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Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
3.13 linear feet ((7 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 supersize item, 1 oversize folder, one reel microfilm, one oversize volume)
The chartered purposes of the New England Hospital were: 1) to provide medical care for women and children by women physicians, 2) to assist in the medical education of women physicians and 3) to train nurses. These purposes were threatened in the early 1950s when the Nurses Training School was closed, and when a controversy arose with United Community Services of Metropolitan Boston over various issues and especially over the question of hiring male physicians. The Hospital, already in financial straits, faced a loss of United Community Services funds. Blanche Ames compiled the records of the United Community Services/New England Hospital controversy, available here both in their original form and on microfilm. During the controversy, Blanche Ames and other members of the Board of Directors hoped to improve the Hospital's finances and to adhere to the chartered purposes--primarily by reopening the Nurses Training School and by continuing to hire only women physicians. Their efforts included an initiation of new fund-raising activities and a re-examination of bequests to the Hospital. Many wills and other documents, mainly from the 1880's to 1920, can therefore be found in this collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Blanche Ames were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in 1961 by Blanche Ames and in 1972 and 1978 by Pauline Ames Plimpton.
- Box 1: 1-14
- Box 2: 15-24
- Box 2a: 24a-24h
- Box 3: 25-34
- Box 4: 35-43
- Box 5: 44-49
- Box 6: 50-60
- Box 7: 61-68
- Box 8: 69-80
- Annual reports
- Birth control--Massachusetts
- Hospital administrators
- Medical care
- Woman Citizen
- Woman's Centennial Congress (1940 : New York). Commission on Ethical and Religious Values
- Woman's Journal
- Women in science--United States
- Women physicians
- Women--Suffrage--United States
- Ames, Blanche. Papers of Blanche Ames, 1860-1961: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- EAD ID
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