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MC 415

Baker, Edith Mildred. Papers of Edith Mildred Baker, 1923-1977 (inclusive), 1923-1964 (bulk): 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

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Processing of this collection was made possible by a grant from Clara G. Schiffer

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 415
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Edith Mildred Baker
Title: Papers of Edith Mildred Baker, 1923-1977 (inclusive), 1923-1964 (bulk)
Date(s): 1923-1977
Date(s): 1923-1964
Quantity: 1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder, 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Speeches, reports, writings, etc., of Edith Mildred Baker, social worker.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 86-M135, 92-M210, 98-M203
The papers of Edith Mildred Baker were given to the Schlesinger Library by Virginia Insley between July 1986 and December 1998. Accession number 98-M203 was added in March 2016.

Processing Information:

Processed: September 1992
By: Bert Hartry
Updated and additional materials added: March 2016
By: Anne Engelhart


Access. Open to research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Edith Mildred Baker is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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:

Edith Mildred Baker Papers, 1923-1977; item description, dates. MC 415, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard University:


Edith Mildred Baker, social worker, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Harriet (Whiteley) and Charles E. Baker. After graduating from Simmons College School of Social Work, she was a social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital (1914-1923) and director of social services in the Washington University Clinics and Allied Hospitals, St. Louis, Missouri (1923-1935). In 1935, Dr. Martha May Eliot asked Baker to join the United States Children's Bureau (Department of Labor) in Washington, D.C., where she became director of the Medical Social Work department.
Baker believed that social services should be a component of health care for mothers and children. She was a leader in the field, organizing and participating in many conferences on the subject throughout the United States; she also helped schools of social work develop courses to prepare students for medical social work. After retiring from the federal government in 1954, Baker became chief of the Social Service Division of the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health of the District of Columbia Department of Public Health.


This collection consists of speeches and writings by Edith Mildred Baker; the reports, proceedings, minutes, etc., of conferences, committee meetings, and institutes, many of which Baker attended; and issues of the American Association of Hospital (later Medical) Social Workers Bulletin that include articles by or about Baker. Virginia Insley, the donor of these papers, attached explanatory notes to various items.
The papers partially document Baker's professional life and her involvement in and leadership of the movement to make social services an integral part of state health care programs. They yield no information about Baker's family or personal life.
Most of the papers are printed, mimeographed, or typescript carbon copies. They have been divided into five sections: personal and biographical, including a photographic portrait (#1-2f+); speeches (#3-9); writings (#10-14); conferences, committees, and institutes (#15-50); and publications (#51-58). Some panel discussions in which Baker took part are included with speeches; some are with conferences, committees, and institutes. The material in each section is arranged chronologically; reprints of speeches were filed according to the date of the speech, rather than the date of the reprint.
Bound material was, where possible, dismantled for preservation purposes.
Additional material received in December 1998 (accession number 98-M203) was added to the collection in March 2016 and is housed in #59.



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Additional Index Terms

Children with disabilities--United States
Medical social work--United States
Minorities-Medical care-Oklahoma
Oklahoma--Social conditions
Social workers
American Association of Medical Social Workers
Child health services-United States
Insley, Virginia, 1912-
United States. Children's Bureau--Officials and employees