Avery, Mary Ellen. Papers, 1929-2002. H MS c201


Avery, Mary Ellen. Papers, 1929-2002. H MS c201

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The Mary Ellen Avery Papers contains personal and professional correspondence, teaching materials, professional activities records, grant records, diaries, articles and drafts, and lectures from Avery's career as a pediatrician in Boston, Montreal and Baltimore and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Correspondence includes letters of recommendation, reports from meetings and committee correspondence. Professional records consist of correspondence, reports, patient records and committee materials from such organizations as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Pediatric Society and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Professional records also contains correspondence and reports from the Joint Program in Neonatology, The Children’s Hospital, Boston, Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Grants records consists of National Institutes of Health and Specialized Centers of Research grant applications and renewal forms, as well as correspondence with the National Tuberculosis Association. Lectures and teaching records contain speech drafts, correspondence, syllabi and notes from Avery’s travels around the world as a guest lecturer and as a professor at McGill University and Harvard Medical School. Writings and subject files consist of drafts and reprints on such topics as respiratory distress syndrome, hyaline membrane disease, pulmonary surfactant, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and oral rehydration. Personal records include diaries, journals, calendars, photographs, certificates and awards, such as the Avery’s National Medal of Science.

Avery, M.D., 1952, Johns Hopkins, was the Thomas Morgan Rotch Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS), was the Physician-in-Chief at The Children's Hospital, Boston. Avery joined HMS and The Children's Hospital, Boston in 1974 after holding the position as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at McGill University, as well as Physician-in-Chief at Montreal Children's Hospital. As Physician-in-Chief at The Children's Hospital, Boston, Avery established the Joint Program in Neonatology with Beth Israel and Peter Bent Brigham Hospitals. Avery is known for discovering in 1959 that the lack of lung surfactant in premature infants caused respiratory distress syndrome. Her main areas of research were in lung biochemistry, surface tension, and pulmonary physiology. Throughout her career, Avery served on many committees and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1991 and the Virginia Apgar Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Avery has authored numerous articles and edited several books, including Diseases of the Newborn.

The Avery Papers are organized into eight series: I. Correspondence, 1956-2002. II. Professional Records, 1953-1998, undated. III. Grants Records, 1959-1998. IV. Lectures, 1958-1999, undated. V. Teaching Records, 1965-1998, undated. VI. Writings, 1938-2000, undated. VII. Subject Files, 1938-1999. VIII. Personal Records, 1929-2002, undated.

Papers in this collection are in English.

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Subjects addressed in the Avery papers include:
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

Hyaline membrane disease.

Oral rehydration therapy for infants.

Pulmonary surfactant.

Respiratory distress syndrome


Individuals and corporate entities in the Avery Papers include:
Avery, Mary Ellen, 1927-.

Children’s Hospital (Boston, Mass.).

Harvard Medical School.

Joint Program in Neonatology.


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