Virginia Margaret Alexander Papers
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Raymond Pace Alexander's younger sister, Virginia Margaret Alexander (B.S. in Ed., 1920), became close friends with Sadie Mossell during their undergraduate years at the University of Pennsylvania, and it was through Virginia that Sadie and Raymond met. After college, Virginia Alexander attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania and then completed her internship at Kansas City General Hospital.
In 1923 Dr. Alexander began her practice of diagnostic medicine in North Philadelphia. In 1935 she was responsible for bringing Dr. Helen O. Dickens to Philadelphia to join her in the practice of medicine. Later, after graduate work at Yale University School of Medicine, Virginia Alexander entered the field of public health, serving as medical advisor for Howard University from 1937 to 1941 and then, during World War II, with the United States Public Health Service. When she returned to Philadelphia after the war, she specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, serving on the staffs of the Woman's Medical College Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital and Mercy-Douglass Hospital until her death from Lupus in 1949.
The most significant contents of the Virginia Alexander Papers are financial records, mostly estate (approx. 1 cu. ft.; 1944-63) and the Dr. Virginia M. Alexander Scholarship Foundation (1956-1975). The papers also contains a small series of photographs.
The Virginia Margaret Alexander Papers is organized into ten series: I. Biographical and Autobiographical; II. Personal Correspondence; III. General Correspondence; IV. Financial Records; V. Education; VI. Professional Papers; VII. Writings and Publications; VIII. Certificates, Honors, and Awards; IX. Photographs; and X. Books.
Gift of the Alexander family, 1987.
- African Americans -- Professional education -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
- African American women -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
- University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
- Finding Aid Author
- Thomas G. Potterfield, Maureen B. Spectre, and Theresa R. Snyder, assisted by Susan M. Jenkins
- Finding Aid Date
- March 2014
- Access Restrictions
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