In Her Own Right

Rachel L. Bodley Papers

Date created 1856-01-01 – 1891-01-01
Creators Rachel L. Bodley (1831-1888)
Abstract This collection documents some of Dr. Bodley's endeavors as Dean of the Faculty of the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP). The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence between Dr. Bodley and various WMCP faculty, students, and alumnae. The collection also contains academic and administrative documents. Examples of the administrative materials includes WMCP faculty by-laws, Examination Committee reports, and financial records. Academic material such as published speeches and lectures provide a robust insight into the institution's mission, goals and methods during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. This collection also includes material that elucidates Dr. Bodley's interest in medical missionary work.
Research interest These papers will primarily draw researchers interested in institutional history. However, they also highlight the development of a network of women professionals centered around WMCP. Letters from students, alumnae, faculty, physicians at other institutions, and perhaps most of all prospective students across the nation demonstrate the prestige of WMCP, while Bodley's report on alumnae shows how graduates expanded this network.
Size .75 lf
Geographical location 21st Street and North College Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Contributing institution Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center
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