The Dorothea Orem Collection

At the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, John's Hopkins Medical Institutions, the Dorothea Orem Collection documents her activities from the 1950s to the present. The collection contains personal and professional correspondence, notebooks, published and unpublished articles, diplomas, honorary degrees, educative materials, and course materials from The Catholic University of America (1960s).

It also includes page proofs, correspondence and other materials related to the publication of Nursing: Concepts of Practice and Concept Formalization in Nursing: Process and Product. Other items include curriculum materials and committee records from CUA, documentation of the Self-Evaluation Project at Incarnate Word College (1970s), documentation from the Georgetown Curriculum Project (1970s), conference papers, notes, correspondence, and other materials relating to conferences throughout the 1970s and 1980s, current conference papers and work in progress.

The Nursing Development Conference Group and the International Orem Society are both represented. The NDCG is particularly well represented by correspondence and other materials relating to the publication of Concept Formalization in Nursing: Process and Product.

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Additional Collections

In addition to these materials, the collection also contains two small but significant sub-collections dedicated
to Joan Backscheider and Monica Orem, Dorothea Orem’s sister.

The Joan Backscheider Collection contains personal and professional correspondence, students’ work including dissertations and field work diaries, and committee notes and minutes from The Catholic University of America (1960s).

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The Monica Orem Collection

This collection contains personal photos and correspondence and a full run of the Patna Mission Newsletter from 1950-1959.

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