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Virginia Insley Papers

A description of her papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 12 Oct 2010

Biographical History

Virginia Insley (1912-2003) was an American social worker known for her steadfast promotion of high standards in social work education and practice in maternal and child health programs. She worked for the U.S. Children's Bureau as chief of the medical social services section, Division of Maternal and Child Health Services, a position she held for more than 20 years.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Virginia Insley Papers consists of correspondence-subject files and writings.

The majority of the Correspondence-subject files deal with a decade-long grant-funded project ("Project #267"), the purpose of which was to "develop a social work student training program to prepare social workers in health settings providign health services for mothers and children particularly handicapped children." This material includes grant applications, correspondence, budgets, resumes and progress reports. Other subject files deal with joint departmental work at the University of Hawaii's schools of public health and social work, correspondence regarding several publications on the subjects of maternal and child health, student practicums, and other related topics. Insley was closely involved with the project for many years, along with her colleague at the University of Hawaii, Kazuye Kumabe.

Writings are evenly divided between those by Insley and those by Kumabe, and include both published and manuscript items. Kumabi's autobiography, Rainbow on the Horizon : A Personal and Professional Journey.

Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence-subject files are arranged alphabetically by topic. Writings are subdivided by author and within that are arranged alphabetically by title.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The vast majority of the printed and published items have been removed from the collection and transferred to Rare Books for cataloging. Please refer to the Classic Catalog and search on "Gift of Virginia Insley" to locate these items.

See also the Benjamin Spock Papers and related collections.

Subject Headings


Baker, Edith M., 1885-1978.
Insley, Virginia .
Kumabe, Kazuye, 1922-

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- Children's Bureau -- History.


Child welfare -- United States.
Children -- Health and hygiene.
Maternal and infant welfare.
Women -- Health and hygiene.

Genres and Forms


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Virginia Insley Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Virginia Insley.

Table of Contents

Correspondence-subject files