1
November
2011

NY academy of medicine1

I’ve left early, so I haven’t done much research during the visit. I do remember the way the archives look though. The pagers were so delicate that I fear even touching it. Arlene Shaner had mentioned a lot of these pamphlets and books were published around the civil war in the 18th century therefore the quality of those papers were extremely poor. One specific publish date I remember was 1874, if i’m not wrong, I believe it was shorty after Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman doctor in 1849. The Constitution of Medical College for Women was also published around the mid 1800. It seems the NYAM itself was found around that timeline too. In 1847 to be exact.

By the time The Country Doctor was published, there were already a lot of women perusing a medical degree with career roles in that field.

Arlene states that NYAM is actually in partnership with a lot of other librarys out there, including the NYPL. The NYPL actually sends all the archives on medicine to NYAM.

She also mentions that the place we visited wasn’t built till 1926 when the academy was moved to 5th ave. They wanted to built an environment for “rare book” although “real” rare books aren’t exactly placed “behind the bars.”

I was looking through the timeline in 1800 and it appears around 1850s to 1900s women from all around the globe were “allowed to study.”

1853: Sweden

1865: Italy

1867: Russia

1868: The United States

1870: Great Britain

1871: Japan

1874: The Netherlands

1875: Denmark

1877: Chile

1879: Brazil

1880: France

1883: Romania

1884: Norway

1888: Spain “with a written approval from a male guardian”

1889: Sweden

1896: Austria-Hungary

1898: Haiti

1899: Denmark

1920: China

1935: Iran

 

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1 Comment

  1.    Karen Weingarten:

    I’m glad you were able to come, Jennifer. It sounds like you found some interesting information, even with having to leave early.



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