Personal papers of Shirley L. Patterson
This collection contains the personal papers of Shirley L. Patterson regarding her work in gerontology and natural helping. The papers include coursework and teaching materials from her time as a professor at the University of Kansas School of Social Work, materials related to her dissertation and other research projects, correspondence and other materials related to her mentors Carel Germain and Esther Twente, and records related to projects Patterson undertook outside work, including after retirement at the La Vida Llena Living Community in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Creation: 1950 - 2018
- Patterson, Shirley Louise (Person)
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Biography of Shirley L. Patterson
Shirley Louise Patterson was born on July 22nd, 1933 in Rankin, Texas. She attended North Texas University, University of Kansas, and the University of Wisconsin - Madison, as well as the McCormick Theological Seminary. Patterson studied and taught in social work, specializing in Gerontology, or the study of aging. She held faculty teaching positions at the University of Kansas, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, and Arizona State University.
Much of Patterson's work focused on the dynamics of family and friends that care for the elderly and other people in their lives. She coined the term "natural helpers" to describe these relationships and taught courses in death and dying. Patterson was mentored by and worked with Carel Germain and Esther E. Twente. She also worked with Susan A. Cho, her partner, to edit two volumes of Turning Points in Womens' Lives and other works.
In 2005, Patterson moved to La Vida Llena Living Community in Albuquerque where she was recognized for her organization and her works. Patterson passed away on April 10th, 2018.
3 Linear Feet (4 boxes + 10 audiovisual items)
Language of Materials
UA AV 6
A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifts, Susan A. Cho, 2018, 2019.
- The Guide to the Shirley L. Patterson Collection
- Personal papers of Shirley L. Patterson
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- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
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- Preferred citation
Personal papers of Shirley L. Patterson, PP 607, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas