Call for Papers

The Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, will host its second annual History of Women’s Health Conference on Wednesday, April 11, 2007. We invite interested persons to send a two page proposal or abstract of your topic by Wednesday, November 15, 2006 for consideration. The History of Women’s Health Conference focuses on women’s health issues from the late 18th century to the present. This conference encourages interdisciplinary work. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, obstetric and gynecology issues (fertility, infertility, birth control methods, menopause), adolescence (health, cultural influences, body image), mental health topics, geriatric concerns, overall women’s health, access to health care, minority health and more.

Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital, is a 515-bed acute care facility that provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic medical services and functions as a major teaching and clinical research institution. For more information please visit our web site at

The Archives of the Pennsylvania Hospital have been gathered for 252 years – an almost unbroken series since 1751. The Archives consists of administration and financial records, patient files, photographs and other visual materials, personal papers of hospital practitioners, and artifacts, as well as the records of the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital and affiliates absorbed by Pennsylvania Hospital such as the Philadelphia Dispensary, the Preston Retreat, the Southern Dispensary, the Philadelphia Lying-In Charity, the Maternity Hospital, the Nurse Charity, and the Humane Society. It is a unique resource for scholars interested in the history of hospital development, mental health care, medicine, architecture and genealogy. For more on our collections or the history of Pennsylvania Hospital, please visit

The conference will take place in the historic Pine Building at the Pennsylvania Hospital.

Please submit your proposals/abstracts to: Stacey C Peeples Lead Archivist, Pennsylvania Hospital 3 Pine East, 800 Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 829-5434 (v) (215) 829-7155 (f) [email protected]