Papers, 1922-1973 (inclusive)

Switzer, Mary Elizabeth, 1900-1971


36 linear ft.
Arranged in three series: I. Biographical, 1922-1973. II. U.S. Government Administrator, 1922-1970. III. Non-federal agencies and organizations, 1938-1970.
Correspondence, reports, memoranda, speeches, articles, minutes, pamphlets, photos, recording discs, tapes, and clippings primarily concern Switzer's career in HEW, mainly documenting her public relations role rather than her policy making one. Included are administrative files of correspondence; office files of reports, memoranda, and inter-office correspondence; material pertaining to her participation on committees, including the Interdepartmental Committee on Science Research and Development and the Health Advisory Committee; agendas, speeches and information on conferences and meetings, including some in Europe at which she was a U.S. government delegate; a subject file on health; correspondence, reports, and agendas from her trips; and a public relations file containing speeches, articles, awards, clippings, photos, and sound recordings. Also correspondence, memoranda, minutes, and reports of non-federal agencies in which Switzer served as board member or president. Most illuminating is her correspondence with Karl and William Menninger concerning the Menninger Foundation and clinic. Also contains material pertaining to Alexandria Hospital, the American Hearing Society, the American Association for the Aid of Crippled Children, the International Society for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, the National Rehabilitation Association, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Radcliffe College, and St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D.C. The collection reveals little of her personal life.
Government official (Radcliffe, B.A., 1921), Switzer (1900-1971) worked for the Dept. of the Treasury, principally for the Public Health Service and the Federal Security Agency, until 1953. In 1950 she was appointed Director of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (which became the Vocational Rehabilitation Administration in 1963) and oversaw its move to the new Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare in 1953. In 1967 she became the first administrator of the Social and Rehabilitation Service, and upon retirement in 1970, became vice-president of the World Rehabilitation Fund. Switzer served as an advisor to many American health organizations, including the Menninger Foundation, and participated in international health associations. For further information, see Notable American Women (1980).
Mary Elizabeth Switzer Papers. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College.
1939-1970, Are available on microfilm (M-53, 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm.). at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College.
Originals were discarded after filming.
Unpublished finding aid; see also Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library ..., The Manuscript Inventories and the Catalogs ... 10v., (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1984).
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