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Marjorie Greenfield correspondence on archaic headings

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Coll2014-064

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.

Dates

  • 1974-1991

Creator

Biographical Note

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.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

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.

Related Materials

American Library Association Gay Task Force and Social Responsibilities Round Table Collection, Coll2011-017, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

Title
Finding Aid to the Marjorie Greenfield Corresondence on Homophobic Headings
Status
Completed
Author
Michael C. Oliveira
Date
(c) 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

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