University of Texas Medical Branch

Bonnet, Edith Marguerite,

Student Papers, Diary and Oral History, (1916-1975)

Title: Edith Marguerite Bonnet, Student Papers, Diary and Oral History, (1916-1975)
Identification: MS 16
Repository: Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections, Moody Medical Library,  University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 77555-1035, phone (409) 772-2397


1897 Born in Eagle Pass, Texas.
1919 Graduated from the University of Texas in Austin.
1926 Graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.
1926-27 Interned, John Sealy Hospital, Galveston, Texas.
1930-32 Intern and resident, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.
1932 Resident, Sea View Hospital, Staten Island, N.Y.
1932-33 Resident, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.
1933 Entered private practice of pediatrics, San Antonio, Texas.
1939 Appointed to San Antonio Board of Health.
1951 President of Bexar County Tuberculosis Association.
1959 Elected to Fellowship in American Academy of Pediatrics.
1959 Retired from active practice.
1960 Member of the Board of Directors of the Children's Service Bureau.
1973 Named Director Emeritus of the Alamo Area American Lung Association.
1982 Died on December 19.


The Dr. Edith M. Bonnet Student Papers, Diary and Oral History, (1916-1975), contain material relating to Dr. Bonnet's student days at the University of Texas and the Medical Branch and her later career as a physician. Included in the collection is a diary kept by Dr. Bonnet from 1918 to 1969. While she did not make entries for each day, the diary contains information on Dr. Bonnet's career, family and social activities.

Dr. Bonnet and four other female graduates were the first women to intern at John Sealy Hospital. Their applications for internship were refused because they were women but upon appeal to the University of Texas Board of Regents they were admitted to internship at John Sealy Hospital. Entries in her diary and newspaper clippings in the collection discuss this episode. A letter in the collection reveals that Dr. Bonnet also applied for internship at Harvard Medical School Children's Hospital but was turned down because of her sex. An oral history interview is also available in the oral history collection. In this interview Dr. Bonnet discusses her life, career and the problems that arise form being a woman in a male-dominated profession.



Administrative Information

The papers of Dr. Edith Marguerite Bonnet (1897-1982), physician, were given to the Archives and Manuscripts Department of the Moody Medical Library of the University by Dr. Edith M. Bonnet on September 22, 1977.

The collection occupies 5 inches of shelf space and is contained in one manuscript box. An oral history typescript is shelved seperately. See last section of finding aid.

Detailed Description

1-3 Dr. Edith M. Bonnet Papers, 1916-1975
Box Folder
1 3 Clippings
2 Diary 1918-69
1 Letters
10 Miscellaneous
9 Miscellaneous
4 Student Notebooks
5 Student Notebooks
6 Student Notebooks
7 Student Notebooks

Extent Typescript. 1 vol. 14p.
Interviewer: Larry J. WygantDate of Interview: 22 September 1977Place of Interview: San Antonio, Texas
Pediatrician in San Antonio, Texas and University of Texas Medical Branch graduate (Class of 1926). Discusses her family, preparatory education, medical education and her career as a woman physician.
Unpublished guide in repository.
Original recording available.