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Constance Holleran Papers


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing [Contact Us]Claire Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard, Floor 2U, Philadelphia, PA, 19104-4217

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Constance Holleran is a longtime advocate for nurse assocations and groups around the globe. She focused on promoting primary care and nursing education in countries lacking a developed healthcare system.

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire on June 19, 1934, Constance Holleran earned a thorough education in nursing. She received her nursing diploma from Massachusetts General Hospital in 1956, her B.S. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1958, and her M.S.N. from the Catholic University of America in 1965.

In 1971, she served as Deputy Executive Director for Government Relations at the American Nurses Association in Washington until 1981. She worked with state nurses association and elected groups within the association. She worked on legislation concerning nursing education, research, mental health, health insurance and other areas related to the field of nursing.

In 1981, the International Council of Nurses appointed Holleran as Executive Director. She administered all aspects of the association under the general policy guidance of the Board of Directors. She advocated nurse’s involvement in primary care around the world and forged a stronger relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The collection primarily consists of ICN documents related to Constance Holleran's career, including programs, internal reports, and journals. In addition, the collection carries drafts of Holleran’s papers and speeches for various publications and events, and it also includes her diary, photographs, personal correspondence, and letters from national institutions.

Gift of Constance Holleran.

University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
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Finding aid prepared by Laura Layne, Intern
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Collection Inventory

ICN Conference Handbook, Seoul South Korea, May 28-30 1989.
Box 1 Folder 1
ICN Executive Director Career, 1979-1993.
Box 1 Folder 2
ICN Executive Director’s Report, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995.
Box 1 Folder 3
ICN Orientation Book, 1995.
Box 1 Folder 4
ICN Executive Director’s Report to Board; ICN Strategic Plan, 1993-1999.
Box 1 Folder 5
ICN Programs and Research, 1990; 1992; 1994.
Box 1 Folder 6
ICN Resource Manual, Undated.
Box 1 Folder 7
ICN Constitution; ICN Council of Representatives, 1991; 1993.
Box 1 Folder 8
ICN Report; World Health Organization Report on Nursing, 1981; 1995.
Box 1 Folder 9
ICN Program Materials, 1985; 1991-1999.
Box 1 Folder 10

Drafts, 1996-1997, 1999-2000.
Box 1 Folder 11
Papers and Speeches [1 of 5], 1980-1984.
Box 1 Folder 12
Papers and Speeches [2 of 5], 1984-1986.
Box 1 Folder 13
Papers and Speeches [3 of 5], 1980-1986.
Box 1 Folder 14
Papers and Speeches [4 of 5], 1981-1987.
Box 1 Folder 15
Papers and Speeches [5 of 5], 1987-1988.
Box 1 Folder 16

ICN Career, Undated.
Box 1 Folder 17
Travel, Undated.
Box 1 Folder 18

Interview Transcript, June 20-21, 1994.
Box 1 Folder 19
Dissertation for M.S. in Nursing, Jan. 1965.
Box 1 Folder 20
Diary, 1961-1962. Restricted.
Book 1 Folder 21
Physical Description


Correspondence, newspaper clippings, job inquiries, letters from institutions, and other general items, 1995 –1997.
Box 1 Folder 22
International Nurses Day, 1996.
Box 1 Folder 23
Professional and recreational travel outside the U.S., 1959-1979.
Box 1 Folder 24
Letter, Jan. 30, 1998. Restricted.
Box 1 Folder 25
Physical Description


Nurses Association of Thailand, 2006.
Box 1 Folder 26
Personnel Action Forms, 1965-1966; 1969. Restricted.
Box 1 Folder 27
Physical Description


Book From Student, May 12, 1986.
Book 2 File 28

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