In the early 1930s, Lucy Davis Phillips, Registrar of the University of Oregon Medical School, undertook a project to document the professional activities and trajectories of women graduates of Oregon medical schools. The resulting study took the form of a scrapbook and included photographs, biographical information, and a series of surveys that Phillips sent to alumnae that she could locate.
The surveys Phillips conducted as part of her work asked respondents whether they were married or single, if they were practicing at the time of response, their number of years in practice, their specialty, and what advice they would give to a prospective medical student. Gathering this information gave women the opportunity to reflect on the reality of their professional experiences. Included here are respondents' original completed survey forms and supplemental material analyzing the survey responses. These surveys were completed during the Great Depression and demonstrate the pervasive attention to economics, as well as the passion for pursuing medicine as a career.
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