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Catherine Marie Russell papers

Identifier: MS-41

Scope and Contents

This collection includes certificates and diplomas for Catherine Russell as well as the dissertation written for her PhD.


  • Creation: 1949 - 1985

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

According to the obituary in "The Daily Progress" on August 19, 2006, Catherine Marie Russell was born November 20, 1910, in Tuckahoe, New York. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Mt. St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY; her Masters in Botany from Columbia University in 1948; and her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Virginia in 1951. She was appointed to the UVa faculty in 1952 as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Microbiology. She became a full Professor in 1974, the first woman to do so in the UVa School of Medicine. She retired in 1977 and was elected Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Associate Professor of Microbiology. Dr. Russell helped establish the bacteriology lab at the Medical Center and published many articles on her research in parasitology and bacteriology. She was a member of the American Society of Microbiologists and the Society of Tropical Medicine. She was listed in the National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel. In addition to her academic accomplishments she was active in religious education programs at both Holy Comforter Catholic Church and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, both in Charlottesville, Virginia. She died August 16, 2006, in Charlottesville, Virginia.


.5 Linear Feet


The arrangement of the documents is by date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated by Sharon Dudley on October 31, 2008. Dudley is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and was mentored by Catherine Russell. Dudley also donated Russell's cap and gown from her 1951 UVa graduation. These items are in the artifact collection. Her UVa PhD diploma and a certificate from the American Board of Medical Microbiology are in the Diploma collection within the manuscript collection.

Physical Description

1 box, 5" x 10.5" x 15.5," .5 linear foot, 7 items


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Historical Collections Staff
A Guide to the Catherine Marie Russell Papers, 1949-1985
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Repository

Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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P.O. Box 800722
Charlottesville Virginia 22908-0722 United States