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7.21 linear feet ((7 cartons, 1/2 file box) plus 3 folio+ folders)
Series I, Personal and Biographical (#1-8), consists of Hunt's reminiscences, curricula vitae, descriptions of the papers in the collection, a photographic portrait, membership certificates, and the "Hunt Dossier," documents in support of her promotion to full professor.
Series II, Organizations, institutions, subjects (#9-226). Most of the sections in this series were labelled, and arranged alphabetically, by Hunt (within each section, the arrangement by the processor is chronological). Hunt's arrangement has been preserved by the processor, and includes the following subjects and agencies: Abortion, American Association of University Women, Citizen's Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste (CCHW), Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), [United States] Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Harvard University, Love Canal, Ontario (Canada), Clara G. Schiffer, and Women's Equity Action League (WEAL).
The series contains correspondence, reports, surveys, programs, agendas, minutes, conference and workshop material, printed items, etc. The Citizen's Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste papers include correspondence, publications, board minutes, etc. For a history of the organization see #54. The occupational health and safety surveys (#91-100) in the Coalition of Labor Union Women section supply data on the working conditions and health status of women workers. The Harvard University section (#109-151) includes Radcliffe College, Radcliffe Institute, School of Public Health, Yale University, and the John B. Pierce Foundation. Hunt grouped these papers together because her research at these institutions was closely related, and her associations with them overlapped chronologically.
The section titled Clara G. Schiffer consists mainly of correspondence between Hunt and Clara G. Schiffer. The last section, WEAL, among other things documents affirmative action issues at Pennsylvania State University.
The descriptions supplied by Hunt (see #2, pages 1-5) of the material in Series II are helpful but the researcher is warned that other material on the same or related subjects also appears in Series III, IV, and V.
Series III, Correspondence (#227-297), is divided into two sections: one, correspondence grouped by subject, organization, and individuals, and arranged alphabetically; two, correspondence arranged chronologically. In the latter section letters found fastened together were kept together and arranged according to the date of the earliest item.
The series includes correspondence about Hunt's participation in conferences, as well as conference material. Correspondence also appears in the other four series.
Series IV, Conferences, workshops, etc. (#298-352), is arranged chronologically by the date of each event; it consists of Hunt presentations and notes, programs, lists, and correspondence. The inventory lists only the date of each event, not the dates of related papers; #298 lists each occasion and its sponsor.
Series V, Writings and related items (#353-374), has two sections. The first consists of Hunt proposals, articles, and papers (some in draft form), with related correspondence; an interview with Hunt about occupational hazards for pregnant workers; and her testimony at a Department of Labor hearing. The second consists of writings by others. Each section is arranged chronologically by the date of the written work, though some folders include material dated earlier or later.
Although the collection is divided into five series, some types of material--notably correspondence, writings, and conference materials--are found in all the series; some subjects (e.g. women's health, pollution) are addressed in more than one series. Researchers are therefore advised to read both the introduction and the inventory with care. Folder headings in quotation marks are the donors.
In #153, 160, 163-65, 167-69, documents with genetic information about particular individuals have been copied. Identifying information has been obliterated on the copies and the originals have been destroyed.
In 1946 Hunt was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship and entered the University of Sydney Dental School. She graduated in 1950 and practiced in New Zealand for two years before moving to the United States. At the Forsyth Dental Infirmary (Boston, Massachusetts) Hunt met Edward Eyre Hunt; they were married in 1952 and had four children. Edward Eyre Hunt died in 1991.
In 1985, Hunt wrote, "My research for the past 25 years has dealt with radium, polonium and radiation standards from the vantage points of radiation chemistry, radiation biology and occupational health." Her busy professional life is reflected in the following chronology.
- 1950: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S.), University of Sydney
- 1950-1952: Junior Dental Officer, Department of Health, New Zealand; Private practice
- 1952: Gave her first public lecture on dental training, Harvard University
- 1952-1953: Intern, Forsyth Dental Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts.
- 1955-1956: Instructor, Human Anatomy and General Biology, Endicott Junior College, Beverly, Massachusetts.
- 1958: A.M. in Physical Anthropology, Radcliffe College
- 1961-1963: Scholar, Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study (later Bunting Institute)
- 1962-1966: Research Fellow, then Research Associate, in Physiology, Harvard School of Public Health
- 1963: Completed summer sessions in radiation biology, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois
- 1964: Elected to Phi Beta Kappa (honoris causa)
- 1966-1969: Assistant Fellow, then Research Associate (Physiology), John B. Pierce Foundation Laboratory, New Haven, Connecticut.
- 1967-1969: Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Yale University School of Medicine
- 1969-1972: Assistant, then Associate, Professor of Environmental Health, Pennsylvania State University
- 1972: Granted tenure at Pennsylvania State University; Did research in New Guinea
- 1976: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow
- 1978-1979: On Science Advisory Board, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, D.C.
- 1979-1981: Deputy Assistant Administrator for Health Research, Office of Research and Development, EPA
- 1982-1985: Professor of Environmental Health, Pennsylvania State University
- 1984: Mellon Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 1985: Retired from Pennsylvania State University; National Endowment for the Humanities award
- 1985- : Consultant in environmental and occupational health; Visiting Lecturer, Harvard School of Public Health, Environmental Science and Physiology; Adjunct Faculty, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Work Environment Laboratory; Adjunct Faculty, National University of Taiwan School of Medicine
- I. Personal and biographical
- II. Organizations, institutions, subjects
- III. Correspondence
- IV. Conferences, workshops, etc.
- V. Writings and related items
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Vilma R. Hunt between September 1987 and December 1992.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see the Bledsoe-Herrick Family Papers, 1750-1964 (MC 290).
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see the Louise Fox Connell Papers, 1904-1986 (MC 386).
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see the Herrick-Hunt Family Papers, 1913-1951 (2000-M96).
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see the Margaret R. Hunt Papers, 1967-1998 (2000-M110--2000-M171).
- Mountain Life and Work - 4 issues December 1977, June, July, September 1978
- The Call, vol.4, no.3 (Chicago, Illinois)
- Various newsletters
- Box 1: 1-42
- Box 2: 43-92
- Box 3: 93-139
- Box 4: 140-191
- Box 5: 192-249
- Box 6: 250-297
- Box 7: 298-365
- Box 8: 366-374
By: Bert Hartry
- Cancer--Environmental aspects
- College teachers
- Environmental heath
- Environmental policy
- Human reproduction--Effect of chemicals on
- Industrial safety
- Industrial toxicology
- Love Canal Chemical Waste Landfill (Niagara Falls, N.Y.)
- Pesticides--Environmental aspects
- Pregnant women--Employment
- Public health--Pennsylvania
- Tobacco--Physiological effect
- Women in science--United States
- Women labor union members--United States
- Women scientists--United States
- Women's rights--United States
- Women--Health and hygiene
- Women--Political activity
- Hunt, Vilma R.. Papers of Vilma R. Hunt, 1952-1993: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- The collection was processed under a grant from Clara G. Schiffer.
- EAD ID
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