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Dorothy Reed Mendenhall papers, 1805 - 2003 (Bulk: 1890-1957)
21 boxes (7.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 101

Public health specialist, physician and instructor. The papers focus on the life of a woman who made pioneering contributions to the fields of pathology, public health, maternal infant health, pediatrics, and nutrition, as well as early 20th century women's medical education. Mendenhall's Smith College years and her time at Johns Hopkins Medical School are well represented. Material includes research, writings, diaries and correspondence with her son, Thomas Corwin Mendenhall (president of Smith College). Other correspondents include patients and associates, such as Julia Lathrop, Grace Abbott, Katherine Lenroot, M. Carey Thomas, Margaret Long, William MacCallum, Dr. William Henry Welch, and Edmund Wilson.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works of Dorothy Reed Mendenhall.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

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Dorothy Mabel Reed Mendenhall, born in Columbus, Ohio on September 22, 1874, was the second daughter and third and youngest child of Grace Kimball and William Pratt Reed and an important link in a long lineage of prominence and privilege. All four of Mendenhall's grandparents' families--the Kimballs, the Reeds, the Talcotts, and the Temples--traced their origins back to New England in the 1630s. Mendenhall was particularly proud of the fact that the Reed family could document its direct descendence from Thomas Dudley and Dorothy Yorke and their daughter, the poet, Anne Bradstreet, who came to Massachusetts Bay on the Arabella in 1632, and that her Talcott relatives were direct descendents of John Talcott. He had arrived had in Cambridge in 1632 and, in 1636, built the first house in Hartford, Connecticut. Her great-grandfather Richard Kimball surveyed parts of the Northwest Territory after the American Revolution and was paid for his services with grants of land. He, in turn, passed along forty acre plots of land in Cleveland, Canton, and Columbus, Ohio to his sons. By the mid-nineteenth century the Kimballs, were prominent figures in Ohio politics and society. Mendenhall's maternal grandfather, Hannibal Kimball, made his fortune in shoe and boot manufacturing. Her father William Reed joined Hannibal Kimball in his business in 1858 and, in 1867, married his eldest daughter. Mendenhall spent her early years living with her parents, her sister Elizabeth, her brother William Reed Jr., and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins on the Kimball estate on the East side of Columbus. When William Reed Sr. died from complications of diabetes and tuberculosis in 1880 he left an estate worth several hundred thousand dollars.

Mendenhall's early education consisted of tutoring by her grandmother at home, drawing classes at the Columbus Art School, and, in the late 1880s, private teaching by her governess Anna Gunning, in Columbus and, later, in Berlin. Her first formal education began in 1891 when she entered Smith College, where she earned her B.L. in 1895. During her last year of college Mendenhall's family began to experience serious financial troubles due to wreckless spending by her mother and brother, and her sister's chronic illness and bad marriage. From this time on she played a central role in the management of the family finances. It was in large part due to the need to earn money to support herself and her family that she decided to enter newly opened Johns Hopkins University Medical School (one of first to admit women) and pursue a medical career She spent a year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1895-96 to complete required science courses and entered Johns Hopkins University Medical School in 1896 along with several other women students such as Florence Sabin and Gertrude Stein (who later dropped out). During summer of 1898 she and her classmate Margaret Long became the first women to work for a U.S. Naval Hospital when they assisted in treating Spanish/American War casualties at Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital. Mendenhall excelled at Johns Hopkins and, after graduating fourth in her class in 1900, she was awarded a prestigious internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, serving under Dr. William Osler. The next year she became a Pathology fellow there under the direction of Dr. William Welch. During this period Mendenhall taught bacteriology, assisted at autopsies and undertook research on Hodgkin's disease. She made her best recognized contribution to medical science when she discovered the cell that is a primary characteristic of Hodgkins disease and effectively disproved the common belief that the disease was a form of tuberculosis. Mendenhall's findings, published in 1902, brought her international acclaim and the cell became known as the Reed cell (also called the Sternberg-Reed and Reed-Sternberg cell).

During the years of her fellowship at Johns Hopkins, Mendenhall had a passionate and tumultuous relationship with another pathologist, Dr. William MacCallum. Despite his professions of love for her, MacCallum repeatedly pursued other women and his infidelities ultimately drove Mendenhall to break off the relationship. She later wrote that it was her desire to make a clean break with McCallum, more than the difficulties she faced as a woman in her field, that induced her to abandon pathology and to accept an interim residency at New York Infirmary for Women and Children. At the conclusion of that post Mendenhall made the decision to pursue pediatrics and, in January of 1903 she became the first resident physician at Babies Hospital in New York City. Later that year her sister Elizabeth died after a long struggle with tuberculosis and Dorothy, who had already been supporting her mother, also took on the financial responsibility for Elizabeth's three children, Dorothy, Hart, and Ordway Furbish, ages nine, seven and six.

Dorothy Mendenhall first met Charles Elwood Mendenhall, son of the well-known scientist Thomas Mendenhall and Susan Allen Mendenhall, in her youth when both lived in Columbus. The two maintained a friendship over the years and, when both were students at Johns Hopkins in the late 1890s, they frequently spent time hiking together in the Baltimore countryside. Charles carried a torch for Dorothy and proposed to her numerous times over the years. Finally, in 1904, after MacCallum came to New York to try to win her back, Dorothy decided to escape her difficult personal and professional situation by marrying Charles and creating a "normal home and family life" with him. After a tentative engagement Dorothy married Charles on Valentine's Day 1906 in her mother's old family home in Talcottville, New York. The two had an extended honeymoon in Europe and then returned to Madison, Wisconsin, where Charles taught physics at the University of Wisconsin. By this time Dorothy was already in the midst of her first pregnancy and she did not try to reestablish her career in Madison, planning instead to stay at home bearing and raising children. Her first child Margaret, born on Feb 19, 1907, died one day after her birth due to brain damage from her traumatic delivery, which also left Mendenhall suffering from pelvic injuries and puerperal sepsis. Her second child, Richard, survived his 1908 birth only to die before his second birthday from a fall off the roof of the family home in November of 1910. In between the births of Thomas, in 1910, and John, in 1913, Mendenhall's mother Grace Kimball Reed also died unexpectedly. Mendenhall's grief over these deaths complicated her already difficult transition from prominent professional woman to wife and mother, and exacerbated the problems of her disappointing marital relationship. During these years she was miserable and depressed.

Mendenhall began the second phase of her career in 1914 when she became a lecturer in the Department of Home Economics at the University of Wisconsin. Motivated by the circumstances of Margaret's birth and death and John's precarious nutritional status during infancy, Mendenhall devoted herself to the issues of maternal and infant health, particularly reducing infant mortality rates by providing prenatal care, and educating others about the importance of infant and early childhood nutrition. In addition to teaching, she also organized the first infant welfare clinic in the state in Madison in 1915. Her successes in this line of work--perhaps best exemplified by Madison's status as the U.S. city with the lowest infant mortality rate--ultimately lead her to other appointments including those in the extension schools of the University of Chicago and Utah State Agricultural College.

During WWI, when Charles Mendenhall went to work for the U.S. government in Washington D.C., Dorothy Mendenhall was recruited by the U.S. Children's Bureau. In her capacity as a medical officer with the Children's Bureau during the years from 1917 to 1936 she did comprehensive studies of war orphanages in Belgium and France, and nutritional studies of Children in England. She also worked on a nationwide drive to weigh and measure all children under six in order to call attention to the prevalence of malnutrition and develop norms for height and weight from birth through age six. Mendenhall wrote numerous influential publications on children's health care and nutrition and, in 1926, she visited Denmark to compare the infant and maternal mortality rates there with those in the U.S. During that visit she observed the successes of the Danish midwifery movement and became a proponent of childbirth without unnecessary medical interventions. This very successful second career renewed Mendenhall's sense of herself as a valuable successful professional woman. By the late 1910s the combination of motherhood and fulfilling work gave her a sense of purpose which made her marriage more satisfying as well.

As her children grew, Mendenhall managed her household and family much like she managed her career. She frequently reminded her sons that they were "her life's work" and emphasized their obligation to meet her very high expectations. Her early experiences with the difficult consequences of her family's squandered wealth caused her a great deal of anxiety about financial matters but also made her a shrewd investor. Despite her constant worries about spending money, however, she was never without a great deal of household help, including maids, nannies, and cooks, of whom she was also very demanding.

In 1934, when John was an undergraduate at Harvard and Tom a Ph.D. student in history at Yale, Charles Mendenhall was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After a difficult battle with the illness he died in Madison in August of 1935. Despite the apparent passionlessness of their marriage, the Mendenhalls had become loving companions over the years; Dorothy was clearly lonely after Charles's death. Nevertheless, she continued her professional work, took over sole management of the family's finances and investments, and became more demanding of her children than ever before. By the late 1930s she had already begun to refer to herself as an old woman with only a few years to live. Though she accused her sons of neglecting her in her old age, Tom and John, their wives Cornelia and Sally, and their children actually remained closely involved in her life. Mendenhall also maintained many long-time friendships, such as with her college friend Louisa Fast and, between 1936 and the 1950s, traveled frequently with friends to Mexico, Central America, California, North Carolina and other destinations. By the early 1960s her health began to fail and she was hospitalized repeatedly, though she continued to live independently through 1963. After nearly thirty years of predicting her immanent death Dorothy Reed Mendenhall died of arteriosclerotic heart disease in Chester, Connecticut on July 31, 1964 at the age of eighty-nine.

For additional biographical information see:

Jean Bergman, "Dorothy Reed Mendenhall," State Historical Society of Wisconsin Women's Auxiliary, Famous American Women, 6 (1976), 48-53.

Penina Migdal Glazer and Miriam Slater, "Motherhood and Medicine," in Unequal Colleagues: The Entrance of Women into the Professions, 1890-1940 (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1986).

Elizabeth Robinton, "Dorothy Reed Mendenhall" in Notable American Women: The Modern Period.

Obituaries appear in the Madison, WI Capital Times on July 31, 1964 and the Wisconsin State Journal, August 1, 1964.

Scope and contents of the collection

The Dorothy Reed Mendenhall Papers consist of 7.75 linear feet of material, dating from 1805 to 2003. The bulk of the papers date from 1890 to 1957 and focus on Mendenhall's personal and professional life. Types of materials include personal records, family records, personal and family correspondence, legal documents, lectures, sketches, and drawings, printed material, personal memorabilia, photographs, and published and unpublished writings.

Major subjects reflected in the collection are women's education, medical education, public health, and the status and role of women in the U.S. Organizations represented in the collection include the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, the United States Children's Bureau, the University of Wisconsin and the Visiting Nurse Association Child Health Centers of Madison, Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Board of Health. The papers offer insight into the life of a privileged woman who, as one of the early graduates of the rigorous and professional medical education at Johns Hopkins Medical School, made pioneering contributions to the fields of pathology, public health, maternal infant health, pediatrics, and nutrition while also balancing the demands of her own home and family life. In addition to documenting Mendenhall's life and work the papers document major twentieth century historical trends including the changing roles of women and the penetration of scientific concepts into housekeeping, childrearing, and other aspects of daily life.

Organization of the collection

This collection is organized into five series:

  • I. Biographical Material
  • II. Family
  • III. Correspondence
  • IV. Professional Material
  • V. Publications
  • Oversize Material

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

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

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

Preferred Citation

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

Dorothy Reed Mendenhall Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Dorothy Reed Mendenhall's son, Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection after her death in 1964. Additional papers were given by Thomas Mendenhall's estate after his death in 1998.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Kate Weigand, 2001.

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

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

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
3 linear ft.

This series includes a variety of material by and about Dorothy Reed Mendenhall that documents her personal and professional experiences, including both her accomplishments and her struggles. It is arranged in the following eight subseries: Writings about Mendenhall, Education, Professional credentials, Legal documents, Financial documents, Personal records, Memorabilia, and Photographs. The bulk of the material in this series dates from 1891-1950s. Writings about Mendenhall includes two short biographical sketches and three brief accounts of Mendenhall's life. Her own autobiographical writings, written between 1939 and 1955, give the fullest picture of the events of her life and her feelings about them. Personal records contains drawings and writings from Mendenhall's childhood as well as other diaries, records and lists she saved over the course of her life. Photographs contains rich visual documentation of her life from her childhood in the 1870s to her old age in the 1950s, of her family, and of her environments and friendships at Smith College and Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

1 linear ft.

This series contains family records, memorabilia, and third party correspondence written by and received by various members of Mendenhall's family (including extended family) between 1805 and 1938. It is arranged in three subseries: Genealogical material, Individuals, and Legal and financial records. Genealogical material consists of notes and family trees Mendenhall put together in the course of researching her background and especially her relationship to the Dudley and Bradstreet families of seventeenth century Boston. Individuals is arranged alphabetically with material about miscellaneous family members filed at the end of the subseries. Each person's file contains various types of material by or about them including biographical material, correspondence, and memorabilia. Among the richest material in this series are the letters, poems, and sketches that came from her maternal grandmother Adaline Talcott Kimball and her family. In addition to documenting Talcott and Kimball family history this material sheds considerable light on Adaline Talcott Kimball's experiences as a young white woman growing up in upstate New York, dealing with potential suitors, and wrestling with some of the various intellectual trends that swirled around the United States in the 1830s and 1840s. Legal and financial records contains material that documents the accumulation of wealth and status in the Talcott and Kimball families between 1811 and the 1930s.

2 linear ft.

This series contains personal and professional correspondence, dating from 1891 to 1962 and is organized into two subseries: Family and Friends and associates. Family consists of correspondence with members of Mendenhall's immediate and extended family dating from 1891 to 1962 and arranged alphabetically. Mendenhall's letters to her mother Grace Kimball Reed date from 1896 to 1911 and are a particularly rich source of information about her daily life and thoughts and struggles during her days as a student, her years as a medical intern and resident in Baltimore and New York, and her difficult life as a new wife and mother in Madison, Wisconsin. Mendenhall's letters to her son Thomas Corwin Mendenhall Jr. and his wife Cornelia Baker Mendenhall, especially those written between 1938 and 1962, are a similarly rich source of information about her retirement years and her old age. Friends and associates includes a small amount of general correspondence consisting of letters from friends and colleagues who were not regular correspondents dating from 1901-60, the bulk of which are sympathy letters Mendenhall received in 1935 after her husband's death. This subseries consists primarily of material from friends and colleagues who corresponded regularly with Mendenhall between 1891 and 1957. Significant signatories include Bryn Mawr College president M. Carey Thomas and Mendenhall's distant cousin, the writer Edmund Wilson.

1 linear ft.

This series documents Dorothy Mendenhall's professional life from her internship at Johns Hopkins University Medical School in 1900 to her work for public health in the 1950s. The material is arranged according to the institution that administered it. Because Mendenhall often worked for more than one employer at a time, the institutions are arranged alphabetically as follows: Babies Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, United States Children's Bureau, United States Naval Yard Hospital, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, and Utah State Agricultural College. Types of material include correspondence, minutes, newspaper clippings, notes, printed material, and reports. The bulk of the material in this series consists of lectures, notes, and syllabi and examinations from Mendenhall's appointments at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin.

.5 linear ft.

This series contains material relating to Dorothy Reed Mendenhall's many publications in the areas of pathology, maternal-infant health, pediatrics, public health, and children's nutrition between 1901 and 1937. Final published versions of the articles and pamphlets she wrote are arranged chronologically. Each publication is arranged with relevant correspondence, drafts, drawings and photographs, and other related material.

.25 linear ft.

Contents List

Writings about DRM

1945-2003, undated

Box 1: folder 1
Newspaper clippings
1930-1996, undated

Box 1: folder 2

Handwritten manuscript with typewritten transcription, written over the period

Early years to

Box 1: folder 3-4
1887 trip to Europe, to 1891 entrance into Smith

Box 1: folder 5-6

Box 1: folder 7-8
Smith College

Box 1: folder 9-10
Johns Hopkins medical school

Box 1: folder 11-12
Second summer, Spanish American War

Box 1: folder 13
Intern, fellow, A.J.

Box 1: folder 14-15
Life in New York City

Box 1: folder 16-17
Marriage, Trips Abroad, CEM's death
1902, 1906-35

Box 2: folder 1-2
Early Extension work, Children's Bureau

Box 2: folder 3-4

Box 2: folder 5-6

Business, money, England, Scotland, Guatemala (typescript only)

Box 2: folder 7
World War II, Madison, Tryon

Box 2: folder 8
Last contemplations

Box 2: folder 9-10
Handwritten manuscripts

Box 2: folder 11
1935-57, undated

Box 2: folder 12
Scholarly and journalistic accounts of DRM's life and work

Gena Corea, "Dorothy Reed Mendenhall; "Childbirth is not a Disease," Ms. magazine
April 1974

Box 3: folder 1
"Dorothy Reed Mendenhall Scholarship Fund is Legacy of Remarkable Woman's Life," The Hopkins Advocate, v. 5, n. 3, Summer

Box 3: folder 2
"Dorothy Reed Mendenhall, A Woman Pioneer in American Medicine," unpublished paper by. E.M. Lawton

Box 3: folder 3

Columbus Art School: diploma

Box 3: folder 4
Smith College

Course material



Box 3: folder 5

Box 3: folder 6
Literature notebook

Box 3: folder 7
Outline for Bible course
circa 1894

Box 3: folder 8



Honorary Doctorate: correspondence, diploma map, program, and song

Box 3: folder 9


Printed material: catalog and songbook

Box 3: folder 10
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: correspondence and grades

Box 3: folder 11
Johns Hopkins University Medical School

General: correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material

Box 3: folder 12
Lecture notes

Box 4: folder 1

Box 4: folder 2





Professional credentials

Physician's license, state of New York

Box 4: folder 3
Physicians license, state of Wisconsin



Certificate of appointment as a delegate for the state of Wisconsin to the Annual Meeting of the Child Hygiene Association

Box 4: folder 4
Certificate of appointment as U.S. delegate to the Fifth English-speaking Conference on Maternity and Child Welfare in London, issued by the U.S. State Department in
Apr. 1929



Legal documents

1926, 1929

Box 4: folder 5

Box 5: folder 1
Financial documents

Account books
1890-98, 1930

Box 5: folder 2
Travel receipts
1938-41, undated

Box 5: folder 3
Personal records


Box 5: folder 4
Childhood writings and sketches: drawings, notes, poems, and themes
1886, 1890, undated

Box 5: folder 5-6
Contacts: address book and notes

Box 5: folder 7
1890-94, 1938

Box 5: folder 8
Garden notebook

Box 6: folder 1
Invitations and party lists

Box 6: folder 2
Medical records: correspondence, prescription, and receipt

Box 6: folder 3
1892-1928, undated

Box 6: folder 4
Notes and lists

T.S. Eliot: newspaper clippings and notes
1949, undated

Box 6: folder 5
Rudyard Kipling: newspaper clippings, notes, and themes

Box 6: folder 6
Miscellaneous notes

Box 6: folder 7

Box 6: folder 8
Memorabilia: business cards, drawings, garden plan, hair, hymnal, invitations, menus, notes, programs, and ration books
1896-40s, undated

Box 6: folder 9



DRM alone


Box 7: folder 1
Adulthood (including photo of bust sculpted by Joy Buba)
1894-1967, undated

Box 7: folder 2


Baker, Laura Ann

Box 7: folder 3
Furbish, Elizabeth Reed

Box 7: folder 3
Kimball, Carroll

Box 7: folder 3
Kimball, Eliza

Box 7: folder 3
Kimball, Hannibal

Box 7: folder 3
Mendenhall, Bethany at three months

Box 7: folder 3
Mendenhall, Charles E.
circa 1882-1920s

Box 7: folder 3
Mendenhall, Richard

Box 7: folder 3
Reed, Grace Kimball

Box 7: folder 3
Reed, William Pratt
circa 1850, undated

Box 7: folder 3
Talcott, Adaline

Box 7: folder 3
Talcott, Hezekiah

Box 7: folder 3

Baker, Adaline, Rosalind, Helen, and Laura, with Lodemia Talcott

Box 7: folder 4
DRM and Elizabeth Reed
circa 1888

Box 7: folder 4
DRM and Dorothy Reed Furbish

Box 7: folder 4
DRM with Charles/Thomas/John Mendenhall

Box 7: folder 4
Thomas and John Mendenhall with 4 unidentified people
30 May 1919

Box 7: folder 4


Austin, Mabel F.,

Box 7: folder 5
Bigelow, Laura

Box 7: folder 5
MacCallum, William

Box 7: folder 5
Boem, Caroline Mitchell

Box 7: folder 5
Lathrop, Julia

Box 7: folder 5
Long, Margaret,
circa 1890s and undated

Box 7: folder 5
Strong, Mary,

Box 7: folder 5
Woods, Eleanor Bush,

Box 7: folder 5

DRM with Smith College friends,

Box 8: folder 1
DRM and others on a walking trip in New York state during medical school, circa late

Box 8: folder 1
DRM with Miss Wheeler, Atlantic City,

Box 8: folder 1
DRM with unidentified man,
circa 1904

Box 8: folder 1
DRM with three unidentified people standing in front of car,

Box 8: folder 1
Hospital scenes

Brooklyn Naval Hospital, DRM with Margaret Long and others,

Box 8: folder 2
Johns Hopkins Hospital

House staff,

Box 8: folder 2
Operating room staff,
circa 1900

Box 8: folder 2
Miscellaneous staff and patients,
circa 1900

Box 8: folder 2

Kimball estate,

Box 8: folder 3
Talcottville house


Box 8: folder 3
North parlor,
circa 1900

Box 8: folder 3

Box 8: folder 3
Room in Wallace House at Smith College,

Box 8: folder 3
Miscellaneous and unidentified

Elizabeth Blackwell (photo of drawing),

Box 8: folder 4
U.S. Navy ship "Dolphin,"

Box 8: folder 4
Unidentified people standing at bow of ship,

Box 8: folder 4

Box 8: folder 4

Genealogical material: notes, family trees, handwritten manuscript connecting DRM to Dudley and Bradstreet families

Box 9: folder 1-2


Elizabeth Reed Furbish (DRM's sister) and family: newspaper clippings, notes, and wedding invitations

Box 9: folder 3
Adaline Talcott Kimball (DRM's maternal grandmother)

1831-50, undated

Box 9: folder 4-6
Poems and sketches
1825-37, undated

Box 9: folder 7
Hannibal Kimball (DRM's maternal grandfather): correspondence
1829-62, undated

Box 9: folder 8
Charles Elwood Mendenhall (DRM's husband): biographies, business cards, correspondence, diary, invitations, newspaper clippings, notes, travel descriptions, programs from memorial service, and wedding invitation

Box 10: folder 1
John Talcott Mendenhall (DRM's third son): hair clippings

Box 10: folder 2
Margaret Mendenhall (DRM's daughter): plaque

Box 10: folder 3
Richard Mendenhall (DRM's first son): newspaper clippings, notes, poem, and sympathy letters

Box 10: folder 4
Thomas Corwin Mendenhall Jr. (DRM's second son): hair clippings, newspaper clippings, poem and telegram
1911-38, undated

Box 10: folder 5
Grace Kimball Reed (DRM's mother): correspondence, and wedding invitation
1867-81, undated

Box 10: folder 6
William Reed, Sr. (DRM's father): correspondence, family history, genealogical notes, journal, wallet, and wedding invitation
1858-72, undated

Box 10: folder 7
William Reed, Jr. and Gloria Reed (DRM's brother and sister-in-law): correspondence

Box 10: folder 8
Talcott family papers


Box 10: folder 9-10
Legal and financial records for Furbish/Kimball/Reed/Talcott estates: correspondence, deeds, investments, lists, mortgages, patent, plot plans, and receipts
1811-1930s, undated

Box 10: folder 11


Miscellaneous: commissions, newspaper clippings, notes, petitions, school records, sewing pattern, and notes
1805-60, undated

Box 10: folder 12




Furbish, Dorothy, Hart, and Ordway,
1911-57, undated

Box 11: folder 1
Furbish, Elizabeth Reed,
1891-99, undated

Box 11: folder 2
Mendenhall, Charles Elwood,

Box 11: folder 3-4
Mendenhall, Cornelia Baker,

Box 11: folder 5-8
Mendenhall, John Talcott,
1919-45, 1957

Box 11: folder 9
Mendenhall, Sally Cornell,

Box 12: folder 1
Mendenhall, Thomas, Sr. and Susan,
1911-23, undated

Box 12: folder 2
Mendenhall, Thomas Corwin, Jr.


Box 12: folder 3-8

Box 13: folder 1-9

Box 14: folder 1-9
1953-62, 1960s, undated

Box 15: folder 1-8
Reed, Grace Kimball,

Box 16: folder 1-2
Reed, William, Jr.,

Box 16: folder 3
Friends and Associates

General, (including sympathy letters after CEM's 1935 death),
1888-1960, undated

Box 16: folder 4-7

Baldwin, Dr. J.F.,

Box 17: folder 1
Bigelow, Sophia,
1936-56, undated

Box 17: folder 2
Cummings, Mabel,

Box 17: folder 3
Fast, Louisa K.,
1897, 1927-35, undated

Box 17: folder 4
Hart, Merwin,
1918, 1935

Box 17: folder 5
Hubbard, Lila M.,

Box 17: folder 6
Kenyon, Josephine H.,

Box 17: folder 7
Lamonte, Helen,

Box 17: folder 8
Lee, Laura Billings,

Box 17: folder 9
Long, John D.,

Box 17: folder 10
Long, Margaret,

Box 17: folder 11
MacCallum, William G.,
1906, 1941, undated

Box 17: folder 12
Osler, William,

Box 17: folder 13
Pratt, Elsie Seelye,

Box 17: folder 14
Sharp, Bertha,
1936, undated

Box 17: folder 15
Smith, Dr. Mary A.,

Box 17: folder 16
Thomas, M. Carey,

Box 17: folder 17
Welch, William,

Box 17: folder 18
Wilson, Edmund,

Box 17: folder 19
Young, Karl,

Box 17: folder 20

Box 17: folder 21

Babies Hospital of New York City: certificate of recognition, correspondence, formulary, lists, questionnaire, programs, and report

Box 18: folder 1


Brooklyn Naval Hospital: correspondence, endorsement, Hippocratic oath, newspaper clipping, notes, and photographs

Box 18: folder 2
Johns Hopkins University Hospital: correspondence, invitations, lists, notebook, notes, and prescriptions,

Box 18: folder 3
United States Children's Bureau

Civil Service Commission ratings,

Box 18: folder 4
Correspondence (includes Julia Lathrop, Grace Abbott, and Katharine Lenroot),

Box 18: folder 5
Printed material,

Box 18: folder 6-8
Proceedings of the Child Health Recovery Conference, Washington, D.C.,
6 October 1933

Box 18: folder 9
Miscellaneous: appointment letter, identification card, memoranda, newspaper clipping, notes, pass, printed material, and receipts,
1924-28, undated

Box 19: folder 1
University of Chicago: outlines,

Box 19: folder 2
University of Wisconsin

College of Agriculture, Extension Division, Home Study Course: instruction papers,

Box 19: folder 3
Department of Home Economics


Box 19: folder 4

Box 19: folder 5

Box 19: folder 6

Box 19: folder 7
Summer school: syllabi,

Box 19: folder 8
Utah State Agricultural College: correspondence,

Box 19: folder 9
Visiting Nurse Association Child Health Centers


Box 19: folder 10-11

Box 19: folder 12

Box 19: folder 13
Newspaper clippings,

Box 19: folder 14
1936, undated

Box 19: folder 15
1925-50, undated

Box 19: folder 16
Wisconsin Board of Health: certificate of registration, growth chart, and printed material,

Box 19: folder 17

"The Bacillus Pseudo-Tuberculosis Murium: Its Streptothrix Forms and Pathogenic Action," in Contributions to the Science of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital Reports, Vol. ix drawings, photographs, and printed material

Box 19: folder 18
"A Case of Acute Lymphatic Leukaemia Without Enlargement of the Lymph Glands," American Journal of the Medical Sciences drawings, photographs, and printed material
Oct 1902

Box 19: folder 19
"On the Pathological Changes in Hodgkin's Disease with Special Reference to its Relation to Tuberculosis," in Johns Hopkins Hospital Reports, Vol. X, Nos. 3, 4, 5 : drawings, photographs, and printed material

Box 20: folder 1-2
"Work of the Extension Department in Educating the Mother Along the Lines of Prenatal Care and Infant Hygiene," Transactions Seventh Annual Meeting, American Association for the Study and Prevention of Infant Mortality, Milwaukee,
19-20 Oct 1916

Box 20: folder 3
"Bathing the Baby," and "Prenatal Care," University of Wisconsin University Extension Division pamphlets

Box 20: folder 3
"List of Books and Pamphlets on Infant Welfare," with Elva L. Bascom, Wisconsin Library Commission, Madison, Wisconsin

Box 20: folder 3
Review of Louis Fischer's The Health Care of the Growing Child, Funk & Wagnalls Co, published in The Survey
19 August 1916

Box 20: folder 3
"Prenatal and Natal Conditions in Wisconsin," Wisconsin Medical Journal, Volume XV, No. 10
March 1917

Box 20: folder 3
"What to Feed the Children," with Amy L. Daniels, Extension Service of the College of Agriculture, University of Wisconsin
April 1917, February 1924, June 1927, and June 1930

Box 20: folder 3
"Milk: The Indispensable Food for Children," U.S. Department of Labor, Children's Bureau

Box 20: folder 3
"A Memorandum on Milk," American Journal of the Medical Sciences," Vol. CLVI, No. 5
Oct 1918

Box 20: folder 3
"Child Welfare and the Milk Problem," The Child (London), V. 9, No. 2
Nov 1918

Box 20: folder 3
"The Work of the Children's Bureau," Smith Alumnae Quarterly
May 1919

Box 20: folder 3
"Minimum Standards of Prenatal Care: The Least a Mother Should Do Before Her Baby is Born," U.S. Department of Labor, Children's Bureau

Box 20: folder 3
"Preventative Feeding for Mothers and Infants," Journal of Home Economics, Vol. 16, No. 10
October 1924

Box 20: folder 3
"Madison and Its Pre-School Day: The Results of a Study Under Parent-Teacher Auspices," Child Health Magazine
Jan 1925

Box 20: folder 3
"What Builds Babies? The Pregnant Mother's Diet in the Pregnant and Nursing Periods," U.S. Department of Labor, Children's Bureau (1925, 1933): correspondence, drafts, notes, printed material

Box 20: folder 4
"Milk: The Indispensable Food for Children," U.S. Department of Labor Children's Bureau Publication No. 163

Box 20: folder 5
"What is Happening to Mothers and Babies in the District of Columbia," U.S. Department of Labor Children's Bureau

Box 20: folder 5
"Midwifery in Denmark," U.S. Department of Labor, Children's Bureau, pamphlet (1929): contacts, correspondence, drafts, notes, tables,

Box 20: folder 6-7


"Hemoglobin Content of the Blood of Infants," with C.A. Elvehjem and W.H. Peterson, American Journal of Diseases of Children, Vol. 46
Jul 1933

Box 20: folder 8
"Effect of Iron and Copper Therapy on Hemoglobin Content of the Blood of Infants," American Journal of Diseases of Children, Vol. 50
Jul 1935

Box 20: folder 8
"Iron Versus Iron and Copper in the Treatment of Anemia in Infants," with C.A. Elvehjem and Dorothy Duckles, American Journal of Diseases of Children

Box 20: folder 8

Smith College diploma and honorary doctorate diploma
1895, 1930

Box 21: folder 1
Johns Hopkins University M.D. diploma

Box 21: folder 1
Physician's license, state of Wisconsin

Box 21: folder 1
Certificate of appointment as U.S. delegate to the Fifth English-speaking Conference on Maternity and Child Welfare in London, issued by the U.S. State Department
Apr 1929

Box 21: folder 1
Babies' Hospital of New York City Certificate of Recognition

Box 21: folder 1
Medical drawing
circa 1900

Box 21: folder 2
Watercolor of a tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) flower and foliage

Box 21: folder 2
"Midwifery in Denmark": tables
circa 1929

Box 21: folder 2
Advertisement for book of portraits: William H. Welch, "my patron saint" at Johns Hopkins Medical

Box 21: folder 2
Talcott Family

Box 21: folder 3
Johnson Talcott: appointment as Cornet of 2nd Squadron of the 5th Division of the Cavalry of the State of New York

Johnson Talcott: appointment as 1st Lieutenant of the 14th Regiment of the Cavalry of the State of New York

Johnson Talcott: Abstract Inspection Return form for Cavalry regiment

Embroidery design

Talcott Family

Flate file, drawer 32
License to produce in Conneticut water boiler and steam still, patented by Phares Bernard
3 May 1811

Maps: plots of Kimball property in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Garden design plan, by Josephine Osgood Morris

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  • Abbott, Grace, 1878-1939--Correspondence
  • Childbirth--History--20th century--Sources
  • Children--Nutrition--History--20th century--Sources
  • Europe--Description and travel--19th century
  • Hodgkin's disease--Research
  • Infants--Mortality--History--Sources
  • Johns Hopkins University. School of Medicine--History--Sources
  • Lathrop, Julia Clifford, 1858-1932--Correspondence
  • Lenroot, Katherine--Correspondenc
  • Long, Margaret--Correspondence
  • MacCallum, W. G. (William George), 1874-1944--Correspondence
  • Madison (Wis.)--History--Sources
  • Maternal and infant welfare--History--20th century--Sources
  • Maternal health services--History--20th century--Sources
  • Medical education--United States--History--Sources
  • Mendenhall family
  • Mendenhall, Charles Elwood, 1872-1935
  • Mendenhall, Dorothy Reed, 1874-1964
  • Mendenhall, Thomas Corwin
  • Pratt, Elsie Seelye
  • Reed family
  • Smith College--Students--History--Sources
  • Talcott family
  • Thomas, M. Carey (Martha Carey), 1857-1935--Correspondence
  • United States. Children's Bureau--History--Sources
  • University of Wisconsin--Madison--History--Sources
  • Welch, William Henry, 1850-1934--Correspondence
  • Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972--Correspondence

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