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H MS c394

Nadelson, Carol C. Papers, 1876-2013 (inclusive), 1970-2012 (bulk): Finding Aid.

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The Carol C. Nadelson 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 c394
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Nadelson, Carol C.
Title: Carol C. Nadelson papers,
Date(s): 1876-2013 (inclusive)
Date(s): 1970-2012 (bulk)
Quantity: 114 cubic feet (110 records center cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 5 half-manuscript boxes, and 1 oversize flat box)
Quantity: 08.86 gigabytes* (13 compact discs and 2 3.5 inch disks)
Language of materials: The collection is primarily in English.
Abstract: The Carol C. (Cooperman) Nadelson papers are the product of Nadelson's activities as a psychiatrist and medical educator who held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Simmons College, and hospital appointments at Beth Israel Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, and Children's Hospital Boston. The collection reflects Nadelson's work with women's health issues, particularly women's mental health, between the 1970s and the 2000s. Topics include the psychiatric issues surrounding abortion, childbirth, parenting, and marriage as well as the counseling of married couples and medical residents; the administration of professional organizations and academic presses; and the development of administrative offices to support female faculty and staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Carol C. Nadelson papers were donated to the Harvard Medical Library by Carol Nadelson and transfered in several accessions from 2002-2015:
  • 2002-041. Nadelson, Carol C. 2001 November and 2002 April.
  • 2003-009. Nadelson, Carol C.
  • 2004-043. Nadelson, Carol C. 2004 January 05.
  • 2012-117. Nadelson, Carol C. 2012 September 27.
  • 2013-068. Nadelson, Carol C. 2013 January 05.
  • 2013-129. Nadelson, Carol C. 2013 January 05.
  • 2016-065. Nadelson, Carol C. 2015 October 22.
  • Processing Information:

    Processed by Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook, 2016 May.
    Staff at the Center for the History of Medicine refoldered and reboxed material and created a finding aid to increase researcher access. Folder titles were transcribed from original folders which were then discarded. Where the original folders had no title, an appropriate title was supplied according to Center practices. Material in 3-ring binders was removed from the binders and placed in folders. Where more than three copies of publications were found, three were retained and all others discarded. Audio-visual and electronic media was rehoused where necessary for preservation and have been collocated; they are indicated in their proper intellectual location in the folder list. Material from the latest accession, 2016-065, was grouped together at the end of the appropriate series; researchers should consult series notes for more details. Bound volumes have been physically collocated in Box 111 but are intellectually indicated where they appear in the folder list. Bound volumes that did not belong with the collection were given to the Rare Books Cataloger for processing; books already in the Countway collection were returned to Doctor Nadelson. Acronyms have been spelled out in the folder list where possible.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    Records containing medical or personnel information pertinent to an individual or student information is restricted for 80 years. Records containing Harvard University material are restricted for 50 years. These records are indicated where they appear in Series I, Series II, Series II, Series IV, and Series V. Access requires advance notice. The Papers are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact Public Services staff for more information regarding retrieval of material. Consult Public Services for further information.
    Access to electronic records in this collection (as found in Series II and III) is also subject to the above restrictions. Additionally, access is premised on the availability of a computer station, requisite software, and/or the ability of Public Services staff to review and/or print out records of interest in advance of an on-site visit.
    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:

    Carol C. Nadelson Papers, 1876-2013 (inclusive), 1970-2012 (bulk). H MS c394. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

    Related Papers in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Center for the History of Medicine

    Biographical Notes

    Carol C. (Cooperman) Nadelson (1936-), B.A., 1957, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York; M.D., 1961, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York, is Professor of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She held academic appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Simmons College and hospital appointments at Beth Israel Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Center. Her career research focused on medical education and women's mental health.
    Carol Nadelson (née Cooperman) was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1936. She received her B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1957 and her M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1961. While at the University of Rochester, she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (1961) and received the Benjamin Rush Psychiatry Award (1961). After receiving her M.D., she held a medical internship at the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital (1961-1962). After completing her internship in Rochester, she moved to Boston and undertook successive residencies in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (1962-1964) and the Beth Israel Hospital (1964-1966).
    Nadelson received her first hospital appointment in 1966 as Assistant in Psychiatry at Beth Israel Hospital, and her first academic appointment in 1968 at the Simmons College School of Social Work. She was appointed Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in 1969, and became a full Professor of Psychiatry in 2009. In 1979, Nadelson was named Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Vice-Chair of Psychiatry at New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center); Nadelson held an academic position at Tufts until 1993.
    Nadelson was Editor-in-Chief of the American Psychiatric Press, Inc., the first woman to hold this position, from 1986 to 2001 and continued to work with the press as Editor Emerita. She was also the founding Director of the Partners Office for Women's Careers in Brigham and Women's Hospital in 1998, which provided career development assistance to female faculty and fellows. Nadelson has held positions on various advisory boards, including the Stone Center at Wellesley College, the Menninger Clinic, and the Society for Women's Health Research.
    Nadelson was a member of a wide range of professional organizations relating to psychiatry and women's health, including the American Psychiatric Association, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Medical Women's Association, the Association for Academic Psychiatry, and the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. She served as President of the Association for Academic Psychiatry and the American College of Psychiatrists, and was the first female president of the and the American Psychiatric Association. She held positions on the editorial boards of various publications including the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, MEDICA, the American Journal of Family Therapy, Psychiatric Times, and Clinical Psychiatry News. Her published books include The Woman Patient co-authored with Malkah Notman, one of the first books to examine specifically the needs of female patients. For a fuller list of Nadelson's publications, professional affiliations, and positions, researchers should refer to her 2011 CV in Box 60.
    Nadelson has also received numerous awards over the course of her career including a fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010), the Alma Dea Morani, M.D. Renaissance Woman Award from the Foundation for the History of Women (2009), a Special Presidential Commendation for dedication to the health and well-being of women from the American Psychiatric Association (2000), and a Distinguished Life Fellowship from the Association for Academic Psychiatry (2007).
    Carol Cooperman married and had two children with Theodore Nadelson (1930-2003) after her first marriage ended in divorce.

    Series and Subseries in the Collection

    Scope and Content

    The collection reflects the professional work of Carol C. (Cooperman) Nadelson, a psychiatrist and medical educator who held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine and Simmons College and hospital appointments at Beth Israel Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, and Children's Hospital, Boston. The collection reflects Nadelson's work with women's health issues, particularly women's mental health between the 1970s and the 2000s. Topics include the psychiatric issues surrounding abortion, childbirth, parenting, and marriage as well as the counseling of married couples and medical residents; the administration of professional organizations and academic presses; and the development of administrative offices to support female faculty and staff.
    Records include correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, administrative publications, conference materials, patient files, and a small amount of audio-visual material including audio cassettes and VHS tapes. There is a small amount of electronic media which has been copied; use copies of files are available and were sampled for the purposes of this finding aid. Researchers should be aware that not all files were opened or tested and access is premised on the availability of a computer station, requisite software, and/or the ability of Public Services staff to review and/or print out records of interest in advance of an on-site visit.
    Papers are primarily in English.

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