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H MS c156

Reid, Lynne M. Papers, 1933-1997 (inclusive), 1970-1995 (bulk): Finding Aid.

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The Lynne M. Reid papers have been processed and made available by the Archives for Women in Medicine project with generous support from our donors.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c156
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Reid, Lynne M.
Title: Lynne M. Reid papers,
Date(s): 1933-1997 (inclusive),
Date(s): 1970-1995 (bulk).
Quantity: 15.75 cubic feet (13 records center cartons, 2 legal size manuscript boxes, 2 letter size manuscript boxes, 1 legal size half manuscript box, and 1 letter size half manuscript box)
Language of materials: Papers are primarily in English. There is a small amount of material in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Portuguese.
Abstract: Lynne McArthur Reid (born 1923), M.B. and B.S., 1946, University of Melbourne School of Medicine, Victoria, Australia, was the head of the Department of Pathology at Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts and S. Burt Wolbach Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. Records in the Lynne M. Reid papers were created and collected by Reid throughout the course of her career as a researcher in thoracic medicine, both in England and the United States. The collection includes manuscripts, research notes, memoranda, meeting minutes, correspondence, photographs, reprints, and other records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Lynne M. Reid papers were donated to the Harvard Medical Library by Lynne M. Reid in July 2006. (Accession numbers 0000-026 through 0000-034.)

Processing Information:

Processed by Hanna Clutterbuck and Diana Hsu in 2011.
Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine refoldered, arranged, reboxed, and described material and created a finding aid to improve access. Box and folder lists were prepared by Diana Hsu (Spring 2011) and Hanna Clutterbuck (September 2011). Series in this collection reflect the original arrangement of the records as received from the donor.Patient names appearing in Series I, Subseries A, and Series V, Subseries A, have been redacted from this document.
Two microscopes belonging to Lynne M. Reid were transferred to the Warren Anatomical Museum (WAM) at the point of accession (WAM object numbers 20166 and 20167). Additionally, Box 3 contained a dried lung section and Box 6 contained two folding glass slide holders with what appear to be lung sections. The processing archivist removed these, and in consultation with the Curator of the Warren Anatomical Museum, transferred the section and slides to the Museum. (See WAM object numbers 20977 and 20978 (slide holders) and 20979 (lung section).)

Conditions Governing Access:

Access requires advance notice. Files containing Harvard University records are restricted for 50 years. These restrictions are noted where they appear in Series I, Subseries B, Series III, and Series V, Subseries B. Records containing patient information are restricted for 80 years. These restrictions are noted where they appear in Series I, Subseries A, Series III, and Series V, Subseries A. The end of the restriction period is noted with each folder. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult Public Services for further information.
The Papers are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact Public Services for more information concerning retrieval of material.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all the materials in the collection. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to Public Services. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from Public Services are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

Preferred Citation:

Lynne M. Reid papers, 1933-1997 (inclusive). H MS c156. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

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Biographical Notes

Lynne M. Reid (1923-), M.B. and B.S., 1946, University of Melbourne School of Medicine, was a resident at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia (1949-1951); research assistant and founder of the Department of Research in Morbid Anatomy at the Brompton Hospital, London, England; the first person to serve as Dean of the Cardiothoracic Institute at London University (1973); Head of the Department of Pathology at Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (1975-1989); and S. Burt Wolbach Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. Her research interests include lung growth and how it is affected by childhood diseases including cystic fibrosis, scoliosis, and respiratory distress syndrome. She has also studied chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and pediatric pulmonary and arterial hypertension.
Lynne McArthur Reid was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1923; she emigrated to England with her family in 1934. In 1940, she moved back to Australia to attend Melbourne Medical School at the University of Melbourne, where she completed her studies and received a M.B. and B.S. (the contemporary Australian equivalent of an M.D.) in 1946. After graduation, she was the first researcher to receive a grant in pathology from the National Health and Medical Research Council at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. From 1949 to 1951, she worked as a researcher at the Royal Melbourne. In 1951, she returned to England as a research assistant at the Institute of Diseases of the Chest at Brompton Hospital in London. There, she became the founder and first director of the Department of Research in Morbid Anatomy. In 1965, Reid became the first Hastings Visiting Professor in Pathology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, staying at UCLA for two years before moving back to London to become the first female Professor of Experimental Pathology at London University in 1967. In 1971, she was appointed Walker-Ames Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, and after two years there, she returned to London University to become the first Dean of the Cardiothoracic Institute in 1973. In 1975, Reid was appointed S. Burt Wolbach Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and Pathologist-in-Chief at Children's Hospital in Boston, positions she held until her retirement in the early 1990s. Reid's research has focused on thoracic medicine, with her early work in Australia centered on bronchiectasis, a pathological widening of the bronchi within the lungs. Upon moving to London, Reid began to investigate additional thoracic conditions, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. She also studied the physical and chemical nature of the mucous produced in the lungs as a result of these diseases and the cell types included in the mucous. Her interests broadened during her career to include pulmonary hypertension and lung growth.
In addition to her academic appointments, Reid was a member of several societies, including the Royal College of Radiologists and the Fleischner Society, where she was the only female member for twenty-five years. In Great Britain, she served as faculty chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust and, in Massachusetts, as Chairman of Harvard Medical School's Joint Committee on the Status of Women from 1989 to 1990. Reid served as the first female dean of the Institute of Diseases of the Chest at London University and was the first pathologist to become an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists. She was named an Honorary Fellow of the Canadian Thoracic Society in 1973 and she has received multiple honors during the course of her career, including the Chadwick Medal in 1985 and the Trudeau Medal in 1991.

Series and Subseries in the Collection

Scope and Content

The Lynne M. Reid papers are a product of Reid's work as a medical researcher and instructor in the field of thoracic medicine and her related professional activities, including her membership in professional organizations (such as the Society of Pediatric Pathology, the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, and the Fleischner Society) and service as a frequent speaker at local, national, and international meetings and conferences. Papers include draft manuscripts and outlines for speeches and presentations; records related to her research at the Brompton Hospital in London and at Children's Hospital in Boston, including her work as principle investigator for the Specialized Center of Research at Children's Hospital and research focused on issues related to the development of the lung, such as bronchiectasis, pulmonary hypertension, primary pulmonary hypertension, and meconium aspiration in newborns; and travel materials, including personal sightseeing and touring plans. Also included are materials reflecting Reid's work as an invited evaluator of staff and programs at other institutions, including the Children's Hospital in Toronto, Canada and as a dedicated manuscript reviewer for professional journals.
The collection is divided into six series: I. Professional Records, 1952-1994; II. Correspondence, 1957-1997; III. Travel and Lecture Files, 1933-1997; IV. Manuscripts, Publications, and Related Materials, 1966-1996; V. Professional Activities Records, 1973-1997; and VI. Biographical Records, 1975-1997.
The Papers are primarily in English, but there is a small amount of material in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Portuguese.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Biomedical Research
Bronchiectasis.
Chest Diseases.
Education, Medical
Faculty, Medical
Hypertension, Pulmonary
Lung Diseases
Lungs -- Abnormalities.
Lungs -- Diseases -- Diagnosis.
Meconium aspiration syndrome.
Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
Medicine -- Research.
Medicine -- Societies, etc.
Medicine -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts.
Pathology -- Slides (photography).
Pulmonary hypertension.
Societies, Medical
Thoracic Diseases
Women in medicine.
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Reid, Lynne M.
Brompton Hospital.
Children's Hospital (Boston, Mass.)
Fleischner Society.
Harvard Medical School – Faculty.
Joint Committee on the Status of Women.
Society of Pediatric Pathology.
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.

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