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Guide to Oral Histories in Medicine and the Health Sciences


Mount Holyoke College
Archives and Special Collections
Library, Information and Technology


8 Dwight Hall, 50 College Street
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075-6425


(413) 538-3079

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(413) 538-3029

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Jennifer Gunter King, Head of Archives and Special Collections
(413) 538-2441
Patricia Albright, Archives Librarian
(413) 538-2013


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Photocopies of the transcript will be provided under Fair Use guidelines and after a researcher completes the necessary user forms.


Partial transcript of an oral history interview of physician and anesthesiologist Virginia Apgar, Mount Holyoke College Class of 1929. Interview conducted by a member of the Class of 1966, Jourdan Houston, at Mount Holyoke in late May-early June, 1974. Forms part of MS 0816, the Virginia Apgar Collection (Series 1, Box 1, Folder 1).


1 item (8 pages), with related correspondence and newspaper article.

Collection Description

Interview of physician and anethesiologist Virginia Apgar. Discusses her medical school education at the Columbia-Presbyterian College of Physicians and Surgeons (1929-1933); her summer work in hospitals during those years; her internship in surgery at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (1933-1935); her decision to become anesthesiologist and her subsequent studies at the University of Wisconsin, her work in Columbia-Presbyterian's Division of Anesthesiology from 1937-1959; and the "Apgar Score" that she devised to test the health of newborn babies. Also mentions her studies for a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University (completed in 1959), and her work for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation (1959-1974).

Material Type


Unrestricted when researchers complete Archives and Special Collections user forms.


Partial transcript, not available on the web.