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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 893

Papers of Mary W. Blumen, 1942-2013


Photographs and Army service records, etc., of Mary W. Blumen, a nurse who served with the 1st General Hospital in England and Frances during World War II.


  • 1942-2013

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary W. Blumen 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.


.21 linear feet ((1/2 file box) plus 6 photograph folders)

Collection includes photographs of Blumen and friends and colleagues (including Isadore Blumen while in service), and interiors and exteriors of 1st General Hospital in England and France; her army records and details of her service; newsletters about and address lists of 1st General Hospital staff, 1951-1965; and her son's eulogy at her memorial service, 2013.

Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.


Mary (Wolfowitz) Blumen was born in Brooklyn, New York, and worked as a nurse in the emergency room at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She joined the Army in November 1942 and served at the 1st General Hospital in North Mymms near London and in France following D-Day. She left the Army in 1946 and completed an undergraduate degree as well as a master's in public health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she met Isadore Blumen. They married and moved to Cornell University where he was a professor of industrial and labor relations. They had two children, Helen and Dan.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2014-M165

The papers of Mary W. Blumen were given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughter, Helen Blumen, in 2014.

Processing Information

Processed: December 2016

By: Anne Engelhart

Blumen, Mary W. (Mary Wolfowitz), 1921-2013. Papers of Mary W. Blumen, 1942-2013: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the family of Mary W. Blumen

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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