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Prof. Jeanne Abrams

Jeanne Abrams

Jeanne Abrams
Director, Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives
Professor, University Libraries
University of Denver
Sturm Hall, Room 162
2000 E. Asbury Ave.
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-3016 and 303-871-2977
Email: jeanne.abrams@du.edu  

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Jeanne Abrams is a professor at the University Libraries at the University of Denver.

Since 1982, she has been the director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and Beck Archives —part of the Center for Judaic Studies and the University Libraries at DU.

DU faculty are recognized yearly for their outstanding contributions to the University of Denver. Dr. Jeanne Abrams, professor in the Center for Judaic Studies and University Libraries, was named the University Lecturer for 2015. This award is given once a year in recognition of superlative creative and scholarly work, and Abrams has gained a national reputation in the fields of American Jewish, and American history. Abrams is curator of the Beck Archives of Rocky Mountain Jewish History, Special Collections, at University Libraries.

Dr. Abrams's most recent book is First Ladies of the Republic: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison and the Creation of an Iconic American Role, which was published in March 2018 by New York University Press. In honor of Women's History Month, Dr. Abrams spoke about her new book at the National Archives in Washington, DC on March 7th and also spoke at Federal Hall, the site of Washington's inauguration on March 29th in New York City.

Dr. Abrams is the author of a number of acclaimed books and articles in academic and popular magazines, including: Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health, about the state of health care during colonial times. It was published in 2013 by New York University Press. The book received wide attention in scholarly journals and media print, including a prominent review in the Wall Street Journal. It was also named one of the "Top Books for Docs" for 2013 by Medscape. Abrams is also the author of Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail, A History in the West and Dr. Charles David Spivak: A Jewish Immigrant and the American Tuberculosis Movement.

Dr. Abrams was also one of the primary featured speakers in a recent Rocky Mountain PBS special titled "Colorado Jewish Pioneers." She was interviewed extensively and dozens of photos from the Beck Archives of Rocky Mountain Jewish History, part of the CJS University Libraries appeared in the film. She has also been interviewed many times for Colorado Public Radio's "Colorado Matters," including this past February in regard to First Ladies of the Republic.

Dr. Abrams has also recently had three articles accepted for publication co-authored with Dr. James Wright (MD and Ph.D), of the University of Calgary, related to the subject of the history of pathology. She and Dr. Wright authored "Philip Hillkowitz: The "Granddaddy of Medical Technologists" and Cofounder of the American Society for Clinical Pathologist and the Jewish Consumptives" Relief Society," for the Journal of Archival Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; "Founders of Pediatric Pathology: Martha Wollstein of Babies Hospital in New York City (1868-1939): The First North American Pediatric Pathologist," in the Journal of Pediatric and Developmental Pathology. Those two publications mark Dr. Abrams's first foray into peer-reviewed scientific journals. The third article is titled "Martha Wollstein: A Pioneer American Female Clinician-Scientist," and will appear soon in the Journal of Medical Biography.

Select Publications

  • First Ladies of the Republic: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison and the Creation of an Iconic American Role (Forthcoming, March,2018 (New York University Press). 
  • Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health (New York University Press, 2013).
  • " David May ." in Immigrant Entrepreneurship: The German-American Business Biography, 1720 to the Present, vol. 3, edited by Giles R. Hoyt. (Washington, D.C.: German Historical Institute, April 05, 2012).
  • "Benjamin Altman." In Immigrant Entrepreneurship: The German-American Business Biography, 1720 to the Presentvol. 2, edited by William J. Hausman. (Washington, D.C.: German Historical Institute, September 23, 2011).
  • Abrams, Jeanne, "Spitting is Dangerous, Indecent, and Against the Law,": Legislating Health Behavior During the American Tuberculosis Crusade," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (January, 2011).
  • "In Search of Health and Wealth: Denver's Early Jewish Community," Denver Inside and Out (Colorado History, vol. 16, 2011).
  • "On the Road Again: Consumptives Traveling for Health in the American West, 1840-1925," Great Plains Quarterly, (Fall 2010).
  • Dr. Charles David Spivak: A Jewish Immigrant and the American Tuberculosis Movement (University Press of Colorado, 2009)
  • Jewish Denver, 1859 – 1940 (Arcadia Press, 2007)
  • Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail: A History in the West (New York University Press, 2006) 
  • Blazing the Tuberculosis Trail: The Religio-ethnic Role of Four Sanatoria in Early Denver (Colorado Historical Society, 1990) 

Education

PhD, American History, University of Colorado-Boulder