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Myrtle Greenfield Papers

 Collection
Identifier: HHC 58

Scope and Content

This collection documents Myrtle Greenfield's professional career as the Director of the New Mexico Public Health Laboratory for thirty-six years. Included in the collection are correspondence and memorandum pertaining to Greenfield's involvement in the American Public Health Association and the New Mexico Tuberculosis Society as well as personal letters and tax returns. Also included are the research notes and preliminary chapters as well as a manuscript and numerous letters concerning her writing of A History of Public Health in New Mexico. In addition, the collection also contains the original receipts for the book's publication. The collection includes numerous photographs and newspaper clippings documenting the highlights of Greenfield's lifelong commitment to public health.

Dates

  • 1918-1967

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public and available for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biography or History

Myrtle Greenfield (1884-1967) was born in Sabetha, Kansas on April 8, 1884. After receiving her B.A. and M.S. concurrently from the University of Kansas in 1911, Myrtle Greenfield worked as a bacteriologist. In 1920, Greenfield left her job at the United States Public Health Service to accept the position of Director at the New Mexico Public Health Laboratory. At the time, the Laboratory was a single room in the Chemistry Department of the University of New Mexico, but under Greenfield’s supervision grew into a modern facility that processed half a million specimens a year. During her thirty-six years of service as Director, Myrtle Greenfield witnessed the New Mexico Public Health Laboratory transform from a department of one to a fully functioning facility complete with a mobile laboratory.

During her career, Myrtle Greenfield was active in numerous associations. Greenfield was a member of the American Public Health Association, Society of American Bacteriologists, and the State and National Tuberculosis Associations. Greenfield was Chair of the American Public Health Association and also served as Director for the State and National Tuberculosis Association. In 1953, Myrtle Greenfield received an Honorary Degree from the University of New Mexico. After her retirement from the New Mexico Public Health Laboratory in 1955, the newly christened Dr. Greenfield began work on her book A History of Public Health in New Mexico. Published in 1962 by the University of New Mexico Press, the book details the conception of public health in the state. Even after her retirement Greenfield remained active in public health issues and attended the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association and reported back to the department. Myrtle Greenfield died in March, 1967.

Extent

1 box

Abstract

This collection represents the professional achievements of Myrtle Greenfield (1884-1967). Among the topics covered are Greenfield's directorship of the New Mexico Public Health Laboratory, her involvement in the American Public Health Association and the New Mexico Tuberculosis Society as well as her history of public health in New Mexico.

Related Archival Material

Carl Henderson Oral History. HHC145FL 1244 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Jack Curry Redman Oral History Collection. HHC64FL 1171 New Mexico Health Historical Collection.

Separated Material

Greenfield, Myrtle. A History of Public Health in New Mexico, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1962.

Greenfield, Myrtle. "The Effect of Environment on Normal Tuberculosis Guinea Pig," American Review of Tuberculosis, Vol. 24, no. 6, December 1931.

General

Contact Information

  1. UNM Health Sciences Center
  2. Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, MSC09 5100, 1 University of New Mexico
  3. New Mexico Health Historical Collection
  4. Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
  5. Phone: (505) 272-8873
  6. Fax:
  7. Email: archivist@salud.unm.edu
  8. URL: http://hsc.unm.edu/library/spc

General

Processing Information

The collection originally was processed by Janet Johnson. Danielle Scott reorganized the materials.
Title
Inventory of the Myrtle Greenfield Papers,1918-1967
Status
Approved
Author
Processed by Danielle Scott
Date
©2006
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center Repository

Contact:
MSC09 5100 , NM P: 505.272.9896
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque New Mexico 87131 United States