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Emma Elizabeth Walker papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00169

Scope and Contents

The Emma Elizabeth Walker Papers document her professional life. They consist primarily of Walker's writings and lectures, but also contain small amounts of biographical material and correspondence. In addition to documenting the work of a woman doctor at the turn of the century, the collection contains material relevant to women's health, the social and moral hygiene movements, turn-of-the-century childrearing practices, birth control and sexuality.

Dates of Materials

  • 1887 - 1954

Creator

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

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 / Historical

Emma Elizabeth Walker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, July 18, 1864. She grew up in Parkersburg, WV, received her A.B. from Smith College in 1887, and earned an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1898. Later that year she opened her medical practice in New York City. For many years she was a clinical assistant surgeon in New York's Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled. She authored Beauty Through Hygiene (1905), "Pretty Girl Questions" in Ladies Home Journal, and many articles and pamphlets for both popular and medical audiences. She lectured widely on the topics of personal and social hygiene and was a member of numerous medical and professional organizations.

Extent

1 boxes (1.5 linear feet)

Abstract

Physician; Children's author; Anti-suffragist; Birth control advocate; and Public health advocate. Papers consist primarily of Walker's writings and lectures, but also contain small amounts of biographical material and correspondence; plus information on women's health, the social and moral hygiene movements, turn-of-the-century childrearing practices, birth control and sexuality.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated by Emma Elizabeth Walker from 1942 to 1954.

Related Material

Additional papers of Emma Elizabeth Walker are at the Library of the New York Academy of Medicine. Associated material located in the Smith College Archives.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Brook Hopkins, intern.

Creator

Title
Finding Aid to the Emma Elizabeth Walker papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Finding aid prepared by mnsss.
Date
2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: mnsss118 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:10-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2020-07-21: Added new info. to 4 flat files, updated dates

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063