Luther P. Christman Papers
Collection Number 16

Summary Information

EBL Manuscripts Collection
Christman, Luther P.
Luther P. Christman Papers
Date [inclusive]
1939 - 1999
0.3 Cubic feet
Personal papers of Luther P. Christman, nurse, sociologist, educator, and Dean of Vanderbilt Nursing School from 1967-1972. Materials include photographs, correspondence, and other papers.

Preferred Citation

Luther P. Christman Papers. Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

Luther P. Christman (1915- ) was a nurse, professor, sociologist, and administrator. He was the first male dean of a nursing school in the United States. As dean of Vanderbilt University's School of Nursing, he was the first to employ African-American women as faculty at Vanderbilt.

Christman was born in Summit Hill, Pennsylvania in 1915. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing for Men in 1939. He earned his BA in nursing (1948) and his MA in clinical psychology (1952) from Temple University. Dr Christman received his PhD in sociology and anthropology from Michigan State University in 1965.

Mr. Christman was a private duty nurse at the Pennsylvania Hospital from 1939-1948. Then he became an instructor at the Cooper Hospital School of Nursing from 1948-1953. Luther was director of nursing at the Yankton State Hospital from 1953-1956. Then he was a nursing consultant for the Michigan Department of Mental Health from 1956-1963. Then he joined the University of Michigan as an associate professor of psychiatric nursing from 1963-1967. He also worked as a research associate for both the Institute of Social Research and the Bureau of Hospital Administration from 1964-1967 and 1965-1967. Luther then became a professor of nursing and sociology, Dean of the school of nursing, and Director of nursing services at Vanderbilt University and Hospital from 1967-1972. Luther then went to Rush University as a professor of nursing and sociology, dean of the college of nursing, and vice-president of nursing affairs from 1972-1987. He was also a senior scientist and attending staff at the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center from 1972-1988. Luther then returned to Vanderbilt as an adjunct professor of nursing from 1991-1995.

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Collection Scope and Content Summary

Personal papers of Luther P. Christman, nurse, sociologist, educator, and Dean of Vanderbilt Nursing School from 1967-1972. Materials include photographs, correspondence, and other papers.

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Administrative Information

Notes about Access to this Collection

All collections are subject to applicable VUMC privacy and confidentiality policies. Collection specific restrictions: No Restrictions.

Reproduction Rights

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Subject Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Christman, Luther P.

Other Keywords - Digital Library Subjects

  • Health Administration
  • History of Medicine
  • Medical Education
  • Nursing
  • VUMC History

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Collection Inventory

Series 01: Miscellaneous  

Box Folder

Curriculum Vita, 1939 - 1996

1 1.1

Boston University Nursing Archives - Christman Collection & Vanderbilt Related Holdings: Includes correspondence, reports, newsclippings, publications, and related materials, 1968-1995

1 2.01

Miscellaneous copies of articles, awards, and honors, 1972-96

1 2.02

"Christman's Laws of Behavior", n.d.

1 2.03

Photographs - Luther Christman at Rush University

1 2.04

Photograph - Luther Christman Portrait

1 2.05

Correspondence related to awards given to or by Luther Christman, 1997

1 2.06

Reprint - "Advanced Practice Nursing: Is the Physician's Assistant an Accident of History or a Failure to Act?", 1997

1 2.07

Miscellaneous articles and news releases pertaining to Luther Christman, 1969-1997

1 2.08

"The Magic of Luther Christman: Legacy of Leadership" - Shirley H. Fondiller Reflections Vol. 24 No. 2 second quarter 1998

1 2.09

Papers related to honorary degree from Grand Valley State University, October 1998

1 2.1

"Luther Christman, in book form" - Rhonda Poole Lewisburg Tribune December 31, 1998 (Lewisburg, TN) page 1 newsprint

1 2.11

Michigan State University College of Social Sciences 1999 Outstanding Alumnus Award

1 2.12

"Potential For Progress" by Luther Christman - Presented at the Nebraska Nurse's Association Biennial Convention, Omaha, Nebraska October 19, 1966

1 3.1

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