008, is based on a display ("A Baker's Dozen: Images of King County from the Collections") originally created in 2003 by Assistant Archivist Helice Koffler.
Home nursing care
This photograph, probably taken around 1940, shows an elderly patient receiving in-home care from a visiting nurse. The nurse is very likely associated with the Seattle Health Department's Visiting Nurse Service. This program was established in 1912 under American Red Cross administration. In 1928 it was transferred to Health Department administration. The job of the nurses was, upon request from any family, to visit the home, help interpret the doctor's orders, give necessary home nursing care, and teach the family to understand the illness and care for the patient. If the family could pay for the visit, a modest charge was made, otherwise the Board of Health paid for the visit with donated funds. The Visiting Nurse Service was a part of the merged Seattle-King County Department of Public Health until 1975. Today, most adult home health care is provided through state-licensed private contractors. Other photographs showing nurses interacting with families can be found in the collections of the King County Archives.
Seattle-King County Department of Public Health photograph files (Series 275), Box 1 (Photo ID 90.02.2558).