Dorothy Johnson Papers

Identifier: EBL-0104

  • Staff Only

Content Description

Personal papers and manuscripts of educator and nursing theorist Dorothy E. Johnson.


  • 1938-1998


Conditions Governing Access

All collections are subject to applicable Vanderbilt privacy and confidentiality policies. Collection specific restrictions: No Restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University.

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy E. Johnson, prominent educator and nursing theorist was born in Savannah, Georgia on August 21, 1919. She attended Armstrong Junior College, Savannah, GA from 1936-1938. In 1942 Johnson graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BSN. At Vanderbilt she was the outstanding student in her class and received the Founder's Medal. After graduation she joined the faculty of the Nursing School at Vanderbilt. In 1948 she received the MA/MPH from Harvard University. From Harvard she went to UCLA and remained there for the rest of her career. Dorothy Johnson published widely during her career in academic nursing. She is considered among the outstanding nurse theorists of the 20th century. After her retirement from UCLA in 1979 Dorothy Johnson moved to the Florida coast to pursue her hobby of the study of sea shells. She remained active in retirement as a speaker and advocate for nursing education.She died on February 4 1999 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She was 80 years old.


1.85 Cubic Feet (5 Hollinger boxes)

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Papers and personal materials beloging to educator and nursing theroist Dorothy E. Johnson documenting her teaching, research, and writing activities. Ms. Johnson, a 1942 graduate of Vanderbilt Univisity School of Nursing spent the majority of her professional career at UCLA School of Nursing and is considered among the leading nursing theroists in the 20th century.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dorothy E. Johnson as vereifed by a letter contained in the collection to Mary Teloh from Miss Johnson regarding the gift of her papers to Vanderbilt, dated August 14, 1997. Later materials follwoing her death were deposited with the library through the agency of Ms. Bonnie Holaday, who knew Ms. Johnson both personally and professionally.
Dorothy Johnson Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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