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School of Nursing. Collection, 1947-Ongoing

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSU Archives Collection 101

Scope and Contents

The MSU School of Nursing materials have been divided up into ten series. The items in each series have been arranged first chronology and second alphabetically.

Syllabi This series contains course syllabi from 1982 to 2006. In addition, each course contains the course pack within which the syllabus is contained.

Exams This series contains exams for many courses, some of which contain answers.

Committees This series contains committee minutes and actions from the School of Nursing, most of which concern budget, curricular, faculty, department planning, admissions, library, and student affairs. Related information can be found in the Faculty Information and Task Forces Series'.

Student Activities This section pertains to the activities of students within the School of Nursing, which is predominated by the Capping and Pinning ceremony and recruitment of undergraduate students. Related information can be found in the Miscellaneous Series.

Faculty Information Most of the information in this series comes in the form of meetings, and meeting minutes, also included in the series are faculty yearbooks, and faculty lists. Also a wide variety of materials pertaining to current and former faculty and administrators. Related information can be found in the Committees Series.

Task Force The series contains information about task forces that relate to the School of Nursing at the sophomore, junior, and senior level. Minutes and philosophy are included in the series. Related information can be found in the Committee Series.

Minnesota Board of Nursing This series documents the Minnesota State University, Mankato School of Nursing interaction with the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Related information can be found in the Reports Series.

Reports This series includes annual and quarterly reports concerning the School of Nursing program. Program requirements, qualifications, self evaluations, and studies are also included. Related information can be found in the Minnesota Board of Nursing Series.

Grants A small series of sixteen financial, project, talent, and capitation grants from the school of nursing. Most of the information is in the form of documents.

Miscellaneous Remaining items that were not categorized in any other series have been placed within this series. Information that is included, but not limited to, university expansion, curriculum development, news clippings, and health issues on campus. Related information can be found in the Student Activities Series.


  • 1947-Ongoing


Biographical / Historical

The Minnesota State University, Mankato School of Nursing was started in the 1950s. Funding for the development of the program was made available by the state legislature to help alleviate the shortage of nurses following World War 11. During the mid-1950s the program received approval by the Minnesota Board of Nursing (MBN). After years of attempts, the program received accreditation by the National League of Nursing in 1964 and has received reaccreditation ever since. The School has gone by several names in its lifetime. Until the late 1970s it was known as the Division of Nursing. The School of Nursing currently admits eighty students a year and offers three tracks within the program.

Information obtained from the collection and Celebrating the First Fifty Years: an Interpretive Essay by Mary Huntley, Edna Thayer, Linda Beer.


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The School of Nursing collection contains records of the School from 1947 to the present. The collection includes committee and meeting minutes, task force reports, materials relating to the Minnesota Board of Nursing as well as information about grants, departmental/school faculty, and miscellaneous materials about the School.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mary M. Bliesmer, on behalf of the Minnesota State University, Mankato School of Nursing, donated this collection in 2004.

School of Nursing. Collection, 1947-Ongoing
Matt Moseley, Carrie Klagge, Andy Johnson and Carl Westmark, students from History 430: Public History, processed this collection under the supervision of Daardi Sizemore.
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Repository Details

Part of the Minnesota State University, Mankato University Archives Repository

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Memorial Library
PO Box 8419
Mankato MN 56002-8419 US