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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.

Several DU faculty were recently recognized for their outstanding contributions to the University of Denver during the 2014-2015 academic year. The awards were presented at the Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon in October. Dr. Jeanne Abrams, professor in the Center for Judaic Studies and University Libraries, was named the University Lecturer. 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 medical history. Abrams is curator of the Beck Archives of Rocky Mountain Jewish History, Special Collections, at University Libraries.  She is the author of 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 names 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 as well as numerous essays and articles in scholarly and popular journals and magazines.

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 and University Libraries appeared in the film.

Dr. Abrams's new book, First Ladies of the Republic: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison and the Creation of an Iconic American Role will be published in early Spring 2018 by New York University Press. She is scheduled to be interviewed by Ryan Warner, host of Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters on President's Day, 2018.

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 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 Present,      vol. 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