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Jeanette Hyland papers

Call Number: RG 318

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Jeanette Hyland’s activities as a missionary, nurse educator, and public health administrator in Nepal between 1969 and 1995, with a focus on her work in leprosy prevention and treatment, and the work of the International Nepal Fellowship (INF) and United Mission to Nepal (UMN) in these areas. The Hyland papers also contain materials pertaining to her personal life and her late-career research activities in Australia between 1996 and 2002. See the records of the International Nepal Fellowship (RG 214), United Mission to Nepal (RG 212), and the papers of Gwen Coventry (RG 241) for related documentation.

Series I, Correspondence, consists primarily of Jeanette Hyland’s personal letters to family and friends, as well as letters related to her work and official circulars (usually addressed “Dear Friends”) that she wrote over the course of her career.

Series II, Writings, contains two long-form research publications, one of which is a PhD dissertation, that Jeanette Hyland wrote toward the end of her career.

Series III, Documentation of Activities, contains Jeanette Hyland’s professional reports, summaries, educational curricula, and other organizational literature. Almost all of these documents were written or co-written by Hyland herself. The names and order of each sub-series are organized by the various positions that Hyland held over the course of her career. With only a few exceptions, the order and contents of this series have been preserved exactly as Jeannette Hyland arranged them.

Series IV, Collected Material, consists of a few published books and articles written by colleagues that Jeanette Hyland collected over the course of her career.

Series V, Audio-Visual Material, contains one unlabeled photograph and a few blank photographic postcards that Jeanette Hyland collected as well as audiocassette recordings of sermons from INF conferences in 1983 and 1994 and a recording of a UMN organizational meeting in 1986.

Jeanette Hyland also published four books: Maids, Masters, and Magistrates: Twenty Women of the Convict Ship New Grove: Maid Servants in Van Diemen’s Island (2007),Gwen Coventry in Nepal: Bhaktini of Bojha (2010), Village Nepal and the Diaries of Gwen Coventry, 1959-1979 (2011), and Suddenly Free…: Memoir of a Tasmanian Nurse (2018). All four of these books are cataloged in the Yale library system as restricted access titles and can be viewed in the Yale Divinity special collections reading room upon request.


  • 1961 - 2012

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jeanette Hyland, 2019


  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Writings
  3. III. Documentation of Activities
  4. IV. Collected Material
  5. V. Audio-Visual Material


2.75 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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This collection documents the life and work of Jeanette Hyland, an Australian nurse and public health official who worked in various positions as a Christian missionary for International Nepal Fellowship (INF) and United Mission to Nepal (UMN) between 1969 and 1995. Her work and ministry were primarily focused on the eradication of leprosy in Nepal. Over the course of her career, Hyland served as a nurse, health education officer, and director of national leprosy control programs. She also made various scholarly contributions to the fields of public health and social anthropology. In the later stages of her career, Hyland’s research in health education and leprosy in Nepal received international recognition. She also published four books, the most recent of which is a memoir of her own life and ministry.

Biographical / Historical


1940 September 20
Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Attended Hobart High School in Hobart, Tasmania
General nursing training at Royal Hobart Hospital in Hobart, Tasmania
Midwifery training part I at General Hospital in Rochford, Essex, UK
Midwifery training part II at Churchill Hospital in Headington, Oxford, UK
Served as Nurse Educator at Royal Hobart Hospital in Hobart, Tasmania
Attended Melbourne Bible Institute in Lilydale, Victoria; received Diploma in Theology
Attended College of Nursing, Australia (CNA); received Diploma in Nursing
Served as Nurse Educator at Shining Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal
Served again as Nurse Educator at Royal Hobart Hospital in Hobart, Tasmania
Attended College of Nursing, Australia (CNA); received Diploma in Community Health Nursing
Received non-medical supervisor training (leprosy) in Karigiri, India
Served as Training, Planning, and Health Education Officer for the National Leprosy Control Programme of International Nepal Fellowship (INF) in Pokhara, Nepal
Attended the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley; received Master of Public Health
Served as Health Services Secretary for United Mission to Nepal (UMN) in Kathmandu, Nepal
Returned to Australia on holiday to consider professional future
Worked as Lecturer in Advanced Nursing Studies at Tasmanian State Institute of Technology in Hobart, Tasmania
Worked as Maternity Ward Nurse at Calvary Hospital in Hobart, Tasmania
Attended the University of Tasmania, Australia; received Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health
Served as Director (part-time) of the INF Nepal Leprosy Control Project in Pokhara, Nepal
Worked as Post-Doctoral Researcher in Nepal (part-time), studying social anthropology and health education in relation to leprosy with Dr. Ulla-Britt Engelbrektsson of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Worked in various research and administrative positions, mostly at the University of Tasmania; wrote three books (Maids, Masters, and Magistrates, The Bhaktini of Bojha, and Village Nepal and the Diaries of Gwen Coventry 1959-1979)
Retired, pursued personal interests and wrote a memoir, Suddenly Free…
Guide to the Jeanette Hyland Papers
Josh Panos and Martha Lund Smalley

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