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Jane C. Wright papers, 1920-2006
23 boxes (19.5 linear feet)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00177

Abstract:
The collection contains the papers of Jane C. Wright, oncologist and professor, including professional correspondence, published writings, and clippings by and about Wright's career.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical / Historical

Jane Cooke Wright was born 30 Nov 1919 in New York City, the daughter of Corinne Cooke and Louis Thompkins Wright, surgeon and cancer researcher. She attended the Ethical- Fieldston School in New York City, going on to Smith College from which she graduated in 1942. She then went on to New York Medical College, receiving her MD in 1945. She married David Jones, an attorney and affirmative action advocate, in 1947. Together they had two daughters, Jane and Alison. After completing her internship and residencies at Bellevue and Harlem Hospitals, she joined the Harlem Hospital Cancer Research Foundation, established by her father. She eventually succeeded him as director and continued her research at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center. In 1967 she was appointed Associate Dean of the New York Medical College, the first women in the US to hold such a position at a medical school, a position she held until 1975. She then held appointment there as a professor of surgery, 1975-87. A member of several professional organizations, Wright was a founder and the first secretary treasurer of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in 1964. She was the first woman elected president of the New York Cancer Society, 1971and she served on the President's Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke, 1964-65, as well as the National Advisory Cancer Council, 1966-70. A trustee of Smith College (1970-80), Wright has been recognized by her alma mater: in 1968, she was a Smith Medalist and in 1981, she received the Otelia Cromwell Award. She has received numerous other awards including the Mademoiselle Award (1952) and the American Association for Cancer Research Award (1975).

Jane C. Wright died on February 19, 2013.

Scope and Contents

The Jane C. Wright Papers include correspondence, clippings and articles by and about Wright; photographs; posters; audio recordings; awards and memorabilia. Also included are her published professional writings in medical journals and texts.


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

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: Jane C. Wright Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00177, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The collection was donated by Jane C. Wright in 1975-1994 (no accession number, 85S-50 to 89S-04, 94S-54, and 94S-60), 1996 (1996-S-0065), 1998 (1998-S-0017), 2000 (2000-S-0034), 2002 (2002-S-0032 and 2002-S-0026), 2003 (2003-S-0039), 2006 (2006-S-0037), and 2008 (2008-S-0015).


Additional Information
Contact Information
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Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Other Finding Aids

This online finding aid currently provides detailed description of only the most recent additions to this collection (2002-2008 accessions). Additional materials are described in unpublished lists that can be sent to you upon request by contacting specialcollections@smith.edu

Contents List
2002-S-0026. Wright, Jane C., Correspondence and miscellaneous materials pertaining to Jane C. Wright
1938-2002
.25 linear feet(1 box)

Search Terms
Wright, Jane C.

2002-S-0026. Correspondence and miscellaneous materials pertaining to Jane C. Wright
1938-2002

Box 1
General

Correspondence pertains primarily to Wright's education, employment at New York University and New York Medical College; also includes the Smith College Board of Trustees and a 2002 desk calendar, Women Who Dare, in which she is featured.

2003-S-0039. Jane C. Wright correspondence, other materials related to American Society of Clinical Oncology and Ethical Culture Fieldston School
undated


2003-S-0039. Ethical Culture Fieldston School alumnae magazine
undated

Box 1
2006-S-0037. Jane C Wright awards and correspondence
2003-2006
0.5 linear feet(1 box)

Search Terms
Wright, Jane C.

2006-S-0037. Awards, reports and DVD pertaining to Wright
2004-2006

Box 1
2006-S-0037. Jane C. Wright Correspondence
2003-2006

Box 1
2008-S-0015. Wright, Jane C., Jane C. Wright speeches, other materials pertaining to American Association for Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Award
2004-2008
0.25 linear feet

Search Terms
Wright, Jane C.

2008-S-2015. Correspondence and other materials pertaining to Jane Cooke Wright Award of AACR
2004-2008

Box 1

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • African American women physicians--Biography--Sources
  • Cancer research
  • Female friendship--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Medicine--Research--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Physicians--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Scientists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women medical scientists--Biography--Sources
  • Women physicians--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Wright, Jane C.
  • Wright, Jane C.

Genre terms
  • Audiotapes
  • Posters
  • Writings
  • Yearbooks
  • memorabilia
  • photographs


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