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Margaret Hay Edwards Papers



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Biographical, Certificates, Writings and Correspondence


Oversized Items

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Margaret Hay Edwards Papers, 1901-1994 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Title: Margaret Hay Edwards Papers, 1901-1994Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Edwards, Margaret Hay.

Extent: 3.0 Boxes (General)


The collection is arranged in three series:

Series 1: Biographical, Certificates, Writings and Correspondence

Series 2: Photographs

Series 3: Oversized Items

Subjects: American Association for Cancer Research., National Cancer Institute (U.S.).

Languages: English


A native of Appalachia, Margaret (Hess) Hay Edwards was a 1930 graduate of Villa Madonna Academy in Villa Hills, KY and a 1934 graduate of Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio.  Edwards taught high school mathematics and English for a short time in Kentucky (including the Villa Madonna Academy) before attending medical school. Margaret entered the medical profession after earning her M.D. from Temple University in 1949.

From 1952-1958, Dr. Edwards, M.D. was in private practice in Trenton, NJ, during which time she also served at the tumor clinic at Woman’s Medical College, Philadelphia.  She also earned a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University in 1960. Expertise in these fields, as well as her interest in teaching, led her to the National Cancer Institute in Washington, D.C. in 1963. It was here that she directed the NCI’s Training/Education Grant Program until her retirement in 1983. Dr. Edwards was instrumental in establishing peer-reviewed cancer education support mechanisms and was the author of numerous scientific publications.

The American Association for Cancer Education established the Margaret Hay Edwards Award in 1986 to honor sustained outstanding contributions to cancer education. Dr. Edwards gave a lifetime of service to others and was a lifelong friend and benefactor of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery in Kentucky.  Edwards retired in Seattle, WA, where she passed away on September 11, 1994.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains correspondence and biographical information; educational and professional records; numerous photographs and written works by Edwards; as well as numerous awards and certificates representing many of her accomplishments.

Subject/Index Terms

American Association for Cancer Research.
National Cancer Institute (U.S.).

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: There are no known restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations. Please cite all references to this collection. Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Acquisition Source: The papers were given to Berea College by Sister Mary Catherine Wenstrup of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, Kentucky.

Preferred Citation: [Item/Folder/Box], Margaret Hay Edwards Papers, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, Ky.

Processing Information: The finding aid and box list were created in March 2014 by Lori Myers-Steele, Project Archivist.

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0231 HC 56

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Biographical, Certificates, Writings and Correspondence],
[Series 2: Photographs],
[Series 3: Oversized Items],

Series 3: Oversized ItemsAdd to your cart.
Includes awards and certificates (received by Edwards, her mother, and her father), books of poems written by Edwards, and the AACE Achievement Medal awarded to Edwards in 1986.
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Item 2: Ros Maris - The Annual of Villa Madonna Academy, 1930Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Certificates and Family HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Certificates, Awards and Degrees of Margaret Hay EdwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Certificates of Mabel Catherine (Hess) Hay (Mother)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Certificates of George Washington Hay (Father)Add to your cart.
Item 1: AACE Achievement Medal, (1986)Add to your cart.
Item 2: Handmade book of Poems by Margaret Hess HayAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Scrapbook of Poems by Margaret Hay Edwards.Add to your cart.
Some poems are dated 1940s-1950s

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