Name and location of repository
Level of description
Helen Tredway Graham Photographs
- 1900-1968 (Creation)
2.55 Linear Feet
Name of creator
Helen Tredway Graham (July 21, 1890 - April 4, 1971) graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1911 and received her M.A. from Bryn Mawr in 1912. She studied for a year at the University of Gottingen, Germany and later earned her PhD at the University of Chicago while working with the renowned organic chemist Julius Stieglitz. In 1916, she married Evarts Graham, who was appointed Head of the Department of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Helen took a job in the Pharmacology Department where she remained for the rest of her career. She was appointed Assistant Professor in 1931, Associate Professor in 1937, and Professor in 1954. She was a member of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the American Physiological Society, and the Histamine Club.
For most of Graham's career, her work concerned the physiology and pharmacology of the peripheral nerve. Graham collaborated with many respected researchers including Herbert Gasser, Lorente de No, Francis Schmitt, and James O'Leary. Later in her career, Graham dedicated her research to the field of histamine. She independently discovered the histamine storage function of mast cells and blood basophiles, and she developed highly sensitive methods for measuring histamine in body fluids. Shortly before her death at age 80, Graham successfully applied for a renewal of NIH grant to continue her work in histamine.
Scope and content
This collection consists of 124 photographs and glass lantern slides and an academic cap and gown from the personal and professional life of Helen Tredway Graham. Depicted subjects include portraits of Helen and her family from throughout her life, personal and professional photographs of Helen and her husband Evarts A. Graham, and photographs of and with the Grahams' colleagues at Washington University School of Medicine.
System of arrangement
Some items have been previously removed from this collection, which has led to an incomplete sequence of numbered items.
Conditions governing access
The collection is open and accessible for research.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Immediate source of acquisition
Transfer; 8 May 1992; Oliver Lowry, Department of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology, Washington University School of Medicine, Accession 1992-071: VC049 (Graham, Helen Tredway, photographs): Eighteen glass lantern slides with photographs from the life of Dr. Helen Tredway Graham: Scenes from her childhood and family life, and selected aspects of her professional and civic activities. Six images are duplicates of items already in the collection. The slides were transferred by Dr. Oliver H. Lowry to facilitate historical research by Dr. C. Barber Mueller.
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Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Graham, Evarts A. (Evarts Ambrose), 1883-1957 (Subject)
- Graham, Helen Tredway (Subject)
- Department of Pharmacology, Washington University School of Medicine (Subject)
- Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine (Subject)
- Washington University School of Medicine (Subject)
- Graham family (Subject)
- Tredway family (Subject)
- Cori, Carl F. (Subject)
- Cori, Gerty T. (Subject)
- Metropolitan Board of Freeholders (Saint Louis, Mo. and Saint Louis County, Mo.) (Subject)
- Class of 1939, Washington University School of Medicine (Subject)
- Lowry, Oliver H. (Subject)
- Burch, Helen B. (Subject)
- Burn, J. Harold (Joshua Harold) (Subject)