Virginia Minnich Photographs

Virginia Minnich and others seated at a dinner table. Virginia Minnich seated in a lecture audience, International Society of Hematology, Stockholm, Sw... Associate Fellowship Certificate, International Society of Hematology. Membership Certificate, Washington University Chapter of The Society of Sigma Xi. Studio portrait of Virginia Minnich. Portrait of Virginia Minnich as a young girl. Portrait of Virginna Minnich as a young woman. Portrait of Virginia Minnich as a young woman. Portrait of Virginia Minnich as a young woman. Virginia Minnich as an infant. Portrait of Virginia Minnich, Chulalongkorn Hospital, Thailand. Virginia Minnich receiving an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from William Woods College. Group portrait of Virginia Minnich's family. Virginia Minnich with a tour group standing on the tarmac by a plane in Cuzco, Peru. Virginia Minnich in Thailand. Virginia Minnich in Thailand. Group portrait of Virginia Minnich with three women in Thailand. Thai dancers performing. Thai dancers performing. Virginia Minnich and Anna Rankin Harris at a departmental reception honoring Minnich, Washington ...
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Virginia Minnich Photographs


  • 1913-1985 (Creation)


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Biographical history

Virginia Minnich was born January 24, 1910, in Zanesville, Ohio. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University in 1937 and earned a master's degree from Iowa State College in 1938. Minnich's expertise was in hematology and nutrition. She studied iron metabolism, platelet function, abnormal hemoglobins, thalassemia and morphology/hematology. Her work led to the discovery of hemoglobin E and the elucidation of the glutathionine synthesis pathway. She also created wide-ranging audiovisual programs on all aspects of blood and bone marrow, which have been used worldwide.

Minnich spent her entire medical career at Washington University School of Medicine, starting as a hematology research assistant in 1939. In 1958, she was promoted to research associate. She was elevated to full professor in 1974. Minnich spent 1964-65 in Turkey on a Fulbright Award. She was a member of the Foundation for Clinical Research, the American Society of Hematology and the International Society of Hematology.

Scope and content

This collection consists of 126 photographs and certificates documenting the career of Virginia Minnich. Depicted subjects include class photographs of students at Washington University School of Medicine, portraits of Virignia Minnich as a young woman when she was Vilray P. Blair's patient, and scenes from Thailand, Turkey, and WUSM.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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

Languages of the material

  • English

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  • Latin

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Immediate source of acquisition

Gift: Virginia Minnich 12 January 1984 84-004: Class of 1931 photographs, associates, and Virginia Minnich.

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