Josephine A. Dolan: Nurse and Historian (1913–2004)
Josephine Dolan, co-curator, was the first professor of nursing at the University Of Connecticut School Of Nursing. She became interested in nursing history when she was given the class to teach in the nursing program. In order to write a book on the history of nursing, Dolan collected materials from dealers or, in the case of the Wolcott series, from descendants of the family. Dolan donated her collection of nursing artifacts to UConn School of Nursing in 1996.
Dolan Collection Interim Curator is Thomas Lawrence Long, Associate Professor in residence.
Eleanor Krohn Herrmann, former curator and School of Nursing Professor Emerita.
Read UConn Today article Nursing Professor Emerita Eleanor Herrmann Dies.
Read about the Eleanor Herrmann Reading Room in Unison 2010.
Carolyn Ladd Widmer's suitcase was used on her trip of Beirut, Lebanon, to the United States.
Thomas Lawrence Long, PhD, Associate Professor in residence, brings to the role of curator of the UConn School of Nursing’s Dolan Collection of Nursing History his training in the use of archives and special collections and practice in teaching with historical documents and realia, as well as a scholarly record of publications based on historical research. Beginning with early-modern research in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois in the 1970s, he has gone on to publish work based on his research in Yale’s Beinecke Library, the Dean and Chapter Library of Norwich Cathedral, the Library of Congress, and the LGBT Community Center National History Archive in New York. He is the author of “Nurses and nursing in literary and cultural studies” (in P. D’Antonio, J. A. Fairman, & J. C. Whelan [Eds.], Routledge Handbook on the Global History of Nursing [pp. 37-54]. New York: Routledge), which has been selected by British nurse historian Christine Hallett for inclusion in a forthcoming collection of major works in nursing history.
The Iron Lung
Donated by the Veterans Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill, the Iron Lung arrived and is now a centerpiece of the Dolan Collection.
Technically known as a negative pressure ventilator (and actually made mostly of steel), the approximately 500-pound device was used to help patients with compromised lung function to breathe. The patient remained in the airtight container, with only his or her head protruding. Pressure inside the tank changed to manipulate the lungs into mimicking the mechanics of breathing.
Read Old Iron Lung Showcased at UConn's New Nursing Museum in the Hartford Courant (August 2012).