Maya Riviere Ward papers


Papers of Rivière, an expert in the rehabilitation of the disabled.  While they span the entirety of Rivière's life and contain much personal as well as professional material, the bulk documents her work with Association for Aid of Crippled Children (1954-1960) and her time as Director of Rehab Codes (1958-1968).  Included are general business correspondence, committee minutes, annual and project reports, financial records, and correspondence and reports related to the testing of the codes at various rehabilitation centers around the country.

A special feature of the collection are the hundreds of ephemeral publications relating to the rehabilitation of the disabled collected by Rivière in Great Britain in the late 1940s and early 1950 and in the U.S. from 1957-1968. In addition to professional records, there is also considerable personal material including family correspondence, genealogical records, diaries, notebooks, newspaper clippings, educational records and photographs.


Maya Riviere Ward, 1908-1989

Date [inclusive]: 



English, French, and Italian.

Physical Description: 

32 cubic feet (94 document boxes, 1 flat box)



Because the records include Protected Health Information (PHI) as defined by the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), access is allowed only under the terms of Archives and Special Collections’ Access Policy to Records Containing Protected Health Information.

Cite as: 

Maya Rivière Ward Papers, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.