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Eleanor L. Adler oral history collection

Identifier: HHC95

Scope and Content

Recorded on April 18, 1984, this interview with Dr. Eleanor Adler (1909-1993) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, summarizes her 32 years' private practice in pediatrics in Albuquerque. Among the subjects discussed at some length in this interview are Dr. Adler's personal and professional background and training; the limits placed on women in medicine in the 1930's and beyond; the pediatric community in Albuquerque in the 1940s and 1950's; the nature and focus of pediatrics practice in the city in that period; public health clinics, personalities, and general programs in the state; and the career and personality of her brother, Dr. Stuart Adler. Subjects discussed at lesser length are the advent of antibiotics; Dr. Evelyn Fisher Frisbie; Dr. Meldrum Wylder; the Lovelace Clinic; Dr. Ly Werner; medical facilities in Albuquerque in the 1940's and 1950s; and the early days of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and its impact on the medical community.


  • April 1984
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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

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

Biography / History

Eleanor L. Adler (1909-1993) was born and raised in Yonkers, New York. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1929 and received her M.D. degree from University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College, which later became New York University School of Medicine. She did her internship and pediatric training and a year of research at Bellevue Hospital, following which she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. She received American Board of Pediatrics board certification and joined the newly formed American Academy of Pediatrics in 1939. Dr. Adler began a solo practice in Yonkers while working as a clinical instructor at Bellevue Hospital. Due to World War II, she remained in these positions until 1946.

Dr. Adler joined her brother, Dr. Stuart Adler, in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1947. She became one of a very few female physicians practicing in the state at that time and the first female pediatrician. Her education and career working with childhood illnesses spanned the use of sulfonamides to the use of antibiotics. Dr. Adler retired from active practice in 1979. She spent her remaining years volunteering and traveling. Dr. Eleanor Adler died on April 11, 1993.


1 folder and two audio cassettes


This interview with Dr. Eleanor Adler (1909-1993) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, summarizes her 32 years of private practice in pediatrics in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Processing Information

The collection was processed originally by Janet Johnson. It was reorganized by Peggy McBride in 2008.
Finding Aid of the Eleanor L. Adler Oral History, April 1984
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Janet Johnson. Revised by Peggy McBride
© 2008
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Finding aid is in English

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

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center Repository

MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque New Mexico 87131 United States