Dolan Archives Moves Across Campus

Dolan Collection Archives Storage Room
Dolan Collection Archives Storage Room

Over thirty archival boxes, including personal papers of Josephine Dolan and documents from the School of Nursing, have been transferred across campus to Archives and Special Collections in the Dodd Center on the UConn Storrs campus.

This archival material represents decades of work by Professor Dolan and by the School of Nursing.

Kept in the climate controlled storage room of the Dolan Collection in Storrs Hall, these archival materials had been organized by former curator, Dr. Jennifer Casavant Telford.

However, both the visibility and the access to the collection were limited, so current curator Dr. Thomas Lawrence Long had been in discussions with Betsy Pittman, university archivist and archivist for the nursing history collection.

Archivist Betsy Pittman receives Dolan archival materials
Archivist Betsy Pittman receives Dolan archival materials

During the spring 2018 semester senior nursing students in NURS 4265, Nursing’s Past as Prologue, had been assigned a team project by Dr. Long: each of over 30 teams inventoried one box assigned to it in the creation of a finding aid for the library. This will provide the foundation for Archives and Special Collections’ online catalog entry for the material.

Dolan Archival boxes in UConn's Archives and Special Collections
Dolan Archival boxes in UConn’s Archives and Special Collections

In its new home, these materials can be found in a public online open access catalog and available to researchers visiting the reading room in the Dodd Center.

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