The Dorothea Orem Collection
At the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, John's Hopkins Medical Institutions.
Scope and Content
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contains personal and professional correspondence, notebooks, published and unpublished articles,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
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.
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).
The Monica Orem Collection
This collection contains personal photos and correspondence and a full run of the Patna
Mission Newsletter from 1950-1959.