• IdentificationMSZimm06
  • Title
    • Anne Zimmerman Papers MSZimm06
    • Zimmerman, Anne papers
  • PublisherSpecial Collections
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositorySpecial Collections
  • Physical Description16.5 Linear feet
  • Date1942-2003
  • AbstractCollection includes material from Anne Zimmerman’s career in Montana, California, and Illinois, including her years at Loyola University in Chicago. It includes documents from her involvement with the California State Nurses’ Association (CSNA, now the CNA), the Illinois Nurses’ Association (INA), and her term as president of the American Nurses’ Association (ANA). Series mainly reflect the original box labels: Miscellaneous California and ANA papers, 1942-1954 (Series I); Pre-INA Exec. Position and Early Years as INA Director,1946-1961 (Series II); INA Executive Director-INA Honorary Membership Award, Economic and General Welfare Activities, Cook County Hospital Strike, 1967-1969 (Series III); INA Executive Director, EGW Activities, ILO/WHO, Moscow Conference, Honorary Doctorate Loyola, 1970-1975 (Series IV), ANA Presidency, 1976-1978 (Series V), ANA Convention in Hawaii, Retirement from INA,1978-1981 (Series VI), and Post Retirement Activities, 1981-1996 (Series VII). Collection also includes plaques, memorabilia, memorial items, books, and audiotapes of INA events and other content (Series VIII).
  • LocationPlease note that this collection is housed in the Special Collections and University Archives Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences, 1750 West Polk Street, Room 320, Chicago, Illinois, 60612.
  • OriginationZimmerman, Anne

This collection includes material from Anne Zimmerman’s career in Montana, California, and Illinois, including her years at Loyola University in Chicago. It includes documents from her involvement with the California State Nurses’ Association (CSNA, now the CAN), the Illinois Nurses’ Association (INA), and her term as president of the American Nurses’ Association (ANA). Series mainly reflect the original box labels: Miscellaneous California and ANA papers, 1942-1954 (Series I); Pre-INA Exec. Position and Early Years as INA Director,1946-1961 (Series II); INA Executive Director-INA Honorary Membership Award, Economic and General Welfare Activities, Cook County Hospital Strike, 1967-1969 (Series III); INA Executive Director, EGW Activities, ILO/WHO, Moscow Conference, Honorary Doctorate Loyola, 1970-1975 (Series IV), ANA Presidency, 1976-1978 (Series V), ANA Convention in Hawaii, Retirement from INA, 1978-1981 (Series VI), and Post Retirement Activities, 1981-1996 (Series VII). The collection also includes plaques, memorabilia, memorial items, books, and audiotapes of INA events and other content (Series VIII). The audiotapes in Series VIII are divided into two subseries: Subseries A consists of cassette tapes and Subseries B consists of quarter inch audio tapes for a reel-to-reel player.

Anne K. Zimmerman was an important advocate for nurses’ rights and nurses’ economic and general welfare. She held a number of administrative posts over her long career, including Executive Administrator of the Illinois Nurses’ Association (1954-1981). She also served as president of the American Nurses’ Association (1976-1978) and taught at Loyola University in Chicago (1981-1985).

Anne Zimmerman was born Anne Larson in Helena, Montana on September 1, 1914. She attended public school in Marysville and graduated from Helena High School in 1932. After three years of training at St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Helena and post graduate work at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she became a pediatrics nurse in Montana. In 1945, Zimmerman was appointed executive secretary of the Montana Nurses’ Association. In 1948, she left to work on the economic security program of the California State Nurses’ Association (or CSNA, which would later become the California Nurses’ Association). After a year’s leave in 1951-1952 spent as Director of the Economic and General Welfare Program with the American Nurses’ Association (ANA), Zimmerman returned to California, becoming the assistant executive secretary of the CSNA. Zimmerman moved to Illinois in 1954, where she served as executive director of the Illinois Nurses’ Association until 1981. She was president of the American Nurses Association from 1976-1978. She served as Lecturer and Consultant at Loyola University between 1981 and 1985, where she was the first professor to hold the Niehoff Endowed Chair at the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.

During her long career, Zimmerman was involved in numerous consulting projects, international delegations, and conferences on nursing and labor. Zimmerman was the American representative to the jointly-sponsored 1973 meeting of the International Labor Organization and the World Health Organization, and she travelled to the U.S.S.R. in 1975 at the invitation of the Medical Workers’ Union of Moscow. She published many articles and co-edited a book with Thelma M. Schorr in 1988, Making Choices, Taking Chances: Nurse Leaders Tell Their Stories. Zimmerman was the first female president of the Conference of Medical Society Executives of Greater Chicago. She was also a founding member of the board of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice.

Zimmerman was the recipient of many honors over the course of her career. In 1975 she received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Loyola University. The American Academy of Nursing honored her with a “Living Legends” award in 1997, and the ANA presented her with the Shirley Titus Award in 1980. A number of awards and funds also exist with her name.

Zimmerman, a Catholic, lived in Evanston. She died on September 10, 2003.

Sources: Obituaries (this collection, box 20, folders 574-575), Anne Zimmerman CV (this collection, box 20, folder 572).

Anne Zimmerman papers, Health Sciences Manuscripts, University of Illinois at Chicago, Library of the Health Sciences Special Collections.

  • Names
    • American Nurses Association.
    • California Nurses Association.
    • Illinois Nurses’ Association.
    • Loyola University of Chicago. School of Nursing.
    • Zimmerman, Anne -- Archives
  • Subject
    • Chicago Health Sciences History.
    • Collective bargaining--Nursing.
    • Nursing.