Jessie M. Bierman Papers, circa 1890-1993  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Bierman, Jessie M. (Jessie Marguerite), 1900-1996
Title
Jessie M. Bierman Papers
Dates
circa 1890-1993 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.25 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 586
Summary
This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Dr. Jessie M. Bierman, a pioneer in the field of maternal and child health, from all stages of her life.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Jessie M. Bierman was born on April 6, 1900, at Egan Slough near Kalispell, Montana, to Henry and Alice Bierman. She received her bachelor of arts from The University of Montana in 1921 and got a medical degree from Rush Medical College of the University of Chicago in 1926. She earned a master of public health at the Institute of Columbia University fifteen years later.

Dr. Bierman worked in private practice in San Francisco, California, from 1927 to 1936 and also served as an instructor in pediatrics at the University of California School of Medicine. In 1936, Bierman returned to Montana to work as Director of Maternal and Child Health in the Montana Department of Health. She started well-baby clinics in Montana that were a model for such programs across the country.

From 1938 to 1942, she worked with the Children’s Bureau in Washington, D.C., as assistant director of the Division of Health Sciences. She was chief of Maternal and Child Health of the California Department of Public Health from 1942 to 1947, during which she became a lecturer in pediatrics and a professor of maternal and child health at the University of California School of Medicine, a position she held until 1963. While at the University of California, she traveled to Germany as an expert in maternal and child health and served as a consultant on maternal and child health problems in India. Bierman also studied the children of Kauai, Hawaii, and published her findings in the book The Children of Kauai.

She was named professor emerita in 1963, but stayed on as the director of maternal and child health research until 1967. After that, she was the head of the maternal and child bureau for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and was visiting professor of public health at the University of North Carolina.

Jessie Bierman was the recipient of the Martha May Eliot Award of the American Public Health Association and other distinguished awards. She was given an honorary doctorate by The University of Montana in 1967.

Bierman had a summer residence at Goose Bay on Flathead Lake. Bierman supported academics and research at The University of Montana’s Biological Station, endowing a distinguished professorship to support an internationally recognized ecologist to study and direct research at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. Bierman died in 1996.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Dr. Jessie Bierman, a pioneer in the field of child and maternal health, from all stages of her life. The collection contents begin with writings related to Bierman’s family history. The collection contains the memoirs of Jessie Bierman’s father, Henry, and her writings about him.

Items from her early days include a poetry scrapbook filled with correspondence and poems, her high school yearbooks, and diploma. Her student days at The University of Montana are represented by a scrapbook and diploma. Materials from her medical career in California include a set of house call diaries, 1931-1935. A scrapbook and related correspondence represent her years with the Montana Department of Health. Her positions in government and with international missions related to maternal and child health are reflected in correspondence and other writings. The collection contains the writings and publications Bierman completed while at the University of California and elsewhere, including the study she prepared regarding the children of Kauai, Hawaii.

The collection contains the numerous honors and awards Bierman received toward the end of her career. It also contains clippings about Bierman and other clippings and publications she collected on child and maternal health issues. The photographs in the collection are from all stages of Bierman’s life. Of particular interest are the family photographs, which include photographs of the Kalispell Meat Market that was owned and operated by Henry Bierman, and photographs of Henry and Alice Bierman.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright status unknown.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Jessie M. Bierman Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Henry Bierman, 1895-1985 Return to Top

0.25 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Johann Heinrich Bierman’s descendents in America
undated
1/2
Henry Bierman’s memoirs and correspondence
1895 and undated
1/3
Henry and Alice Bierman Marriage Certificate
1899
1/4
Book accounts of Kalispell Meat Market-Henry Bierman, Proprietor
1906-1926
1/5
Henry Bierman certificates
1939 and 1943
1/6
Clippings re: Henry Bierman’s death
1943
1/7
Newspaper features about Henry Bierman, Montana history-general
1949-1985 and undated
1/8
Correspondence, writings, clippings re: Montana: The Magazine of Western History articles about Henry Bierman
1959-1961 and undated

Series II:  Jessie Bierman, 1907-1986 Return to Top

1.5 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/9
Jessie Bierman grades
1907-1928
1/10
Flathead High School yearbooks
1916-1918
2/1
Poetry Scrapbook
1918 and undated
2/2
Scrapbook-Autobiographical
1920-1971 and undated
2/3
Rush Medical College of The University of Chicago, Senior Class book
1926
2/4
House call diaries
1931-1933
2/5
House call diaries
1935-1936
2/6
Scrapbook-Montana State Board of Health
1936-1937
2/7
Montana State Board of Health, correspondence, clippings
1936-1938
2/8
Children’s Bureau
1937-1981
3/1
Correspondence
1929-1986
3/2
Personal correspondence
1932-1952 and undated
3/3
State of California Department of Health
1942-1945 and undated
3/4
University of California-Jessie Bierman, faculty member
1947-1984
3/5
Notes about Geneva, India, Mediterranean, Soviet Union
undated
3/6
Germany trip, notes and miscellaneous
1949
3/7
Germany trip with Unitarian Service Committee Public Health Planning Team
1951
3/8
Outgoing correspondence from trip to India
1955
3/9
Clippings and memorabilia from Soviet trip (1956)
1956 and undated
3/10
Clippings and publications from Soviet Union
1956-1969 and undated
3/11
Trip to Soviet Union (1956) and other Soviet Union-related materials
1956-1961
3/12
Trip via Asia
1957
Box
OS9
Diploma: University of Chicago, Doctor of Medicine
1927
OS9
Diploma: University of Montana, Bachelor of Arts
1921
OS9
Diploma: Flathead County High School
1918
OS9
Certificate: Montana Board of Medical Examiners
1936
OS9
The American Board of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
1950
OS9
Delta Omega
1948
OS10
Art plates: Ajanta Paintings: Twenty Colour Plates, published in New Delhi
1956
OS10
Student Scrapbook: The University of Montana
1919-1921

Series III:  Writings, 1924-1986Return to Top

0.5 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/1
Published papers-Kauai Pregnancy and Child Study, other papers about maternal and child health (some by Jessie Bierman)
1924-1970
4/2
Publications by Jessie Bierman
1924-1968
4/3
Speeches/writings and radio broadcasts by Jessie Bierman
1938-1986 and undated
4/4
Writings by Jessie Bierman
1958-1971 and undated
4/5
Kauai Study, clippings, correspondence
1960-1972 and undated
4/6
Book The Children of Kauai by Jessie Bierman, Emmy E. Werner, and Fern E. French
1971
4/7
Martha May Eliot tributes
1966-1978 and undated
5/1
"Annotated Bibliography on Maternal Nutrition," by Jessie Bierman, with related news releases
1970
5/2
Publication, "Maternal Nutrition and the Course of Pregnancy" by Jessie Bierman, with related correspondence
1970
5/3
Curriculum Vitae drafts for Jessie Bierman
undated
5/4
Notes, clippings and overhead transparencies for speeches
1967-1969 and undated
5/5
Miscellaneous writings and notes
undated

Series IV:  Awards and Honors, 1918-1993 Return to Top

1.25 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/6
Certificates-honorary, etc. for Jessie Bierman
1918-1964
5/7
University of Montana-awards, clippings, writings
1960-1993
5/8
Honorary Doctorate, The University of Montana
1967
5/9
The Golden Grizzly Den, The University of Montana, certificate
1971
5/10
American Public Health Association Certificate
1977
6/1
University of Chicago Alumni Award
1984
6/2
Honors-miscellaneous correspondence, clippings
1958-1984
Box
8
Plaque: "Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies-The Montana Coalition Establishes the Jessie Bierman, MD, MPH, Lecture"
1990
8
Plaque: American Public Health Association-Martha May Eliot Award, presented to Jessie Bierman
1968
8
Two academic hoods, one possibly Ph.D. hood
undated
OS10
Framed certificate: "The University of Chicago Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award"
1984

Series V:  Clippings, 1935-1991 Return to Top

0.5 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/3
Clippings about Jessie Bierman
1934-1983
6/4
Clippings about Jessie Bierman
1937-1982
6/5
Jessie M. Bierman Annual Lecture in Maternal and Child Health, programs
1963-1965
6/6
Publications and clippings, health and medical-related
1935-1978 and undated
6/7
World Health Organization publications
1957-1970
6/8
Public health publications by others
1966-1972
6/9
University of North Carolina
1971
6/10
Miscellaneous clippings
1978-1979 and undated
6/11
University of Montana Biological Station, Flathead Lake
1967-1986 and undated
6/12
University of Montana Biological Station clippings
1973-1991 and undated
Box
OS9
Poster: First Annual Jessie M. Bierman Lecture
1963

Series VI:  Photographs, circa 1890-1980 Return to Top

0.25 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/13
Alice Bierman photographs
circa 1890-1948
6/14
Henry Bierman and family photographs
circa 1902-1940s and undated
6/15
Jessie Bierman photographs
1918-1980 and undated
6/16
California photographs
1926-1979 and undated
7/1
Germany photographs
1949-1951
7/2
Foreign travel photographs
1955-1956 and undated
7/3
Soviet Union Trip-Seminar "The Equality of Women in the USSR," photographs
1956
7/4
Honorary degree photographs
1966
7/5
[Bierman at home, Goose Bay, Flathead Lake] photographs
1967 and undated
7/6
Miscellaneous photographs
undated
7/7
Scenic photographs
undated
Box
Negatives
[Jessie Bierman] examining a child, undated [Jessie Bierman], undated [Jessie Bierman] and unidentified children fishing, undated [Henry Bierman], undated Ida Shawers Bierman, portrait, 1887

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Child health services--Government policy--Montana
  • Children--Health and hygiene
  • Children--Health and hygiene--Hawaii--Kauai
  • Maternal health services
  • Maternal health services--Government policy--Montana
  • Pediatrics
  • Women pediatricians--California--San Francisco--Diaries
  • Personal Names :
  • Bierman, Alice--Photographs
  • Bierman, Henry--1860-1943--Biography
  • Bierman, Henry--1860-1943--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • California--Bureau of Maternal and Child Health
  • Kalispell Meat Market (Kalispell, Mont.)--Photographs
  • Montana--State Dept. of Health
  • University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco--Faculty
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Students
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Awards
  • Personal papers
  • Photographs
  • Poems
  • Scrapbooks
  • Occupations :
  • Women pediatricians