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Dorothy M. Horstmann papers

Call Number: MS 1700
Scope and Contents
The Dorothy Horstmann Papers include correspondence, writings, research data, notes, memorabilia, and photographs, which document Dorothy Horstmann's years at the Yale School of Medicine as a bio-medical researcher and teacher. The papers highlight her accomplishments in the epidemiology and conquest of poliomyelitis and rubella.

Horstmann's work as a virologist studying polio and rubella is amply documented in her writings and in extensive research data. The papers also include notes and reports from her research trips to Russia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, China, and Korea. While the papers contain a scant quantity of material from Horstmann's classroom teaching, they do reflect her role as a mentor to other scientists. The papers also chronicle Horstmann's involvement in professional organizations and her love of travel.

The collection includes a large quantity of materials related to John Rodman Paul, which document Horstmann's close working relationship with her mentor. This material consists of correspondence between Paul and Horstmann and with others concerning their joint projects. Evidence of her collaboration on Paul's publications is apparent in the papers, especially on her work to ensure the publication of Paul's History of Poliomyelitis. Other Paul materials in this collection include files on the preparation of a 1961 festschrift in Paul's honor and letters of condolence at his death.

Noticeably missing from the papers are materials about Horstmann's childhood or early career, and though Horstmann's appointment to an endowed chair at the university was a first, her papers contain little personal reflection on the challenges of being a woman scientist.
Conditions Governing Access
While this collection as a whole is available for research, parts of it may be restricted due to law, university policy or fragility. Any restricted material will be noted as such.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Dorothy M. Horstmann has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

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 Dorothy M. Horstmann, 1995-1996; gift of Arthur Ebbert, Jr., 2002; gift of Daniel Wilson, 2020.
Arranged in seven series: I. General Files, 1927-1995. II. Writings, 1946-1994, n.d. III. Teaching, 1947-1983. IV. Research and Consultations, 1940-1990. V. Professional Meetings, 1951-1994. VI. Personal Papers, 1941-2001. VII. Photographs, 1940-1994.
Associated Materials
John Rodman Paul Papers (MS 1333), Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.
Majority of material found within 1946 - 1995
17.92 Linear Feet (46 boxes)
Related Names
Horstmann, Dorothy M. (Dorothy Millicent), 1911-
Language of Materials