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COLLECTION Identifier: A-26

Papers of Mary Putnam Jacobi, 1851-1974


Correspondence, writings, etc., of physician Mary Putnam Jacobi.


  • Creation: 1851-1974

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Putnam Jacobi 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.


.63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)

The collection consists mainly of correspondence and writings, each arranged in a chronological sequence. Jacobi's personal, family and professional correspondence includes letters from Alexander Agassiz and Charles William Eliot on the admission of women to Harvard Medical School, and correspondence with Oliver Wendell Holmes, William James and Carl and Agatha Schurz. Her writings include an autobiographical fragment, essays written at school, ephemeral pieces written after 1873, and newspaper articles and addresses. A biographical sketch by Jacobi's sister, Ruth Putnam, photographs, various clippings and articles about Jacobi are also included.


Mary (Putnam) Jacobi, physician, was born in England of American parents in 1842; the family returned to New York in 1848, where she was educated privately and in public school. She attended the New York College of Pharmacy, graduating in 1863, and received her M.D. from the Female (later Women's) Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1868, Jacobi became the first woman to gain admission to the Ecole de Medecine, Paris; she was graduated in 1871 with honors, receiving a bronze medal. As a physician in New York, she combined private clinical practice with research and teaching. She was affiliated with the New York Infirmary and the Mount Sinai Hospital. Her marriage in 1873 to Abraham Jacobi, physician, was followed by the birth of three children, of whom only her daughter Marjorie survived. Jacobi died in 1906 of a brain tumor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 46-14, 78-M92, 84-M86

The papers of Mary Putnam Jacobi were given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughter, Marjorie (Jacobi) McAneny, in June 1945, and by her granddaughter, Ruth (McAneny) Loud, in June 1978, and May 1984.

Container List

Container List
  1. Box 1: Folders 2-27
  2. Box 2: Folders 28-36

Processing Information

Reprocessed: January 1981

By: Jane S. Knowles

Jacobi, Mary Putnam, 1842-1906. Papers of Mary Putnam Jacobi, 1851-1974: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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