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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Drexel University: College of Medicine Legacy Center. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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Gene-Ann Polk (1926-2015), earned her BA from Oberlin College in 1948 and her M.D. from the Women's Medical College in Pennsylvania in 1952. Between 1953 and 1994, Dr. Polk worked at Harlem Hospital in NYC, which became affiliated with Columbia University in 1962. Dr. Polk earned an M.A., in Public Health from Columbia University in 1968. While at Harlem Hospital, Dr. Polk was the director of pediatric ambulatory care, pioneered research for the treatment of neonatal drug addiction, and established a neonatal transfusion program. Materials in this collection are related to Gene-Ann Polk's school days at WMCP, her private practice, and her years at Harlem Hospital. The collection also includes materials related to the Coalition of 100 Black Women Role Model Program, Black women physicians in the tri-state area which Polk collected, and the records of the Susan Smith McKinney Steward Medical Society (SSMS). Susan Smith McKinney Steward was the third Black woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, and the first in New York State. The Susan Smith McKinney Medical Society was established in 1976 and continues to support Black women physicians in the greater New York area. SSMS was founded by Dr. Muriel Petioni, a physician and community activist, with the support of Gene-Ann Polk.
The Gene-Ann Polk papers and Susan Smith McKinney Steward Society records hold materials from 1946 to 2006 with a bulk of the materials from 1960 to 1990. This collection contains papers, photographs, event flyers, invitations, books, address books, a vhs tape and commemorative objects.The collection includes Dr. Polk's medical bag which contains supplies such as tools, medication, and instructional material (inventory available upon request). Medical Economics, Volume 37 from October 1960 was removed from the collection due to preservation concerns. This collection has been arranged into the following three series; the records are organized conceptually and chronologically.
Series 1: Gene-Ann Polk papers - This series is divided into three subseries. The materials range from 1946-2006. Subseries A: Professional papers - This subseries holds the professional work of Gene Ann-Polk including her time as a student at both Oberlin College and WMCP, Harlem Hospital, time as an educator and all other professional endeavors. This subseries is arranged alphabetically. Extent: 1.25 linear feet Arrangement: Alphabetically
Subseries B: Black Women Physicians - This subseries contains clippings, publications and books Gene-Ann Polk collected about the stories and successes of other Black Women Physicians. This subseries is arranged alphabetically. Extent: 1.65 linear feet Arrangement: Alphabetically
Subseries C: Medical Supplies and Mementos - This series holds mementos such as Columbia's Bicentennial Medallion 1967, an electrocardio guide and Gene-Ann Polk's medical bag (inventory by request). This subseries is arranged conceptually. Extent: 1.25 linear feet Arrangement: Conceptually
Series 2: Susan Smith McKinney Steward Medical Society (SSMS) - This series holds the bylaws, recruitment strategies, meeting notes, correspondence, and directories of the Susan Smith McKinney Steward Medical Society from between 1977 and 1993. The series includes books written about and by SSMS members. The materials range from 1952-2003. This series is organized chronologically. Extent: 1.65 linear feet Arrangement: Chronologically
Series 3: Organization Files - This series contains materials related to the following organizations, hospitals, and initiatives: Harlem Hospital, Bergan County Medical Society, Committee of Black Health Professionals, Coalition of 100 Women, Project Headstart, the Spellman mentorship program. The materials range from The organizations are organized alphabetically Extent: 1.25 linear feet Arrangement: Alphabetically
- Drexel University: College of Medicine Legacy Center
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- Caitlin Abadir-Mullally
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