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Dr. Sophie Trent papers


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Doctor Sophie Trent (b. 1917) was an internist who practiced medicine for a majority of her career in Connecticut. She graduated from Pembroke College at Brown University in 1939 and Yale Medical School in 1943. The following year, she completed her first medical internship at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. During her subsequent years of medical training, Trent worked at (and, at times, managed) hospitals in Puerto Rico and, later, in Saint Thomas, where her patients were afflicted with elephantiasis, liver fluke disease and other tropical parasites. In 1946, Trent was awarded a research fellowship in the Division of Tropical Diseases, sponsored by the United States Public Health Service at Bethesda, Maryland. In 1947, having just spent time in Puerto Rico, Trent returned to the United States, and became the senior resident of Duval Medical Center at Jacksonville, Florida.

Having completed her formal training in medicine, in 1949, Trent returned to Connecticut and took a job as Associate of Medicine at the University of Connecticut. There she helped manage a sixty-bed infirmary as well as care for injured football players. From 1954 to 1973, Trent worked in private practice, as well as Meridian Hospital, Meridian Wallingford Hospital, and several veterans’ hospitals in Connecticut. From 1960 to 1962, she served as Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Medical Corps Reserve. From 1974 to 1987, Trent worked in various capacities for the Veterans’ Administration.

Among other professional organizations, Trent was involved with the American Medical Women’s Association, serving as State Director of Connecticut from 1960 to 1966. She also served as chairman for several committees and as its First Vice President in 1967. She also held the office of First Vice President for the Pan American Medical Women’s Alliance from 1965 to 1967.

In 1982, Trent received an MS in Art from the State University of Connecticut, New Britain. She was married to Colonel Ronald B. Stevens. She had no children. Her hobbies were painting and writing; in fact, she published several books of poetry.

This collection houses records related to Dr. Sophie Trent's medical career, particularly her education and subsequent research on tropical diseases, and dates from 1924 to 1989. While Trent seems to have led quite a distinguished medical career, this collection focuses on the time just after her graduation from Yale medical school, when she researched and treated patients afflicted with tropical disease. The collection is divided into six series: "I. School records," "II. Research and writing files," "III. Professional Associations," "IV. Personal papers," "V. Microscope slides," and "VI. Medical books and other publications."

The series "I. School records, 1940-1949" houses several medical school notebooks, as well as draft and final copies of Trent's thesis. At the end of the series are three miscellaneous publications related to her time at Pembroke and Yale.

"II. Subject/Research and Writing files, 1944-1963" includes files related to Trent's research and writings on tropical diseases. In particular, researchers will find manuscript and published versions of Trent's writings, general information, case histories and photographs of microscope slides used in Trent's research. The files in this series are organized alphabetically by subject, which is typically the name of a disease or parasite.

"III. Professional Associations, 1948-1985" houses ephemera of various women's medical associations, or which Trent was a member. The files are organized alphabetically by organization name.

"IV. Personal papers, 1939-1987" includes a random assortment of biographical information about Trent, especially related to her appointments at various hospitals and other professional history, and newspaper clippings about her paintings. The files are arranged chronologically.

"V. Microscope slides, undated" includes two boxes of pathology slides from Trent's research on Tropical Diseases.

The last series, "VI. Medical books and other publications, 1924-1983" houses a random sample of publications related to Trent's education, hospital work, as well as three published volumes of Trent's poetry.

Gift of Dr. Sophie Trent, 1989, 1990, 1991

The processing of this collection was made possible through a training session "Archives for Non-Archivists," hosted by the Council on Library and Information Resources and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This collection is minimally processed to the folder level.

Drexel University: College of Medicine Legacy Center
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lisa Barrett and Julie McDaniel
Finding Aid Date
June 15, 2011
The processing of this collection was made possible through a training session "Archives for Non-Archivists," hosted by the Council on Library and Information Resources and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This collection is minimally processed to the folder level.
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Patient information restriction in case histories may apply. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

Collection Inventory

Notebooks. Bacteriology, 1940.
Box 1 Folder 1
Notebooks. Biology, 1936-1937.
Box 1 Folder 2
Notebooks. Miscellaneous Courses, 1939-1941.
Box 1 Folder 3
Notebooks. Pathology, 1940-1941.
Box 1 Folder 4
Notebooks. Physiology, 1938-1939.
Box 1 Folder 5
Thesis. Rough draft, 1943.
Box 1 Folder 6
Thesis. Final, 1943.
Box 1 Folder 7
"College Years", 1939 winter issue.
Box 1 Folder 8
"Pembroke College in Brown University", 1927.
Box 1 Folder 9
"Yale Record", 1949 September.
Box 1 Folder 10

Amebic Dysentery (published article by Sophie Trent), 1963.
Box 2 Folder 1
Autopsies. Puerto Rico, 1945-1946.
Box 2 Folder 2
Case histories. Charts, microscope photos, undated.
Box 2 Folder 3
Case histories. Puerto Rico hospital records, photos, 1944.
Box 2 Folder 4
Chromoblastomycosis. Case history and research article, 1936-1945.
Box 2 Folder 5
Drosophilia Melanogaster. Manuscript, undated.
Box 2 Folder 6
Falciparum Cerebral Malaria. Photos, undated.
Box 2 Folder 7
Filariasis Research. Case histories, undated.
Box 2 Folder 8
Filariasis Research. Directions and survey, undated.
Box 2 Folder 9
Filariasis research. Manuscript, 1944.
Box 2 Folder 10
Filariasis research. Manuscript, 1948.
Box 2 Folder 11
Filariasis research. Research, manuscript, correspondence, 1963.
Box 2 Folder 12
Filariasis research. Treatment, Neostibosan. Photos, undated.
Box 2 Folder 13
Filariasis research. Treatment. Manuscripts and photos, 1947.
Box 2 Folder 14
Filariasis research (published articles by Sophie Trent), 1949-1963.
Box 3 Folder 1
Filariasis research. Research articles, 1952-1963.
Box 3 Folder 2
Intestinal parasites and cholera. Research articles, 1966-1969.
Box 3 Folder 3
Leprosy articles and research, 1949-1958.
Box 3 Folder 4
Malaria photos, 1943.
Box 3 Folder 5
Malaria. Research articles, 1953-1974.
Box 3 Folder 6
Monilia. Research articles, 1939.
Box 3 Folder 7
Pellagra. Case history, undated.
Box 3 Folder 8
Pinta. Case history and research articles, undated.
Box 3 Folder 9
Protozoa of medical importance, undated.
Box 3 Folder 10
"Pruritic dermatitus" Manuscript and final article, 1960-1961.
Box 3 Folder 11
Published copies of Sophie Trent articles, 1948-1967.
Box 3 Folder 12
Research related articles, 1940-1966.
Box 3 Folder 13
Schistosoma. Published research, 1933-1957.
Box 3 Folder 14
Schistosomiasis. Research articles, 1965-1975.
Box 4 Folder 1
"Schistosomiasis in the Caribbean", 1960-1962.
Box 4 Folder 2
Schistosomiasis Japonica. Manuscript and final article, 1960.
Box 4 Folder 3
Schistosomiasis Mansoni. Lecture notes, undated.
Box 4 Folder 4
Schistosomiasis Mansoni. Manuscript and final article, 1961.
Box 4 Folder 5
Schistosomiasis Mansoni. Reference list, undated.
Box 4 Folder 6
Testicular findings in acute diseases. Bibliography, undated.
Box 4 Folder 7
Tropical Sprue. Research articles, 1928-1944.
Box 4 Folder 8
Tropical Sprue. Case history, 1944.
Box 4 Folder 9
Weil's disease. Case history, 1940-1942.
Box 4 Folder 10

American Medical Women's Association, 1962-1970.
Box 4 Folder 11
Brown University Medical Association, 1975-1985.
Box 4 Folder 12
Correspondence as chairman, Archives Committee, 1966-1967.
Box 5 Folder 1
International Congress on Tropical Medicine and Malaria, 1948 May 6.
Box 5 Folder 2
Medical Associations: meetings, 1960-1970.
Box 5 Folder 3
Medical Associations: photos, news stories, badges, meeting programs, 1962-1980.
Box 5 Folder 4
Medical Associations. Programs, pin, 1953-1980.
Box 5 Folder 5
Medical Associations. Meeting programs, 1959-1980.
Box 5 Folder 6
Medical Women International Association 10th Congress, 1966 July 9-15.
Box 5 Folder 7
Pan American Medical Women's Alliance meetings, 1966-1970.
Box 6 Folder 1

Biographical Information, 1948-1975.
Box 6 Folder 2
Biographical Information, 1975-1982.
Box 6 Folder 3
Curriculum vitae, 1984.
Box 6 Folder 4
Yale School of Medicine. Student, 1939-1944.
Box 6 Folder 5
Vanderbilt University Hospital. Internship, 1943-1944.
Box 6 Folder 6
University Hospital and School of Tropical Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1945-1947.
Box 6 Folder 7
Municipal Hospital. Charlotte Amalie. St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, 1947-1948.
Box 6 Folder 8
Arabian American Oil Company, 1949.
Box 6 Folder 9
Duval Medical Center. Jacksonville, Florida, 1949.
Box 6 Folder 10
Connecticut medical experience, 1950-1987.
Box 6 Folder 11
Menden Hospital, Meriden, Connecticut, 1956-1974.
Box 6 Folder 12
Veteran's Administration hospitals, 1958-1972.
Box 6 Folder 13
U.S. Army Medical Corps Reserve, 1960-1962.
Box 6 Folder 14
University of Connecticut. Medical school: teaching, 1977.
Box 6 Folder 15
Professional correspondence, 1944-1949.
Box 6 Folder 16
Professional correspondence. Brown University, 1963-1985.
Box 6 Folder 17
Personal correspondence, 1939-1941.
Box 6 Folder 18
Paintings: clippings about shows, 1949-1981.
Box 6 Folder 19
Photographs of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 1949.
Box 7 Folder 1
Photographs (photocopies), 1943.
Box 7 Folder 2
Oversized diploma and certificate, 1967, 1970.
Box 7 Folder 3

Pathology slides of Tropical Diseases collection of Dr. Sophie Trent, undated.
Box 8 Item 1
Pathology slides of Tropical Diseases collection of Dr. Sophie Trent, undated.
Box 8 Item 2

Handbook of Skin Diseases (inscribed by Sophie Trent), 1924.
Box 9
Bulletin of Brown University... Pembroke College Catalogue, 1934-1935.
Box 9
Outline for Examination of Patients. New Haven Hospital (Annotated by Sophie Trent), 1936.
Box 9
The Puerto Rico Journal of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Volume 12, Number 1, 1936 September.
Box 9
A Handbook of Elementary Psychology and Psychiatry, by Edward G. Billings (inscribed by Sophie Trent), 1939.
Box 9
Formulary of the New Haven Hospital and New Haven Dispensary (annotated by Sophie Trent), 1941.
Box 9
Outline for Examination of Patients. New Haven Hospital (annotated by Sophie Trent), 1941.
Box 9
Physicians' Handbook (annotated by Sophie Trent), 1942.
Box 9
Columbia University in the City of New York, Announcement of the School of Tropical Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico..., 1944-1945.
Box 9
School of Tropical Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Report of the Director, 1947.
Box 9
Directory of Medical Women, Compiled by Bessie Grigg. Newport, Kentucky: The Elizabeth Press, 1949.
Box 9
Asociacion Medica de Puerto Rico. Programa de la Cuadragesima-Octava Asamblea Annual, 1951.
Box 9
List of Physicians Licensed to Practice Medicine and Surgery, Registered in [Connecticut], 1954.
Box 9
List of Physicians Licensed to Practice Medicine and Surgery, Registered in Connecticut, 1963-1964.
Box 9
Bird of Passage: Poems of New England and Far Away Places, by Sophie Trent, 1965.
Box 9
My New England: A Collection of Seasonal Poems, by Sophie Trent, 1970.
Box 9
List of Physicians Licensed to Practice Medicine and Surgery, Registered in Connecticut, 1971-1972.
Box 9
Wind in the Hemlocks: Poems, by Sophie Trent, 1983.
Box 9
Vanderbilt University Hospital: Information and Instructions for Guidance of the House Staff, undated.
Box 9

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