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COLLECTION Identifier: 78-M89--78-M183

Additional papers of Martha May Eliot, 1870-1978


Addendum to the papers (MC 229) of Martha May Eliot, pediatrician and child health expert.


  • Creation: 1870-1978

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Martha May Eliot 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.


1 linear feet ((1 carton) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder, 2 folio photograph folders)

Photographs in this collection were re-processed in May 2016 (folders #1-6a). All other files remain in the same order.

Collection consists of family correspondence; articles by and about Martha May Eliot and her sister Abigail Eliot; Eliot’s diplomas, certificates, awards, and medals; and photographs of Eliot.


Pediatrician and expert on children's health (Radcliffe, 1913; Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1918), Eliot was a founder of the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and the fourth head of the Children's Bureau. She taught at the Harvard School of Public Health, headed the Massachusetts Committee on Children and Youth, and conducted pioneering research on rickets.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 78-M89, 78-M90, 78-M183

This addendum was received from the estate of Martha May Eliot in June and November 1978.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Martha May Eliot papers, 1870-1978 (MC 229) and Martha May Eliot papers, 1909-1979 (MC 329).

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: February 1980

By: Jane S. Knowles

Updated: May 2016

By: Lillianne Keaney

Eliot, Martha M. (Martha May), 1891-1978. Additional papers of Martha May Eliot, 1870-1978: 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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