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Katharine Dexter McCormick papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0148

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection includes family correspondence, and a will, 1811-1897; McCormick's student notebooks from her classes at MIT in chemistry, English literature, political economics, sanitary science, geology, climatology, history, biology, and physiology; examinations; papers she wrote, 1895-1902; and "Laboratory Notes on Water Analysis," by Ellen Swallow Richards, from a class McCormick took from Richards.

The collection does not contain material on her philanthropic activities.

Dates

  • 1811 - 1964

Creator

Access note

This collection is open.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to Distinctive Collections. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection.

Biography

Katharine Dexter McCormick, 1875-1967, SB in biology, 1904, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was an active crusader for women's suffrage and education, and was a supporter of research in mental health. With her friend Carrie Chapman Catt, she founded the League of Women Voters and served as its first vice president. She was also a lifelong friend of birth control reformer Margaret Sanger. From 1953 until her death in 1967 she provided financial support for work which led to the development of the birth control pill, first marketed in 1960.

She was instrumental in the establishment of the first women's residence on the MIT campus, Stanley McCormick Hall, named in honor of her husband and dedicated in 1963.

Extent

2 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Katharine Dexter McCormick, a 1904 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was an active crusader for women's suffrage and education, and a pioneer of the birth control movement. She provided financial support for research that led to the development of the contraceptive pill and was instrumental in the establishment of the first women's residence on the MIT campus, McCormick Hall. The collection includes family correspondence, McCormick’s student notebooks, examinations, and papers she wrote for classes at MIT.

Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Source of Acquisiton

The papers were given to Distinctive Collections (formerly the Institute Archives and Special Collections) by the Katharine Dexter McCormick Estate in July and December 1968.

Appraisal note

Needs review.

Related Materials

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the Senior Vice President, Records of Vice President for Operations Philip A. Stoddard and Senior Vice President William R. Dickson, AC 525.
Title
Guide to the Papers of Katharine Dexter McCormick
Status
Ready For Review
Author
Joan Haas
Date
(Copyright 1982)
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

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