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A. H. Estabrook papers

 Collection — Folder: S0434
Identifier: S0434

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed, carbon copies from A. H. Estabrook and others in Indiana ranging from 1921 to 1922 regarding a defendant in a sterilization case in Indiana and occupational therapy in hospitals for the insane.


  • 1921-1922, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Dr. Arthur Howard Estabrook was born on May 9, 1885, to Arthur Francis and Susan Rebecca (Breck) in Leicester, Massachusetts. Estabrook earned the A.B. degree in 1905 and the A.M. in 1906 from Clark College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was a fellow and assistant in zoology at Clark in 1906-1907. Estabrook received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1910 and was a student at the School of Philanthropy in New York in 1914. Estabrook married Jessie McCubbin on October 25, 1911, and married Anne Ruth Medcalf on July 8, 1931, after his first wife's death.

He worked in the Eugenics Record Office of Carnegie Institution of Washington (1910-1929) and served as a special investigator for the Indiana State Commission on Mental Defectives (1916-1918). Estabrook traveled to Virginia on behalf of the Eugenics Record Office to study the issues and people involved in the Virginia sterilization case of Carrie Buck. Estabrook served in the U.S. Army in 1918-1920 as a Captain in the Sanitary Corps. He began working for the American Society for the Control of Cancer in 1929 and served as president of the Eugenics Research Association in 1925-1926.[1] Estabrook died on December 6, 1973, in Chatham Center, New York.[2]

He is buried at Bangor, Maine in the Mount Hope Cemetery. He was the author of at least twelve works, mostly about eugenics and genealogy.

Sources and Notes:

"Estabrook, Arthur." Finding Aid for the Arthur H. Estabrook Papers, 1908-1962. Retrieved 2014/07/07. 1. Unless otherwise noted all information in this text is from Who's Who in America, 1935-1936 edition (Chicago : Marquis Who's Who).

2. Files of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, Chatham (NY) Courier, 13 December 1973.

Estabrook, Arthur H." Web: Penobscot County, Maine; Mount Hope Burial Index, 1861-2012. Retrieved 2014/07/07.

Estabrook, Arthur H." WorldCat Identities. Retrieved 2014/07/07.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana Division.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/07/07 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/07/07 by Edythe Huffman.
A. H. Estabrook papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.