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Elizabeth Brown Mulholland Gamble papers

Identifier: MS-16

Scope and Contents

The Elizabeth Brown Mulholland Gamble Papers include correspondence to and from Elizabeth Brown Mulholland Gamble. Also included are a Woman's Hospital Auxiliary Badge and two photographs.

Box 18, Folder 11 located in the Edward W. Hook Papers deal with the dedication of a courtyard garden at the University of Virginia Hospital in her honor. Historical Collections & Services houses a complementary collection, University of Virginia Hospital Auxiliary (Hospital Circle) Records 1908-2003, MS-13, which details Gamble's (as Mrs. Mulholland) involvement in this organization.


  • Creation: 1951 - 1973

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Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Brown Mulholland Gamble was born on May 8, 1900 in Charlottesville, Virginia. On October 19, 1925, she married Henry Bearden Mulholland, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Virginia from 1920-1966. Together they had two children, Elizabeth and Jack. Following Mulholland's death, Elizabeth married Edward W. Gamble Jr. in 1968. She died March 15, 2001 at the age of 101 in a nursing home in Maryland.

For over six decades, Elizabeth Brown Mulholland Gamble was exceedingly active in volunteer efforts for the University, the medical school, and hospital. She used her talents to improve UVa's clinical and educational facilities and enhance services to patients and their families. Her most significant accomplishment was to establish the Pink Lady Services Organization in 1951. By Gamble's own accounts, she raised over $90,000 for medical departments which included the purchases of the first cobalt machine, the first electron microscope, two specially equipped vans to test children for deafness in public schools throughout Virginia, and funds for landscaping of the Children's Rehabilitation Center. Gamble was also a passionate tennis player. She wrote her autobiography in 1974 and titled it "She Dares to Be Different."


.5 Linear Feet


This collection is arranged chronologically by date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired with the Edward W. Hook Papers.

Physical Description

The collection consists of 1 box: 13 cm x 39.5 cm x 26. 5 cm of processed materials.


Processed by:
Historical Collections Staff
A Guide to the Elizabeth Brown Mulholland Gamble Papers, 1951-1973
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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Charlottesville Virginia 22908-0722 United States