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    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Clelia D. Mosher Papers
    Creator: Mosher, Clelia Duel
    Identifier/Call Number: SC0011
    Identifier/Call Number: 18831
    Physical Description: 4.75 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1886-1938

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    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.

    Information about Access

    The materials are open for research use.

    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 Archives.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], Clelia D. Mosher Papers (SC0011). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Alternative Formats

    Volume X, The Mosher Sex Survey is available on microfilm.

    Separated Materials

    Some photographs of Clelia Mosher, both formal and informal, and of women students in exercise studies by Mosher were transferred to the Stanford Historical Photograph Collection (SC1071).
    Christmas cards from Herbert Hoover were transferred to the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Biographical Note:

    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.


    Publications based on use of this collection include:
    Degler, Carl. "What ought to be and what was: women's sexuality in the 19th century," >American Historical Review 79:5 (1974) 1474-1490.
    Degler, Carl. >"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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Women -- Health and hygiene -- United States.
    Women -- Sexual behavior -- History.
    Sex customs -- History. -- United States
    Stanford University. Department of Physical Hygiene -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
    Mosher, Clelia Duel
    Welch, William H.
    Wilbur, Ray L. (Ray Lyman)
    Jordan, David Starr,
    Ellis, Havelock,
    Coolidge, Mary Roberts,