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Yonata Feldman Papers, 1937-1981
7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 201

Abstract:
Social worker and professor. Specializing in treatment of emotionally disturbed children, Feldman conducted seminars and institutes around the country; and served as consultant for numerous institutions, social work agencies, and case workers. Material includes writings (including autobiographical material), teaching material, correspondence, case notes, and photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection, with the following exceptions:

Researchers wishing to review teaching records must sign a contract agreeing to abide by the specified restrictions (details are attached to the Certificate of Gift).

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works of Yonata Feldman. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Yonata Feldman "with Mrs. Bell, ready for a call to service to the Comstock team" at the Smith School for Social Work baseball game, July 4, 1957

Yonata Feldman "with Mrs. Bell, ready
for a call to service to the Comstock
team" at the Smith School for Social
Work baseball game, July 4, 1957

Yonata Feldman served on the faculty of the Smith College School for Social Work for many years. She was born in 1892 in Estonia and studied at the Imperial University of Jurjew; her education was interrupted when the Germans invaded Russia in 1912. Before emigrating to the United States, she taught at, and was principal of, an elementary school in Estonia. She earned her M.A. from the Chicago University School of Social Service Administration in 1923, specializing in the treatment of emotionally disturbed children. From 1923 to 1928 Feldman was a social worker at the Chicago Jewish Children's Bureau, and from 1925 to 1928 also worked with disturbed children at the Chicago Institute for Juvenile Research. From 1928 to 1961, she was employed at the Madeleine Borg Child Guidance Institute of the Jewish Board of Guardians in New York City, working her way up from caseworker to casework supervisor to "boro" supervisor. In 1950, she joined the faculty of the Smith College School for Social Work where she served until 1974. Throughout her career, she conducted seminars and institutes for various institutions and professional groups, among them Western Reserve University, The College of William and Mary, Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Presbyterian Hospital of the New York Medical Center, Lebanon Hospital and the Board of Education of the City of New York. She also served as case consultant for numerous institutions, social work agencies, and case workers in private practice. She died on August 28, 1981 in New York, NY.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Yonata Feldman's papers consist of 3.5 linear feet of material, dating from 1938 to 1981. They are divided into three series. Series I. Biographical Material (1980-81), .25", includes autobiographical statements about Feldman's experiences in German-occupied Russia during World War I, when she was separated from her family for an extended period. Also of interest are her reflections on and anecdotes about her years at the Smith College School for Social Work. Series II. Professional Activities (1940-81), 1.75', is comprised primarily of teaching records, which include supervisory and case notes. Case files are arranged alphabetically by surname of student (not by name of client). The series also contains teaching notes, syllabi, class rosters, critiques of case studies, summaries and minutes of seminars and institutes, typescripts of writings, bibliographies, and printed matter, as well as material pertaining to professional organizations with which Feldman was affiliated. Series III. Writings (1945-80), .5', includes typescripts and draft manuscripts of Feldman's writings. In Series IV. Photographs (1957-76, n.d.), .25', several images of Feldman and her S.C.S.S.W. students can be found.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection, with the following exceptions:

Researchers wishing to review teaching records must sign a contract agreeing to abide by the specified restrictions (details are attached to the Certificate of Gift).

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works of Yonata Feldman. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Yonata Feldman Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA

History of the Collection

Prior to her death in 1981, Yonata Feldman arranged with Katherine Gabel, former Dean of the Smith College School for Social Work, to donate her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection; the papers were transferred in 1984. Joan Moore West donated additional material in 1984, as did the School for Social Work in 1988. Pauline Doynow donated photographs in 2001.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, 2001.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL



Curriculum vita and autobiographical statements,
1980-81, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1a
SERIES II. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES



Correspondence,
1948-75

Box 1: folder 1b
Organizations



Council for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists,
1969-73

Box 1: folder 2-3
International Conference on Child Psychiatry,
1954

Box 1: folder 4
Jewish Board of Guardians



Bronx Office,
1940-41

Box 1: folder 5
Borderline Project,
1954

Box 1: folder 6-7
National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis,
1956

Box 1: folder 8
New York Association for the Blind,
1969

Box 1: folder 9
Students



Supervisory and case notes



B-G,
1965-81

Box 2: folder 10-35
G-S,
1960-80, n.d.

Box 3: folder 36-67
S-Z, unidentified,
1945-80

Box 4: folder 68-76
Teaching



Smith College School for Social Work



Program for Advanced Study--Advanced Casework



General information,
1961

Box 4: folder 77
Feldman's notes on sessions,
1961

Box 4: folder 78
Supervision in Social Casework



General information,
1965

Box 4: folder 79
Feldman's notes,
1965

Box 4: folder 80
Cases,
1965

Box 4: folder 81
Seminar 518: Roster, feedback form,
1977

Box 4: folder 82
Seminar 66A and B: Student cards,
n.d.

Box 4: folder 82a
Jewish Orientation and Training Seminars



Correspondence and general information,
1971

Box 4: folder 83
Cases discussed,
1971

Box 4: folder 84-85
Manhattan Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies



General information,
1977-78

Box 4: folder 86-87
Student case notes,
1977-78

Box 4: folder 88-89
Feldman's notes


Box 4: folder 90
Courses taught at unidentified institutions



Two-Summer Project in Supervision



Feldman's notes on sessions,
1962

Box 5: folder 91
Cases discussed


Box 5: folder 92
General information,
1963

Box 5: folder 93
General information,
1964

Box 5: folder 94-95
Feldman's notes on sessions,
1964

Box 5: folder 96
General information,
1965

Box 5: folder 97
Course 125: Feldman's notes,
1962

Box 5: folder 98
FC 104



Roster and notes,
1976

Box 5: folder 99
Feldman's notes for class discussion,
1976

Box 5: folder 100
Cases discussed,
1976

Box 5: folder 101
Feldman's notes,
1977-78

Box 5: folder 102-103
PT 9



Roster and notes,
1973

Box 5: folder 104
Students' case notes,
1973

Box 5: folder 105
Miscellaneous teaching material,
1973-77

Box 5: folder 106
Lectures by others,
1950-52

Box 5: folder 107
Miscellaneous notes, forms and unidentified fragments,
1938, n.d.

Box 5: folder 108
SERIES III. WRITINGS



List of published and unpublished articles,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 108a
"An Approach Towards Understanding the Parents of Emotionally Disturbed Children," typescript and published article,
1958

Box 5: folder 109
"An Aspect in the Training of the Beginning Caseworker," typescript,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 110
"And a Little Child Shall Lead Them," typescript,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 111
"The Attempt at Healthy Insulation in the Withdrawn Child," published article,
1953

Box 5: folder 112
"The Case of Miriam Kohn," published article and photocopy,
1945

Box 5: folder 113
"Case Presentation for the Session on Cultural Content in the Curriculum of the School for Social Work," typescript, n.d


Box 5: folder 114
"A Case Work Approach in Apparently Unreachable Cases," typescript,
1958

Box 5: folder 115
"Contributing to Case Work Evaluation," typescript,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 116
"Culture and Diagnosis," typescript,
n.d.

Box 5: folder 117
"Direct Case Work With Children," typescripts and draft manuscripts,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 118
"The Disguised Cry for Help," typescript,
1961

Box 6: folder 119
"The Early History of Modern Psychoanalysis," published article,
1978

Box 6: folder 120
"Ego Involvement in Case Work Training," typescript,
1960

Box 6: folder 121
"Ego Reinforcement in the Schizophrenic Child," typescript and published article,
1956

Box 6: folder 122
"Emotional Growing Pains," typescript,
1947

Box 6: folder 123
"Environmental Setting in a Child Guidance Agency," typescript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 124
"An Episode," typescript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 125
"An Evaluation of Intake," typescript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 126
"How Can Social Workers Stand Their Work," typescript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 127
"The Initial Investigation in Case Work," typescript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 128
"Listening and Understanding," photocopy of published article,
1975

Box 6: folder 129
"The Narcissistic Parent Who Needs Some Therapy in a Child Guidance Setting Before Permitting Help for Her Child," typescript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 130
"The Need for Insulation Reinforcement in the Schizophrenic Child," typescript,
1953

Box 6: folder 131
"A Note on Social Work History," typescript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 132
"One Aspect of Casework Training Through Supervision," published article,
1953

Box 6: folder 133
"An Outline of a Clinical Symptom Picture in Borderline Cases," typescript,
1947-48

Box 6: folder 134
"Peddling Case Work," typescript and draft manuscript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 135
"The Problem of the Giver and Receiver," typescript and published article,
1980

Box 6: folder 136
"The Problem of Uteral Anxiety," typescript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 137
"The Feldman Theory of Intrauterine Anxiety: Further Case Illustrations," by D.J. Riccio, typescript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 138
"Report of the Experience of the Bronx Office With Youth Board Cases," typescript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 139
"The Struggle for Insulation in Adolescence," typescript,
1952

Box 6: folder 140
"Study of Divided Cases," typescript,
1937

Box 6: folder 141
"The Supervisory Process--An Experience in Teaching and Learning," typescript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 142
"Sympathy and Empathy," draft manuscript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 143
"The Teaching Aspect of Casework Supervision, published article,
1950

Box 6: folder 144
"What is the Real Meaning of 'Acceptance?'," published article,
1958

Box 6: folder 145
"Withdrawal as a Mechanism for Insulation," typescript,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 146
The Withdrawn Child



Proposal for book,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 147
Preliminary outline and working paper,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 148
Notes,
1954, n.d.

Box 6: folder 149-150
Table of contents and outline,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 151
Fragments,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 152
SERIES IV. PHOTOGRAPHS



Photographs,
1957-1976, n.d.

Box 7: folder 153
Photo album,
1957

Box 7: folder 154
BOOKS ON SHELF



Katherine Gabel, ed., Master Teacher and Supervisor in Clinical Social Work: Yonata Feldman (Northampton, MA: Smith College School for Social Work, [2 copies].
1982)

Box 7

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Subjects
  • Child psychology--Study and teaching--History--Sources
  • Feldman, Yonata
  • Russia--History--1801-1917--Sources
  • Smith College. School for Social Work.--Faculty--History--Sources
  • Social work education--United States--History--Sources
  • Social work with children--United States--History--Sources


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