Oral Histories

The Alma Dea Morani Oral History Project

This oral history project highlights the recipients of the Foundation’s Alma Dea Morani, MD Renaissance Woman Award. This is a unique opportunity for these medical pioneers to share their story in their own words, and for future generations to listen to them tell it. In addition to the oral history, a formal portrait or other photographs may be included as part of this comprehensive project to illustrate the visual side of the story.

The oral history of Dr. Louise Schnaufer, founding Trustee of the Foundation and beloved pediatric surgeon at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will also be included as part of this collection. This oral history is currently archived at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and was made possible with funding provided by Drs. John R. Templeton and Josephine Templeton.

The Exhibit

The Countway Library of Medicine has created an online exhibit of each of the oral histories that the Foundation has collected to date. This exhibit gives researchers, educators, and the public the ability to access this content through basic web searches as well as search the text of the entire interview and corresponding documents.

The Archives for Women in Medicine (AWM) is a project of the Joint Committee on the Status of Women and the Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The AWM’s goal is to recognize outstanding medical leaders and to document the social phenomena that brought large numbers of women to the forefront of medicine. The AWM’s objective is to actively acquire, process, preserve, provide access to, and publicize the papers of women physicians, researchers, and medical administrators. A list of collections in the AWM can be provided.

Established in 1960 as a result of an alliance between the Boston Medical Library and the Harvard Medical Library, the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine is the largest academic medical library in the United States. The Countway Library maintains a collection of approximately 700,000 volumes. The Center for the History of Medicine’s collection of archives and manuscripts, numbering between 15-20 million items, is the largest collection of its kind in the United States. The manuscripts collection includes the personal and professional records of physicians from the medieval and Renaissance periods through the twentieth century, including the professional papers of many renowned Harvard faculty members as well as physicians and scientists from New England and around the country.