Scope and Contents Note:
Call Number: SC0011
Mosher, Clelia Duel, 1863-1940
Title: Clelia D. Mosher Papers
4.75 Linear feet (6 boxes)
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022
The Clelia Mosher Papers were given to the Stanford University Libraries by the Mosher estate following Dr. Mosher's death
in 1940. The papers were stored but not arranged until the creation of the University Archives in 1965.
Clelia D. Mosher estate.
Information about Access
Ownership & Copyright
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain
permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University
[Identification of item], Clelia D. Mosher Papers (SC0011). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford
University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
The preliminary guide to the Mosher papers was prepared in 1965; the present inventory and guide was compiled in 1980 by Margaret
The Mosher Sex Survey is available on microfilm.
Some photographs of Clelia Mosher, both formal and informal, and of women students in exercise studies by Mosher were transferred
to the General Photograph Collection.
Christmas cards from Herbert Hoover were transferred to the Hoover Institution Archives.
Publications based on use of this collection include:
"What ought to be and what was: women's sexuality in the 19th century,"
American Historical Review 79:5 (1974) 1474-1490.
"A 'dream' discovery: the Mosher survey,"
Imprint 3:2 (Oct. 1977).
Jacobs, Kathryn Allamong.
"Clelia Duel Mosher,"
Johns Hopkins Magazine (June 1979).
The Mosher Survey: sexual attitudes of 45 Victorian women. Edited by James Mahoon and Christine Wenberg, with an introduction by Carl Degler. New York: Arno Press, 1980.
Clelia Duel Mosher, the daughter of Cornelius Duel Mosher, M.D. and Sarah Burritt Mosher, was born on December 16, 1863 in
Albany, New York. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1891, and spent the next year studying at both Cornell University
and the University of Wisconsin. She then attended Stanford University, receiving an A.B. in zoology in 1893 and a masters
in physiology in 1894. She received her M.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1900.
Dr. Mosher returned to Palo Alto to set up practice as a physician. She joined the Stanford faculty as a professor of personal
hygiene in 1910, retiring as Professor emeritus in 1929. Interested particularly in women's health, she carried out her research
and writing interests both as a physician and faculty member in the Department of Physical Hygiene, the linear ancestor of
Stanford's Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.
Mosher was a fellow in the American Medical Association (1906-1936) and in the American Association for Advancement of Science.
She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Kappa Alpha Theta. An avid genealogist, she was a member of the Daughters
of the American Revolution.
Between 1901 and 1929, Mosher published twenty-one books, including four "War Sketches" which appeared in the Medical Woman's
Journal, 1921. She died in Palo Alto in 1940.
Scope and Contents Note:
The collection contains primarily correspondence, writings (published and unpublished), diaries, and biographical and genealogical
material spanning the years 1886 to 1938. Correspondents include Ray Lyman Wilbur, William H. Welch (President of Johns Hopkins),
David Starr Jordan, and Havelock Ellis.
Six bound volumes of her notes, reports, and charts,
Hygiene and Physiology of Women, can be found in box 3. Volume "X" of this series, known as the Mosher Sex Survey, has been republished as
The Mosher Survey: Sexual Attitudes of 45 Victorian Women (edited by James Mahood and Christine Wenberg.
New York: Arno Press, 1980, 469 pp.).
Boxes 3 and 4 also include extensive biographical and genealogical material, including photographs.