Family papers of Patricia Curran Ostrow, ca.1911-2018
Family photographs, marriage certificates, clippings, and other documents featured in Patricia Curran Ostrow's book The Wing-Walker's Life and Family: Four Generations of Women in the 20th Century.
- Ostrow, Patricia Curran, 1930- (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Patricia Curran Ostrow is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Extent.42 linear feet ((1 file box) plus 4 photograph folders)
The family papers of Patricia Curran Ostrow contain family photographs, marriage certificates, clippings, and other documents featured in Ostrow's book The Wing-Walker's Life and Family: Four Generations of Women in the 20th Century. A copy of the book is also included as is a copy of Rainbow Dreams, a volume of poems by Kathryn Jeanne Ostrow compiled by Patricia Curran Ostrow. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Psychologist Patricia Curran Ostrow, daughter of Helen Blanch and William David Curran, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and master's degrees from the University of Southern California and the California School of Professional Psychology. She was an associate professor at the University of Southern California but left the position in 1960 to marry Ronald J. Ostrow, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. In 1962, they had a daughter, Kathryn. When she was two years old, Kathryn was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. She died from the disease in 1977. Patricia and Ronald divorced a few years later. Patricia returned to school in 1987 and in 1993, she completed a PhD in psychology from the California School of Psychology. Ostrow is the co-author of Quality Assurance Primer: Improving Health Care Outcomes and Productivity (1983) and the author of The Wing-Walker's Life and Family: Four Generations of Women in the 20th Century (2018).
Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2021-M54
The family papers of Patricia Curran Ostrow were given to the Schlesinger Library by Patricia Curran Ostrow in September 2021.
Processed: January 2022
By: Johanna Carll
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- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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- Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.
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