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Jane Burr Papers, circa 1860s-1958
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 25

Abstract:
Journalist; Poet; Playwright. Papers include articles, photographs, and correspondence from Havelock Ellis, Margaret Sanger, H.G. Wells, Agnes Smedley, Fannie Hurst, Roger Baldwin, and Max Eastman, among others.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership is unknown. Copyright to materials authored by persons other than Jane Burr 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 to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Jane Burr atop the Savoy Hotel with Houses of Parliament in distance, London, 1922

Jane Burr atop the Savoy Hotel with Houses
of Parliament in distance, London, 1922

Rosalind Mae Guggenheim, better known as Jane Burr, was born in Cleburne, Texas, December 27, 1882, the daughter of Bertha Kaufman and Leopold Guggenheim. She married Horatio G. Winslow in 1911 and they divorced in 1925. During the 1910s and 20s, she resided in New York City and was part of the Greenwich Village crowd of radicals, artists, and writers. She wrote articles on women's rights, marriage, dress reform, birth control, and changing sexual attitudes. In 1922 she traveled around the world studying and writing articles about the condition of women for United Press. In London she caused a stir by wearing her famous "knickerbockers." Jane Burr published a number of novels, poems and plays. Some of her better known works include City Dust (1917), The Glorious Hope (1918), The Passionate Spectator (1921), Marble and Mud (1935), The Queen is Dead (1938), and Fourteen Radio Plays (1945). Beginning in the 1940s she lived in Woodstock, New York where she opened her farmhouse as an inn for writers and ran an antique shop from her barn. Jane Burr died in 1958.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jane Burr Papers include articles by and about Burr, photographs of Burr and her family, and about 150 letters to her. There is personal correspondence from Havelock Ellis from 1892-1935, 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. Burr's letters to Margaret Grierson, Director of the Sophia Smith Collection, contain detailed descriptions of her papers and provide valuable biographical context. Descriptions written on the back of the photographs of family and places provide additional biographical information. There are a number of photographs of Burr's home town, Cleburne, Texas.


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.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership is unknown. Copyright to materials authored by persons other than Jane Burr 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 to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

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

Jane Burr Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Jane Burr (on the suggestion of Margaret Sanger) donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from 1949 to 1958.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Corey Fabian Borenstein, 2007.


Additional Information
Contact Information
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Language
English