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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 657

Papers of Jeanne Mager Stellman, 1968-2020


Correspondence, testimonies, writings, grants, conference materials, reports, surveys, etc., of research scientist Jeanne Mager Stellman's work with the Women's Occupational Health Resource Center and in the field of occupational health and safety.


  • Creation: 1968-2020


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted except for #12.19-12.25, which are closed until January 1, 2037; and #22.6-26.25, which are closed until January 1, 2048. Researchers must also sign a special permission form to use the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Jeanne Mager Stellman is held by Jeanne Mager Stellman, and after her death, by her specified heirs, Andrew Stellman and Emma Stellman; and there after to 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.


14.18 linear feet ((34 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder)

When donated to the library, the papers of Jeanne Mager Stellman included financial and grant records, and correspondence intermingled with general files. Some folder labels were missing, and loose material was found throughout the boxes. The processor brought together related files (e.g., correspondence, committees, conferences, grants, testimonies, surveys, research projects, etc.), rearranged or combined related folder contents, created folder titles, and provided the overall arrangement.

The majority of the financial records related to either the Women's Occupational Health Resource Center (WOHRC) or to grants, which had been administered through Columbia University's financial system. A sampling of the financial records was retained and placed with either the WOHRC files under "financial expenses," or with the appropriate grant.

The grant files arrived boxed together and were grouped by specific grant. They were maintained as a single group, with the exception of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) New Directions grant files transferred to the WOHRC files in Series IV), and comprise Series V.

The correspondence and general files were labeled as "chronological," "general files," or had a subject-specific title when received; contents overlapped and duplicated each other. The processor created a rough chronological arrangement for the whole of the correspondence files and weeded the extensive duplication to create Series II. The contents of subject-specific or topic-related files were maintained and brought together with other like files (e.g., committees, conferences, research projects, etc.) to create Series I, III, and IV. The contents of subject-specific or topic-related files that were comprised primarily of correspondence were maintained and placed in Series II following the chronological correspondence files. Files specifically noted as, or specifically related to, WOHRC were placed in Series IV.

Stellman did not separate her files by workplace, organization, institution, etc., but rather by year or subject. The contents of each file are a cumulative reflection of her overall professional work; most files are interrelated.

Additional material received in 2022 (accession number 2022-M61) were added to the collection in October 2022. These materials are housed in #27.1-34.8. All other files remain in the same order.

Series I, WRITINGS AND PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS, 1972-1989 (#1.1-3.7), contains resumes and Stellman's original container lists for the collection (#1.2); material on the Health Research Group's audiologists program (with Stellman's correspondence and certification); conference material (correspondence, reports, presentation material, schedules and agendas, pamphlets, notes, clippings, etc.); interviews; speeches; testimonies (transcripts, reports, correspondence, notes, drafts, etc.); writings; clippings; etc. The series is arranged alphabetically, and thereunder chronologically, following resumes.

Series II, CORRESPONDENCE AND RELATED, 1973-1988 (#3.8-13.6), contains general administrative and professional correspondence related to Stellman's work with the American Health Foundation (New York); Columbia University; the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union (Denver); Rutgers University; Scientific Associates (Brooklyn); Scientists' Institute for Public Information (New York); the University of Pennsylvania; WOHRC (see also #15.9-22.5, OD.1); and other places of employment. Correspondents include colleagues, staff, research students, unions (United States and Canada), lawyers, corporations, editors, committee and conference leaders, working women, etc. Topics focus on workplace health hazards (e.g., video display terminals (VDTs) and other office machinery, chemical exposure, air quality and noise dangers, protective clothing, ergonomics, etc.); OSHA standards; conference and committee work; research; letters of recommendation for others; professional reviews by Stellman; etc. Related material is also included (reports, minutes, pamphlets, memos, request forms, committee and conference materials, notes, drafts, clippings, etc.). Chronological correspondence files are followed by alphabetical correspondence files.

Series III, RESEARCH, 1971-1983 (#13.7-15.8), contains correspondence, questionnaires, survey results, reports, and resource material related to surveys, studies, and other research conducted by Stellman through her work with WOHRC, other places of employment, and grant-funded projects (see also #17.18-20.23, 22.6-26.25). Subject matter focuses on the effects of exposure to hazardous chemicals such as mercury, benzene, and ethylene oxide; health effects of jobs preformed by women in the trades; and the types of personal protective equipment (PPE) provided to women workers. Also included are four cases where Stellman provided professional consultation involving her expertise on hazardous materials. The series is arranged chronologically within each of several groupings: consulting activities, surveys, and other research.

Series IV, WOMEN'S OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH RESOURCE CENTER (WOHRC), 1975-1985 (#15.9-22.5, OD.1), contains advisory board minutes; annual reports; financial reports and expenses; pamphlets and forms; correspondence; conference materials; OSHA, New Dimensions grant files (early source of funding for WOHRC); project files including the Personal Protective Equipment Information Bureau (#21.2-21.7); publications; etc. The financial expenses are a sampling of invoices reflecting the purchase of research equipment, Stellman's books, unique requisitions for conferences, etc. Correspondence includes general administrative letters and request forms for WOHRC material, including material related to Stellman's work with the Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO (#16.8-16.15). Conference material includes correspondence, invitations, publicity material, planning material, schedules and agendas, reports, drafts, pamphlets, photographs, and clippings. The inaugural debut of WOHRC was launched through its "Facets of Women's Occupational Health" conference (#15.18-15.20). Publications include publication lists, "factpacks," and fact sheets (clearinghouse material on various workplace hazards and protection guidelines compiled by WOHRC). For access to reference copies of (WOHRC news/Women's Occupational Health Resource Center), consult the library's catalog. The series is arranged alphabetically, and thereunder chronologically. The OSHA New Directions grant files are arranged by administrative material, then by yearly reports, followed by quarterly reports.

Series V, GRANT ADMINISTRATION, 1978-1990 (#22.6-26.25), contains grant applications and proposals, correspondence, reports, financial records, resumes and biographical sketches, publicity materials, etc.

Subseries A, National Cancer Institute (NCI), 1978-1990 (#22.6-23.13), includes grant materials for cancer research projects and the Preventive Oncology Academic Award, which provided funding for WOHRC.

Subseries B, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1979-1984 (#23.14-24.11), includes grant materials for stress and mental health research projects in office environments.

Subseries C, National Institutes of Health (NIH), 1978-1983 (#24.12-24.18), includes grant materials for research projects related to women's occupational health.

Subseries D, Other grants, 1980-1988 (#24.19-26.25), includes grant material for research projects related to other occupational health hazards.

Series VI, ADDENDA, 1968-2020 (#27.1-34.8), includes articles and papers by Stellman; speeches, testimonies, and presentations given by Stellman; articles about Stellman; correspondence and research files related to Stellman's consultation work; and correspondence, grant proposals, publicity, and other materials related to her work with the Women's Occupational Health Resource Center (WOHRC). Files are arranged alphabetically.


Jeanne Esther (Mager) Stellman, daughter of Abraham and Rosalie (Shapiro) Mager, was born in Bensheim, Germany (American Zone) on May 27, 1947. She immigrated to the United States in 1948 and obtained her Certificate of Citizenship in 1951. In 1967, she married Steven D. Stellman (epidemiologist scientist); they have two children, Andrew and Emma. Stellman holds a B.S. in chemistry from City College of New York (1968) and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from City University of New York (1972). Stellman's research has focused on women's health, gender bias, occupational health management, and the health of veterans. She has authored numerous papers and articles, served in a variety of governmental and non-governmental advisory capacities, and is the recipient of several grants and awards. Stellman has spent most of her professional life living and working in the New York area. The following chronology highlights some of her professional accomplishments.

  • 1971-1976Adjunct Professor, Rutgers Labor Education Center, Rutgers University
  • 1972-1969Instructor, Department of Chemistry, City College of New York
  • 1972-1975Assistant to the President for Health and Safety, Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union, Denver, Colorado
  • 1973Publishes first book for workers on occupational health hazards, Work Is Dangerous to Your Health.
  • 1975-1980Clinical Associate Professor of Research Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1977-1980Chief, Division of Occupational Health and Toxicology, American Health Foundation, New York, New York
  • 1978Writes ground-breaking textbook for women's occupational health, Women's Work, Women's Health
  • 1978-1990Founder and Executive Director, Women's Occupational Health Resource Center (WOHRC), New York, New York
  • 1980-1985Recipient, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Preventive Oncology Academic Award
  • 1980-Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • 1980sDevelops core curriculum on reproductive hazards in the workplace
  • 1981-1985Assistant Director for Cancer Control in the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia University
  • 1985Appointed Exposure Consultant, Agent Orange Veterans Payment Program, United States
  • 1985-2004Editor, Women and Health
  • 1986International Labour Office (ILO), Occupational Safety and Health Branch of the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1986-Founder and President, Foundation for Worker, Veteran and Environmental Health, Inc., Brooklyn, New York
  • 1988Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 1991Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety, fourth edition, published by International Labour Office of the United Nations


The collection is arranged in six series:

  1. Series I. Writings and professional engagements, 1972-1989 (#1.1-3.7)
  2. Series II. Correspondence and related, 1973-1988 (#3.8-13.6)
  3. Series III. Research, 1971-1983 (#13.7-15.8)
  4. Series IV. Women's Occupational Health Resource Center (WOHRC), 1975-1985 (#15.9-22.5, OD.1)
  5. Series V. Grant administration, 1978-1990 (#22.6-26.25)
  6. Series VI. Addenda, 1968-2020 (#27.1-34.8)

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 89-M80, 2022-M61

The papers of Jeanne Mager Stellman were given to the Schlesinger Library by Jeanne Mager Stellman in 1989 and 2022.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see the Jeanne Mager Stellman Audiotape collection, 1974-1989 (T-469).


Donor: Jeanne Mager Stellman

Accession number: 89-M80

Processed by: Bridgette A. Woodall

The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library periodicals collection; consult the library's catalog for holdings:

  1. WOHRC news/Women's Occupational Health Resource Center

The following items were removed for the Schlesinger Library book sale:

  1. Years of hard labour: an account of the Canadian workingman, his organizations and tribulations over a period of more than a hundred years, 1974
  2. A time to remember, 1976
  3. The long winding road: Canadian labour in politics, 1977
  4. Other publications and printed material

Processing Information

Processed: December 2010

By: Bridgette A. Woodall

Updated and additional materials added: October 2022

By: Johanna Carll

Stellman, Jeanne Mager, 1947- . Papers of Jeanne Mager Stellman, 1968-2020: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Foundation for Worker, Veteran and Environmental Health, Inc.

Repository Details

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