Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) graduated from Geneva Medical College in Geneva, NY in 1849, becoming the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. After further training in Europe, Blackwell returned to the U.S. to establish the New York Infirmary for Women and Children in 1857 and a Women’s Medical College in 1868. Blackwell devoted much of her life to increasing the presence of and opportunities for women in medicine.
In the exhibition:
“An Incident in the Student Life of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell – An Actual Scene in the Operating-Room of a Medical College.” From Our famous women; an authorized record of the lives and deeds of distinguished American women of our times…(pg. 142), by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps et al., 1884 [c1883], Hartford, Conn.: A. D. Worthington. Rubenstein Library.
Elizabeth Blackwell. Erroneous Method in Medical Education. Westminster: Women’s Printing Society Limited, 21B, Great College Street, 1891.
Elizabeth Blackwell.Medicine and Morality. London: W. Speaight & Sons, Printers, Fetter Lane, 1881.
Elizabeth Blackwell.Scientific Method in Biology. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1898.
Elizabeth Blackwell. Letter from Blackwell to unknown, n.d. Blackwell Family Papers, 1845-1976 and undated.
All items in this exhibition are from the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Library, unless otherwise noted.
On display in the Michael and Karen Stone Family Gallery
January 20 – May 20, 2016
Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Durham, North Carolina