Marjorie Greenfield correspondence on archaic headings
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of copies of Marjorie Greenfield's out-going correspondence and replies from Otto H. Ulrich, Michael McConnell, Clifford A Bachrach, Emilie V. Wiggins, Lillian R. Kozuma, Cal Gough, Andy Elliott, Sanford Berman, James A. Paulsen, and Peggy Hanley-Hackenbruck. The exchange of correspondence, 1974-1978, relates to the successful effort to remove "Homosexuality" from archaic and disparaging headings in the National Library of Medicine's classification systems. The later exchange of correspondence, 1985-1991, refers to the successful effort to remove "Homosexuality" from disparaging headings in the World Health Organization's International Classification of Disease.
- Greenfield, Marjorie (Person)
Marjorie Greenfield was a medical librarian at Philadelphia Metropolitan Hospital. She was active in the lesbian and feminist movements and wrote under the pseudonym Marjorie Morgan. In the mid-1970s she worked to have the subject heading "homosexuality" removed from hierarchies that placed it under "Perversion," "Sickness," etc. Along with Otto Ulrich, other medical librarians, and health professionals, their campaign succeeded. The National Library of Medicine, an international authority on medical cataloging and classification, updated the cataloging of "Homosexuality," removing it from disparaging hierarchies. In the 1990s she worked to update the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases. Greenfield was also a member of the American Library Association Gay and Lesbian Task Force where she collected and preserved correspondence that included personal stories and letters of thanks for the Task Force's efforts.
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Language of Materials
Correspondence related to the successful effort to remove "homosexuality" from archaic and disparaging headings in the National Library of Medicine's classification systems, 1974-1978, and the World Health Organization's International Classification of Disease, 1985-1991. The projects were championed by Marjorie Greenfield, a lesbian woman, Philadelphia Metropolitan Hospital librarian, and member of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force of the American Library Association.
Other Finding Aids
Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen gay history papers and photographs, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Marjorie Greenfield, August 13, 1991.
- Finding Aid to the Marjorie Greenfield Corresondence on Homophobic Headings
- Michael C. Oliveira
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- Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.