Papers of Elizabeth Prince Rice, 1931-1969 (inclusive), 1948-1969 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1948-1969
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2 linear feet (2 cartons)
From 1923 to 1927 she was first a case worker and then Assistant Director of the Boston City Hospital; from 1927 to 1933 she was Director of Social Service at the Boston Dispensary. Invited to begin the social work program at Yale, she was successively Assistant Professor of the Social Aspects of Nursing at the Yale University School of Nursing, Director of Social Service at New Haven Hospital, and Clinical Professor of the Social Aspects of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. In l948, she became the first professional social worker to be appointed to the Harvard School of Public Health. She left New Haven for Boston to devote more time to teaching in the public health field, and also to be near her mother, who was still living in Brighton and was ill.
Rice served as assistant, later associate, professor of Medical Social Work until her retirement in 1967. She also taught at Boston College School of Education in 1960 and 1965.
In June 1967, the American Public Health Association honored Rice's "unusual achievement in the field of maternal and child health" by presenting her with the Martha May Eliot Award. Rice's major innovations in the field of public health included the development of social service departments in hospitals and introducing social work techniques to physicians. Her research interests lay in studying the social factors influencing child health. As a professor, she developed and taught courses on the social service structure in hospitals and the interrelationship of health and welfare services. She was a popular professor, tutor, and advisor. Her book Guide for Referral of Families to Community Health and Social Agencies was published in 1965.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Elizabeth Prince Rice were given to the Schlesinger Library by Elizabeth Prince Rice in May l968 and December l973.
- Carton 1: 2-23
- Carton 2: 22-44
By: Jane S. Knowles
- Rice, Elizabeth P. (Elizabeth Prince). Papers of Elizabeth Prince Rice, 1931-1969 (inclusive), 1948-1969 (bulk): A Finding Aid
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