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Ruth Herschberger Papers, 1861-2005
49 boxes (59.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 280

Abstract:
Poet; Playwright; Author. Manuscript of Adam's Rib (including revisions; and Norwegian and Swedish editions); and The Old Sex and the New; published books, articles and poetry; unpublished writings. Major themes in the collection include literature, sexuality, and the women's movement.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

This collection has not been fully processed. Portions of the collection are stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice. Partially restricted access - contact the Sophian Smith Collection for more information.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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

Born in Philipse Manor, NY, 1917; grew up in Chicago; attended University of Chicago, 1935-38; Black Mountain College, North Carolina, 1938-39; studied theatre and poetry at U. Michigan, 1941; and playwrighting at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research, New York City, 1942-43. Wrote and produced plays for stage and radio; published book of feminist essays, Adam's Rib, under pseudonym Josephine Lang Staff, in England, 1948; published 2 books of poetry and contributed to anthologies; has received several awards for poetry. Participated in women's liberation movement of the 1970s; lived at Yaddo, Taos and Ossabau Writers' Colonies; resided for many years in Westbeth artists' residence, Greenwich Village.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Manuscript of Adam's Rib (including revisions; and Norwegian and Swedish editions); and The Old Sex and the New; published books, articles and poetry; unpublished writings. Major themes in the collection include literature, sexuality, and the women's movement.

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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.

This collection has not been fully processed. Portions of the collection are stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice. Partially restricted access - contact the Sophian Smith Collection for more information.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, 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:

Ruth Herschberger Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection
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Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • Dramatists, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Feminism--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Herschberger, Ruth, 1917-
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Women poets, American--20th century--Biography--Sources


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