Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Women in Oregon medicine: additional records uncovered

It's quite cold in Portland this week, and I admit that an interest in staying up and active and in an environmentally-controlled storage room drove me to peek into some of the unprocessed boxes from a collection of materials recovered from a former library staff member. What I found there amounts to no less than a early Christmas present for scholars of the history of women physicians in Oregon.

The fat folder was labeled "Women doctor's [sic] (graduates) survey 1936/37"--which immediately tipped us off that these materials might have been gathered by Registrar Lucy Davis Phillips for her research on alumnae of both the Willamette University Medical Department and the University of Oregon Medical School (see Accession 2004-030). A handwritten note on an envelope within the folder suggests that the papers were loaned by Lucy to Dr. Mabel Akin, who then returned them to Librarian Bertha Hallam, who loaned them to Olof Larsell, PhD, who then returned them to the library at some point.

Apparently, this packet was never repatriated to the archives and had languished in damp conditions for at least twenty years (as far as we can tell). The result was the sort of collection that makes one glad for tetanus booster shots, with rust so thick it had become fuzzy and sticky. The weight of the papers above this folder in the large box had also caused some of the pages to adhere to one another. Luckily, mold had not yet set in.

So, what did Santa bring us? An inventory of the unarranged material follows. Be aware that many of the typescript pieces bear manuscript notations:

Publication. Program, 25th annual meeting of the UOMS Alumni Association, 1937, with Lucy's "History of Women Graduates of Oregon Medical School"

Manuscript, no title, no date. 8 pages. Apparent distillation of survey results.

Typescript. "Analysis of replies regarding financial returns"

Typescript. "Advice for prospective women medical students"

Typescript. Copy of editorial from Oregon Journal, "Need for Women in Medicine"

Clipping. "Oregon Medical School Graduate Pens Book on 'Women Doctors of the World'" by Bertha Hallam. MCMS Bulletin, 1957

Copy of typescript. "Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy" by Lucy D. Phillips. Feb. 10, 1940.

Publication. View, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. Contains "Women in Medicine" by James Rigali. January 1980.

Photocopy of clipping. "Ex-official, Now 93, Visits" by Tom Stimmel. Oregon Journal, Aug. 6, 1963.

Publication. Esther Pohl Lovejoy, M.D.: founder and first president, Medical Women's International Association. MWIA Golden Jubilee Souvenir. 1970.

Typescript. "President's message." AMWA. January 1960.

Correspondence. Jessie Laird Brodie, AMWA President, to Officers, Regional Directors, State Directors, Branch Presidents, Standing Committee Chairmen. Manuscript corrections blurred and largely unreadable. 1959.

Correspondence. Esther Pohl Lovejoy to Mabel Akin. July 25, 1933. With letter from Anna Beckman to Akin, July 21, 1933, and typescript biographical sketch of Lovejoy.

Typescript, no title, no date. Preamble to listing of Oregon women medical graduates.

Correspondence. [Lucy Davis?] to Fred C. Zapffe, AAMC. Jan. 21, 1937. In re graduates LA Smith and Helena Scammon.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Martha Tracy, Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania. March 26, 1935.

Correspondence. Martha Tracy to Lucy Davis, April 4, 1935.

Correspondence. Myrtle C. Burnham, Washington State Normal School, to Lucy Phillips, Nov. 12, 1937. With letters from Phillips to MS Kuder, Registrar, Western Washington College of Education; to Myrtle Burnham; and to Mrs. Louis Frazee. All dated Nov. 17, 1937.

Correspondence. Estella Ford Warner to Lucy Davis, Jan. 29, 1937.

Typescript. Pages 4, 5, 7, of undated manuscript. Advice to women medical students.

Blank survey form.

Typescript. "Women Graduates - Willamette University Medical Department and the University of Oregon Medical School." Dec. 1936. (4 copies)

Photographic copy. Resolution of the War Service Committee, MWNA, June 1, 1917, authorizing Lovejoy to go to Europe as Committee representative.

Typescript. "Survey of women graduates, University of Oregon Medical School." Feb. 5, 1935.

Typescript. "University of Oregon Medical School Roster of Women Graduates by Classes." Feb. 8, 1937.

Typescript. "University of Oregon Medical School List of Women Graduates by Classes." no date.

Typescript. Chart. "Survey of women graduates, University of Oregon Medical School." Feb. 5, 1935.

Typescript. "Roster of University of Oregon Medical School Women Graduates by Classes." Feb. 8, 1937.

Typescript. "Division of Practice. For those still in active practice." no date.

Correspondence. Harriet Emigh Judy to Lucy Davis. Dec. 20, 1936.

Correspondence. Kate Campbell Mead to Lucy Davis. Dec. 25, 1936.

Correspondence. C. Gertrude French to Lucy Davis. Aug. 18, 1936.

Correspondence. M. McBride Getchell to Lucy Davis. Jan. 27, 1935.

Correspondence. C. Gertrude French to Lucy Davis. Aug. 31, 1936.

Correspondence. Marie M. Goffin to Lucy Davis. Oct. 1, 1936.

Correspondence. Harriet Emigh Judy to Lucy Davis. Dec. 11, [1936?].

Correspondence. Ruth H. Hubbert to Lucy Davis. Sept. 14, 1936. With photo of Bill Hubbert.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Edna Northey. April 2, 1935. With Northey to Davis, Mar. 27, 1935.

Correspondence. FV Cargill, AMA, to Lucy Davis. March 7, 1935. Three pages of directory information on women graduates.

Correspondence. Fred Zapffe, AAMC, to Lucy Davis. Jan. 26, 1937.

Correspondence. Belle H. Wilson to Lucy Davis. Aug. 13, 1936.

Correspondence. William C. Cutter, AMA, to Lucy Davis. Dec. 31, 1936.

Correspondence. Florence Aiken Banks to Lucy Davis. Dec. 22, 1936. In re Lucetta Smith.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Sara M. Hill. April 6, 1936.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Fred Zapffe. Dec. 18, 1936.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Gussie A. Niles, Dec. 18, 1936.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to LA Smith. Oct. 10, 1936. With letters to Davis from Marjorie J. Wilson, Oct. 2, 1936; Davis to Ila Laubach, Sept. 29 and Dec. 15, 1936; Davis to Wilson, Nov. 10, 1936, Davis to Edith Falbe, Nov. 10, 1936;

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Jessie B. Farrior, Feb. 24, 1937.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Mrs. Louis A. Banks. Dec. 18, 1936.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to William Cutter, Dec. 18, 1936.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Kate Campbell Mead, Dec. 18, 1936.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Ethel A. Schreiber, Dec. 18, 1936.

Typescript. "Unable to Trace." No date.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to FV Cargill, March 16, 1936.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Grace Young. Dec. 15, 1936.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Belle H. Wilson. Dec. 15, 1936.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Zola Morgan. Sept. 10, 1936.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Ruth Hughes Hubbert, Sept. 10, 1936.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Kate C. Mead. Jan. 20, 1937.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Mabel Akin. Jan. 5, 1937.

Correspondence. Mabel Akin to Lucy Davis. Jan. 4, 1937.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Martha Tracy. April 10, 1935.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Sarah Marquam Hill. Feb. 24, 1937.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Jessie B. Farrior. March 23, 1937.

Correspondence. Jessie B. Farrior to Lucy Davis, March 11, 1937.

Correspondence. Fred Zapffe to Lucy Davis. Dec. 23, 1936.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Kate C. Mead. Feb. 13, 1937.

Typescript. "In active practice." No date.

Completed survey response form from Minnie Burdon. No date.

Completed survey response forms, unsigned. 56 responses.

Typescript. "Survey of Women Graduates, University of Oregon Medical School, " Feb. 5, 1935.

Typescript. Two pages listing women graduates with notes on whereabouts.

Typescript. "Known deceased (1936)"

Typescript. Two pages of women graduates in active practice. No date.

Typescript. "Not in active practice." No date.

Typescript. "Survey of Women Graduates University of Oregon Medical School." Pages 2-3 only. Feb. 5, 1935.

Typescript. List of women graduates with manuscript note from JM McGavin. Sept. 11, 1936.

Typescript. "Analysis of replies regarding financial returns." No date.

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Martha Tracy. Feb. 15, 1926. With letter, Tracy to Davis, Dec. 18, 1925.

Typescript. List of women graduates with practice status. Dec. 1936?

Correspondence. Lucy Davis to Harriet Emigh Judy, Dec. 18, 1936.

Typescript. "Survey of records of woman [sic] graduates, University of Oregon Medical School." No date.

Typescript. List of women graduates with last known address. No date.

Correspondence. Kate Campbell Mead to Lucy Davis, Feb. 20, 1937.

Typescript. "Geographic location of those in active practice." Page 3 only. No date.

Manuscript. Possibly index to compiled data. No date.

Typescript. Graduates by year. No date.

Typescript. List of untraced graduates with notes on whereabouts.

Clipping. "Some reasons for belonging to the M.W.N.A." No date.

Publication. "Author's reference file of the books written by or about medical women" from the Medical Woman's Library of the Medical Woman's National Association. No date.

Publication. Journal of the Association of Medical Students. Feb. 1940.

Pad, quadrille ruled. Manuscript notes and charts. Begins with "University of Oregon Medical School Social Statistics for Registration of 1932-33 and 1933-34.

Manuscript. Dates of matriculation, place of birth, and preceptor information for women medical students. Possible copy of matriculation registers.

Notebook. Manuscript title: "Early Women Physicians of Oregon. Cardwell. Excerpted by K.C. Mead, January 1930." 44 leaves. Photo of Angela L. Ford Warren tipped in.

Publication. "List of hospitals approved by the American Medical Association for the training of women internes." May 1941.

Manuscript. Jessie M. McGavin, short autobiographical sketch, on her prescription note paper.

Clipping. "Dr. Ame H. Cardwell" by Amelia Ziegler. From The Medical Woman's Journal. No date.

Clipping. "Women Medics to Meet." With manuscript notes about Jessie McGavin. No date.

Correspondence. Angela L. Ford Warren to Mabel Akin. March 9, 1933.

Clipping. Notice of the estate of Bethenia Owens-Adair. 1927.

Manuscript. Short biography of Bethenia Owens-Adair. No date.

Correspondence. Mabel Akin to "Dear Doctor." Sept. 28, 1931. Invitation to join Medical Women's National.

Manuscript. Draft of speech? Medical education in America and Great Britain. 1 page.

Typescript. "Reasons for joining the Medical Women's National Association." No date.

Typescript. Report: "North Pacific Region" by Mabel Akin. No date.

Pamphlet. "Medical Women Pioneers. Founders of Hospitals & Medical Schools -- Civic & Social Leaders." No date.

Envelope. Addressed to M. Ada Henley. Contains small piece of paper with manuscript notes. No date.

Manuscript. Short sketches of five women graduates. No date.

Correspondence. Dora J. Underwood to Mabel Akin. Postmarked Mar. 28, 1933.

Correspondence. Bertha Hallam to Mabel Akin. Sept. 22, 1933.

Typescript. Biographical sketch of Belle Reinhart Ferguson on Amelia Ziegler's letterhead. No date.

Manuscript. List: "Some Women Physicians Not Written Up. 1/28/46."

Typescript. "Women graduates of the University of Oregon Medical School." May 5, 1927.

Typescript. Lists of women graduates. Dec. 1936.

Typescript. Biographical sketches of 16 women graduates. No date.

Typescript. "A Summary of Oregon Sterilization Law, Secs. 68-1401 to 68-1412, Oregon Code, 1930."

Correspondence. Esther Pohl Lovejoy to Mabel Akin. Postmarked May 15, 1934. With miscellaneous manuscript notes and clippings.

Manuscript. Biographical sketches of nine women graduates.

Miscellaneous loose news clippings.

Miscellaneous loose manuscript notes.

1 comment:

Kimberly Jensen said...

A treasure trove indeed! Thank you, Sara!
Kimberly Jensen