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Series I: Cataloged Material
At a Glance
Material arranged into 10 series: Series I: Cataloged Material Subseries I.1: Cataloged Correspondence; Subseries I.2: Cataloged Documents; Series II: Correspondence; Series III: Topical Files; Series IV: Oral History; Series V: Newspaper Clippings; Series VI: Photographs; Series VII: Printed Materials; Series VIII: Memorabilia; Series IX: Oversized Material; Series X: 2000 Addition Subseries X.1: Correspondence; Subseries X.2: Topical Files; Subseries X.3: Manuscripts; Subseries X.4: Documents; Subseries X.5: Memorabilia; Subseries X.6: Printed Material; Subseries X.7: Photographs; Subseries X.8: Albums
Scope and Content
The collection consiste of correspondence, memoranda, reports, bulletins, clippings, photographs, awards, and printed material. The files, arranged by genre and topic and reflect her philanthropic and legislative work in the areas of health, specifically cancer, heart disease, and mental health. Her civic and legislative work is covered in detail, as well as her private interests and activities.
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Restrictions on Access
Boxes 1-678; 685-784 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Mary Lasker papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Processed HR 1997.
Papers Processed HR 10/24/2000.
History / Biographical Note
Mary Woodard Lasker (1900-1994), civic worker and philanthropist, was a businesswoman prior to her marriage in 1940 to the advertising executive and philanthropist, Albert Davis Lasker (1880-1952). With her help, Lasker re-ordered his life and priorities. Together they shared a life centering on philanthropic work. They founded the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation which gives awards in the fields of medical research and public health administration. Mary Lasker had a strong interest in the arts, civic beautification, reproductive planning, dress design, and health issues, specifically cancer and heart disease. She was actively involved with the promotion and development of national bodies dealing with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, mental health, neurological disease, and blindness. She was an able and effective Washington lobbyist and knew many statesmen, legislators, artists, and scientific pioneers. Lasker was decorated as a Chevalier Officer of the French Legion of Honor and, in 1969, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.