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Eleanor Herrmann Nursing History Collection

Identifier: 1998-0329

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains administrative records, awards, clippings, correspondence, ephemera, fliers, photographs, publications, sound recordings, and transcripts concerning the history of nursing.


  • 1904-2007


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Eleanor Krohn Herrmann was born in New York City on 1 February 1935, and grew up in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. It was there, she once said, that she became aware of the importance of history as she rode her bicycle along the path that American revolutionary Daniel Shays traveled to participate in the Boston Tea Party.

Her father, Martin Krohn, died in a farming accident when she was 14, but her mother, Ellen (Polson) Krohn, influenced her and her siblings to value education, a principle she passed along throughout her lifetime to her students.

Herrmann received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Adelphi University in New York, her master’s from the University of Colorado, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in education from the Teachers College of Columbia University.

Herrmann was a Professor of Nursing at UConn from 1987 until her retirement in 1997. She continued to remain active with the School of Nursing, including her role as co-curator of the history collection that was compiled largely by her friend Josephine Dolan, until her death in July 2012.

In addition to UConn, Herrmann taught at Yale, Cornell, Syracuse, and the universities of Wyoming and Colorado. She also held a deep commitment to social justice, and had ongoing relationships with nursing education and professional development groups in several countries in Central and South America.

Herrmann was a charter member of the American Association for the History of Nursing, was one of its past presidents, and served on editorial boards and review panels for several professional journals. She also was a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society; a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Cheshire Historical Society; Women’s Auxiliary, Silver City Detachment Marine Corps League; and the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.

A video celebration of her life is available online.


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Materials collected by Eleanor Herrmann, Professor of Nursing at the University of Connecticut, regarding the history of nursing.

Provenance and Acquisition

The materials were donated by Dr. Herrmann in 1998.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to Connecticut nursing education, history and leadership. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Eleanor Herrman Nursing History Collection
Archives & Special Collections staff
2014 March
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
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