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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 85

Papers of Mary Bagg Cooper, 1907-1970


Diaries, photographs, reprints of Mary Bagg Cooper, Radcliffe College Class of 1914.


  • Creation: 1907-1970

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 Bagg Cooper as well as 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.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)

Collection consists of diaries describing Mary Bagg Cooper's life at Radcliffe College and her life in New York after college. Also photographs, some biographical information, and reprints of articles where she appears as an author or co-author.


Mary Bagg Cooper, medical technologist, was born in Syracuse, New York in 1892, the daughter of Henry and Jessie (Bagg) Cooper. Cooper was graduated from Radcliffe with an A.B. in 1914. Cooper then joined the New York State Laboratories in Albany. She studied bacteriology and clinical pathology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and during World War I worked at St. Luke's Hospital. She was head of the clinical laboratory at the General Hospital of Syracuse, 1925-1960, and did research on blood Rh compatibility. She was founder and President of the Empire State Association of Medical Technologists and received its award for outstanding service in 1961. Syracuse University named a scholarship in her honor and she was named Woman of Achievement in Science by the Syracuse Post Standard in 1953. She published many articles in the field of hematology and medical technology. She was member of the American Association of Blood Banks, American Society of Medical Technologists, Business and Professional Women's Club of Syracuse; active in peace organizations, and volunteer at Planned Parenthood and Meals on Wheels. Cooper died on 19 December, 1983.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: R78-37, R84-18, 2018-M90

These papers were given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Caroline Dwight Bain, archival consultant and Mary Bagg Cooper's niece, between 1978 and 1984. Additional material (folder 6) was transferred from the Radcliffe Alumnae Pamphlet collection in June 2018.

Processing Information

Processed: February 1985

By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Cooper, Mary Bagg, 1892-1983. Papers of Mary Bagg Cooper, 1907-1970: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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