Collection PC164 - Katherine Bain Papers


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Katherine Bain Papers



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Biographical history

Katherine Bain graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 1925, the only woman in her graduating class. After completing her residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital in 1927, she joined her brother-in-law Park J. White in private practice. They ran the first racially integrated pediatric medical facility in St. Louis and fought to have black physicians admitted to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 1940, Katherine Bain left St. Louis to work for the U.S. Department of Labor. She spend the rest of her career in government service, mostly with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Source: "Dr. Katherine Bain, 101; aided poor mothers and their children," by Robert Duffy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 15, 1999.

Scope and content

This collection contains personal and professional files, publications, correspondence, photographs, and 35 mm. slides. Personal files include biographical information, correspondence, and related documents, as well as funeral and obituary information. Bain's professional files include documentation related to her work with Alpha Omega Alpha, St. Louis Children's Hospital, UNICEF, and the World Health Organizaiton Expert Advisory Panel. Publications include a selection of Bain's reprints and articles written by others as well as commercial catalogs. The majority of the photographs in the collection are personal family photographs, but some photographs are related to Bain's work with UNICEF and St. Louis Children's Hospital. The slides primarily depict Bain's extensive travels on behalf of UNICEF in the 1960s. The collection includes the original slides as well as two CDs containing digital surrogates of the originals.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (

Preferred Citation:

Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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© Copyright 2019 Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives. All rights reserved.

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