Martha Voegeli papers
Scope and Contents
The Martha Voegeli papers include correspondence and writings. Most of the correspondence consists of copies of Voegeli's letters to medical professionals and government officials espousing her views on birth control, famine in India, world peace, race relations, and animal rights. There are a few replies, including those from Dr. Clarence Gamble, Aldous Huxley, Dorothy Brush, LeRoy Collins, Dr. Mary Calderone, Albert Schweitzer, Dr. Harrison Brown, and Arnold Toynbee. There are also two speeches by LeRoy Collins (Governor of Florida) on race relations, 1958. Of particular interest are her writings and correspondence about male sterilization through the thermic method (1952-55), selective breeding (1946-47), and her "One-Meal-A-Day-For-People-Over-Forty" solution to famine in India (1946).
Dates of Materials
- Voegeli, Martha (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Martha Voegeli was born in Switzerland. She received her M.A. from Columbia University and her M.D. from the University of Berlin and the University of Paris. Voegeli owned a private hospital in India, where she specialized in surgery. She retired to Switzerland in 1950.
1 boxes (.5 linear feet)
Birth control advocate; pacifist; animal welfare advocate; and physician. The Martha Voegeli papers include correspondence and writings. Correspondence includes Voegeli's letters to medical professionals and government officials espousing her views on birth control, famine in India, world peace, race relations, and animal welfare. Replies from Dr. Clarence Gamble, Aldous Huxley, Dorothy Brush, LeRoy Collins, Dr. Mary Calderone, Albert Schweitzer, Dr. Harrison Brown, and Arnold Toynbee are included. Of particular interest are her writings and correspondence about male sterilization through the thermic method, selective breeding, and her "One-Meal-A-Day-For-People-Over-Forty" solution to famine in India.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Martha Voegeli donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from 1960 to 1967.
Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern.
- Animal welfare
- Birth control -- Political aspects
- Brush, Dorothy Hamilton, 1894-1968
- Brush, Dorothy Hamilton, 1894-1968
- Collins, LeRoy
- Gamble, Clarence James, 1894- -- Correspondence
- Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963 -- Correspondence
- Sterilization (birth control)
- Toynbee, Arnold, 1852-1883 -- Correspondence
- Voegeli, Martha
- Women physicians -- 20th century
- Martha Voegeli papers
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