Jacobi, Mary Putnam, 1842-1906. Papers of Mary Putnam Jacobi, 1851-1974: A Finding
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: A-26
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Mary Putnam Jacobi, 1842-1906
Title: Papers of Mary Putnam Jacobi, 1851-1974
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, etc., of physician Mary Putnam Jacobi.
Accession number: 46-14, 78-M92, 84-M86
The papers of Mary Putnam Jacobi were given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughter,
Marjorie (Jacobi) McAneny, in June 1945, and by her granddaughter, Ruth (McAneny) Loud, in June 1978, and May 1984.
Reprocessed: January 1981
By: Jane S. Knowles
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Putnam Jacobi is held by the President
and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Mary Putnam Jacobi Papers, 1851-1974; item description, dates. A-26, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Mary (Putnam) Jacobi, physician, was born in England of American parents in 1842;
the family returned to New York in 1848, where she was educated privately and in public
school. She attended the New York College of Pharmacy, graduating in 1863, and received
her M.D. from the Female (later Women's) Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1868,
Jacobi became the first woman to gain admission to the Ecole de Medecine, Paris; she
was graduated in 1871 with honors, receiving a bronze medal. As a physician in New
York, she combined private clinical practice with research and teaching. She was affiliated
with the New York Infirmary and the Mount Sinai Hospital. Her marriage in 1873 to
Abraham Jacobi, physician, was followed by the birth of three children, of whom only
her daughter Marjorie survived. Jacobi died in 1906 of a brain tumor.
The collection consists mainly of correspondence and writings, each arranged in a
chronological sequence. Jacobi's personal, family and professional correspondence
includes letters from Alexander Agassiz and Charles William Eliot on the admission
of women to Harvard Medical School, and correspondence with Oliver Wendell Holmes,
William James and Carl and Agatha Schurz. Her writings include an autobiographical
fragment, essays written at school, ephemeral pieces written after 1873, and newspaper
articles and addresses. A biographical sketch by Jacobi's sister, Ruth Putnam, photographs,
various clippings and articles about Jacobi are also included.
- 1. Photographs and biographical information. Photographs of Jacobi.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 2. Photographs and biographical information. Obituaries, 1906
- 3. Photographs and biographical information. Autobiographical fragment; biographical
sketch of Jacobi by Ruth Putnam, 1923, typescript
- 4. Photographs and biographical information. Articles and correspondence about Jacobi,
1874-1974; also articles about Abraham Jacobi.
- 5. Correspondence, 1854. Jacobi with grandmother, Catherine (Palmer) Putnam 1 fragment,
3 autograph letter, signed, 3 typescript copies; also William Cullen Bryant's calling
- 6. Correspondence, 1857. Jacobi to brother George Haven Putnam, autograph letter.
- 7. Correspondence, 1861. George Palmer Putnam, father, to Jacobi, Jacobi with grandmother,
Catherine Palmer Putnam, typed letter, fragment, autograph letter, signed.
- 8. Correspondence, 1871. Jacobi to George Palmer Putnam, typed letter.
- 9. Correspondence, 1872-1873. Includes Jacobi to mother Victorine (Haven) Putnam, 2 autograph
- 10. Correspondence, 1874. C. Alice Baker to Jacobi, New York Society for the Relief of
the Widows and Orphans of Medical Men to Jacobi, DS, autograph letter, signed. Also
Jacobi to mother re: birth of son Ernst, autograph letter, signed.
- 11. Correspondence, 1876. Jacobi to mother and to Carl Schurz, 2 autograph letter, signed
- 12. Correspondence, 1878-1879. Alexander Agassiz and Charles William Eliot to Jacobi,
re: admission of women to Harvard Medical School, 4 autograph letter, signed, 1 typescript
- 13. Correspondence, 1883-1887. Includes correspondence with Carl and Agatha Schurz, and
Oliver Wendell Holmes to Jacobi, 1885, 4 autograph letter, signed and 1 typescript
copy. Also Jacobi re: death of son Ernst, autograph letter, signed.
- 14. Correspondence, 1888-1891. Jacobi with Carl and Agatha Schurz, Jacobi to mother, E.L.
Godkin to Jacobi, typed letter, 4 autograph letter, signed. Also Jacobi to daughter,
autograph letter, signed.
- 15. Correspondence, 1894. Jacobi with Carl and Agatha Schurz re: suffrage, John C. Sundberg
in defense of woman suffrage, 4 autograph letter, signed, 1 typescript copy.
- 16. Correspondence, 1897. William James to Jacobi, 3 autograph letter, signed, 3 typescript
- 16a. Correspondence, 1898-1899. Jacobi to son-in-law, George McAneny, 8 autograph letter,
- 17. Correspondence, 1901-1902. Jacobi to sisters Edith Putnam and Ruth Putnam, Silas Weir
Mitchell to Jacobi, William James to Jacobi, 9 autograph letter, signed, typed letters,
signed, 3 typescript copies.
- 18. Correspondence, 1903. William James to Jacobi, Jacobi to Ruth Putnam etc., letters
to Edith Reed re: women physicians in the New York State Hospital Service and in Washington
D.C., 5 autograph letter, signed, 3 typed letters, signed, 1 typescript copy.
- 19. Correspondence, 1904-1905. Paul Reclus to Jacobi, Jacobi to Edith and Ruth Putnam
et al., 13 autograph letters, signed, 1 typescript copy
- 20. Correspondence, 1906-1907. Re: Jacobi, letters of condolence to family.
- 21. Correspondence, n.d. Abraham Jacobi to Jacobi, Jacobi to mother, 3 autograph letter,
- 22. Correspondence, n.d. Jacobi to Carl Schurz, 6 autograph letter, signed, 2 typescript
- 23. Writings, most by Jacobi. School essays, 1851-1853
- 24. Writings, most by Jacobi. School essays, 1857-1859
- 25. Writings, most by Jacobi. School essays, ca.1857-1859
- 26. Writings, most by Jacobi. "Conversations with Dr. Anderson," religious reflections,
- 27. Writings, most by Jacobi. "Women's Right to Labor," in Graduates Reunion, 1865, pages
- 28. Writings, most by Jacobi. "Sketches of character": clippings from New Orleans Sunday
- 29. Writings, most by Jacobi. Clippings, 1867
- 30. Writings, most by Jacobi. Essays, written after 1873, manuscript
- 31. Writings, most by Jacobi. Miscellaneous clippings; also "The School of Medicine for
Women of the New York Infirmary," 1884.
- 32. Writings, most by Jacobi. "The Opening of the Johns Hopkins Medical School to Women,"
reprint from Century Magazine, 1891. "The Philosophy of It," re: opposition to woman
suffrage, 1894. Poem, 1896
- 33. Writings, most by Jacobi. Address at the Semi-Centennial of the Woman's Medical College,
- 34. Writings, most by Jacobi. Address at the annual breakfast of the Wadleigh alumnae
(Twelfth Street School), 1902, manuscript, and 2nd copy. "Status and future of the
woman suffrage movement," reprint, ca.1902. Also "The Grandmother," written after
the birth of Ruth McAneny Loud in March 1901, typescript
- 35. Writings, most by Jacobi. "Case," 1903, typescript
- 36. Writings, most by Jacobi. Ruth Putnam's notes on Elizabeth Blackwell and Emily Blackwell,
Women in science--United States
Women scientists--United States
Youth and death
Agassiz, Alexander, 1835-1910
Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926
Harvard Medical School--Admission
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894
Jacobi, A. (Abraham), 1830-1919
James, William, 1842-1910
Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914
New York Infirmary
Putnam, Catherine Palmer
Putnam, George Palmer, 1814-1872
Putnam, Ruth, 1856-1931
Schurz, Carl, 1829-1906
Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania