Schlesinger Library exhibit on lives and work of innovative women at pivotal moments in American medicine.
April 29, 2014—“Women in Medicine” at the Schlesinger Library showcased the struggles and achievements of women doctors, medical activists and health care providers in the 19th and 20th centuries. “We wanted to think of women doing groundbreaking things in roles that were not expected of them,” said Genna Duplisea, who curated the exhibit.
Duplisea, along with Jaimie Fritz, worked on the exhibit as a capstone to the Schlesinger’s Experimental Archives Project (EAP), which encourages archivists to work collaboratively to test new approaches. Duplisea is now at Salve Regina College, and Fritz joined the MIT Libraries.
“After nearly two years working for the Experimental Archives Project, we were curious to see how our acquired skills and experiences would affect the curation,” Duplisea and Fritz wrote in a reflection on their work. “The final product offers a glimpse at many women and organizations who have impacted the history of medicine, hopefully allowing viewers to find multiple paths of interest and explore further through use of the full collections.”