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Mary G. McEwen (1872-1951) Papers

Identifier: 55/18

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Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1897-1899, 1927, 1951-1952


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Gynecologist Dr. Mary G. McEwen received her medical degree from Northwestern's Woman's Medical School in 1898. Her papers consist of  biographical information, McEwen's notes from Medical School course lectures, and notes for her own lectures and articles (in German).


The Mary G. McEwen papers are organized into: biographical materials; Woman's Medical College lecture and class notes (arranged by date); Vienna notes on gyngological and obstetrical tables; notes and texts for talks on Viennese hospitals and surgeons and on the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Method of Acquisition

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.

Related Materials

See also: The George Coe Papers, Series 11/3/20/1 (, for correspondence between Coe and McEwen.

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.

Processing Information

William B. Beatty; April, 1987

Guide to the Mary G. McEwen (1872-1951) Papers
William B. Beatty
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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