- 1949-2016, undated; bulk 1977-1991
This collection contains records of Jessie Ternberg’s career as a pediatric surgeon at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital and as a professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.
The collection primarily contains photographs of children, likely patients, that Dr. Ternberg kept in her office at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital and reprints of Dr. Ternberg’s publications. The collection also includes correspondence with patients and patients’ families, Dr. Ternberg’s curriculum vitae, article drafts and lecture scripts, Dr. Ternberg’s white coat, several surgical instruments, and a video recording of a memorial tribute to Dr. Ternberg after her death.
Many of the photographs in the collection were displayed on a bulletin board or in frames in Dr. Ternberg’s office. The photographs and correspondence show the long relationships the children and families had with Dr. Ternberg and the impact she had on their lives; photographs from several families span a decade or more. The correspondence includes several thank you notes from patients and their families written to Dr. Ternberg many years following the time she served as their doctor; two notes were sent at least 20 years later.
Ternberg, Jessie L.