Edna Sherrill Eames papers, 1912-1936

Overview of the Collection

Eames, Edna Sherrill, 1882-1971
Edna Sherrill Eames papers
1912-1936 (inclusive)
0.1 cubic feet, (1 folder in shared box; 1 oversize folder in shared box)
Collection Number
Mss 2944
Papers of and relating to physician Edna Sherrill Eames, who worked for the city health bureau in Portland, Oregon, and was the first woman to be a city medical inspector. Materials include diplomas; correspondence on personal matters, her service in the Army medical corps during World War I, and recommendations; and photocopies of newspaper clippings about her career.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dr. Edna Sherrill Eames (1882-1971), nee Edna P. Sherrill, was Portland, Oregon's first woman medical inspector, and worked for the city health bureau in roles including school inspector, chief medical inspector for the contagious disease division, and assistant health officer. She was a lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army during World War I, and then returned to Portland and to her work with the health bureau. She married Albert C. Eames, and they had one daughter. The family moved to California, where Edna Sherrill Eames lived and worked for the remainder of her life.

Sources: Collection materials; vital records on Ancestry.com; obituary in the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, August 2, 1971.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Papers of and relating to physician Edna Sherrill Eames. These consist of correspondence, 1912-1936, including letters on personal matters and her service in the Army, as well as letters of recommendation; diplomas, 1914-1915; contracts, 1918, related to her service in the Army; and photocopied newspaper clippings about her career.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Edna Sherrill Eames papers, Mss 2944, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society owns the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ethel E. Joiner, November 1991 (Lib. Acc. 20492).

Processing Note

Collection was titled "Dr. Edna Sherrill papers" prior to September 2023.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Physicians--Oregon
  • Women physicians--Oregon
  • World War, 1914-1918--Medical care

Personal Names

  • Eames, Edna Sherrill, 1882-1971

Form or Genre Terms

  • certificates
  • clippings (information artifacts)
  • correspondence