About the Site Team

The Mary V. Clymer collection was made possible by the contributions of a number of researchers, web designers, librarians, and archivists at the University of Pennsylvania. The information on the site is based on the scholarship of Amanda L. Mahoney, PhD, RN.

In addition, the site authors wish to extend a special thanks to the Penn Libraries for digitizing this content.


Amanda L. Mahoney, PhD

Original Research & Intellectual Contributions
Amanda L. Mahoney is the Chief Curator of the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum at Case Western Reserve University. A recent graduate of the Bates Center PhD program in the history of nursing, Dr. Mahoney’s dissertation examined the work of nurses in medical research during the mid-20th century and explores how the contributions of nurses at the bedside shaped our current system of clinical research. Other research interests include nursing technology and material culture, U.S. Army nurses in the China Burma India theater of World War II, and the history of oncology. Dr. Mahoney has presented her work at AAHN, AORN, and AAHM and has taught History, Health, and Social Policy, a graduate seminar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Sara Sieteski, PhD

Project Guidance
Sara Sieteski is co-founder of Logoi Learning Systems. She holds a Ph.D. in Classics from Bryn Mawr College, as well as a Master’s degree in Digital Humanities from Penn. Dr. Sieteski utilizes various technical resources to preserve historical materials and make them accessible to a larger audience. Her dissertation research focuses on utilizing aerial photography and GIS mapping to analyze landscape to aid in better understanding ancient military history. She also is a volunteer historical records archiver at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.

Eleanor Tecosky-Feldman

Site Design
Eleanor Tecosky-Feldman recently received a Masters in Library and Information Science from Drexel University with a concentration in Digital Libraries. In her last position she jumpstarted a high school writing center, empowering upperclassmen to mentor freshmen through their first writing major assignments. She has also contributed to Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s research on parrot cognition at Brandeis University, as well as Dr. Suzanne Amador Kane’s research on falcon flight patterns during prey pursuit.

Elisa Stroh

Supporting Research
Elisa Stroh is the administrative coordinator for the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing. She has worked at the Bates Center since her freshman year of college in various capacities, including a student-worker and research assistant. In her current role, she coordinates with the Center’s faculty and staff to oversee day-to-day operations, including organizing events, scheduling researchers, and supervising work-study projects. Elisa holds a BA in in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark

Diary Transcription
Jessica Clark started at the Bates Center as an intern and is now the Archivist on staff. In this role, she is dedicated to building, processing, enabling access, and preserving the archival holdings, both print and digital, to help drive knowledge-production. She works with the Center’s director to acquire collections, coordinate with outside organizations, oversee work-study students, and work on processing and/or digitizing archival collections. She received her BA from the University of Pittsburgh and MA from Temple University, both in history, focusing on archives and Public History.

Patricia D’Antonio, PhD

Project Guidance
Patricia D’Antonio is the Carol E. Ware Chair in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Director Emerita of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute all at the University of Pennsylvania. She was the editor of the Nursing History Review and the author, most recently, of Nursing with a Mission: Health Demonstration Projects in New York City (Rutgers University Press, 2017).

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