Collection VC023 - Margaret G. Smith Photographs and Drawings

Group portrait of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat Woman of Achievement award winners for 1958. Portrait of Margaret G. Smith. Microscopic image of a virus. Microscopic image of a virus. Studio portrait of Leo Loeb. Studio portrait of Leo Loeb. Portrait of Leo Loeb in his office. Leo Loeb seated and reading in his office. Portrait of Leo Loeb in his office. Portrait of Leo Loeb in his office. Howard McCordock and Leo Loeb standing outdoors. Studio portrait of Howard A. McCordock. Studio portrait of Alexis F. Hartmann, Sr. Group portrait of members of the Washington University School of Medicine Pathology Department, 1... Group portrait of members of the Washington University School of Medicine Pathology Department, 1... Group portrait of members of the Washington University School of Medicine Pathology Department, 1... Group portrait of members of the Washington University School of Medicine Pathology Department, 1... Unidentified woman and Robert A. Moore. Two unidentified doctors examining a specimin. Group portrait of men and women seated at the head table of a banquet.
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Description

Reference code

VC023

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Collection

Title

Margaret G. Smith Photographs and Drawings

Date(s)

  • 1927-1968 (Creation)

Extent

0.90 Linear Feet

Name of creator

(1896-1970)

Biographical history

Margaret G. Smith was born on February 10, 1896 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. In 1918 she received an AB degree from Mount Holyoke College, and in 1922, she received an MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith joined the Hopkins faculty as an Assistant Pathologist following graduation and remained there until she accepted a position in at Washington University in 1929. Dr. Smith began her career at Washington University as an Assistant Professor in the Pathology Department. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1943, and in 1957 Dr. Smith was among the first women to be named full professor at the university.

Prominent in the field of pediatric pathology, she is best known for her research into the St. Louis encephalitis virus and the salivary gland virus. She was the first to propagate the herpes simplex virus in a mouse, and was the first to discover the cytomegetic inclusion disease virus. Dr. Smith was the author of more than seventy scientific publications. In 1967, she and John M. Kissane, also Professor of Pathology, published the classic textbook, Pathology of Infancy and Childhood.

In 1959, the Globe Democrat named Dr. Smith a St. Louis Woman of Achievement, a significant community recognition for that period. In 1964, Washington University presented her a faculty citation at the Founders' Day ceremonies. In that same year, she was also honored at the dedication of the Children's Research Center in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Smith remained active in the Pathology Department as Professor Emeritus until her death in 1970.

Scope and content

This collection consists of 155 photographs, drawings, and certificates documenting the personal and professional life of Margaret G. Smith. Photographs depict Smith, her family, and her colleagues at Washington University School of Medicine,  views of Smith's laboratory and mosquito specimens, and microscopic images of various research specimens. The collection also includes sketches and drawings Smith made as she traveled; most of the sketches depict architecture in Bavaria, Germany. Finally, this collection also includes certificates and awards presented to Smith throughout her career, including a sterling silver tray in recognition of her selection by the St. Louis Globe-Democrat as a Woman of Achievement in Science.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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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 (arb@wusm.wustl.edu).

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

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  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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