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Sister Elizabeth Kenny: Leader in Physical Therapy: Primary Sources: Archives & Records

Manuscripts

Elizabeth Kenny Papers.
Documents Kenny's life and career (1937-1992) and includes correspondence, telegrams, a typed transcript of an autobiography, reports and essays, photocopied legal documents, motion picture scripts, newsletters, photographs, scrapbooks, printed matter, journal articles, and newspaper clippings.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Jeanette Moore Papers, 1948-1953
Correspondence and miscellaneous papers (1948-1953) and news clippings (undated, 1949-1953) of this colleague of Sister Elizabeth Kenny. The collection includes letters of recommendation from colleagues and supervisors in New Zealand and the United States as well as a letter from Sister Kenny (April 9, 1948). Two lengthy letters from another Kenny colleague, Dorothy Curtis, relate her work and travels with Sister Kenny in Europe in 1948 and 1949.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P2876).

Janice Saunier Papers, 1947-1951
Correspondence and miscellaneous papers, photographs, and newspaper clippings of Janice Saunier Helland related to her work with Sister Elizabeth Kenny and the treatment of poliomyelitis.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P2772).

James Ford Bell Papers.
Contains correspondence, clippings, speeches, printed materials, and miscellany of Bell, a General Mills executive who was an active participant in public affairs (1916-1960). His papers include information on Sister Kenny's treatment program.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (A.B433jf)

"Elizabeth Kenny Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 1943: Infantile Paralysis Patients and Visitors at the Institute …" photographed by Jack Delano for the U.S. Office of War Information.
Washington, D.C.: The Office, 1943.
MNHS call number: Microfilm. See the finding aid in the library (United States. Office of War Information,  No. 1546)

Books and Other Publications

The Story of the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation in the Fight Against Polio, prepared by the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation. 
Minneapolis, Minn.: The Foundation, 1950.
MNHS call number: RD798.S55 S76 1950

And They Shall Walk: If You Will Help!
Minneapolis, Minn.: Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation, 1945.
MNHS call number: RD798.S57 A64 1945

A Brief Resume of the Story of Sister Elizabeth Kenny and the Elizabeth Kenny Institute for Infantile Paralysis
Minneapolis, Minn.: The Institute, 1944.
MNHS call number: RD798.S57 B74 1944

How the Elizabeth Kenny Institute Operates
Minneapolis: Division of Information Services, Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation, 1947.
MNHS call number: RD798.S57 H68 1947

The Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation and the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
Minneapolis: Division of Information Services, Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation, 1947.
MNHS call number: RD798.S55 S57 1947

Oral History

Polio’s Legacy: An Oral History, edited by Edmund J. Sass.
Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, c1996.
MNHS call number:  RC181.U5 P65 1996

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