Guide to the Mary G. McEwen (1872-1951) Papers

Collection Title: Mary G. McEwen (1872-1951) Papers
Dates: 1897-1899, 1927, 1951-1952
Identification: 55/18
Creator: McEwen, Mary G., 1872-1951
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English, German
Abstract: Gynecologist Dr. Mary G. McEwen received her medical degree from Northwestern's Woman's Medical School in 1898. Papers consist of  biographical information and McEwen's notes from class lectures during Medical School as well as as notes for her own lectures and articles (in German).
Acquisition Information: The Mary G. McEwen Papers were transferred to the Northwestern University Archives by Russell Maylone, Curator, Special Collections, Northwestern University Library, on March 19, 1987 (Accession #87-41). A small amount of material was transferred to this series from the University Archives' collection of biographical files.
Processing Information: William B. Beatty; April, 1987
Separated Materials: Eight diplomas (three of Mary G. McEwen's and five of Ernest L. McEwen's) have been transferred to the Archives' oversize collection. Eight photographs were transferred to the Archives' photograph files. The Medical Advisory Board, District No. 3D, Chicago, certificate of service for Dr. Ernest L. McEwen, was transferred to his folder in the biographical files.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: See also: The George Coe Papers, Series 11/3/20/1 (, for correspondence between Coe and McEwen.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Mary Gilruth McEwen was born in Charlotte, Iowa, on May 3, 1872. Dr. McEwen and her husband Dr. Ernest Lewis McEwen, also a physician, settled in Evanston, Illinois, where they practiced and lived in the former Oliver Marcy house at 1703 Chicago Avenue. “Dr. Mary,” as she was generally known, taught clinical gynecology at the Illinois College of Medicine and served on the staff of St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. She died in Evanston on November 28, 1951.

Dr. McEwen received her B.A. (1894) and U.S. (1896) degrees from Cornell College in Iowa. In 1898 she received the M.D. degree from the Woman's Medical School of Northwestern University. She did postgraduate training in Vienna.

The University Archives holds small amounts of material relating to Dr. McEwen's husband, Dr. Ernest Lewis McEwen, and to one of their children, Dr. Ernest G. McEwen; folders on these individuals may be found in the University Archives' biographical files.

Scope and Content

The Mary G. McEwen Papers fill two boxes and include biographical materials and materials relating to Dr. McEwen's medical education in the form of notebooks documenting her studies.

The biographical materials include a 1927 newspaper interview with Dr. McEwen concerning a European airplane trip as well as three obituaries.

The balance of the papers consists of seven of Dr. McEwen's notebooks. Five contain handwritten notes of lectures and reports of demonstrated cases at the Woman's Medical School. The other two notebooks stem from Dr. McEwen's studies in Vienna. The first contains German and English textual descriptions of a set of gynecological and obstetrical tables (plates). The second contains notes and expanded texts for talks or articles on Viennese hospitals and surgeons and on the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.


Personal Name

McEwen, Mary G., 1872-1951



Medicine--Study and teaching

Women gynecologists--Illinois--Evanston

Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials, 1927, 1951-1952Box 1, Folder 1
  • Woman's Medical College: Lectures and Class Notes, 1897Box 1, Folder 2
  • Woman's Medical College: Lectures and Class Notes, 1897Box 1, Folder 3
  • Woman's Medical College: Lectures and Class Notes, 1897Box 1, Folder 4
  • Woman's Medical College: Lectures and Class Notes, 1897-98Box 1, Folder 5
  • Woman's Medical College: Lectures and Class Notes, 1897-98Box 1, Folder 6
  • Vienna Notes on Gynecological and Obstetrical Tables, 1898-99?Box 2, Folder 1
  • Notes and Texts for Talks on Viennese Hospitals and Surgeons and on the History of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, 1898-99?Box 2, Folder 2