Records of the New England Hospital for Women and Children, 1914-1954 (inclusive), 1950-1954 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1950-1954
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
.42 linear feet (1 file box)
By early 1950 the Hospital was beset with financial difficulties, leading to a report by the Board of Directors urging the abandonment of a hospital operated by women and the inclusion of men on the active staff. This recommendation caused a split between the Board and the staff, who felt morally and legally bound by the chartered objectives of the Hospital, and by Article 10(a) of the By-laws: "The medical officers of the Hospital shall consist of one or more resident physicians...all of whom must be women." For a brief period the Board prevailed, and men were appointed to the staff, but this policy was reversed in 1952. Lack of funds also led to the closing of the School of Nursing in 1951. The discontinuance of funding from United Community Services was a further blow to the Hospital. Disagreements over staffing and funding continued throughout the early 1950s. Although financial difficulties continued on and off for several years, New England Hospital survived. By 1962 the By-laws had been rewritten and men were once more serving on the active staff. In November 1969 the name was changed again, this time to the Dimock Community Health Center.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of the New England Hospital were deposited in the Schlesinger Library by Dr. Bertha Offenbach in December 1973.
- "Marie Elizabeth Zakrzewska: A Memoir," by New England Hospital for Women and ChildrenWC, 1903, Boston
- "Ninety-Seventh Annual Report of the New York Infirmary, December 31st, 1950."
By: Katherine Kraft
- New England Hospital for Women and Children. Records, 1914-1954 (inclusive), 1950-1954 (bulk): A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- The collection was processed with funds provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
- EAD ID
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