Papers Ida Sophia Scudder, 1853-1967 (inclusive), 1888-1960 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1888-1960
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
2.09 linear feet ((5 file boxes) plus 11 folders of photographs, 1 oversize folder, 1 folio+ folder)
The additional papers received in 1975 contribute a great deal to the completeness of the collection. The family correspondence gives an excellent picture of the relationships of Ida Sophia Scudder with her parents and her brothers. Letters to Scudder from school friends and fellow missionaries are voluminous; she corresponded with many of these people until her death. Several diaries and notebooks, as well as printed and typescript material by and about Scudder, round out the collection and give an almost uninterrupted picture of her life.
The new papers also contain a small amount of information, mostly printed, about Ida Sopia Scudder' parents and grandparents. There is additional correspondence for the Ida Belle Scudder series and printed material on the hospital and medical college.
The collection is arranged in four series: Scudder family, Ida Sophia Scudder, Ida Belle Scudder, and Vellore Christian Medical College. Several notebooks and photograph albums have been taken apart for preservation purposes; the contents are now in folders. A copy of the old inventory can be found in the Inventory folder in Box 1.
During this visit with her family Scudder became aware of the great need for women doctors. She returned to the United States to study medicine at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania (1895), transferring three years later to Cornell Medical College (New York City) as one of the first six women admitted. She received her M. D. degree in 1899 and returned to India in 1900.
Within two years of her return Scudder had built the Mary Taber Schell Memorial Hospital at Vellore; in 1909 a school of nursing for native women was established. Vellore Christian Medical College, the first Christian medical college in South India to train women doctors, was opened in 1918 with Scudder as its principal. Though she retired in 1946, Scudder remained active in the work of the hospital until her death on May 24, 1960, at the age of 89.
- SERIES I. SCUDDER FAMILY. 1-40.
- SERIES II. IDA SOPHIA SCUDDER. 41-116.
- SERIES III. IDA BELLE SCUDDER. 117-123.
- SERIES IV. VELLORE CHRISTIAN MEDICAL COLLEGE. 124-148.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Ida Sophia Scudder were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in 1967 and 1968 by Dr. Ida B. Scudder, Mrs. John Scudder IV, Dorothy Clarke Wilson, and the Vellore Christian Medical College Board. Additional papers were given to the Library in 1975 by Dorothy J. Scudder and Dr. Ida B. Scudder.
- Dorothy Clarke Wilson. Dr. Ida; The Story of Dr. Ida Scudder of Vellore. New York, McGraw-Hill, .
- Valentin H. Rabe. "Ida Sophia Scudder," Notable American Women (supplementary volume to be published by Harvard University Press).
- Box 1: 1-48
- Box 2: 49-78
- Box 3: 79-103
- Box 4: 104-127
- Box 5: 128-146
By: Laura J. Talmud.
Re-processed: June 1978
By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez
- Scudder, Ida Sophia, 1870-1960. Papers of Ida Sophia Scudder, 1853-1967 (inclusive), 1888-1960 (bulk): A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- The entire collection was re-processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (RC-24669-76-987).
- EAD ID
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