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COLLECTION — Box: 01 Identifier: H MS c382

Frederick Irving retirement celebration records

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of letters written to Frederick C. Irving by alumni of the Boston Lying-In Hospital, including Irving's trainees and colleagues, on the occasion of his retirement from the hospital in 1946. Most of the letters are bound into a volume titled Letters to Frederick C. Irving, M.D. from The Medical Alumni of Boston Lying-In Hospital, December 6, 1946. Some letters are typed, but most are handwritten. Several address Irving by the nickname "Fritz." The volume is introduced with a brief letter by Arthur Hertig. There is also one file of loose letters.

Collection also includes a Wallace Rose Point Sterling silver platter engraved with Irving's initials and the signatures of his colleagues.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1946


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.75 cubic feet (1 records center carton)

Biographical / Historical

Frederick Carpenter Irving (1883-1957) was an obstetrical specialist at the Boston Lying-In Hospital in Massachusetts, and he led the obstetrics department at the Boston Lying-In Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Frederick Carpenter Irving was born on 30 May 1883 in Gouverneur, New York. He was identified as white on the 1920 US Census. Irving attended Harvard College and earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1910. He trained at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and at the Boston Lying-In Hospital. He served in the US Army Medical Corps during World War I. From 1931 to 1947, he was Obstetrician in Chief at the Boston Lying-In Hospital, and from 1933 to 1948 he was the William Lambert Richardson Professor of Obstetrics and chair of the Obstetrics Department at Harvard Medical School. His publications on obstetrics include A Textbook of Obstetrics, The Expectant Mother's Handbook, and Safe Deliverance, as well as journal articles.

Irving married Mary Chapman, and the couple had five children: Frederick Jr., Colin, Frances, Mary, and Rebecca. Irving retired to Florida in 1951. He died in 1957.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifted to the Harvard Medical Library by Rebecca B. Irving, 2010 (Accession #2012-079).

Processing Information

Processed by Charlotte Lellman in January 2024. Collection was processed according to Level 1 protocol.

Irving, Frederick C. (Frederick Carpenter), 1883-1957. Records of retirement celebration, 1946 (bulk): Finding Aid
Charlotte Lellman
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