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SC 85

Cooper, Mary Bagg, 1892-1983. Diaries of Mary Bagg Cooper, 1907-1922: 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.: SC 85
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Mary Bagg Cooper, 1892-1983
Title: Diaries of Mary Bagg Cooper, 1907-1922
Date(s): 1907-1922
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries of Mary Bagg Cooper, Radcliffe College Class of 1914.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: R84-18
These diaries were given to the Radcliffe College Archives by Caroline Dwight Bain, archival consultant and Mary Bagg Cooper's niece in June, 1984.

Processing Information:

Processed: February 1985
By: Isabelle Bland Dry '35

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Bagg Cooper 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:

Mary Bagg Cooper Diaries, 1907-1922; item description, dates. SC 85, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Mary Bagg Cooper, medical technologist, was born in Syracuse, New York in 1892, the daughter of Henry and Jessie (Bagg) Cooper. Cooper was graduated from Radcliffe with an A.B. in 1914. Cooper then joined the New York State Laboratories in Albany. She studied bacteriology and clinical pathology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and during World War I worked at St. Luke's Hospital. She was head of the clinical laboratory at the General Hospital of Syracuse, 1925-1960, and did research on blood Rh compatibility. She was founder and President of the Empire State Association of Medical Technologists and received its award for outstanding service in 1961. Syracuse University named a scholarship in her honor and she was named Woman of Achievement in Science by the Syracuse Post Standard in 1953. She published many articles in the field of hematology and medical technology. She was member of the American Association of Blood Banks, American Society of Medical Technologists, Business and Professional Women's Club of Syracuse; active in peace organizations, and volunteer at Planned Parenthood and Meals on Wheels. Cooper died on 19 December, 1983.


Collection consists of diaries describing Mary Bagg Cooper's life at Radcliffe College and her life in New York after college.

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Additional Index Terms

Student activities--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Women in science--New York (State)
Bertram Hall (Cambridge, Mass.)
Radcliffe College. Class of 1914
Radcliffe College--Students