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The June Northrop Barker Archives were established in 2002 in honor of June Northrop Barker, (1928-2001) the first woman professor at Jefferson Medical College (now Jefferson University), and later a research physiologist at New York University. Dr. Barker focused her research on the study of cerebral palsy and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). She maintained a colony of rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) while at NYU and upon retirement, established the Barker Primate Study Center in Frenchtown, New Jersey for long-term studies of rhesus monkey families. After her death, her husband, Richard J. Barker donated the funds to create an archive in her name to house her research materials and other collections pertaining to the field of primatology. The June Northrop Barker Archives are maintained by the Primate Center Library at the National Primate Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Click here for the text of a speech chronicling a half-century of her professional work.

Click here for a photo gallery of June Northrop Barker.