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Dorothy A. Mereness papers


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Dorothy Ann Mereness, R.N., Ed.D., F.A.A.N., was Dean of the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania from 1965 to 1977 and a pioneer in the development of psychiatric nursing.

Born 1910 in Kearney, Missouri, Mereness started her career as an elementary school teacher in Las Animas, Colorado. However, in 1938 with "parental scorn", as Mereness later recalled, she resigned her position as sixth grade teacher to become a nurse, a profession that her father had earlier forbidden her to enter, and enrolled at the Frances Payne School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Only after two years at Case Western Reserve did Mereness's interest in psychiatric nurse develop. During the summer of 1940 she took psychiatric and communicable disease nursing. This class was among the first to use the textbook Psychiatry for Nurses by Dr. Louis L. Karnosh, a professor at Case Western Reserve and Director of the Psychiatric Division of Cleveland Hospital. Karnosh's work fascinated Mereness. She often traveled across town by public transportation to hear Karnosh's lectures, and she eventually became co-author and finally sole author of Karnosh's book. Even after Mereness stopped authoring the popular textbook, now in its thirteenth edition, the publishers kept her name as part of the title.

After graduating from Case Western Reserve in 1941, Mereness became Instructor of Psychiatric Nursing at City Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, a position that she accepted only after learning that Dr. Karnosh had recommended her. However, Mereness stayed at City Hospital for four years. The War Department listed her position as "essential," since few medical personnel were qualified to treat soldiers suffering from the traumas of war. When the war ended, Mereness left Cleveland City Hospital to explore other professional opportunities. After a brief stay as Educational Director of a hospital-based nursing program, Mereness returned to psychiatric nursing, a specialty that she held to for the rest of her career. Mereness enrolled in the graduate psychiatric nursing program at the University of Pittsburgh,

and became part of the faculty upon graduation. Later an innovative approach to psychiatric care at the Massachusetts Health Center, which involved nurse/patient therapeutic interactions, aroused her interest and on that account Mereness accepted a position at Boston University.

However, after only a year in Boston, Mereness left to pursue her doctoral studies at Teacher's College, Columbia University. During this period, Mereness co-wrote the graduate psychiatric nursing curriculum for New York University. Before even finishing her dissertation, Mereness became Head of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at NYU. After ten years at the University, Mereness moved south to Philadelphia to be the Dean of the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania.

Throughout her career, Mereness devoted herself to the full development of her chosen profession. From 1965-1969, she hired four black faculty members at Penn, a bold and imaginative action given the circumstances of the times. Mereness also strongly believed that it was essential to participate in nursing organizations. Even while serving as Dean, she chaired numerous committees of various nursing organizations including the National League for Nursing and Nurses' Educational Funds. After her retirement in 1977, Mereness continued her amazing volume of work. She served as Emeritus Professor at Penn until 1979, taught for a year part-time at Villanova University, and was Educational Advisor for the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing from 1981 to 1984. From March 1984 until just a year and a half before her death, Mereness served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Nurses' Association.

Mereness published more than 45 articles and books between 1951 and 1991. Her last article was published posthumously in Nursing Outlook. She was the recipient of many awards including distinguished alumni awards from every nursing program that she attended and honorary doctorate from Villanova and Holy Family College in Philadelphia. She was also honored by the American Nurses' Association, the Pennsylvania League for Nursing, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania League for Nursing. Mereness died at 80 at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia after a brief illness during the Spring of 1991.

Accessions were received from various donors, including Susan B. Dickey, Louise Fitzpatrick, Joan Lynaugh, Jan Smith, and Neville Strumpf.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents note

This series contains Mereness's personal papers. It includes biographical information such as autobiographical writings, biographical sketches, resumes, obituary materials and newspaper clippings. Also included are Mereness's speeches and papers--mainly on the topics of the therapeutic role of nurses and nursing education--commencement addresses, awards, correspondence and programs in which she participated.

Autobiographical sketches (includes MS for Fifty Years of Nursing and an oral history transcript edited by Patricia D'Antonio, PhD), 1968-1991.
Box 1 Folder 1
Biographical sketches and resumes, 1976-1990.
Box 1 Folder 2
Birth certificate, 1910.
Box 1 Folder 3
Newspaper appearances, 1951-1985.
Box 1 Folder 4
Obituary materials and correspondence, 1991.
Box 1 Folder 5
Partial History of Mereness's family, undated.
Box 1 Folder 6
The Therapeutic Role of the Nurse "Factors Influencing the Psychiatric Nurse's Role and Function," circa 1958; "Improving the Emotional Aspects of Nursing Care," circa 1958 "The Nurse's Role in the Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill," circa 1958; "Understanding the Psychological Needs of Patients and Families," 1958; "Nurse as an Individual in a Changing World," circa 1968; "Psychiatric Nursing in Today's Hospitals", 1959.
Box 1 Folder 7
The Relationship of Professional Nursing to the Care of the Aged, 1962; "Implications of the Full Professional Role of the Nurse," circa 1962; "Bibliotherapy: Its Use in Nursing Therapy," October 1962; "The Potential Significant Role of the Nurse in Community Mental Health...," 1962; "What is Mental Health Content," 1963 "The Role of the Psychiatric Nurse in Therapy," 1963; "Improving Our Therapeutic Inter-personal Skills," June 1963; "The Role of the Nurse in Community Mental Health Centers," 1964.
Box 1 Folder 8
"The Nurse in the Psychiatric Setting," 1965; "Improving the Nurse's Therapeutic Potential in Psychiatric Situations," 1967; "The Nurse's Developing Role in Community Psychiatry," March 1967; "Evolving Roles for the Nurse in the Psychiatric Situation," March 1967; "Family Therapy: An Evolving Role for the Psychiatric Nurse," April 1967; "Psychotherapeutic Nursing," May 1967; "Take a Look at Your Self Image and the Effects on Your Nursing Practice," June 1965; "Your Self-Image and Your Practice," January 1966; "The Practice of Therapeutic Nursing in the Clinical Setting and in the Community," July 1967; "The Nurse as an Individual Caring for the Alcoholic Patient," September 1967; "Identifying and Determining Patient Needs," March 1968; "The Image of the Professional Nurse," March 1969; "Maintenance of Optimum Mental Health...," March 1969; "Nursing-One Step Toward Total Individuality," October 1969.
Box 1 Folder 9
The Potential Contribution of Nursing in Solving the Health Care Crisis, April 1972; "The Nurses' Role in Primary Care," March 1975; "The Psychiatric Patient's Right to Know," April 1976; "The Nurse's Use of Interpersonal Relationships as a Therapeutic Tool," November 1978.
Box 1 Folder 10
Education for Meeting Changing Responsibilities in Psychiatric Nursing, 1964; "The Dynamics of Teacher-Learner Relationships," May 1965; "Your Education-Your Future," May 1966; "Providing a Democratic Educational Climate," June 1966; "The Nurse Faculty Member in a Diploma School Can Teach in a College Program," November 1968; "The Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs," May 1971; "Baccalaureate Education in Nursing," 1971; "An Overview of the Educational Opportunities Available to Nurses in the Middle Years," November 1974; "History of Nursing Educational Patterns and the Impact...," April 1974; "What Has Happened to the Philosophy of Integrating Mental Health Concepts into the Basic Curriculum", May 1976; "Evaluation and Research for Improved Graduate Education Curriculum...," February 1977; "Graduate Education, as One Dean Sees It," October 1975; "Meeting Health Care Needs Through Graduate Education in Nursing," August 1977.
Box 1 Folder 11
Nursing Travels the Road to Professional Maturity, circa 1959; "The Hospital Administrator's Role in Improving Patient Care" 1960; "Problems and Issues in Contemporary Psychiatric Nursing," 1964; "Looking Ahead at Psychiatric Nursing," 1966; "Psychiatric Nursing-Today and Tomorrow," October 1966; "The Dynamics of Change," October 1966; "The Changing Situation in the Health Care Picture," November 1970; "A Look at the Future with the Zodiac Nurse," November 1970.
Box 2 Folder 12
Psychiatric Nursing: Past, Present and Future, October 1972; "The Growth of the Physician's Assistant and its Effect Upon Professional Nursing," 1972; "Historical Perspective: Nursing in the Twenty-first Century," April 1977.
Box 2 Folder 13
Commencement addresses, 1952-1982.
Box 2 Folder 14
Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society for Nurses, speeches, 1960-1973.
Box 2 Folder 15
Mereness remarks introducing colleagues, 1971-1984.
Box 2 Folder 16
Miscellaneous speeches and papers, 1960-1977.
Box 2 Folder 17
Reports on visits to foreign countries, 1977.
Box 2 Folder 18
Textbook foreword, 1990.
Box 2 Folder 19
Miscellaneous writings, 1977-1990.
Box 2 Folder 20
Award citations, 1976-1985.
Box 2 Folder 21
Awards and certificates, 1952-1987.
Box 2 Folder 22
Earned diplomas, 1930-1956.
Box 2 Folder 23
Masters of Nursing diploma and Five certificates, 1948-1985.
Flat File 5
Nursing and Teaching Certificates, 1930-1936.
Box 2 Folder 24
University of Pennsylvania Emeritus Professor of Nursing certificate, 1979.
Box 2 Folder 25
University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumni Award certificate, 1979.
Box 3 Folder 26
Villanova University Honorary Doctorate degree, 1978.
Box 3 Folder 27
Awards, 1968-1984.
Box 3 Folder 28
Congratulatory notes, 1965-1981.
Box 3 Folder 29
General (personal), 1940-1989.
Box 3 Folder 30
General (Professional), 1965-1987.
Box 3 Folder 31
Correspondence with American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 1989.
Box 3 Folder 31a
Karnosh, Louis J., M.D., 1952-1955.
Box 3 Folder 32
Letters of recommendations for Mereness, 1930-1978.
Box 3 Folder 33
Letters of references written by Mereness, 1965-1984.
Box 3 Folder 34
Letters of resignation, 1938-1983.
Box 3 Folder 35
Professional appointments, 1964-1984.
Box 3 Folder 36
Publications of articles, 1965-1981.
Box 3 Folder 37
May 1, 1976-May 31, 1976.
Box 3 Folder 38
June 1, 1976-January 1977.
Box 3 Folder 39
Speaking engagements, 1964-1978.
Box 3 Folder 40
Thank you notes, 1960-1984.
Box 3 Folder 41
List of some important dates in Mereness's life, 1990.
Box 4 Folder 42
List of Mereness's addresses from 1933-1991, 1991.
Box 4 Folder 43
Student records, 1941-1956.
Box 4 Folder 44
Tributes, 1976-1985.
Box 4 Folder 45
Teacher's College, Columbia University, bulletin, 1956.
Box 4 Folder 46
Materials from graduate education psychiatric nursing conferences in which Mereness participated, 1967-1970.
Box 4 Folder 47
Critique of Mereness's textbook foreword, 1984.
Box 4 Folder 48
Materials from Mereness's fiftieth anniversary high school reunion, 1978.
Box 4 Folder 49
Information on Mereness's colleagues, 1971-1984.
Box 4 Folder 50
Teaching position at Villanova University, 1980.
Box 4 Folder 50a
Financial materials, 1964-1965.
Box 4 Folder 51
Collected poems.
Box 4 Folder 52
Collected business cards.
Box 4 Folder 53
List of Mereness's Papers sent to Boston University.
Box 4 Folder 54
Commencements which Mereness addressed, 1952-1979.
Box 4 Folder 55
Conferences in which Mereness participated, 1965-1985.
Box 4 Folder 56
Events honoring Mereness, 1965-1985.
Box 4 Folder 57

Scope and Contents note

This series contains materials of the organizations in which Mereness participated. They include the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, the Pennsylvania League for Nursing Steering Committee for Continuing Education in Psychiatry, the Southeastern Pennsylvania League for Nursing, the Nurses' Educational Funds, the Pennsylvania Nurses' Association, the Pennsylvania Nurses' Association Commission on Nursing Practice, Pennsylvania Nurses' Association Conference Group on Psychiatric Nursing Practice, and Pennsylvania Nurses' Association District One. The series begins with the file of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. Perhaps the most important item in this section is a rewritten history of the School of Nursing prepared by Mereness. The rest of the School of Nursing's file includes a few annual reports, programs, correspondence and publications. The remaining organizations are arranged alphabetically with state and local chapters as well as committees attached as subseries to the parent institutions. Thus, Pennsylvania League for Nursing (PLN) is arranged as subseries to the National League for Nursing, the Southeastern PLN is created as a subseries of PLN, and the PLN Steering Committee for Education in Psychiatry, a committee to study psychiatric nursing education, is also a subseries of PLN.

Rewritten text of History of School of Nursing prepared by Mereness, 1987.
Box 4 Folder 1
Annual Reports, 1965-1971.
Box 4 Folder 2
Dean's report, 1976.
Box 4 Folder 3
State of the School address by Mereness, 1975.
Box 4 Folder 4
Correspondence, 1974-1984.
Box 4 Folder 5
News clippings, 1979.
Box 4 Folder 6
Poem read by Mereness to graduating class of 1972-1972.
Box 4 Folder 7
Programs, 1968-1976.
Box 4 Folder 8
The Vision, nursing school yearbook, 1972.
Box 4 Folder 9
Brochure: "Doctor of Nursing Science at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing", circa 1980.
Box 4 Folder 10
List of the board of directors.
Box 4 Folder 11
Programs, 1974-1975.
Box 4 Folder 12
Publications-newsletters, 1968-1979.
Box 4 Folder 13
Bylaws, 1963.
Box 4 Folder 14
Minutes, 1967-1974.
Box 4 Folder 15
Clinical Roles of the Professional Nurse, 1970.
Box 4 Folder 16
Preparation of the Professional Nurse for Future Roles, 1971.
Box 4 Folder 17
The Shifting Scene for Strength, 1967.
Box 4 Folder 18
Accredited nursing programs, 1973-1976.
Box 4 Folder 19
List of steering committee and members, 1963-1967.
Box 4 Folder 20
Materials appraising graduate programs, 1968-1969.
Box 4 Folder 21
The Nurse Practitioner at the Baccalaureate Level, statement prepared by Mereness for committee discussion, 1973.
Box 4 Folder 22
Papers presented before the Higher Education Council, 1962-1971.
Box 4 Folder 23
Requirements for National League for Nursing accredited nursing programs, 1973.
Box 4 Folder 24
Aims of Professional Education, 1972.
Box 4 Folder 25
Brochures appraising graduate programs, 1969-1972.
Box 4 Folder 26
Brochure: "Doctoral Programs in Nursing", 1973.
Box 4 Folder 27
National League for Nursing News, 1970.
Box 4 Folder 28
Bylaws, 1974-1976.
Box 5 Folder 29
Annual reports, 1972-1973, 1975-1976.
Box 5 Folder 30
Minutes, 1973-1974.
Box 5 Folder 31
Resolutions, 1972.
Box 5 Folder 32
Financial statements, 1973-1974.
Box 5 Folder 33
Correspondence, 1973-1974.
Box 5 Folder 34
List of the Board of Directors, officers and committee chairpeople, 1970.
Box 5 Folder 35
National League for Nursing guidelines for constituent members, 1972-1973.
Box 5 Folder 36
Program of statewide conference, 1972.
Box 5 Folder 37
Publications: news bulletins, 1973-1976.
Box 5 Folder 38
Minutes and meeting agendas, 1973-1974.
Box 5 Folder 39
Correspondence, 1973-1974.
Box 5 Folder 40
List of members.
Box 5 Folder 41
Minutes, 1973-1976.
Box 5 Folder 42
Report of the Statistical Survey, 1973.
Box 5 Folder 43
Correspondence, 1974.
Box 5 Folder 44
List of officers and members of the board, 1973-1977.
Box 5 Folder 45
Membership Directory, January 1976.
Box 5 Folder 46
Nursing administrative staff directory, 1973.
Box 5 Folder 47
Scholarship awarded, 1975.
Box 5 Folder 48
Student nursing associations, mailing list, 1976.
Box 5 Folder 49
Bylaws, 1968-1975.
Box 5 Folder 50
Annual reports, 1965-1968.
Box 5 Folder 51
Minutes, 1966-1983.
Box 5 Folder 52
Meeting agendas, 1975-1976.
Box 5 Folder 53
Fact Sheet, 1976.
Box 5 Folder 54
Contributions received, 1976.
Box 5 Folder 55
Edith Pritchard Trust Fund materials, 1976-1984.
Box 5 Folder 56
Financial Statements, 1975-1976.
Box 5 Folder 57
Board membership, 1970-1984.
Box 5 Folder 58
Donations, 1971-1976.
Box 5 Folder 59
Financial, 1970-1976.
Box 5 Folder 60
General, 1970-1984.
Box 5 Folder 61
List of the board, 1970, 1974.
Box 5 Folder 62
News releases, 1975-1976.
Box 5 Folder 63
Operational procedures for committee, 1983.
Box 5 Folder 64
Publications: Brochure, "Help Nurses Help Themselves", circa 1978.
Box 5 Folder 65
Box 6 Folder 66
History written by Mereness, 1978.
Box 6 Folder 67
Report: "PNA's Position on Professional Nursing Practice", 1972.
Box 6 Folder 68
Publication: "The Pennsylvania Nurse", 1972-1984.
Box 6 Folder 69
Minutes, 1972-1973.
Box 6 Folder 70
American Nursing Association report to constituent members, 1973.
Box 6 Folder 71
Nursing Education within Pennsylvania, 1972.
Box 6 Folder 72
Responses to chairman's assignments to committee members, 1972.
Box 6 Folder 73
Correspondence, 1973-1974.
Box 6 Folder 74
List of steering committee.
Box 6 Folder 75
Bylaws and statement of purpose, 1970.
Box 6 Folder 76
History written by Mereness.
Box 6 Folder 77
Annual Reports, 1965-1969.
Box 6 Folder 78
Minutes, 1964-1973.
Box 6 Folder 79
Reports to the Board of Directors, 1965-1966.
Box 6 Folder 80
Report of the Task Force to the Psychiatric Conference Group, 1966.
Box 6 Folder 81
Second annual conference survey, questionnaires and results, 1966.
Box 6 Folder 82
Correspondence, 1965-1973.
Box 6 Folder 83
Handwritten notes by Mereness, circa 1970.
Box 6 Folder 84
List of members.
Box 6 Folder 85
Papers presented at the sixth annual spring conference, 1970.
Box 6 Folder 86
Procedure statement on resolution, 1965.
Box 6 Folder 87
Programs, 1966-1972.
Box 6 Folder 88
Convention Newsletter, 1966.
Box 6 Folder 89
The Newsletter, 1968-1972.
Box 6 Folder 90
History written by Mereness, 1987.
Box 6 Folder 91
Reports, circa 1985.
Box 6 Folder 92
Publication: newsletter, "The Philadelphia Nurse", 1978-1991.
Box 6 Folder 93
American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Twentieth anniversary report and newsletter, 1989.
Box 7 Folder 94
American Association of Deans of Colleges and University Schools of Nursing, resolution, October 1970.
Box 7 Folder 95
Boston University Mugar Memorial Library materials, minutes, correspondence, publications, etc., 1972-1973.
Box 7 Folder 96
Cleveland City Hospital, information booklet, 1941.
Box 7 Folder 97
College of Physicians of Philadelphia, organizational structure, 1976-1977.
Box 7 Folder 98
Definition, purpose and objective, 1970-1972.
Box 7 Folder 99
Materials on Pennsylvania's (Mereness's) contribution to report, 1972.
Box 7 Folder 100
Position statement, 1970.
Box 7 Folder 101
Statement on Report of the National Commission for the Study of Nursing and Nursing Education, 1971.
Box 7 Folder 102
Summary report and recommendation, 1970.
Box 7 Folder 103
Box 7 Folder 104
Box 7 Folder 105
Undetermined dates and 1959-1960.
Box 7 Folder 106
Spring 1961-1962.
Box 7 Folder 107
Fall 1962-Spring 1963.
Box 7 Folder 108
Fall 1963-Spring 1964.
Box 7 Folder 109
Fall 1964-Spring 1965.
Box 7 Folder 110
Report: "Function of the Consultant", 1960.
Box 7 Folder 111
Publication: Brochure, 1964.
Box 7 Folder 112
Nursing Research, list of editorial advisory committee, 1967.
Box 7 Folder 113
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, magazine, 1964, 1968, 1983.
Box 7 Folder 114
Correspondence, 1965-1976.
Box 7 Folder 115
Program, 1953-1984.
Box 7 Folder 116
Publication: Newsletters, 1979.
Box 7 Folder 117
Teacher's College, Columbia University, Nursing Education Alumni Association, annual report, 1975-1976.
Box 7 Folder 118
Approved certified registered nursing programs in Pennsylvania, 1990.
Box 7 Folder 119
Directory of Nurses with an Earned Doctoral Degree, 1969.
Box 7 Folder 120

Scope and Contents note

This series contains both personal and professional pictures of Mereness. Included are portraits and other individual pictures of Mereness, ceremonial photographs, group pictures, and pictures of Mereness's colleagues.

High school graduation picture, 1928.
Box 8 Photo 1
circa 1932.
Box 8 Photo 2
Frances Payne School of Nursing graduation picture, 1941.
Box 8 Photo 3
circa 1950.
Box 8 Photo 4
Box 8 Photo 5
Box 8 Photo 6
Box 8 Photo 6.1
Box 8 Photo 6.2
Box 8 Photo 6.3
Box 8 Photo 6.4
Official Portrait as dean of school of nursing at Penn, [1965-1977].
Box 8 Photo 6a
Box 8 Photo 7
At desk, City Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1945.
Box 8 Photo 8
At desk, City Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1945.
Box 8 Photo 8.1
At desk, City Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1945.
Box 8 Photo 8.2
Speaking at a workshop at Tuskeegee, Visiting Association, 1963.
Box 8 Photo 9
At desk in the Dean's office, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 1965.
Box 8 Photo 10
Standing in business suit, 1966.
Box 8 Photo 11
Conducting a workshop from a podium, Topeka, Kansas, March, 1968.
Box 8 Photo 12
Conducting a workshop from a podium with shot of audience, Topeka, Kansas, March 1968.
Box 8 Photo 13
Dressed for the Silver Anniversary of the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, May 1975.
Box 8 Photo 14
Dressed for the Silver Anniversary of the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, May 1975.
Box 8 Photo 14.1
Sitting at a table, circa 1978.
Box 8 Photo 15
Sitting at a desk at the House of Delegates of the American Nurses' Association, 1984.
Box 8 Photo 16
Sitting at desk at the office of the State Board of Nurse Examiners in Harrisburg, 1984.
Box 8 Photo 17
Mereness with Barbara Schutt and Elizabeth Cleino at the Sigma Theta Tau Tea, 1965.
Box 8 Photo 18
Mereness and Juanita Watson, Chairman of the Silver Anniversary Committee, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, with a University chair, May 1975.
Box 8 Photo 19
Mereness with Evelyn Barnett, 1976 president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, receiving past A.A.C.N.president citation, 1976.
Box 8 Photo 20
Mereness receiving Honorary Degree from Villanova University, May 1978.
Box 8 Photo 21
Mereness holding Honorary Degree while talking to Villanova administrator, May 1978.
Box 8 Photo 22
Mereness talking to two Villanova administrators upon receiving Honorary Degree, May 1978.
Box 8 Photo 23
Mereness with other recipients of the Honorary Degree from Villanova, May 1978.
Box 8 Photo 24
Receiving Honorary Recognition for Distinguished Service Award, Pennsylvania Nurses' Association, September 1978.
Box 8 Photo 25
Mereness receiving Distinguished Contribution to Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Award, American Nurses' Association, June 1984.
Box 8 Photo 26
Mereness receiving Distinguished Contribution to Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Award, American Nurses' Association, June 1984.
Box 8 Photo 26.1
Mereness receiving an Honorary Membership into the American Academy of Nursing, 1984.
Box 8 Photo 27
Mereness receiving an Honorary Membership into the American Academy of Nursing, 1984.
Box 8 Photo 27.1
Mereness greeting guess at a dinner celebrating her Honorary membership into the American Academy of Nursing, 1984.
Box 8 Photo 28
Mereness with colleague at fiftieth anniversary dinner, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Spring 1990.
Box 8 Photo 29
Head nurses at City Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, and Mereness, who taught psychiatric nursing, 1942.
Box 8 Photo 30
Head nurses at City Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, and Mereness, who taught psychiatric nursing, 1942.
Box 8 Photo 30.1
Mereness surrounded by New York University students, 1964.
Box 8 Photo 31
Mereness sitting at table with School of Allied Medical Profession administrators, May 1970.
Box 8 Photo 32
Past officers of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, October 1976.
Box 8 Photo 33
Mereness with members of the Class of 1941, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve, fortieth anniversary reunion, 1981.
Box 8 Photo 34
Mereness at the dinner party in honor of her 80th birthday, 1990.
Box 8 Photo 34.a-c
Lira Eldridge, Boulder, Colorado, August 1978.
Box 8 Photo 35
Elinor Hule in front of closed garage on snowy day, Christmas 1989.
Box 8 Photo 36
Hildegard E. Peplau, 1930.
Box 8 Photo 37
Hildegard E. Peplau and grand nephew, David Erich Garden, 1982, 1984, 1989.
Box 8 Photo 38
Miriam Stuzman Schibler, December 1989.
Box 8 Photo 30
Dr. Margretta Styles, former President of the American Nurses' Association 1986-1988, and former Dean, School of Nursing, University of California at San Francisco.
Box 8 Photo 40
Miscellaneous photographs, 1960-1984.
Box 8 Folder 1
Negatives, 1945-1976.
Box 8 Folder 2

Scope and Contents note

This series contains collected books and cassette tapes and artifacts. The two books are Karnosh's A Psychiatrist's Anthology and Faddis's A School of Nursing Comes of Age. The two cassette tapes are the recordings of a speech by Gaylord P. Harnwell, former president of the University of Pennsylvania, and of a television advertisement for nursing. Among the artifacts are plaques and Mereness's Emeritus Professor medallion.

Karnosh, Louis, M.D. A Psychiatrist's Anthology, 1935, presented as gift to Mereness, October, 1940; Faddis, Margene. A School of Nursing Comes of Age, 1973, signed copy from author to Mereness, 1973.
Box 9
Ad for Nurses for television, 1981; Gaylord Harnwell, President of the University of Pennsylvania, addressing Council of Deans, 1965; Scotch recording tape from President of the University of Pennsylvania to Dean Mereness.
Box 9
Four plaques; One Emeritus Member medallion from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Framed Certificate of Recognition, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 1976.
Box 9

Correspondence, Interview, Speech outlines, Handwriten drafts, Notes.
Chapter 5 handwritten script, interviews with June Maner, Theresa Lynch, Mary Beam and Miss Woodruff.
Draft 2 with Claire Fagine notes.
Typed drafts of academic reports and manuscripts.
General Info.
Handwritten notes.
Letters received after obituary.
Mereness Book.
2 notebooks on meeting notes c. 1972.
Christmas cards 1969-1972.
Christmas greetings from Dorothy Mereness c. 1940-1980.
Papers, speeches and misc.
Brown Publishing Company correspondence and other materials related to book Essentials of Psychiatric Nursing c. 1970-1973.

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