In Her Own Right

Reports and Transactions of the Annual Meetings of the Alumnae Association of the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania

Date created 1876-01-01 – 1939-01-01
Creators Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania | Anna Fullerton | Alumnae Association of the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania | New Century Guild | Mary Whithall Worthington
Abstract This collection will be of great interest to historians studying the evolution of medical knowledge. Discussions in particular offer a rare glimpse into the contested nature of various medical theories. However, this collection is perhaps most valuable for what it reveals about WMCP graduates' views on race, class, and gender. In particular, they saw it as their duty as enlightened American women to lift up women in other parts of the world—particularly India, where the phenomenon of "child brides" was especially concerning. This topic receives extensive coverage. Less prominently featured, but still included, are arguments that attribute racial and class disparities to biological factors. For historians of race and class in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century woman's movement, this collection is a treasure trove.
Research interest A number of interesting themes run through these diaries. The first is US participation in the war, a development of which Fullerton did not approve. The second, and most prominent, concerns her paternalistic attitudes toward locals and their customs, however, attention to such issues is sporadic. Attitudes of missionaries toward local customs, particularly "child brides," is dealt with more extensively in WMCP's Alumnae Transactions, as is American medical women's participation in the war. Since Fullerton often transcribes friends' letters in full, it is often difficult to determine where quoted material ends and her own thoughts begin.
Size .5 lf
Size 4 vols.
Size 1.5 lf
Geographical location Dehra Dun, Uttrakhand, India, Asia
Geographical location
Geographical location 21st Street and North College Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; 3200 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Geographical location 1227 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA, 39°57′14.418″N 75°9′35.475″W
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