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Collection of Nursing History his training in the use of archives and special collections and practice in teaching with historical documents and realia, as well as a scholarly record of publications based on historical research.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.
Informed by this historical research, Dr. Long has published AIDS and American Apocalypticism: The Cultural Semiotics of an Epidemic (SUNY Press, 2005), “James Sheridan Knowles’s gift album to Jemma Haigh: A glimpse of Victorian social networks and cultural practices” (in Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, 40(2), doi:10.7227/NCTF.40.2.4), “Tales of plagues and carnivals: Samuel R. Delany, AIDS and the grammar of dissent” (in Journal of Medical Humanities, 34(2), doi: 10.1007/s10912-013-9209-9), and “Plague of pariahs: AIDS ‘zines and the rhetoric of transgression,” (in Journal of Communication Inquiry, 24(4), 401-11).
He is co-author with Jennifer Casavant Telford of “Gendered spaces, gendered pages: Union women in Civil War nurse narratives (in Medical Humanities, 38(2), 97-105. doi:10.1136/medhum-2012-010195). He is the author of “The midwife’s calling: Martha Ballard’s diary and the empire of medical knowledge in the Early Republic (in M. M. Balkun & S. C. Imbarrato [Eds.], Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire [pp. 77-91]. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan).
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.
Recently published by Oxford University Press is Writing in Nursing: A Brief Guide, co-authored with Dr. Cheryl Tatano Beck.