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Katharine J. Densford Dreves papers

Identifier: ua00963


Collection contains the papers of Katharine Densford, Emeritus Professor and Director of the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Materials include biographical information, correspondence, speeches, clippings, pictures, postcards, notebooks, information files on people, places, commissions, organizations and committees and published works in the field of nursing and health.


  • Creation: 1900-1975


Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law Title 17, U.S. Code. Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Biographical / Historical

Katharine Jane Densford Dreves was born on December 7, 1890 in Crothersville, Indiana. She received a B.A. in Latin and history from Miami University (OH) in 1914; M.A. in history from the University of Chicago in 1915; diploma in graduate nursing from the University of Cincinnati School of Nursing and Health in 1920. From 1922-1925 Densford was an instructor of tuberculosis nursing and public health nursing at the University of Cincinnati. In 1925 Densford moved to Chicago to be the Assistant Dean of the Illinois Training School for Nurses and Assistant Director of Nursing Service at Cook County Hospital.

Densford became a professor and director of the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota in 1930. Densford was involved in various professional nursing associations including, the American Nurses' Association (ANA), Sigma Theta Tau, Minnesota League of Nursing Education, Alpha Tau Delta, Minnesota Nurses Association, Minnesota Nursing Council for War Service, and the International Council of Nurses (ICN). In addition to her professional service and teaching, Densford was a frequent public speaker and writer, authoring almost 100 books and articles during her career.

Densford retired from the University in 1959. She died on September 29, 1978.


24 Cubic Feet (23 boxes (17 Paige; 1 hollinger; 5 oversize))

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to University Archives by Isabel Harris and others. Accretions donated by the School of Nursing Alumni Society Heritage Committee.

September 2019
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