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Harriet Feldman Collection

Harriet Feldman is a nurse and the dean of the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University. Dr. Feldman has made it her mission to inform the public about the nursing educator shortage around the world. She has spent time researching pain in postoperative patients. This collection includes a great deal of information relating to Feldman’s life and career.


Finding Aid for the Harriet Feldman Collection   (MC78)

Compiled by Erik Stolarski, Graduate Student, University at Albany, SUNY, College of Computer and Information Studies

In fulfillment of the practicum for Archival Representation, IST 660, January-May 2016.


ACCESS/RESTRICTIONS: This collection is open to the public by appointment.  No restrictions.
ACQUISITION: This collection was gifted to the Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History, Center for Nursing at the Foundation on New York State Nurses by Harriet Feldman in one accession in 2015.
COPYRIGHT: Please consult the repository for information about duplication or publishing of any materials from this collection.
DATES: 1965-2015 (bulk 1984-2006)
 EXTENT:  3.5 cubic feet, including books
 INDEX TERMS: LCSH: Long Island College Hospital; State University of New York; SUNY College of Technology at Farmingdale; Adelphi University, School of Nursing; New York University, School of Education, Health, Nursing, and Arts Professions, Division of Nursing; Fairleigh Dickinson University; Pace University; Sigma Theta Tau; Nursing-Study and Teaching(Continuing education); Nursing-Study and Teaching (Graduate); Nursing- Study and Teaching(Associates Degree); Nursing- Study and Teaching-United States; Long Island Jewish MedicalCenter; Pain; Postoperative Pain; Pain Perception; Nursing, Periodicals.
RESTRICTIONS:  There are no restrictions on this collection.
Harriet Feldman Manuscript Collection (MC 78), Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History, Center for Nursing at the Foundation of New York State Nurses,Guilderland, NY.

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Biographical History:

Dr. Harriet Feldman was born on May 5, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY.  She lived there until the age of ten when her family moved to Massapequa Park on Long Island.  After graduating highschool in 1963, Feldman went on to attend Long Island College Hospital, pursuing an interest in the field of nursing.  She graduated in 1965 and went on to work at her alma mater, as well asLong Island Jewish Medical Center in various roles. While working full time, she also began teaching at SUNY Farmingdale where she got her first taste of teaching nursing students.  Feldman also attended Adelphi University, earning her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nursing in 1968 and 1971 respectively.  Her continued studies and brief stint in teaching motivated her to apply for a job at Adelphi University in 1971. Feldman worked in various roles at Adelphi, from assistant professor, to assistant dean for academic administration. While at Adelphi, Feldman also worked at Long Island Jewish Medical Center as an educator. She also worked at Springer Publishing Company, where she was a co-founder and co-editor of Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice. She earned her PhD in Research Theory Development in Nursing Science from New York University in 1984.

In 1987 Feldman was a full professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, as well as being an adjunct professor at Adelphi until 1990. While teaching, Feldman once again went back to school, earning a Certificate in Management Development from Harvard University in 1991. In 1993 Feldman applied to Pace University, and began working as both Dean and Professor for the Lienhard School of Nursing. She has continued to work at PaceUniversity in these roles, as well as Interim Dean for the School of Education, as well as Interim Provost and EVP for Academic affairs.

During her time at Pace, Feldman  made it her mission to spread the word about the deficit on educators in the school of nursing, and try to remedy this problem. She has dedicated a great deal of her life to the study of pain in the medical field, from how it affects patients to how pain can be managed. Throughout most of her career and education, Feldman dedicated a great deal of time to nursing organizations. The one most represented in this collection being her work with Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honors society. She has been in many positions within the organization since she joined in 1971. These include, but are not limited to treasurer, recording secretary, and president.


Scope and Content Notes:

This collection includes a great deal of information relating to the professional life of Harriet Feldman. There is a collection of publications that Harriet contributed to, dating from 1974 to 2015. These include institutions in which she was the editor or a board member, as well as contributions through the writing of articles or Hospital Topics in which she created puzzles. The collection includes many of Feldman’s academic and professional papers from her years at Adelphi, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Pace Universities. Other parts of the collection include interviews of Feldman from the various institutions she worked for, photographs from academic trips around the world, as well the many awards she earned throughout her life.

The Harriet Feldman Collection is made up of six series detailing her professional andacademic life. The series are 1. Publications, 2. Academic and Professional Papers, 3.Correspondence, 4. Audio Visual, 5. Oral History, and 6. Awards, Certificates, and Artifacts.


Series Descriptions:

1. Publications 1974-2015: Harriet Feldman wrote many articles and contributed to various magazines over the course of her professional life. This collection consists of those issues that she wrote or contributed articles to, or even worked for on the staff. There are also copiesof Hospital Topics for which she created puzzles. This collection is housed in both the archive as well as on the shelves in the Center’s research library.

2. Academic and Professional Papers 1965-2009: This series consists of documents during Feldman’s studies at Long Island College Hospital, New York University, as well as her work at Adelphi, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Pace Universities. Within the collection are copies of her transcripts, presentation materials, as well as information of professional trips she made to Russia and China.

3. Correspondence 1971-2015: This series consists of correspondence between Feldman and various people. The records date from the years 1971 to 2015 and cover nearly her entire professional life. The bulk of the records are from 1985 to 2005. The content of the records consists of basic professional correspondence between co-workers, as well as letters between students from the various universities she worked at thanking Feldman for mentoring them.

4. Audio Visual 1965-2010: This series consists of seven (7) VHS tapes, three (3) CD-ROMs and two (2) floppy discs. The information in them is from her time at Adelphi, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Pace Universities. Some of them are interviews with Feldman by students at the universities for community spotlights or even local television channels.

5. Oral History: The Oral History is an interview of Harriet Feldman conducted by Gertrude Hutchinson at the Bellevue Alumnae Center.  Feldman discusses her life up to the present, giving special insight into the world of nursing education as well as the story of her personal life. This is an important part of the collection since much of her personal life is not represented in the rest of the other series.

6. Awards and Certificates 1965-2013: This series is made up of all the awards Harriet Feldman has received throughout her life. All of them are related to her academic and professional achievements. Most of them are recognizing her work in supporting the growth of nursing education.


Box and Folder List:

Box 1

Series 1: Publications 1974-2015

Bound books can be found in the Research Library (FNYSN) on the shelf marked HarrietFeldman Collection.

Box 2

Series 2: Academic and Professional Papers 1965-2009

Series 3: Correspondence 1971-2015

Series 4: Audio Visual 1965-2010

Series 5: Oral History 2015


Box 3

Series 6: Awards, Certificates, and Artifacts 1965-2013


1. Awards and Certificates 1965-2012.

2. Awards and Certificates 2006-2013.

3. Nurse’s Graduation Cap


© 2001-2006 Foundation of the New York State Nurses Association, Inc.
© 2006-2017 Foundation of New York State Nurses, Inc.

Index code: MC78

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