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-- Manuscript Group 497, Mary Paraboschi Giacomini (b. 1903), Midwife Papers, 1926 - 1975

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Manuscript Group 1497, Mary Paraboschi Giacomini (b. 1903), Midwife

Papers, 1926 - 1975, 0.5 linear feet / 1 manuscript box

Call Number: MG 1497 + folder number


Summary: 

Materials used by and related to the midwife practice of Newark resident Mary Paraboschi Giacomini.  Includes records of reports of births from 1926-1962, printed materials on childbearing and child rearing, photographs, and midwife and nurse's licenses.  There are also related items in the museum collections of The New Jersey Historical Society

Gift of the Giacomini and Paraboschi Families, 1997.

 

Biographical Note:

Mary Paraboschi was born on June 18, 1903 in Newark, New Jersey.  She was the daughter of Carmello Paraboschi and Chiara Niozzoni, Italian immigrants, and married ( ) Giacomini.  She worked as a midwife in Newark from 1926 to 1975.

 

Provenance Note:

This collection was the gift of the Giacomini and Paraboschi Families, 1997.

 

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains records of reports of birth from 1926 to 1962, blank report forms, three books about childbirth and childcare and personal papers and photographs belonging to Mary Paraboschi Giacomini.  The papers date from 1926 to 1975 and are organized into three series: Series I: Records of Reports of Birth; Series II: Literary Productions; and Series III: Personal Papers.  Each series is arranged in chronological order.

Information found in reports of birth includes the place of birth, name, sex and color of the child; name, age, address and birthplace of the parents; the number of siblings, the attendant to the birth, and the date the report was written.

Among the personal papers are a copy of Mary Paraboschi Giacominiís birth certificate, midwife licenses, and photographs of herself with babies she delivered.  This folder also contains printed documents on midwife delivery and bag contents, and blank patient record forms.

 

Folder List: 

Folder

Title

Dates

Series I: Records of Reports of Births

 

1

Records of Reports of Births

1926-1928

2

Records of Reports of Births

1928-1929

3

Records of Reports of Births

1930-1931

4

Records of Reports of Births

1931-1932

5

Records of Reports of Births

1932-1934

6

Records of Reports of Births

1934-1936

7

Records of Reports of Births

1936-1937

8

Records of Reports of Births

1937-1941

9

Records of Reports of Births

1941-1943

10

Records of Reports of Births

1944-1948

11

Records of Reports of Births

1948-1954

12

Records of Reports of Births

1957-1962

13

Records of Reports of Births (blank forms)

ND

     

Series II: Literary Productions

 

1

Infant Care

1938

2

Book for new mothers

ca. 1930s or 1940s

3

Childbirth is Natural

1952

     

Series III: Personal Papers

 

1

Birth Certificate (copy)

1942

2

Midwife Licenses

1944-1946, 1975

3

Photographs

1962-1963 and ND

4

Miscellaneous (printed materials on midwife delivery, bag contents and blank patient record forms)

ND

 

Related Museum Items:

ID

Object

1997.14.1a-v

Medical bag containing instruments and equipment

1997.14.2

Calipers

1997.14.3

Scissors (curved tip)

1997.14.4

Scissors (curved tip)

1997.14.5

Clamp (curved tip)

1997.14.6a-c

Thermometer (large) (in board case)

1997.14.7a-d

Thermometer (small) (in board case, cloth bag, and cotton swab)

1997.14.8a-e

Wash basin set (pitcher, measuring pitcher, round and oval basins)

1997.14.9

Commemorative button ("Celebrate Nurse Wifery - 1982")

1997.14.10

Commemorative t-shirt ("Mary The Midwife")

1997.14.11-12

Diaper bags (2 - cloth)

1997.14.13a-b

Bed sheets

1997.14.14-18

Dressing gowns (5 - various sizes and styles)

1997.14.19.23

Books (5) reference and school

 

Processed by Alicia Santoliquido, July 2001

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