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Merrill-Palmer Institute: Icie G. Macy Hoobler Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UR002545

Scope and Content

The Merrill-Palmer Institute: Icie G. Macy Hoobler Collection consists primarily of material relating to her research, including reports, papers, reference and lecture materials, and correspondence. Also included are publications she authored or co-authored, materials relating to conferences at which she spoke or attended, her student course work and research at the University of Colorado and Yale University and her brief teaching career at the University of California.

Important subjects in the collection: Chemists-- United States Child development-- Research-- United States Child development-- Testing Children-- Nutrition Children’s Fund of Michigan Detroit (Mich.)-- History --20th century Infants-- Nutrition Milk-- Analysis Milk-- Composition Milk-- Lactation Milk as food-- History Milk, human Nutrition-- History Science-- History Science-- United States-- Methodology-- History Vitamins in human nutrition White House Conference on Child Health Protection (1930 Washington, D.C.) Women chemists-- United States Women scientists-- United States

Important correspondents in the collection: McCollum, Elmer Verner

Dates

  • 1918 - 1963
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1959

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Records are open for research except where otherwise noted as "restricted" in the inventory. Access to these restricted files is at the discretion of the Director.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

History

Icie Gertrude Macy Hoobler was the director of chemical and biological research at the Nutrition Research Laboratory of the Merrill-Palmer Institute and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan from 1923 until 1930. She was then appointed Director of the Children’s Fund of Michigan Research Laboratory, where she served until her retirement in 1954. Hoobler died in 1983. Born near Gallatin, Missouri in 1892, Hoobler earned an undergraduate degree with a teaching certificate in music at the Central College for Women in Lexington, Missouri, where she developed an interest in science as well as social issues. In 1916 she graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor of science degree and two years later earned an M.S. from the University of Colorado. Hoobler became the fourth woman to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Physiological Chemistry of the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale University in 1920. Before coming to Detroit, she taught in the Department of Household Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Icie G. Macy Hoobler was a pioneer in the study of infant, child and adolescent growth and nutrition. She conducted some of the first studies on mother’s milk and developed the first metabolic studies of pregnant women, which led to the establishment of nutritional needs during pregnancy. Hoobler also studied the composition of cow’s milk and was instrumental in determining the appropriate amount of Vitamin D to be added to milk to prevent children from getting rickets. Other research related to amino acids and Vitamin C and the prevention of scurvy. Hoobler was involved in many professional societies and organizations. She was president of the National Institution of Nutrition, served on the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection in 1930, was a fellow of the American Public Health Association and was the first woman president of the American Chemical Society.

Extent

7.75 Linear Feet (7 SB, 1 MB, 1 reel)

Abstract

Icie Macy Hoobler was a pioneer in the study of infant, child, and adolescent growth and nutrition. She conducted some of the first studies on mother's milk, metabolics of pregnant women, and the composition of cow's milk. Hoobler served as the director of chemical and biological research at the Nutrition Research Laboratory of the Merrill-Palmer Institute from 1923-1930. Her papers consist primarily of material relating to her research and professional activities.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Other Copies

Duplicates of the photographs included in bound reports in Boxes 3 and 4 (identified in the inventory) are located in Box 8.

Related Materials

Box 8 and one 16mm film were transferred to the Audiovisual Department. The Icie Gertrude Macy Hoobler Papers (29 l.f.) and audiovisual material (.25 l.f. of photographs and 3 audio cassettes) are at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library, edited by Deborah Rice on October 30, 2014.
Title
Guide to the Merrill-Palmer Institute: Icie G. Macy Hoobler Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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