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MC 384

Grant, Madeleine P. (Madeleine Parker), 1895-1981. Papers of Madeleine Parker Grant, 1910-1972 (inclusive), 1959-1972 (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

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This collection was processed with funds provided by Clara G. Schiffer.

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 384
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Madeleine P. (Madeleine Parker) Grant, 1895-1981
Title: Papers of Madeleine Parker Grant, 1910-1972 (inclusive), 1959-1972 (bulk)
Date(s): 1910-1972
Date(s): 1959-1972
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, biographical material, photographs, etc., of Madeleine P. Grant, professor and biographer of Alice Hamilton, pioneer industrial toxicologist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 83-M176, 84-M121
The papers of Madeleine Parker Grant were given to the Schlesinger Library after her death, in August 1983 and July 1984, via Barbara Sicherman.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1988
By: Katherine Kraft

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Madeleine Parker Grant 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:

Madeleine Parker Grant Papers, 1910-1972; item description, dates. MC 384, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The following items have been removed from the collection and donated to the University of Michigan in July 1984:
The following items have been removed from the collection and donated to the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle in January 1988
The following items have been removed from the collection:


A teacher of biology and zoology, Madeleine Parker Grant was born in Boston on March 1, 1895. The daughter of George Babson Grant and Ellen Henry (Parker) Grant, Grant received her B.S. from Simmons College (1916), and her M.A. (1924) and Ph.D. (1932) in biology from Radcliffe College. She taught at the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers, the Hudson Shore Labor School, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole (Mass.) before joining the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, where she spent most of her career. In addition to scholarly books and articles in her field, Madeleine Parker Grant wrote several books for young adults, including Wonder World of Microbes (Whittlesey House, 1956) and a biography of Louis Pasteur.
In 1959 Grant began a study of Dr. Alice Hamilton, pioneer industrial toxicologist. As she explained in a letter of 27 September 1959 to Frances Perkins, Dr. Grant planned "an unpretentious account of this beloved woman for high school and college freshmen"; although "not a student of labor nor the social settlement," she added, she had through Perkins and others come "to know about the labor movement.... Here at Sarah Lawrence College, I have tried to show the social importance of biology. This explains my interest in Dr. Hamilton...." In researching the biography, Grant worked closely with Alice Hamilton and her sister Margaret Hamilton. Alice Hamilton: Pioneer Doctor in Industrial Medicine was published in 1967 by Abelard-Schuman, although earlier negotiations had been with McGraw-Hill.


This collection contains Madeleine Parker Grant's correspondence with Alice and Margaret Hamilton, associates of Connecticut College (which had in 1962 named a new dormitory for Edith and Alice Hamilton), and numerous others, primarily about Alice Hamilton's life and health, and about the research for and publication of the book. Included are photographs of Alice Hamilton and others, articles by and about Alice Hamilton, and reviews of the biography.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically, according to the date of the earliest letter in each. It thus begins with the general biographical research Grant undertook as she started the project. The articles by Alice Hamilton (#13) differ in significant ways from those of the same titles in the Schlesinger Library's Alice Hamilton Papers (A-22). Grant's research notes on Hamilton papers in other libraries, as well as printed materials on industrial toxins, were removed.


The numbers refer to folders.

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Additional Index Terms

Alice Hamilton; pioneer doctor in industrial medicine
Industrial hygiene
Industrial safety
Industrial toxicology
Medicine, Industrial
Scientists--United States
Women in medicine
Women in science
Women scientists--United States
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Ballard, Russell W.
Connecticut College
Drinker, Philip, 1894-1972
Frye, Helene
Grasso, Ella
Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970
Hamilton, Allen, 1874-1961
Hamilton family
Hamilton, Margaret, 1871-1969
Howe, Helen, 1905-1975
Jonas, Rose Tuholske
Morrisson, Mary Taylor Foulke, 1879-1971
Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965
Reid, Doris F.R.
Warren, Constance, 1880-1971
Weeks, Edward, 1898-1989
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom