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Greco Tampa Midwife records

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2010-04

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 62 handwritten notebooks.

Dates

  • Created: 1908-1939

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.

Extent

1.26 Linear Feet

3 boxes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Tampa midwife Maria Messina Greco's midwife records span from 1908 to 1939. Maria Messina Greco, was a Sicilian immigrant and midwife who began delivering babies in Tampa, Florida as early as 1907. She kept a record of each birth in a series of 62 small notebooks. Maria was well educated, having earned a degree in midwifery at the University of Palermo in Sicily. She was said to have delivered as many as 2,000 babies before she came to the United States. The midwife record books show that she brought 6,734 children into this world. Maria Messina Greco was one of 18 midwives in Tampa's early years. Two other well-known midwives were Dona Ercolina Premori and Giuseppina Valenti. It took a dedicated team of four persons nearly two years to transcribe the records and put them in spreadsheet format. Sharing their knowledge of the Sicilian language, along with talent in deciphering the handwriting, the monumental task was organized by Vienna Fuente and accomplished by Angelo Lorenzo & Jeannette Tamborello, with technical assistance by Rosemarie Chambers--persons who all share a passion for Tampa history and its heritage. A full digital copy of the records, the story behind the transcriptions, and more information on Maria Messina Greco can be found and downloaded from the website: https://www.tampapix.com/midwife.htm

Arrangement Note

Notebooks are arranged according to chronology.

Source of Acquisition

Vienna Fuentes

Method of Acquisition

Donation

Other Descriptive Information

published

Title
Greco Tampa Midwife records
Author
LeAnna M. Maxwell, 2015; Sydney Jordan, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

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