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The Legacy Center Blog

A patient in the American Women’s Hospitals’ Women’s Ward in Istanbul, Turkey (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Picture Perfect: Teaching Analysis Skills with Fundraising Photography

The American Women Hospitals used photographs for fundraising for their foreign and domestic causes. This blog post explores how the AWH's photograph collection could be used as a teaching tool on how to analyze primary sources and the questions that students should ask to understand the source.

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Elizabeth Cisney Smith dissecting a cadaver with her class (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Hidden Collections 2015

Archivists follow guidelines for processing and describing collections that allow room for flexibility on collection organization. This blog post explains the need for guidelines through the processing of two different collections: the Isabel Smith Stein collection on Elizabeth Cisney Smith (a collection of personal papers ) and the Kiwanis Club of Jenkintown (a collection on a local chapter of a global philanthropic organization) where Dr. Smith's collection was arranged by her children and reflected a story of their mother's life, and the Kiwanis Club's had less organization and the order decided by the archivist.

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Members of the class of 1944 of Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania pose with Dr. Kuhlenbeck at Somerton Airport (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Tuberculosis Strikes the Class of 1944

Tuberculosis is caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis or one of a number of related bacteria. It most often affects the lungs, but can also cause harm to other parts of the body while spread through the air. This blog post shows how the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania Class of 1944 was affected by the disease with only 12 of the original 41 students graduating on time, and some never did graduate.

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Doctor or Doctress public interface (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Tales from the Tech Side: A look at Doctor or Doctress from our developer

Doctor or Doctress? is a digital history project that uses content found in the Legacy Center's collections to help students understand and interpret history through the lens of early women physicians. This blog post explains the website developer Chris Clement's process in creating the website.

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Thomas Lindsley Bradford (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Hear ye, hear ye! Bradford’s “labor of love” now digitized for all!

Dr. Thomas Bradford, librarian and lecturer on the history of medicine at Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia, completed his "labor of love," Biographies of Homeopathic Physicians in 1918 - 36 volumes of scrapbooks with any found information on homeopathic physicians. This blog post explores the successes and failures of uploading the scrapbooks to Internet Archive.

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Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy, 1918 (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Working with the Sources: The American Women’s Hospitals in the Near East

Full article following initial blog post written by Virginia Metaxas, Ph.D., Professor of History and Women’s Studies, Southern Connecticut State University and Legacy Center 2010 M. Louise Carpenter Gloeckner Fellow, about the American Women's Hospitals efforts in helping war torn Greece rebuild their country. 

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Doctor or Doctress homepage (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

“We give our vote for a lady physician here”: Welcoming Doctor or Doctress

Doctor or Doctress? is a digital history project of Legacy Center's collections designed to help students understand and interpret history through the lens of early women physicians. This blog post announces the official launch and future plans for the website.

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Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy, 1918 (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Working with the Sources: The American Women’s Hospitals in the Near East

This blog post is an excerpt from Virginia Metaxas, Ph.D., Professor of History and Women’s Studies, Southern Connecticut State University and Legacy Center 2010 M. Louise Carpenter Gloeckner Fellow, about the American Women's Hospitals efforts in helping war torn Greece rebuild their country. 

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Hartwig Kuhlenbeck (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

The Mystery of the Shrunken Head

The Hartwig Kuhlenbeck collection contains materials from Dr. Kuhlenbeck, a professor at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania who travelled all around the world and collected cultural objects, including a shrunken head from the Jivaro people in South America. This blog post disputes the authenticity of the tsantsa, through research.

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