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MC 193

Ames, Blanche. Papers of Blanche Ames, 1860-1961: A Finding Aid

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

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 193
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Ames, Blanche
Title: Papers of Blanche Ames, 1860-1961
Date(s): 1860-1961
Quantity: 3.13 linear feet (7 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 supersize item, 1 oversize folder, one reel microfilm, one oversize volume)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, minutes, annual reports, etc., of Blanche Ames, artist and suffragist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 1663, 72-72, 78-M17
The papers of Blanche Ames were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in 1961 by Blanche Ames and in 1972 and 1978 by Pauline Ames Plimpton.

Processing Information:

Processed: January, 1974
By: LH

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research, with the exception of folders 27-32, which are closed, use microfilm (M-71).

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Blanche Ames as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Blanche Ames Papers, 1860-1961; item description, dates. MC 193, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library. See also Blanche Ames Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1913-1940 (WRC 5-7a).


Blanche Ames was an artist; a suffragist active in the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association and the League of Women Voters; co-founder and a president of the Massachusetts Birth Control League; founder of the Family Welfare Foundation; and a president and member of the Board of Directors of the New England Hospital, Boston.


Materials on suffrage in Massachusetts in the early 1900s and on birth control in Massachusetts in the 1940s comprise part of this collection. The largest portion, however, concerns the New England Hospital (formerly the New England Hospital for Women and Children) in the 1950s.
The chartered purposes of the New England Hospital were: 1) to provide medical care for women and children by women physicians, 2) to assist in the medical education of women physicians and 3) to train nurses. These purposes were threatened in the early 1950s when the Nurses Training School was closed, and when a controversy arose with United Community Services of Metropolitan Boston over various issues and especially over the question of hiring male physicians. The Hospital, already in financial straits, faced a loss of United Community Services funds. Blanche Ames compiled the records of the United Community Services/New England Hospital controversy, available here both in their original form and on microfilm. During the controversy, Blanche Ames and other members of the Board of Directors hoped to improve the Hospital's finances and to adhere to the chartered purposes--primarily by reopening the Nurses Training School and by continuing to hire only women physicians. Their efforts included an initiation of new fund-raising activities and a re-examination of bequests to the Hospital. Many wills and other documents, mainly from the 1880's to 1920, can therefore be found in this collection.


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Additional Index Terms

Annual reports
Birth control--Massachusetts
Hospital administrators
Medical care
Woman Citizen
Woman's Centennial Congress (1940 : New York). Commission on Ethical and Religious Values
Woman's Journal
Women in science--United States
Women physicians
Women--Suffrage--United States
Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell), 1820-1906
Barron, Jennie Loitman, 1891-1969
Bird, Anna Child, 1856-1942
Birth Control League of Massachusetts
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950
Bolton, Frances Payne Bingham, 1885-1977
Brown, Gertrude Foster, 1868-1956
Brunner-Orne, Martha
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
Driscoll, Mary E.
Flexner, Eleanor, 1908-1995
Ford, Harriet Chalmers
Hawkridge, Leslie D.
Johnson, Ethel McLean, 1882-1978
Johnson, Grace A., 1871-1952
Kleinert, Margaret Noyes, 1879-1971
Massachusetts Mothers' Health Council
McCormick, Katharine Dexter, 1875-1967
New England Hospital for Women and Children
Perkins, Florence T.
Rose, Florence, 1902?-1969
Stantial, Edna Lamprey
United Community Services of Metropolitan Boston
Van Kleeck, Mary, 1883-1972