Ira S. Wile papers
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of photocopies from a larger collection of Wile Papers at the University of Rochester. Included here are manuscripts, papers, and notes on birth control, and extensive correspondence (circa 1915-1943) with prominent individuals in the early birth control movement. Correspondents include Louise Stevens Bryant, Robert Latou Dickinson, Lydia DeVilbiss, Stella Hanau, Katharine Houghton Hepburn, Eleanor Dwight Jones, Florence Rose, and Margaret Sanger.
Dates of Materials
- Wile, Ira S. (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to cite the papers for quotations or for publication beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the University of Rochester.
Biographical / Historical
Physician, lecturer, and author Ira Solomon Wile was born in Rochester, NY on November 29, 1877. He received A.B. and B.S. degrees from the University of Rochester in 1898. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in medicine in 1902 and earned an M.S. from the University of Rochester in 1908. From 1912 to 1918, Wile served as the New York City commissioner of education during which time he founded the school lunch program and the Manhattanville Nursery. He spent the rest of his career serving as Associate in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC and pursuing his strong interests in public health and social medicine. In addition to practicing medicine, Wile was an active supporter of the early birth control movement. he also researched the incidence and impact of right- and left-handedness; edited several medical journals; and wrote and lectured on topics such as psychology, social and mental hygiene, birth control, and pediatrics.
2 boxes (.75 linear feet)
Physician; public health advocate; and birth control advocate. This collection consists of photocopies from a larger collection of Wile Papers at the University of Rochester. Included here are manuscripts, papers, and notes on birth control, and extensive correspondence with prominent individuals in the early birth control movement. Correspondents include Louise Stevens Bryant, Robert Latou Dickinson, Lydia DeVilbiss, Stella Hanau, Katharine Houghton Hepburn, Eleanor Dwight Jones, Florence Rose, and Margaret Sanger.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Wile Papers in the Sophia Smith Collection are photocopies of portions of a larger collection, The Ira Solomon Wile Papers at the University of Rochester. The copies were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Robert Volz, via Margaret Baum, in 1973.
Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern.
- Baum, Margaret
- Birth control -- Political aspects
- Birth control -- United States -- 20th century
- Bryant, Louise Stevens, 1885-1956--Correspondence
- DeVilbiss, Lydia Allen, 1882- --Correspondence
- Dickinson, Robert Latou, 1861- --Correspondence
- Hanau, Stella, 1890-1972 -- Correspondence
- Hepburn, Katharine Houghton, 1878-1951--Correspondence
- Rose, Florence, 1902-1969--Correspondence
- Sanger, Margaret, 1879-1966
- Volz, Robert
- Wile, Ira S.
- Ira S. Wile papers
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