Florence Haseltine papers
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Dr. Florence Haseltine, biophysicist, reproductive endocrinologist, journal editor, novelist, inventor, and advocate for women's health, built a rich and diverse career in medicine. Dr. Haseltine was born in 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up near the Naval Weapons Station in China Lake, California. She is the eldest child of William and Jean E. Haseltine, and her father was a physicist for the military. Each of her three siblings have become distinguished in various scientific fields.
Dr. Haseltine first attended college at the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied physics, then biophysics. She earned her Ph.D. in 1970 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and then later earned her M.D. degree in 1972 at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Following her internship at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia and her residency at Boston Hospital for Women (now Brigham and Women’s Hospital), Dr. Haseltine wrote a book about her personal and professional experiences. The result was Woman Doctor, a 1976 novel that reveals the level of gender bias against women in the medical profession during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1976, Dr. Haseltine accepted a position as an assistant professor, later associate professor, in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics at Yale University.
While a professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Haseltine pursued clinical research on in vitro fertilization as well as behavioral research with couples receiving this treatment. From 1985 to 2012, Dr. Haseltine served as the Director of the Center for Population Research at the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health. The Center funds reproductive science on many levels, including basic research, contraception, behavioral research, family planning, as well as population migration. In 2012 Dr. Haseltine was named Emerita Scientist.
The health of women and their advancement professionally are central issues for Dr. Haseltine. In 1990, she founded the Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research and was the society’s first president. In 1995, Dr. Haseltine founded Haseltine Systems, Inc., a company that designs products for people with disabilities. Dr. Haseltine holds two patents for the Haseltine Flyer™, a portable protective container for wheelchairs to be used on airplanes.
Dr. Haseltine continues to work as a women’s health advocate and entrepreneur, consulting in the areas of medical and biomedical research for database developers, scientific software, webpage designers, as well as manufacturers of medical devices. She has co-edited and reviewed numerous publications and books on a range of topics including reproductive biology, women's health, and proceedings of NIH sponsored conferences. She was the founding editor of the Journal of Women's Health and has made many scientific, public, and media presentations across the country and internationally. Dr. Haseltine’s work has received a variety of accolades and awards.
The Florence Haseltine papers are a comprehensive collection that chronicles a broad history of Dr. Haseltine's personal and professional life. The research value of this collection is wide-ranging due to Dr. Haseltine's diverse professional interests. Major collection strengths include research data and patient records related to her work in the fields of women's health and reproductive endocrinology. In addition, the collection reflects the professional issues related to women physicians in last half of the twentieth century through correspondence, clippings, and publications. The Florence Haseltine papers are separated into ten series that contain the following information:
Series I: Teaching and Research Papers - This series includes papers from Dr. Haseltine’s career as a scientist, teacher, women’s health advocate, and practicing physician. Records correspond to Dr. Haseltine’s tenure in the Yale University Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics and as the Director of the Center for Population Research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Haseltine’s major areas of teaching and research include in vitro fertilization and mechanisms of sex differentiation. The types of documents in this series include grant materials, research papers, charts, graphs, minutes, patient records, financial documents, photographs, and a small amount of correspondence.
Subseries Ia: Research topics and writings - This subseries includes research papers and writings related to Dr. Haseltine’s various topics of research and academic interests, primarily during her tenure at Yale University. The main research topics in this subseries include mechanisms of sex differentiation, women in medicine, and in vitro fertilization. In addition, this subseries includes unpublished work by Dr. Haseltine, as well as a small amount of her fictional writings.
Subseries Ib: Yale University administrative files - This subseries includes papers related to Dr. Haseltine’s administrative and teaching responsibilities as a professor at Yale University. This includes departmental records and memos, patient records, student files, lawsuits, committee activity, and course information.
Subseries Ic: Center for Population Research administrative files - This subseries includes administrative records related to Dr. Haseltine’s career as Director of the Center for Population Research at the National Institutes of Health [NIH]. An important topic within this series includes Dr. Haseltine's efforts, and the efforts of the NIH, to include women in clinical trials. The types of records include memos, goverment documents, processing forms, project files, financial information, and trip reports.
Subseries Id: Grant activity - This subseries includes papers related to Dr. Haseltine’s grant activity. This includes grant proposals, a small amount of correspondence related to each grant, finalized grants, grant reports, and rejection letters from granting agencies. Major granting agencies Dr. Haseltine worked with include the American Cancer society, the National Science Foundation, and the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Subseries Ie: Photographs - This subseries includes photographs, slides, and other visual or graphic material related to Dr. Haseltine’s research.
Series II: Professional affiliations - This series includes records of Dr. Haseltine’s participation in professional committees, conferences, and organization activities throughout her career. This includes a variety of nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, as well as corporations and professional societies. The types of records include minutes, photographs, badges, correspondence, financial information, programs, and a limited amount of research information. Dr. Haseltine’s professional activities span a wide geographic area, located throughout the United States and abroad, however most of her affiliates are centered along the United States east coast. Largely represented in this series are records related to Dr. Haseltine’s affiliation with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Medical College of Pennsylvania, the Society for Gynecological Investigation, and the Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research. In addition, this series includes records from an organization called the Washington Cosmos Group, LLP. Dr. Haseltine helped found this group dedicated to providing professional networking opportunities for women in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Series III: Publications, presentations, and publicity - This series includes writings published and edited by Dr. Haseltine as well as publications and clippings about the life and work of Dr. Haseltine. In addition, this series includes publications and clippings collected by Dr. Haseltine related to her research interests, various appearances by Dr. Haseltine on major television networks, recorded speaking engagements, NIH women’s health promotional materials, and other media appearances. The bulk of this series includes copies of the Journal of Women’s Health, that was founded and edited by Dr. Haseltine. This series also includes manuscript copies and promotional material related to Dr. Haseltine’s novel Woman Doctor.
Subseries IIIa: Abstracts and articles - This subseries contains published abstracts and articles by Dr. Haseltine. Included in this subseries are several copies of Dr. Haseltine’s article for the Journal of Bacteriology, Fractionation of transformable bacteria from competent cultures of Bacillus subtilis on renografin gradients, published while she was at Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] in March 1968. In addition, this subseries contains other publications by Dr. Haseltine, during her time at MIT and Yale University, that focus on topics related to cellular biology, reproductive issues, and women’s health issues.
Subseries IIIb: Books - This subseries includes books published by and collected by Dr. Haseltine. Most of the books in this subseries cover topics related to women’s health, obstetrical and gynecological practices, and cellular biology. A small amount of the books are fictional works collected by Dr. Haseltine.
Subseries IIIc: Clippings - This subseries is composed of materials about the life and work of Dr. Haseltine. This includes magazine articles, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and other print material. Major topics in this subseries include women’s health research, reproductive issues, Dr. Haseltine’s appointment at the National Institute of Health, women in the workplace, and women in science.
Subseries IIId: Journals - This subseries consists of the Journal of Women’s Health, later known as the Journal of Women’s Health and Gender-based Research. Dr. Haseltine helped found this journal and served as the editor from 1992 until 2002.
Subseries IIIe: Reference files - This subseries includes published materials collected by Dr. Haseltine that relate to her professional interests but are not specifically about her work. The types of records include magazine articles, research papers, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and other print material. The major topics collected by Dr. Haseltine include women’s health research, the state of health care in the United States, and reproductive medicine.
Subseries IIIf: Woman Doctor files - This subseries includes records related to the novel Woman Doctor that Dr. Haseltine wrote in 1976 as a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at the Boston Hospital for Women. Woman Doctor is a novel that reveals the level of gender bias against women in the medical profession during the 1960s and 1970s. Most of this subseries consists of manuscript copies of Woman Doctor and a small amount of this subseries is composed of book reviews, publishing correspondence, and publicity for this novel.
Subseries IIIg: Video recordings - This subseries includes video recordings related to the public appearances or educational material promoted by Dr. Haseltine. Media appearances by Dr. Haseltine include local channels as well as national network channels such as Lifetime Television and NBSC Nightly News. This subseries consists mainly of VHS tapes.
Series IV: Correspondence - This series includes the personal and professional correspondence related to the life and work of Dr. Haseltine. Major topics include Dr. Haseltine’s research and writings, information regarding events attended, and speaking engagements. Correspondence from the late nineteen-eighties and throughout the nineteen-nineties reference Dr. Haseltine's efforts to include women in clinical trials. A small amount of correspondence is related to Dr. Haseltine’s personal job searches, consulting she has done regarding the appointment of others to professional positions, and letters from former patients. A large amount of Dr. Haseltine’s personal correspondence include letters to her husband, Alan Chodos, and her parents, William and Jean Haseltine.
Series V: Personal and family papers - This series includes the personal and family papers of Dr. Haseltine. The types of records in this series include financial records, diaries, family genealogy materials, oral history transcripts, medical records, and driving records. Also included are records related to family and special events such as graduations, family reunions, and family vacations. The Haseltine family Bible in this series dates from approximately 1802. In addition, this series contains correspondence to and from Dr. Haseltine’s parents, William and Jean Haseltine. A small amount of records and correspondence is related to the life and work of Alan Chodos, Dr. Haseltine’s second husband. The majority of the newspaper articles and clippings within this series relate the academic achievements of Dr. Haseltine and her brother, William. A small amount of audiovisual material is included in this series such as a vinyl record, family video recordings on 8mm film, and tapes related to William Haseltine's oral history interview.
Series VI: Education and medical credentials - This series includes materials documenting the work of Dr. Haseltine as a student, from her early childhood to her work as a medical resident. In addition, this series includes records related to Dr. Haseltine’s medical credentials such as licenses, certifications, transcripts, diplomas, resumes, and curriculum vitae. A large amount of material in this series is from Dr. Haseltine’s time at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including research notebooks from her doctoral thesis.
Series VII: Business ventures - This series includes records related to Dr. Haseltine’s career as a business woman, inventor, and disabilities advocate. The majority of the records in this series include papers from Dr. Haseltine’s company, Haseltine Systems, Inc. Haseltine Systems, Inc. was founded in 1995 as a disability technology company. One of the first products designed was The Haseltine Flyer™, a protective case designed to ensure that wheelchairs and scooters arrive at their destinations safely. Records in this series include found and incorporation documents, financial records, correspondence, product designs, and product research.
Series VIII: Awards and recognition - This series includes various awards, invitations, and letters of recognition Dr. Haseltine has received throughout her career. Many awards pertain to Dr. Haseltine’s work as a women’s health researcher and advocate. The types of awards in this series include paper based certificates as well as three-dimensional objects. Contextual information regarding a number of Dr. Haseltine's awards can be found in correspondence, clippings, and other series within this collection.
Series IX: Photographs - This series is predominately composed of the personal photographs related to Dr. Haseltine and the Haseltine family. This includes color and black and white photographs of various sizes and negatives. The subject matter of the photographs include professional headshots of Dr. Haseltine, wedding photographs, family gatherings, coworkers, and family travel. A large part of this series includes photographs from Dr. Haseltine’s participation in special events such as galas and dinner parties.
Series X: Digital media - This series contains electronic records created and collected by Dr. Haseltine. Personal and family digital records consist mainly of photographs and medical records. The larger portion of this series is composed of records related to Dr. Haseltine's career, consisting mainly of her computer backups. Other types of records in this series include emails, business records, event recordings, research notes, photographs, presentations or other speaking engagements, and databases. The types of formats in this series include 3.5" floppy discs, CDs, DVDs, and two palm pilots. Records in this series may be found in print format in other series throughout this collection.
The Florence Haseltine papers are arranged in ten series, two of which have been further arranged into subseries. The content of each series has been arranged in a variety of ways, including chronologically and alphabetically by subject or corporate name. The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows:
Series I: Teaching and research papers, 1972-2011
Subseries Ia: Research topics and writings, 1976-2011, undated Arranged alphabetically by topic
Subseries Ib: Yale administrative files, 1972-1986 Arranged alphabetically by topic
Subseries Ic: Center for Population Research administrative files, 1980-2004 Arranged alphabetically by topic
Subseries Id: Grant activity, 1976-1989 Arranged alphabetically by topic
Subseries Ie: Photographs, 1977-1995 Arranged alphabetically by topic
Series II: Professional affiliations, 1973-2016, undated Arranged alphabetically by corporate name
Series III: Publications, presentations, and publicity, 1958-2014, undated
Subseries IIIa: Abstracts and articles, 1968-1985 Arranged chronologically
Subseries IIIc: Clippings, 1977-2014 Arranged chronologically
Subseries IIId: Journals, 1992-2002 Arranged chronologically
Subseries IIIe: Reference files, 1958-2004, undated Arranged chronologically
Subseries IIIg: Video recordings, 1991-2003, undated Arranged chronologically
Series IV: Correspondence, 1961-2016, undated Arranged alphabetically and chronologically>
Series V: Personal and family papers, approximately 1802, 1938-2013 Arranged by topic
Series VI: Education and medical credentials, 1948-2010, undated Arranged chronologically
Series VII: Business ventures, 1993-2011, undated Arranged chronologically
Series VIII: Awards and recognition, 1978-2014, undated Arranged chronologically
Series IX: Photographs, 1942-2015, undated Arranged chronologically and by topic
Series X: Digital media, approximately 1994-2011
A microcassette related to correspondence in Box 52, Folder 2 dated June 14, 1982, is available in Box 72, Folder 1.
This collection was donated over a period of time from Dr. Florence Haseltine, MD, PhD.
Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Legacy Center for permission to quote, copy or publish.
Note about restricted material: Users will note that a number of folders in the Collection Inventory indicate restrictions due to HIPAA, FERPA, or other privacy concerns. We strongly encourage users to contact Legacy Center staff to discuss access to these materials, as we have used "restricted" to indicate that at least one item in the folder is restricted, but it is likely that other material in the folder may be freely accessible. It is also possible that users will be able to access restricted material after working with us and gaining institutional review board (IRB) approval, or through a process of staff redaction of private information.
Special equipment may be required to view or access material, particularly audiovisual materials in Series III: Publications, presentations, and publicity, Series IV: Correspondence, and Series V: Personal and family papers. In addition, special equipment may be required to view or access electronic records in Series X: Digital media. See archivist for more details.
A small amount of photographs in Subseries Ie: Photographs, Box 24, Folder 4 are water damaged.
The processing of this collection was made possible by Dr. Florence Haseltine, M.D., Ph. D., Haseltine Systems, Inc., and the Conway-Welch Family Foundation.
- Center for Population Research. (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (U.S.))
- Haseltine Systems.
- Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research.
- Yale University.
- Drexel University: College of Medicine Legacy Center
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Sarah Oswald, May 2018.