Truth as Corollary to Knowledge: The Impact of Sandra Marlow


  • Kristen M. Hallows


Fernald, Eugenics, Marlow, State Schools, eugenics, Human Needs, state schools, Helping, human needs, Relationships, helping, Child Welfare, relationships, Mental Health, child welfare, Eugenic Segregation, mental health, eugenic segregation


Sandra "Sunny" Marlow, fine artist and librarian, was the conduit through whom the public became aware of radiation experiments conducted on residents of the Walter E. Fernald State School. This exposition of Marlow's fateful tenure at the institution selectively plumbs its historical and situational framework beginning with the toehold established by the eugenics movement in the early twentieth century. While librarians are not the only helping professionals well suited to the task of finding and revealing secrets with potentially shattering significance, their existence at the vanguard of information literacy and access to knowledge uniquely positions them to ensure that bygone events have a place in the public consciousness today.

Author Biography

Kristen M. Hallows

Kristen M. Hallows, MLIS is a Research Librarian with Bricker & Eckler, LLP (614-227-4967;




How to Cite

Hallows, K. M. (2018). Truth as Corollary to Knowledge: The Impact of Sandra Marlow. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 23(3), 9–21. Retrieved from



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