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Jewish Women

Selected Primary Sources by and about Jewish women

Personal Papers and Organization Records

Martha Ackelsberg (1946-)
Papers, 1970s-1990s (ongoing); 4.5 linear ft. (5 boxes)
Professor, political science, Feminist, Anarchist, Lesbian activist. Papers document of Ackelsberg's involvement in Northampton, Mass. affordable housing and sustainable development initiatives,and her involvement in various Jewish activism projects. Also included are transcriptions of interviews with and notes about members of the organization Mujeres Libres (mostly in Spanish), for her book Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women (1991). (See also Documenting Lesbian Lives: Student Oral History Project)
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use; Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.]

Batya Bauman (1929-)
Papers, 1947-2005 (ongoing); 5.75 linear ft. (8 boxes)
Animal welfare advocate, Ecofeminist, Feminist, Lesbian activist, Editor, Writer, and co-founder of Lilith Magazine. The Batya Bauman Papers consist of biographical information and documents pertaining to her early life, her feminist lecture businesses, and to her activism in the realms of lesbian feminism, Jewish feminism, animal welfare and Jewish involvement in the cause. Materials include correspondence, pamphlets, brochures related to Jewish women and transparencies of layouts for the Jewish feminist magazine, Lilith. There are also clippings, photographs, and correspondence re: Bauman's time in Israel, 1950s.
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use; Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.]
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Marylin Bender (1924-)
Papers, 1942-1999 (ongoing); 8.5 linear ft. (10 boxes)
Journalist, Editor. The Marylin Bender Papers (1942-92) include material related primarily to her newspaper work. It includes a diary and scrapbooks of articles and travels from her time with the New York Journal American, correspondence with Mina Kirstein Curtiss, research files for a New York Times sex discrimination case, books and book publicity materials, and files from her work at "Business World."
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.]
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Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz
Papers, 1956-2006 (ongoing), 19.5 linear ft. (13 boxes)
Lesbian activists, Physical education teacher, Professor, Counselors. The Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz Papers include personal correspondence and emails (1963-2005), scrapbooks (1980s-2005), photographs (circa 1950s- 2000), and materials relating to gay and lesbian rights, same-sex marriage, women's rights, and Berman's and Kurtz's activism with regard to these issues. The collection documents their personal lives, first as wives and mothers in traditional marriages and, later, as a lesbian couple and as grandmothers. They are members in the GLBT synagogue of the Congregation Beth Simchot Torah.
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use; Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.]
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Joan E. Biren (JEB) (1944- )
papers, 1944-2011 (ongoing), 70 linear ft. (145 boxes)
Filmmaker, Photographer, Lesbian activist. The bulk of the papers date from 1975 to 2003 and focus on Biren’s photographic and film work. They include correspondence, photographs, project files, subject files, journal and newspaper articles, audiovisual materials, and memorabilia. Major topics include photography, film, lesbianism, Judaism, Jewish lesbians, feminism, lesbian and gay rights, women's collectives, and anti-nuclear movements. Notable correspondents include Audre Lorde, Alison Bechdel, Tee Corrine, and Barbara Smith.
[Note: Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies. Some portions of this collection have not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.]
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B'Not Esch (1981-)
Papers, 1980s-2008 (ongoing); .5 linear ft. (1 box)
Jewish Feminist Women's club. The records contain notes, writings by B'Not Esch members, digital photographs, and memorabilia. (See also Marth Ackelsberg Papers)
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.]

Jane Burr (1882-1958)
Papers, c.1860s-1958, .75 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Journalist, Writer, born Rosa Mae Guggenheim. The Papers include articles by and about Burr, photographs of Jane Burr and her family, and about 150 letters to Jane Burr. There is personal correspondence from Havelock Ellis from 1922-1935, mostly about their common interest in sex reform and the position of women: marriage, divorce, birth control, and a freer attitude toward sex. Other correspondents include Margaret Sanger, H.G. Wells, Agnes Smedley, Fannie Hurst, Roger Baldwin, and Max Eastman.
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Ruth Chatterton, 1893-1961
Manuscript, 1950
This small collection consists of a single edited typescript of "As A Wren's Eye," published as Homeward Borne (1950) about Pax Lyttleton and her work with Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, plus a biographical article and photograph.
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Mina Kirstein Curtiss (1896-1985)
Papers, 1913-2005, 12.5 linear ft. (36 boxes)
Professor, English, Author, Translator. The bulk of the papers dates from 1933 to 1985 and focuses on Curtiss' writing career including correspondence with publishers and researchers, research material, artwork, and edited typescripts. The collection includes letters from many eminent figures from the literary world as well as Smith College associates, friends and family members.
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Katharine Asher Engel (1898-1957)
Papers, 1916-1957, .75 linear ft. (2 boxes)
President, National Council of Jewish Women, President, New York Council of Jewish Women, Civic leader. Papers include memorabilia, minutes, news clippings, reports, speech texts, and high school yearbook. Bulk of material dates from 1941-57 and consists of notes and texts of speeches given by Engel and material related to her tenure as President of the National Council of Jewish Women.
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.]
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Yonata Feldman (1892-1981)
Papers, 1937-1981, 3.5 linear ft. (7 boxes)
Social worker, Professor. The Papers include typescripts and drafts of Feldman's writings; material pertaining to professional organizations with which she was affiliated; written reflections on her years at the Smith College School for Social Work, 1950-74; and autobiographical accounts of her experience in German-occupied Russia during WWI, when she was separated from her family for an extended period.
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Margaret G. Frantz (1922-)
Papers, 1958-2005 (ongoing), 19.25 linear ft. (16 boxes)
Professor, Pacifist, Labor reform advocate. Franz's activism began early, with the Young Communite League in 1935; Party activity ranged from selling the Daily Worker to organizing the Alabama delegation to the American Youth Congress. Papers include materials pertaining to Frantz's teaching career at the University of California at Santa Cruz; topics include Women's Studies and American Studies curricula, women's rights, civil rights, radical social movements in the U.S., and second and third wave feminism. See also the Voices of Feminism Oral History Project
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use; Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.]
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Emma Goldman (1869-1940)
Papers, 1911-1936, .25 linear ft. (1 box)
Anarchist. Contains typed letters and fragments to friends, including unsigned copies (1935) to Roger Baldwin, letters to John Haynes Holmes (1935-36), and Henriette Posner (1934-36). Also includes printed speeches and pamphlets on anarchism and prison experiences. While collection consists mostly of printed material, there are some manuscripts.

Jane Harman (1945-)
Papers, 1960-1998 (ongoing), 111 linear ft. (271 boxes)
Legislative aide, White House attorney, Lawyer, Legislator. The Papers primarily document the functions and activities of a Congressional office; there is also material relating to Harman's life before she became a member of Congress. There are very few materials regarding her personal life outside of her professional career. The bulk of the papers date from 1993 to 1998 and focus on Harman's first three terms as a U.S. Representative from the 36th district of California. Major topics include national defense and the military (including women in the armed forces), the environment, space and technology, California-related issues, the Democratic National Party, healthcare, abortion and domestic and international economic concerns.
[Note: Partially restricted access - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies. Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.]
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Carolyn G. Heilbrun (1926-2003)
Papers, 1945-2003, 38 linear ft. (36 boxes)
Author, Professor, English, Feminist. Personal correspondence and professional papers including writings (published and unpublished), research files, teaching material, speeches and professional activities. Also includes Amanda Cross manuscripts and related material as well as research material for Steinem biography, including hundreds of audio tapes of interviews.   [Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.]

Cary Herz (1926-2003)
Papers, 1972-2007, 1.5 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Photographer. The Cary Herz Papers include contact sheets and photographic prints by Herz, documenting events of political, social and economic significance in the U.S. during the 1970s. There is an emphasis on women and women's issues. Subjects include musicians and musical events, theater performances, political gatherings and demonstrations (including anti-Vietnam War), rape and sexual violence, religion and women in the ministry, homelessness, the ERA, women in sports, the rights of flight attendants, the National Organization for Women, and women artists. Her many books include Stones of Remembrance: The Historic Jewish Cemetery in Las Vegas, New Mexico (1990).
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.]
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Bel Kaufman (1911-)
Papers, 1911-2004 (ongoing), 33.75 linear ft. (27 boxes)
Author, Teacher, Lyricist. The Bel Kaufman Papers consist of files pertaining to Kaufman's activities as a high school teacher, author, lecturer and public speaker; to her travels in Russia, where there has been an abiding interest in her grandfather, the author Sholom Alacheim; and to translations of her books into the Russian language. Materials relating to her written works include manuscripts, correspondence, contracts, and notes on Kaufman's published books Up the Down Staircase (1964) and Love, Etc. (1979). Many of the documents pertaining to Russia and to Sholom Alacheim are in Russian.
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use; Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.]
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Mary Metlay Kaufman (1912-1995)
Papers, 1917-1994 (ongoing), 49 linear ft. (102 boxes)
Lawyer, Professor, Political activist. The Papers focus on Kaufman's professional life as a civil rights attorney. They document Kaufman's involvement in the post World War II Nuremberg war crimes tribunals in Nuremberg, Germany; and her close associations with other prominent civil rights attorneys, with the National Lawyers' Guild. Kaufman's research and writings reveal her development and use of the "Nuremberg defense" for those arrested in civil disobedience actions and her involvement in international war crimes tribunals from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Major topics include international law, anti-communism, civil rights, the anti-Vietnam war and anti-nuclear arms movements.
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Anna Moskowitz Kross (1891-1979)
Papers, 1905-1974, 3 linear ft. (9 boxes)
Lawyer, Judge, Commissioner, NYC Department of Corrections, Social reformer, Local official. The bulk of the collection dates from 1954 to the 1960s and covers Kross's career as New York City Commissioner of Correction. It includes writings, speeches, and taped interviews on prison reform, criminal justice, and rehabilitation. There is a substantial amount of material on the New York House of Detention for Women and Kross's efforts to institute major reforms focusing on education and social rehabilitation for women prisoners. There is some material on juvenile offenders as well. Correspondents include Constance Baker Motley and Eleanor Roosevelt.
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Marie Munk (1885-1978)
Papers, 1901-1976, 4.5 linear ft. (13 boxes)
Lawyer, Judge, Marriage counselor. Munk was the first woman admitted to practice law in Berlin and was appointed District Court Judge in 1929; however, because she was of Jewish descent, she was dismissed in 1933 by Nazi law and emigrated to the United States. The Papers document her early career in the U.S. and Germany through writings and correspondence. Of particular interest are letters from musicologist Sophie Drinker (1952-66). There are numerous publications by her plus manuscripts in both German and English. They cover a range of subjects, including domestic relations, marriage and marriage counseling, juvenile delinquency, and women's rights. Of special interest are manuscripts on the position of women before and after World War I, Munk's reminiscences of her experiences as a judge in pre- Hitler Germany, a proposal on the reunification of Berlin, and an oral history.
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Miscellaneous Organizations Collection
Papers, c.1824-2000 (ongoing), 14.75 linear ft. (32 boxes)
This collection includes small amounts of material on the following organizations:

  • Women's Organizations in Israel, 1937-49
  • Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, 1927-71
  • National Council of Jewish Women, 1943-70s

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National Congress of Neighborhood Women
Records, 1974-1999, 58 linear ft. (144 boxes)
Feminist grassroots network. NCNW is based in Williamsburg-Greenpoint, a predominantly working-class and mixed ethnic area of Brooklyn. The primary goal of this organization is to empower poor and working-class women to become community leaders. Issues of class, race and ethnicity are acknowledged and openly discussed. The records include writings and recorded discussions of white ethnicity.
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Harriet F. Pilpel (1911-1991)
Papers, 1913-1981, 13.75 linear ft. (28 boxes)
Lawyer, Birth control advocate, Abortion rights advocate. The papers consist primarily of Pilpel's reference files kept while she was legal counsel for Planned Parenthood of America. They include research files on court cases around the country on both the state and federal levels. Major topics include family planning, abortion rights, contraception, sterilization, sex education, and the sexual and reproductive rights of minors.
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Judith Plaskow (1947-)
Papers, 1997-2006 (ongoing), .5 linear ft. (1 box)
Author, Professor, Religious Studies, Feminist. Plaskow is a Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in New York. Her scholarly interests focus on contemporary religious thought with a specialization in Jewish feminist theology. In addition to cofounding the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Plaskow has written and edited several significant books in the field. The collection includes published and unpublished writings and lectures by Plaskow, and related correspondence (see also Documenting Lesbian Lives: Student Oral History Project).
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.]
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Letty Cottin Pogrebin (1939-)
Papers, 1968-2009 (ongoing), 92.25 linear ft. (87 boxes)
Journalist, Co-founder, National Women's Political Caucus, Co-founder, Ms. magazine, Editor, Feminist. Largely professional papers reflecting her career as a writer and journalist, as well as her social activism in the women's liberation and feminist movements. her writings include Women and Judaism. There is a small amount of biographical material and memorabilia.  [Partially restricted access - Contact us for more information. This collection has not been fully processed and may be difficult to use.]

Marietta Pritchard (1936-)
Papers, 1973-2009 (ongoing, 1.25 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Writer. Pritchard's Jewish parents converted to Catholicism in 1930s Hungary, and came to the US in 1939. Among her many works is a memoir, Among Strangers, about discovering she was Jewish at 19. Papers also contain materials pertaining to Pritchard's unpublished book about the Amherst, Massachusetts Women's Liberation support group, which started in 1969. Included is the complete typescript, entitled "Life Support: A Women's Group Four Decades Later"; questionnaires; interviews with former members; correspondence; and notes. The collection also includes other writings by Pritchard and subject files on women's issues.
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Lydia Rapoport (1923-1970)
Papers, 1963-1980, 1.25 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Professor, Social worker. Lydia Rapoport's published and unpublished articles highlight the extensive research she conducted on the topics of family intervention, mental health consultation, and short-term casework. Most of her unpublished articles were written in 1963 and 1964 while Rapoport taught at the Hebrew University in Israel, 1963-64.
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Judith Raskin (1928-1984)
Papers, 1911-2000, 11 linear ft. (21 boxes)
Opera singer, Teacher. The papers focus on Raskin's professional life, 1960-1980s, and include publicity, reviews, programs, taped recordings of Raskin's performances, and notes by her and her teacher regarding repertoire and technique. Personal materials include correspondence and diaries, primarily from her years as a student at Smith College.
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Florence Rose (1903-1969)
Papers, 1832-1970, 15 linear ft. (38 boxes)
Public relations specialist; Director, Meals for Millions; birth control activist; lobbyist. The daughter of Jewish Hungarian immigrants, Florence Rose was Margaret Sanger's personal secretary and administrative assistant from 1930 to 1943. In addition, she did public relations work for the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control, 1930-1937; the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau Education Department, 1937-1939; and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 1939 to 1943. She helped bring many European refugees (mostly Jewish) to the U.S. during World War II. She worked for Pearl Buck's East-West Foundation from 1946-1965, and co-directed Meals for Millions, which promoted improved nutrition in underdeveloped countries.
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Rosenbloom Family
Papers, 1914-1926, 1 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Homemaker, Physician. The collection includes correspondence of Carl. W. Rosenbloom, M.D. (1884-1949), and his fiancee (later his wife), Lena Berinstein (1894-1971) , written while Carl pursued further medical training in Europe and Lena remained in Holyoke, Massachusetts. There are also a few photographs.
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.]
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Florence Rena Sabin (1871-1953)
Papers, 1872-1985, 12.25 linear ft. (33 boxes)
Physician; Professor; and Public health specialist. The Papers consist of notes, awards, citations, photographs, printed material, photographs, and memorabilia and include both professional and personal material. They also include correspondence with family and friends, especially colleagues in medicine, research, and education; and a voluminous file of correspondence with her sister.
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Margaret Sanger (1879-1966)
Papers, 1761-1995, 114.25 linear ft. (233 boxes)
Birth control advocate, Nurse. The Papers include material related to her sponsoring and aiding Jewish refugees during World War II. (See microfilmed portion of the papers.)
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Hilda Schwartz (1908-1998)
Papers, 1930-1994, 13.75 linear ft. (11 boxes)
Lawyer, Judge, Local official, Founder, New York Women's Bar Association. The Hilda Ginsburg Schwartz Papers primarily document Schwartz's life in the public eye. They include campaign records and related newspaper clippings, and biographical and promotional material. Other items of interest include professional correspondence, photographs, and Schwartz's judicial opinions.
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.]
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Schwimmer-Lloyd Collection
Papers, 1912-1950 (?), 1.25 linear ft. (4 boxes)
Rosika Schwimmer; Suffragist, Feminist, Pacifist, Organizer, Ford Peace Expedition, Diplomat. Materials document primarily the peace activism of Rosika Schwimmer (1877-1948). Includes correspondence, biographical articles and clippings on Schwimmer, Lola Maverick Lloyd, and numerous friends and associates; writings, personal memorabilia; subject files; and photographs.
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Gloria Steinem (1934-)
Papers, 1908-2010 (ongoing), 191 linear ft. (310 boxes)
Journalist; feminist; political activist; co-founder, Ms magazine; co-founder, Women's Action Alliance; co-founder, Ms Foundation for Women; and co-founder, National Women's Political Caucus. In addition to providing a complete picture of the life of an important feminist leader, the Gloria Steinem Papers document women at the grassroots level of the feminist movement, whose letters to Steinem demonstrate her role as a symbol of the changes they were experiencing in their own lives. The papers also document Steinem's friendships and work with African-American feminists Shirley Chisholm, Florynce Kennedy and Dorothy Pitman Hughes; lesbian activists Andrea Dworkin and Kate Millett; and labor organizers such as Dolores Huerta and Karen Nussbaum. Material in the collection includes correspondence, writings, speeches, subject files, memorabilia, and photographs.
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Geraldine Stern (1907-)
Papers, 1949-1987, 3.75 linear ft. (9 boxes)
Artist, Author, Journalist. The Geraldine Stern Papers consist of material relating to her books: Daughters from Afar: Profiles of Israeli Women (1958) and Israeli Women Speak Out (1979), including articles, newspaper clippings, correspondence, proposals, research notes, drafts, a French translation, copy-edited manuscripts, and photographs. There are also audio recordings of ten interviews and transcripts of sixteen interviews made for Israeli Women Speak Out.
[Note: This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.]
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Eleanor Ernst Timberg (1913-2002)
Papers, 1930-2004, 10 linear ft. (10 boxes)
Editor, Special education activist, Secretary, Volunteer. Timberg worked for Louis Finkelstein, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary from 1938-40; and conducted weekly radio programs on Jewish holidays for WNYX. Her papers consist of diaries that span the years from 1930-94 (early diaries include material from her Smith College days).
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Mary van Kleeck (1883-1972)
Papers, 1837-1998, 67.25 linear ft. (127 boxes)
Social reformer, Lecturer, Social researcher, Writer, Social worker. The van Kleeck papers include materials relating to her work with Hospites, a refugee relocation organization that provided employment and financial assistance for social workers fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s; for Jewish refugees and refugee organizations.
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Oral Histories

An Activist Life: Student Oral History Project

Interviews conducted by Smith College students with women who have dedicated their lives to social and political activism. Includes the following Jewish narrators: Merle Feld and Lesléa Newman.
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Documenting Lesbian Lives: Student Oral History Project

Interviews of women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, woman-identified-woman, queer, or who prefer not to identify with sexuality categories. Includes the following Jewish narrators: Martha Ackelsberg, Peggy Gillespie, Judith Plaskow, and Rabbi Toba Spitzer.
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Israeli Women Speak Out

(See Geraldine Stern Papers)

Regina Berger Lederer (1895-1988)

"From Old World to New: Omi's Stories; an oral history of Regina Lederer" (1984)
Immigrant, Opera Singer. Born 1895 in Vienna, Austria, Regina Berger Lederer was a soprano soloist with the Vienna Opera. In 1939, after the Nazi invasion, she and her husband, Theodore Lederer, and their son, left for Italy, then the United States. She resumed her singing career in New York City and later she worked for a knitting firm until she retired in 1972. Her oral history was conducted by her grandson, Robert Lederer, in 1984, three years before her death. The bound transcript includes biographical notes, obituary, eulogies, and photocopies of photographs of Lederer and her family.
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Voices of Feminism Oral History Project (2002-)

Documents the persistence and diversity of organizing for women in the U.S. during the 20th century. Interviews average 5-6 hours and cover childhood, personal life, and political work. Audiovisual recordings are available in-house, and full transcripts are online. [Note: Some interviews are partially restricted - contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.]
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Narrators include a number of Jewish women. See:

  • Joan E. Biren (JEB), lesbian feminist activist, photographer and filmmaker.
  • Marge Frantz, former Communist Party organizer, peace activist, teacher.
  • Ronnie Gilbert, folk musician, former member of the Weavers (see also Gilbert Papers).
  • Amber Hollibaugh, queer activist, feminist, writer and filmmaker.
  • Eva Kollisch, member of the Workers Party 1940s, peace activist, feminist and teacher.
  • Gerda Lerner, peace and civil rights activist and pioneer in the field of women's history.
  • Karen Nussbaum, government official and labor organizer.
  • Miriam Schneir, writer and publisher of second wave feminist texts.
  • Martha Shelley, lesbian feminist, writer.
  • Gloria Steinem, journalist, feminist, and political activist.
  • Meredith Tax, activist, feminist writer, founder of Bread and Roses, the October League, the Committee for Abortion Rights and Against Sterilization Abuse (CARASA), and Reproductive Rights National Network (R2N2).

See the SSC Oral Histories list for more oral histories.


  • Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and Our Friends (1990-95
  • Hadassah Newsletter (1938-99)
  • Lilith - The Jewish Woman's Magazine (1976-80, 1990)
  • Pioneer Woman (Women's Labor Zionist Organization of America) (1980-84)

View the SSC Periodicals list for more titles.

Subject Collections

Countries Collection

Papers, 1540-1996 (ongoing), 25 linear ft., (49 boxes; 25 books)
Items of interest in this collection include letters (in German) from a young Jewish women telling of deplorable conditions in Germany in the 1920s; a brochure for the Jewish Ladies' Organization of Iran (1966); a small amount of materials on women in Israel.
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Religion Collection

Papers, 1734-1997 (ongoing), 7.25 linear ft. (10 boxes)
Collection includes documentation on women's organizations and caucuses from various religions and on the topic of women and religion in general. There are also biographical files on individual religious thinkers and leaders.
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Closed Collections

The following collections are currently closed to general research; some may be viewed with permission from the donor. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection for more information.

Eva Kollisch (1925-)
Papers, 1942-2009, 8.5 linear ft. (7 boxes)
Peace activist, Professor, Socialist. Eva Kollisch was a refuge from Austria in 1939. The papers consist of information about Kollisch's education, and several trips to Europe. A significant portion pertains to Kollisch's years of employment at Sarah Lawrence College, as well as to the writing and publication of her book, Girl in Movement: a Memoir (2002). Kollisch's interest in and involvement with several peace, disarmament, and anti-war organizations, notably the Women's Pentagon Action, is well-documented and includes extensive subject files. Photographs of the Nov. 11, 2009 wedding of Kollish and Naomi Replansky are also included. See also the Voices of Feminism Oral History Project.

Lesléa Newman (1955-)
Papers, 1970s-2007, 16.5 linear ft. (14 boxes)
Author, Feminist. Papers consist of drafts of writings; first editions of all her books; subject files about gay and lesbian rights; audiovisual materials documenting Newman's public appearances and readings, lectures and speeches; original book covers; correspondence with publishers, and fan mail; contracts and royalty statements; clippings; and publicity materials for Newman's books. See also the Documenting Lesbian Lives: Student Oral History Project.

Frances Fox Piven (1932-)
Papers, 1957-1999 [ongoing], 72 linear ft. (96 boxes)
Professor, political science and political activist. The material in the Frances Fox Piven Papers, which includes correspondence, organization files, speeches, and writings, reflects her involvement as both an academic and activist concerned with community development, poverty, the welfare state and urban reform. Organizations documented include the American Civil Liberties Union, Mobilization for Youth, and the National Welfare Rights Organization.
[Restricted Access: Permission from France Fox Piven required. This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.]
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Additional Resources

For primary sources on Jewish women at Smith College, see the Smith College Archives

For secondary sources, see the Browsing and Reference collections in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Jewish Women's Archive: a Web site that features online exhibits, oral histories, lesson plans, and scholarly resources on the history of American Jewish women.

(Note: The SSC is actively collecting the papers and oral histories of women and the records of their organizations. Please see the complete list of collections or contact us for updated information on our holdings.)

This subject guide was created by SSC intern Joanna Johnson (2012)