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MC 874

Palmer, Edith Morse, 1905-1998. Papers of Edith Morse Palmer, 1905-1984: 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

Call No.: MC 874
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Palmer, Edith Morse, 1905-1998
Title: Papers of Edith Morse Palmer, 1905-1984
Date(s): 1905-1984
Quantity: 1.04 linear feet (2 + 1/2 file boxes)
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, clippings, etc., of Edith Morse Palmer, nurse and health care volunteer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 82-M31; 84-M176
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Edith Morse Palmer in March 1982 and October 1984.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: March 1982
By: Eva Moseley
Updated: September 2016
By: Johanna Carll

Preferred Citation:

Edith Morse Palmer Papers, 1905-1984; item description, dates. MC 874, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The following item has been transferred to the Schlesinger Library Menu Collection (Pr-7):


Edith Morse, daughter of John G. and Julie B. Morse, grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, was graduated from the School of Nursing of Massachusetts General Hospital in 1928, and in 1929 married Dr. Robert S. Palmer. They lived in Brookline and had four children: Robert, Charles, Samuel, and Judith. After working as an industrial nurse for three years and for several years at home with her children, Palmer in 1935 began an active career of volunteer work. Her affiliations have included birth control clinics of the Planned Parenthood League, a Hypertension Clinic during World War II, various activities at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the League of Women Voters. Besides health, her major interests have been peace; local and state politics; and prisoners' rights, prison reform, and the abolition of the death penalty.


Collection contains family, political, and business correspondence, photographs, clippings, and other material concern Palmer's activities and those of her four children. Also journals, 1926-1978, recording her activities and interests. Palmer kept clippings and other papers in two 5 x 7 card files. The archivist selected the present collection from these papers; it includes family, political, and business correspondence, a few photographs and clippings, and other papers, some of them concerning the activities of her four children. The following is a list of Palmer's headings on the dividers in the two files. In the case of several of these sections (e.g., Campus Unrest, U.N.), the archivist did not retain any papers, as none pertained to Palmer or her family. Papers not retained by the Schlesinger Library were returned to Palmer.
This collection was formerly cataloged as 82-M31. Folders 16-33 were added in September 2016.

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Additional Index Terms

Birth control
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Brookline (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Massachusetts--Politics and government
Parent and child
Prison reformers
Volunteer workers in social service
Brooke, Edward W. (Edward William), 1919-2015
Dukakis, Michael S. (Michael Stanley), 1933-
Hatfield, Mark O., 1922-2011
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978
Kennedy, Edward M. (Edward Moore), 1932-2009
League of Women Voters (U.S.)
Richardson, Elliot L., 1920-1999
White, Kevin H.
White, Paul Dudley, 1886-1973