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The Virginia Apgar Papers

Letter from Virginia Apgar to Helen M. Voorhees pdf (66,310 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Virginia Apgar to Helen M. Voorhees
Apgar, newly graduated from Mount Holyoke College, wrote to tell Voorhees, director of the MHC Appointment Bureau, that she would not be working as a camp counselor during the summer, but had found a job with a Harvard physician's family, "because of the opportunity to be among scientific people." The medical family, the Drinkers, would be Apgar's lifelong friends.
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1929-07-26 (July 26, 1929)
Apgar, Virginia
Voorhees, Helen M.
Mount Holyoke College
Original Repository: Mount Holyoke College. Archives and Special Collections. Trustees Biographical Files: Apgar, Virginia [RG 3.2]
Box 1, Folder 1: 1923-1969.
Reproduced with permission of Peter A. Apgar.
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My dear Miss Voorhees,
I meant, before I left in June, to tell you of a change in my summer plans, which I believe is not recorded with the Appointment Bureau. There was such a rush at the last minute, that I neglected to do this.
After Easter vacation, Miss Turner told me of a summer position, open in the family of Dr. Cecil K Drinker, of the Harvard School of Public Health - that of being sort of a companion to the two children, ages 12 and 7, at their farm in Hudson, Mass. The remuneration for the summer was to be $300. Because of the opportunity to be among scientific people, (Mrs. D. is also an M.D.), and because of the excellent pay, I thought it worth while to undertake to cancel my camp contract- with Camp Highfields. Miss Marshall, with whom I communicated, was very lovely about it, agreed with me entirely, and cancelled the contract. I went to Boston, and interviewed the Drinkers, which resulted in my obtaining the position. So I am here in Hudson being a "governess" instead of teaching tennis in Maine.
May I thank you again for offering me the position in Maine. The interview I had with Miss Marshall was very satisfactory, and she has asked me to come some summer in a medical capacity.
I hope you will have a pleasant summer,- not too busy,- but I can hardly imagine your being idle.
Very truly yours,
Virginia Apgar
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