Scope and Contents
The papers are comprised of writings, correspondence, and research materials, including notes, data sets, and reference articles, related to Roper’s work in epidemiology and global health. Major areas of Roper's research and writing include global incidences of maternal and neonatal tetanus, pertussis, and diphtheria; malaria in Peru, Indonesia, and parts of Africa; tuberculosis in Peru and California (United States); myocarditis and pericarditis in the United States related to smallpox vaccination; leishmaniasis in Brazil; polio in Pakistan and Nepal; Japanese encephalitis in South and South East Asia; and the ebola virus in the Bombali District of Sierra Leone. The collection also holds a study on domestic violence sponsored by Yale University School of Medicine for which Roper served as a research associate.
The collection also includes newspaper clippings, memoranda, and correspondence from Roper's career as both an internist and medical director at Highland General Hospital, including a study on pelvic infections and sexually transmitted diseases. Course materials, professional trainings and certifications, and employment contracts are also represented in the collection.
- 1925 - 2016
Language of Materials
The materials are written primarily in English, Spanish, and French. Collection also includes materials written in Indonesian, Nepali, and Portuguese.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research, except for Boxes 46 and 47, which contain patient records and are restricted. Researchers may apply for access to restricted material. Contact the Medical Historical Library at email@example.com for further information.
Access to original materials in Series IV. Digital files, is restricted. Researchers must consult with the provided surrogate copies. Access requires advance notice. To request access, contact the Medical Historical Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Martha H. Roper. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of William Roper, 2016.
Arranged in four series: I. General, 1978-2016, II. Research and writing, 1925-2016, III. Educational materials, 1972-2004, and IV. Digital files.
19.6 Linear Feet (48 boxes)
The papers are comprised of writings, correspondence, and research materials, including notes, data sets, and reference articles, related to Roper’s work in epidemiology and global health. The collection also includes newspaper clippings, memoranda, and correspondence from Roper's career as an internist and medical director at Highland General Hospital. Course materials, professional trainings and certifications, and employment contracts are also represented in the collection.
Biographical / Historical
Martha (Marty) Hewitt Roper was born on June 10, 1952 and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Admitted to Yale University’s second co-education class, Roper earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1975, before continuing on to earn a medical degree from New York University in 1980, a master of public health degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995, and a diploma of tropical medicine and hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1996.
An internist for fifteen years, Roper eventually became the medical director and division chief of the Acute Care Clinic, Department of Emergency Medicine at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California. After studying epidemiology in the mid-1990s, Roper worked for such organizations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and contributed research for the United States Department of Health, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the United States Naval Medical Research Institute Detachment (NAMRID). Roper’s breadth of research spanned the world and such diseases as diphtheria, leishmaniasis, pertussis, and malaria. A leading authority on maternal and neonatal tetanus, Roper continued working almost until her death on June 28, 2016.
Article reprints and duplicate materials were removed from the collection.
The collection was arranged and described according to national and local standards. As much as possible, original folder titles were retained.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
- Clinical epidemiology
- Diphtheria -- Vaccination
- Diphtheria antitoxin
- Diphtheria toxin
- Ebola virus disease
- Family violence
- Geographic information systems
- Japanese B encephalitis
- Japanese B encephalitis vaccine
- Malaria -- Prevention
- Malaria vaccine
- Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
- Naval Medical Research Institute and Detachment (U.S.)
- Public health
- Roper, Martha H. (Martha Hewitt), 1952-2016
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Smallpox vaccine
- Tetanus -- Vaccination
- Tetanus antitoxin
- Tetanus in newborn infants
- Tetanus toxin
- Tropical medicine
- Tuberculin test
- Tuberculosis -- Research
- Tuberculosis vaccines
- Whooping cough
- Whooping cough -- Vaccination
- World Health Organization
- Yale University. School of Medicine
- Martha H. Roper Papers
- created by Michelle Peralta
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.