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H MS c452

Menkin, Miriam F. Papers, 1919-2003 (inclusive): Finding Aid.

Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c452
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Title: Miriam F. Menkin papers,
Date(s): 1919-2003 (inclusive)
Quantity: 1 collection (11.25 cubic feet (10 records center cartons, 2 half letter size document boxes 1 half legal size document box, and 2 flat oversize boxes).)
Language of materials: Papers are in English.
Abstract: The Miriam F. Menkin papers, 1919-2003 (inclusive), are the product of Menkin's activities as laboratory assistant and researcher at the Free Hospital for Women in Brookline, Mass.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Miriam F. Menkin papers consist of records separated from the John Rock papers, H MS c161, and two accruals of the Rock papers, (Acc. 2009-045 and 2009-053).
  • Accession number 2015-069. 2015 April 21.
  • Processing Information:

    Processed by Bryan Sutherland, 2015 April.
    Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the records and created a finding aid to improve access to the collection. To enhance preservation, processing staff re-housed the collection and, where necessary, photocopied documents onto acid-free paper. Duplicate records and records that did not meet the collection policy of the Center for the History of Medicine were discarded. Folder titles were transcribed from the originals.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    Access to personal and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. These restrictions appear in Series I, II, and IV. 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:

    Miriam F. Menkin papers, 1919-2003 (inclusive). H MS c452. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

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    Biographical Notes

    Miriam Friedman Menkin (1901-1992), BA, Cornell University, 1922, MA, Columbia University, 1923, was a laboratory assistant to John Rock at the Free Hospital for Women in Brookline, Mass. She was born in Riga, Latvia in 1901 and immigrated with her family to the United States in 1903. Menkin is best known for performing the first in vitro fertilization of a human egg, in 1944. Prior to joining Rock in 1938, Menkin had worked on fertility research with biologist Gregory Pincus.

    Series and Subseries in the Collection

    Scope and Content

    The Miriam F. Menkin papers, 1919-2003 (inclusive), are the product of Menkin's activities as laboratory assistant and researcher at the Free Hospital for Women in Brookline, Mass. The papers include Menkin's records from Menkin's research on reproductive health as a laboratory assistant to John Rock, as well as related patient records. The papers also contain her professional correspondence and a small amount of person correspondence; professional writings, including notes and commentary on John Rock's writings; and collected subject files and clippings on topics related to reproductive health.
    The Miriam F. Menkin papers consist of four series: I. Free Hospital for Women Records, II. Correspondence, III. Writings, and IV. Subject Files and Clippings.
    Papers are entirely in English.

    Container List

    Additional Index Terms

    Birth control.
    Fertility, Human.
    Fertilization in vitro.
    Menstruation.
    Ovulation.
    Ovum.
    Sperm.
    Contraception
    Embryonic Structures
    Fertility
    Fertilization in Vitro
    Menstruation
    Ovulation
    Ovum
    Spermatozoa
    Menkin, Miriam F.
    Rock, John, 1890-1984.
    Free Hospital for Women.

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