Frances Proctor Ames papers, 1882-1948

Ames, Frances Proctor, 1856-1948


1 box (0.42 linear ft.)..
The collection is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. It is divided into the correspondence with classmates Louise Downer and W.O.A. Langs, general correspondence, medical school documents, notes, and pamphlets.
The collection consists primarily of the personal correspondence of Frances Proctor Ames, an 1885 graduate of the University of Buffalo Medical School. Included is the correspondence to and from former medical school classmates Louise Downer and W.O.A. Langs. Also included is general correspondence from various sources such as Dr. John Eddy and the Western Pennsylvania Medical College, medical school documents, notes and pamphlets. All documents from the physical collection are represented on a CD-ROM, but not in the same order.
Frances Proctor was born in Farmersville, N.Y. on November 28, 1856. In 1862 the family moved to a farm in Portville, N.Y. It was there that she was first introduced to the idea of becoming a doctor through her mother Martha who had a deep interest in medicine and often aided the community during sickness and birth. Frances was accepted to study medicine at the University of Buffalo Medical School. There she met Louise Downer who became her roommate. The two struck a life-long friendship and they corresponded for the next forty-five years until Louise's death in 1929. Her thesis was written on eclampsia, which is a potential pregnancy complication. After graduating from medical school on February 24, 1885, Frances went to Oswayo, Pa. to practice medicine. While in Oswayo, she started corresponding with Dr. John Eddy from Portville, N.Y. He became her professional mentor. In 1887, Frances contacted at least two medical schools in Pennsylvania inquiring about a state examination that would validate her New York State medical diploma. Due to family circumstances she was not able to take the exam and thus ended any chance of her practicing medicine. In April of 1888 she returned to Portville to tend to family needs. In December 1889 she married Eugene Ames, a man she had met while living in Oswayo. They lived on the Proctor's farm in Portville where they raised three children. Frances died in 1948 at the age of 92.
The Frances Proctor Ames papers, 1982-1948, are open for research.
Collection number: 9/12/1043, Francis Proctor Ames papers, 1882-1948, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo.
Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from the materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.
A finding aid is available in the University Archives and on the Internet
Related materials: Another era : a pictorial history of the school of medicine and biomedical science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1846-1996 / Ronald Elmer Batt, Harold Brody, Shonnie Finnegan, Richard Vaille Lee, John Naughton, Lilli Sentz, Connie Oswald Stofko, Joyce Vana. Virginia Beach, VA : The Donning Company, c1996.

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