Mary Ellen Avery papers, 1929-2002 (inclusive). H MS c201

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Mary Ellen Avery papers, 1929-2002 (inclusive). H MS c201


Avery, Mary Ellen, 1927-
Pulmonary surfactant
Women in medicine
Women physicians


The Mary Ellen Avery papers, 1929-2002, consist of personal and professional correspondence, teaching materials, professional activities records, grant records, articles and drafts, lectures and speeches, diaries, photographs, and other records from Avery’s life and career as a pediatrician in: Boston, Massachusetts; Montreal, Quebec; and Baltimore, Maryland and as a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Correspondence includes letters of recommendation, reports from meetings, and committee and travel correspondence. Professional records consist of correspondence, reports, patient records, notes, newspaper clippings, committee materials, and other records chronicling Avery’s involvement and interactions with professional organizations, committees, publications, and institutions, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Joint Program in Neonatology, the American Pediatric Society, and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Professional records also contain correspondence and reports from the Joint Program in Neonatology, Children’s Hospital, Boston, Montreal Children’s Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. Grants records consist of applications, renewal forms, correspondence, budgets, reports, and other materials related to grants from the National Institutes of Health and Specialized Centers of Research that Avery was involved with, as well as correspondence with the National Tuberculosis Association. Lectures and teaching records contain speech drafts, correspondence, syllabi, and notes from Avery’s travels around the world as a guest lecturer and as a professor at Harvard Medical School. Writings and subject files consist of drafts and reprints of writings by Avery on such topics as respiratory distress syndrome, hyaline membrane disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and oral rehydration. Personal records include diaries, calendars, photographs, and certificates and awards.


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Table Of Contents

The Mary Ellen Avery Papers are organized into eight series: I. Correspondence, 1956-2002. II. Professional Records, 1953-1998, undated. III. Grants Records, 1959-1998. IV. Lectures, 1958-1999, undated. V. Teaching Records, 1965-1998, undated. VI. Writings, 1938-2000, undated. VII. Subject Files, 1938-1999. VIII. Personal Records, 1929-2002, undated.


Avery, Mary Ellen, 1927-


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Access Rights

Access requires advance notice. Access to Harvard University records is restricted for 50 years from the date of record creation. Access to personal information about individuals and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of record creation. Both University records and personal information appear in all series of the collection (Series I-VIII). Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult the Public Services Librarian for further information. The Papers are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact reference staff for more information concerning retrieval of material.


31.5 cubic feet (30 record cartons and 3 flat oversized boxes).




H MS c201


The Mary Ellen Avery Papers were gifted to the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine by Mary Ellen Avery, 1999-2003, and were delivered in four accessions: 2000-001; 2000-031; 2001-064; and 2003-054.




Avery, Mary Ellen, 1927-, “Mary Ellen Avery papers, 1929-2002 (inclusive). H MS c201,” OnView, accessed May 22, 2024,