Amy Frances Brown Papers

Identifier: MSS.0056

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The Amy Frances Brown Papers contain various documents relating to her professional career at Vanderbilt for the years 1951-1970. The papers are contained in 10 Hollinger boxes (4.2 linear feet).


  • 1951 - 1982

Biographical Note

Amy Frances Brown was born on a farm near Galesburg, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Education at Western Illinois State in 1930, her M.S. in Nursing from Western Reserve in 1940, and in 1955 her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 1941. Her career encompassed nursing and the development of nursing curricula, teaching, and scientific writing. Her published works include Curriculum Development (1960), Clinical Instruction (1949), Research in Nursing (1958) and in 1945 her most notable book, Medical Nursing. In addition, she was a highly requested guest speaker for various medical conferences across the country.

In 1965, the Amy Frances Brown Prize for Excellence in Writing was established. This award was given to juniors and seniors annually who met course requirements, and submitted the best comprehensive scientific writing.

Amy Frances Brown retired in 1974 as Professor of Medical Surgical Nursing, Emerita after 33 years of service to the Vanderbilt University medical community. She died on December 14, 1983.


4.2 Linear Feet (10 Hollinger boxes)

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The Amy Frances Brown Papers contain various documents relating to her professional career in Nursing at Vanderbilt for the years 1951-1970.

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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