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COLLECTION Identifier: 83-M137

Papers of Mary C. Howell, 1971-1983


Speeches, manuscripts, correspondence, etc., of Mary C. Howell, pediatrician and author.


  • 1971-1983

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary C. Howell 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) plus 4 audiocassettes, 1 motion picture film)

Speeches, articles, manuscripts, correspondence, books, audiocasettes, and a film reflect Mary C. Howell’s interests in feminism, the family’s role in health care, and the relationship between work and family. Also four videotapes shelved separately.


Mary C. Howell, born September 2, 1932, is a pediatrician who has involved herself extensively in issues of alternative health care and improving the status of women as both patients and medical professionals. Graduated from Radcliffe College in 1954, Howell went on to earn her M.A. in Child Development in 1958, a Ph.D. in Child Development and an M.D. in 1962, all from the University of Minnesota. She served as an intern in the Department of Pediatrics there in 1963. The wide range of her research efforts and the positions she has held reflect the locus of her interests at the forefront of current social change: she has described her research and teaching interests as "the co-ordination of work and family responsibilities; relationships between families and other institutions; family and neighborhood context of primary health care; women and health care; changing sex-role expectations of men and women; the process and consequences of professionalization; home-based health care; [and] home care for dying persons." She has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions, including Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Harvard Medical School (1972-1975), the first woman to attain that rank. While she has been both physician and administrator at a number of hospitals, she has concurrently involved herself in such efforts as planning and participating in the Maine Women's Health Center (1975-1976), and supervising the Street Youth Program of the Massachusetts General Hospital/ Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (1970-1973), providing comprehensive health care for runaways. The author of numerous books (including several written under the pseudonyms of Margaret A. Campbell and Anna Demeter), articles, and speeches, Howell is also an activist promoting healthful, full lives for both patients and medical professionals of both sexes.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 83-M137

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Mary C. Howell in June 1983.


  1. Box 1: 1-4
  2. Box 2: 5-12v

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: August 1983

By: Jeanne-Marie Mustoe

Howell, Mary C.. Papers of Mary C. Howell, 1971-1983: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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