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Mari Patkelly papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00460

Scope and Contents

The collection includes patient records from Patkelly's employment at Isinglass Midwifery Service, Portsmouth, NH; correspondence; newsletters and other IMS material; computer diskettes; subject files on medical and birth-related topics; and information about lay midwifery certification in general and Patkelly's in particular (in New Hampshire). Personal materials include diaries, which are extensive (1977-2014); photographs of family, friends, and births that Patkelly attended; photograph albums, correspondence, and memorabilia. Scrapbooks about midwifery and a small amount of financial information is also included.


  • 1957 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

Closed pending a deed of gift.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Mari Patkelly graduated from Union High School in Union, New Jersey (1961), and earned a BA (1965) and a BSN Nursing (1979) at the University of New Hampshire. From 1966 until 1974, she was employed as a social worker in California and New Hampshire. Patkelly was an independent childbirth educator from 1977 to 1989 and a birth attendant/apprentice from 1977-84. In 1983-84 she apprenticed with the Concord (NH) Midwifery Service and went on to practice as an independent home birth midwife from 1984-94. She co-founded the Isinglass River Health Connection (1982-85); the Isinglass Midwifery Service (1984-94); the College Women's Learning Center (1988-89); and deBy Birth Supports (1990-93). Patkelly lived in Mexico for a number of years and in January 2002 moved to back California.


16.25 linear feet (22 containers)


Mari Patkelly has been a social worker, an independent childbirth educator, a birth attendant/apprentice, and an independent home birth midwife. Her papers include patient records, correspondence, newsletters and other IMS material, computer disks, subject files on medical and birth-related topics, information about lay midwifery certification, diaries, photographs, and memorabilia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.


Finding aid to the Mari Patkelly papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-05-16: Updated legacy finding aid and published.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063