Dorothy Sanderson Papers

Identifier: EBL-0144

  • Staff Only

Content Description

Personal papers and records of Dorothy Sanderson documenting her career as a professional dietitian in various hospitals and related institutions in Nashville, Tennessee and Cleveland, Ohio. Collection also consists of scrapbooks and materials that record her schooling, interests, family life and travel.


  • 1924-2021

Conditions Governing Access

All collections are subject to applicable Vanderbilt University 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 or is retained by the authors of specific published items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Sanderson was born May 6, 1924 in Canton, OH the daughter of Harry and Lei Minnie Shifman. She graduated from Ohio State University in 1946 with a B.S. in Home Economics and completed an internship in Dietetics from Vanderbilt University in 1947. She held numerous positions throughout her professional career including at Cleveland City Hospital in Cleveland, OH, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Methodist/Baptist Hospital, Hospital Corporation of America, and Clover Bottom Hospital and School all in Nashville, TN. In addition to her career in dietetics, she was a devoted wife and mother, active in her faith and community, and had a life-long love for pets and animals. She passed away at the age of 92 on May 10, 2016 in Nashville, TN.


2.88 Cubic Feet (Two Paige boxes and one flat storage box (21" x 17" x 1.5").) : Collection consists of photographs, scrapbooks, framed materials, published items, typed, and handwritten materials.

Language of Materials



Personal papers of dietitian Dorothy Sanderson documenting her life and career at hospitals and related institutions in Nashville, Tennessee and Cleveland, Ohio.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the family of Dorothy Sanderson, January 2021

Condition Description

Materials are in generally good condition. The scrapbooks are in relatively fragile condition given the acidic paper has yellowed and become brittle. The two oversized photogrpahs are also in fragile condition.

Processing Information

Processed February, 2021.

Dorothy Sanderson Papers
History of Medicine Collections Staff using inventory and descriptions prepared by Marla Sanderson.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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