The Oral History Project will highlight the recipients of the Foundation’s Alma Dea Morani, M.D. Renaissance Woman Award. The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine presents the Alma Dea Morani Award annually in honor of an outstanding woman physician or scientist in North America
- Who has furthered the practice and understanding of medicine in our lifetime and made significant contributions outside of medicine, for example, in the humanities, arts or social sciences;
- Whose determination and spirit have carried her beyond traditional pathways in medicine and science; and
- Who challenges the status quo with a passion for learning.
The actual award is a sculpture of Dr. Alma Dea Morani’s hand, representing humanism in medicine.
The Oral History Project will allow for the oral histories to be completed as part of being an Alma Dea Morani award recipient. A portrait of each recipient may also be included as part of this comprehensive project.
The oral history of Dr. Louise Schnaufer, founding Trustee of FHWIM, 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 Countway Library of Medicine has created an online exhibit of each of the oral histories that the Foundation has collected to date. This exhibit will give researchers, educators, and the public the ability to access this content through basic web searches as well as text search the entire interview and corresponding documents. View the Foundation’s exhibit here.
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.