The Barbara B. Rose Collection

Historical Archives

The Barbara B. Rose Collection at the Delaware Academy of Medicine

Overview of the Collection

Repository: Delaware Academy of MedicineJohn H. Ammon Medical Education Center, 4765 Ogletown Stanton Road, Suite L-10, Newark, DE, 19713
Creator: Rose, Barbara B. (Barbara Barker), 1916-2002
Title: The Barbara B. Rose Collection
Dates: 1997
Quantity: 1 painting and 11 items
Abstract: A collection of artifacts contributed to the Delaware Academy of Medicine by Dr. Barbara B. Rose, MD.
Identification: US DeWAM DC3
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Barbara Rose was born in 1916 in Montreal. She took her bachelor’s degree and MD at McGill University, and served in the Canadian Navy as a surgeon lieutenant during World War II, one of only seven women to do so.

While serving a residency in internal medicine after the war, she met and married a U.S. flight surgeon. They moved to Delaware in 1951, where Dr. Rose became active in the field of public health. She was director of New Castle County Health Services, and in 1977 she became the first woman to be president of the Delaware Division of Public Health. She held this post for four years, winning praise from Governor Pierre S. DuPont for her commitment and dedication.

Dr. Rose was also a talented artist and a member of Wilmington’s Studio Group, a society of local artists founded in 1935. She passed away in 2002.

Source: Delaware Academy of Medicine Biographical Collection (AC1), Delaware Academy of Medicine, Newark, DE

Scope and Contents

Dr. Rose gave the Academy her watercolor painting Entrance to Winterthur – Route 100, as well as a collection of pacemakers.


Arranged by type of item.


Restrictions on Access
This collection is open to the public.

Restrictions on Use
No publication or reproduction for anything other than personal use without the permission of the Delaware Academy of Medicine. Any use of these materials must be in accordance with the Delaware Academy of Medicine’s archival access policy.

Related Material

The Delaware Academy of Medicine Biographical Collection (AC1) has a file on Dr. Rose (AC1-N413). This includes a copy of Dr. Rose’s obituary.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Rose, Barbara B. (1916-2002)

Delaware Division of Public Health
Studio Group (Wilmington, Del.)

Wilmington (Del.)

Public health—Delaware—biography


Administrative Information

Processing Information
Arranged and described by Christopher Shea, January-February 2006. Last update to the finding aid by Christopher Shea, January 2007. Dates given in the detailed description below are the dates of creation/publication, not of acquisition or accession, except where noted otherwise.
The writing of this finding aid was made possible in part by a Delaware Heritage Commission Challenge Grant.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Painting: Entrance to Winterthur — Route 100, Barbara B. Rose, 1997 (24″ x 30″, watercolor)

Pacemakers, undated

A set of eleven pacemakers donated by Dr. Rose. Pacemakers are from various manufacturers, including Medtronic, Stancor, and General Electric.