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Dorothy B. Wimmer papers

Identifier: RG-22-09-01

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a notebook from the 1940s created in fulfillment of requirements for the Ball Memorial Hospital School of Nursing located in Muncie, Indiana. It also contains notebooks from her refresher courses and from her job as a Dental assistant in addition to journal articles and materials regarding the medical field.


  • 1940s-1980s

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Ball State University, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Administrative History

The Ball State University Department of Nursing was created in the 1970-1971 academic as part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. In the 1983-1984 academic year, Ball State University created the College of Applied Sciences and Technology, and the Department of Nursing was from the College of Fine and Applied Arts to the newly created college. The Department of Nursing was renamed the School of Nursing for the 1985-1986 academic year.

Biographical Note

Born in Greensburg, Indiana on February 15, 1925 to Lucian H. and Jessie Applegate Brown, Dorothy Brown was raised on the family farm along the Flatrock River near St. Paul, Indiana. Dorothy earned three degrees from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana (BSN, 1948; BS, 1962; MS, 1968). Dorothy M. Brown and John H. Wimmer were married in 1948 at Star Baptist Church in Decatur County, and subsequently resided over the years in Milroy, New Castle, and Carmel, Indiana. Between 1948 and 1963, Wimmer worked as a nurse practitioner, serving as Head of Obstetric Nursing at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Indiana. After completing a degree in elementary education, she joined the New Castle Community School Corporation in 1963, teaching third and fourth graders at Sunnyside and Wilbur Wright Elementary Schools until her retirement in 1979. During her retirement, Wimmer taught courses to nursing students at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. Dorothy Brown Wimmer passed away on April 22, 2008 in Waco, Texas after a brief illness. She was 83.


1 Cubic Feet (1 Box)

Language of Materials



This collection is organized by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Indianapolis Medical History Museums on 2008/10/10.


No additions are expected.


  • "Dorothy Brown Wimmer, 83." April 26, 2008. (accessed October 26, 2009).

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2008/12/01 by Joseph M. Brugos. Text finding aid created 2008/12/01 by Joseph M. Brugos. EAD finding aid completed 2008/12/10 by Carolyn F. Runyon.

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Repository Details

Part of the Ball State University Archives Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA