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Margaret Mahoney Papers, 1924-2007
58 boxes (65.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 230

Abstract:
Philanthropist; Executive; Civic leader; and Trustee of Smith College. The papers primarily document Mahoney's philanthropic work with the Carnegie Corporation of New York; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; The Commonwealth Fund; and her consulting firm specializing in health care delivery systems.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • The collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  • The collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Margaret Ellerbe Mahoney was born in Nashville, TN, in 1924. She received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1946. She served as a Program Analyst for the U.S. Dept of State, 1950-53, before beginning her career as a foundation executive at the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In 1973 she moved to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation where she was Vice President. She served as President of The Commonwealth Fund from 1980-94, and in 1995 established MEM Associates, a consulting firm specializing in health care delivery systems. She has served on a variety of boards and educational foundations including the U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare's Medical Assistance Advisory Council and the Task Force on Medicaid and Related Programs, as well as the Health Industry Advisory Committee of the Cost of Living Council, the Dermatology Foundation, the Sun Valley Forum on National Health, the National Humanities Center, and the Smith College Board of Trustees (1988-93). In addition she was on the faculty of the Princeton University Program in Science and Human Affairs (1975-79). Margaret Mahoney died on December 22, 2011.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers primarily document Mahoney's professional activities with the Carnegie Corporation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund; her service on the boards of numerous education and medical foundations, and her teaching at Princeton. Types of material include biographical material, correspondence, business and financial records, fund raising records, committee and conference files, appointment books, reports, speeches and lecture notes, photographs, and videotapes.

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Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  • The collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  • The collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Margaret Mahoney Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection
Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • Arts fund raising--United States--History--Sources
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York--History--Sources
  • Commonwealth Fund--History--Sources
  • Mahoney family
  • Mahoney, Margaret, 1924-
  • Medical care--United States--Endowments--History
  • Philanthropists--United States--History--Sources
  • Women in the professions--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women philanthropists--United States--History--Sources


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