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Ruth Herschberger papers, 1861-2005
49 boxes (59.25 linear feet)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00280

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revisions; and Norwegian and Swedish editions); and The Old Sex and the New; published books, articles and poetry; unpublished writings.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:

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: Accession #s 90S-29, 90S-39, and 90S-54 are open. Boxes 1-6 of Acc. 08S-19 are open. Rest of this accession (boxes 6-45) is closed due to preservation issues. Portions of collection are stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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

Biographical / Historical

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. Herschberger died October 14, 2014.

Scope and Contents

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revisions; and Norwegian and Swedish editions); and The Old Sex and the New; published books, articles and poetry; unpublished writings.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.


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

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: Accession #s 90S-29, 90S-39, and 90S-54 are open. Boxes 1-6 of Acc. 08S-19 are open. Rest of this accession (boxes 6-45) is closed due to preservation issues. Portions of collection are stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

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, SSC-MS-00280, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The collection was gifted by Susan J Forbes from 1990-2016. The collection accession numbers are 90S-29, 90S-39, 90S-54, 08S-19, 08S-90, 16S-24.


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
Other Finding Aids

This online finding aid currently provides detailed description of only the most recent additions to this collection. Additional materials are described in unpublished lists that can be sent to you upon request by contacting specialcollections@smith.edu

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Contents List
2008-S-0019. Forbes, Susan J., Ruth Herschberger diaries over fifty-three years, correspondence, writings and other materials
1861-2005
57.5 linear feet(45 boxes)

Restrictions on access:

Restrictions designated by the donor: The restrictions applied to the accession record are the same as those applied at the collection-level. Restrictions designated by the SSC: The restrictions applied to the accession record are the same as those applied at the collection-level.

Search Terms
Forbes, Susan J.

2008-S-0019. Diaries
1929 August - 2004 July

Box 1 Box 3 Box 4 Box 5 Box 6
General

Diaries from age fourteen to eighty-seven contain entries about life as an alcoholic, relationships with lovers, financial struggles as a writer without a steady income, and descent into difficulties relating to old age.

2008-S-0019. Family photographs
1899-1948 (bulk 1943-1948)udated

Box 6
2008-S-0019. Grandmother Matilda Charity Miller Eberhart annotated diaries, correspondence, account of trip to Cuba
1861-1864 undated

Box 6
2008-S-0019. Family correspondence
1869-1879 undated

Box 6
2008-S-0019. Story by unidentified owner
undated

Box 6
2008-S-0019. Writing fragment
undated

Box 6
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
1948-2000

Box 7
2008-S-0019. Poems by Herschberger and others
1972 undated

Box 7
2008-0019. Feminism fliers
ca.1976

Box 7
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous clippings
2000

Box 7
2008-S-0019. Tape recorder and six unlabeled audio-cassettes
undated

Box 7
2008-S-0019. "Ruth Herschberger" open-reel tape
undated

Box 7
2008-S-0019. Herschberger poems
1940 undated

Box 8
2008-S-0019. Publications containing Herschberger poems
1942-1976

Box 8
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-1999

Box 8
2008-S-0019. Personal financial information including bills and bank statements
ca.1990-1999

Box 8
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous notes
undated

Box 8
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous articles, fliers, clippings
ca.1980-2000

Box 9 Box 10
2008-S-0019. Personal financial documents
1990-1999

Box 9 Box 10
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
1944-1972

Box 9 Box 10
2008-S-0019. Feminism clippings and pamplets
ca.1970-1979

Box 9 Box 10
2008-S-0019. Herschberger essays
undated

Box 9 Box 10
2008-S-0019. Snapshots of unidentified people and events
ca.1970-1989

Box 11 Box 12
2008-S-0019. Poems by Herschberger and others
1980-1989 undated

Box 12
2008-S-0019. Personal financial documents
ca.1999-2000

Box 12
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-1979

Box 12
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous clippings
ca.1980-1989

Box 12
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-1969

Box 13
2008-S-0019. Herschberger poems
1960-1969 undated

Box 13
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous notes
1930-1959

Box 13
2008-S-0019. Fliers from gay and lesbian fights
1985 undated

Box 13
2008-S-0019. Herschberger essays
1930-1939

Box 13
2008-S-0019. University of Chicago syllabi
1930-1939

Box 13
2008-S-0019. "Alice's Recording of Stuff" and other 8mm films
undated

Box 13
2008-S-0019. "Westbeth," ""Island" and 38 other 8mm films
1976-1981

14
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous audio cassettes
undated

14
2008-S-0019. Newspapers and clippings
ca.1960-1969

Box 15
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-1969

Box 15
2008-S-0019. Herschberger published poems
1948

Box 15
2008-S-0019. Five copies of "Adams Rib" in several languages
1948

Box 15
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous book and publication containing writings by Herschberger
ca.1950-1979

Box 15
2008-S-0019. Books containing writings by Herschberger
1950-1979

Box 16
2008-S-0019. Herschberger poems and poem drafts
undated

Box 17 Box 18
2008-S-0019. Photographs of Herschberger and others
1980 undated

Box 17 Box 18
2008-S-0019. Personal medical and financial materials
2002-2006

Box 17 Box 18
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-2008

Box 17 Box 18
2008-S-0019. Personal calendars
1996-2005

Box 17 Box 18
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous articles, fliers, clippings and other materials
1990-2008

Box 17 Box 18
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-1959

Box 19
2008-S-0019. Herschberger poems and drafts of poems
undated

Box 19
2008-S-0019. Poem drafts and typescripts
undated

Box 20
2008-S-0019. Herschberger miscellaneous writings
undated

Box 20
2008-S-0019. Herschberger reading at Guggenheim Museum open reel tape
1968

Box 20
2008-S-0019. Unlabeled microcassette
undated

Box 20
2008-S-0019. Books by various authors
undated

Box 20
2008-S-0019. Four-volume publication "Scripts"
1971-1972

Box 20
2008-S-0019. Prescription pills, eyeglasses, binoculars and miscellaneous memorabilia
undated

Box 21
2008-S-0019. Herschberger drafts, notes, typescripts of essays and poems
undated

Box 22
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1950-2008

Box 22
2008-S-0019. Articles, fliers, clippings and miscellaneous materials
2000-2008

Box 22
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-1959

Box 23
2008-S-0019. Personal and other medical information
ca.1990-2008

Box 23
2008-S-0019. Theatre programs and brochures
ca.1950-1959

Box 23
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
1940-1999

Box 24
2008-S-0019. Poems by Herschberger and others
undated

Box 24
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous articles and clippings
ca.1980-1989

Box 24
2008-S-0019. Play scripts by various authors
1930-1939

Box 25
2008-S-0019. Herschberger poems
undated

Box 25
2008-S-0019. "Penny's Thursday," "Sting," "Roxy Music Greatest Hits" audiocassettes
undated

Box 25
2008-S-0019. Five vinyl LPs including opera and Christmas music
undated

Box 25
2008-S-0019. Herschberger poems
undated

Box 26
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-1959 ca.1990-2008

Box 26
2008-S-0019. Herschberger essays
ca.1930-1939

Box 26
2008-S-0019. Herschberger poems
undated

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1960-1989

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Seven unlabeled audio-cassettes
undated

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Herschberger's "Adam's Rib" and "Love and Nature Poems"
1948 1969

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Bills, receipts, cancelled checks
1990-1999

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous articles, fliers, clippings
ca.1980-1989

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Herschberger will
1988

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Unidentified photographs of individuals and events
ca.1980-1989

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Books by various authors
undated

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Herschberg play scripts
undated

Box 28
2008-S-0019. Unlabeled 8 mm film
undated

Box 28
2008-S-0019. Clippings, articles and other materialism regarding feminism
ca.1970-1979

Box 28
2008-S-0019. Drafts and typescripts of poems and other writings
undated

Box 20
2008-S-009-19. Open reel tape of Herschberger reading at Guggenheim Museum
undated

Box 20
2008-S-0019. Unlabeled microcassette
undated

Box 20
2008-S-0019. Books by various authors
undated

Box 20
2008-S-0019. "Scripts" publication
1971-1972

Box 20
2008-S-0019. Eyeglasses, binoculars, and other artifacts
ca.2000-2009

Box 21
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1950-2009

Box 22
2008-S-0019. Articles, fliers, brochures and miscellaneous materials
ca.2000-2009

Box 22
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-1959

Box 23
2008-S-0019. Personal medical documents and related materials
ca.1990-2009

Box 23
2008-S-0019. Theater programs and brochures
ca.1950-1959

Box 23
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-1999

Box 24
2008-S-0019. Poems by Herschberger and others
undated

Box 24
2008-S-0019. Articles and clippings on various topics
ca.1980-1989

Box 24
2008-S-0019. Play scripts
ca.1930-1939

Box 25
General

According to original box list, some scripts are "possibly by Herschberger"

2008-S-0019. Audiocasettes "Penny's Thursday," "Sting," and "Roxy Music Greatest Hits"
undated

Box 25
2008-S-0019. Vinyl Ls "Othello," " Rigoletto," "Little Marcy Sings Sunday school Songs," Great Songs of Christmas," and "Airforce" by Ginger Baker
undated

Box 25
2008-S-0019. Poems
undated

Box 26
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-1959 ca.1990-2009

Box 26
2008-S-0019. Essays
1930-1939

Box 26
2008-S-0019. Poems
undated

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1960-1989

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Seven unlabeled audiocassettes
undated

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Herschberger published writings "Adams Rib" and "Love and Nature Poems"
1948 1969

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous financial materials
ca.1990-1999

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Articles, fliers, brochures and miscellaneous materials
ca.1980-1989

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Herschberger's will
1988

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Photographs of unidentified individuals and events
ca.1980-1989

Box 27
2008-S-0019. Playscripts
undated

Box 28
2008-S-0019. Unlabeled 8mmfil
undated

Box 28
2008-S-0019. Helical scan videos "Practice Ruth" and "Helene D."
1973 undated

Box 28
2008-S-0019. Clippings, articles and other printed matter on faminism
ca.1970-1979

29
2008-S-0019. Note cards regarding female sexuality for "Adam's Rib."
undated

Box 28
2008-S-0019. Pages from "Adam's Rib"
undated

29
2008-S-0019. Veteran Feminists of America correspondence and clippings
1997

29
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1930-1949

29
2008-S-0019. Book "The Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch
1943

29
2008-S-0019. Play scripts, poems with drafts, essays with drafts by Herschberger
ca.1949-1969 undated

Box 30
2008-S-0019. Unidentified photographs
1986 undated

Box 30
2008-S-0019. Various receipts
ca.1980-1989

Box 30
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-1989

Box 30
2008-S-0019. First edition "Antheil" by Ezra Pound
1924

Box 30
2008-S-0091. Sergei Herscovici photographs, corresondence, biographical information
ca.1970-1989

Box 30
2008-S-0019. Photographs of unidentified women in hospital beds
undated

Box 30
2008-S-0019. Unlabeled audiocassette tape
undated

Box 30
2008-S-0019. Herschberger application to University of Chicago
1934

Box 31
2008-S-0019. Herschberger University of Chicago essays, notes, syllabi
1935-1939

Box 31
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
1951-2004

Box 32
2008-S-0019. Poems and other Herschberger writings with notes and drafts
ca.1990-2010

Box 32
2008-S-0019. Appointment books
1973-1988

Box 32
2008-S-0019. Correspondence and notes
ca.1970-2010

Box 33
2008-S-0019. Writings and related correspondence by Herschberger and others
undated

Box 33
2008-S-0019. Articles, fliers, miscellaneous materials
ca.1990-2010

Box 34
2008-S-0019. Poems including notes and drafts
ca.2000-2010

Box 34
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1940-2010

Box 34
2008-S-0019. College essays
1935-1939

Box 34
2008-S-0019. Herschberger essays on Kinsey Reports
undated

Box 34
2008-S-0019. Artciles, fliers, miscellaneous materials
ca.1980-1999

Box 35
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1930-1949 ca.1980-1989

Box 35
2008-S-0019. Bills and bank statements
ca.1990-1999

Box 35
2008-S-0019. Unidentified photographs
ca.1980-1989

Box 35
2008-S-0019. Advertisements for :"Adam's Rib"
undated

Box 35
2008-S-0019. Play scripts
undated

Box 35
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
ca.1950-2009

Box 36
2008-S-0019. Personal medical information
ca.2000-2009

Box 36
2008-S-0019. Bank statements
2005-2006

Box 36
2008-S-0019. Memorabilia including a ring
undated

Box 36
2008-S-0019. Literary catalogs and materials pertaining to publishing boadsides
1960-1969

Box 36 Box 37
2008-S-0019. Unidentified photographs
ca.1960-1999

Box 37
2008-S-0019. Ninety labeled and unlabeled audio cassettes
1972-1978 undated

Box 38
2008-S-0019. Thirty-four labeled and unlabeled videocassettes
1986-1993

Box 39
2008-S-0019. Typescript and notes for "A Child's Anthology"
undated

Box 40
2008-S-0019. Herschberger correspondence to mother and family
ca.1940-1989

Box 40 Box 41
2008-S-0019. Herschberger correspondence from mother
1940-1959

Box 41
2008-S-0019. Photographs and negatives of unidentified people and events
ca.1960-1980

Box 42
2008-S-0019. Photograph album of unidentified people and events
undated

Box 43
2008-S-0019. Thirteen open reel tapes including "Biil's recording of me" and 1956 "Private reading at Poet's Theatre"
1956 March 7 undated

Box 43
2008-S-0019. Ten audiocassette tapes including "Watergate," "Nixon night, "Sergi and me"
ca.1971-1978 undated

Box 43
2008-S-0019. Correspondence with mother and others
ca.1940-1989

Box 44
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous notes
undated

Box 44
2008-S-0019. Self help and other books by various authors
undated

Box 44 Box 45
2008-S-0019. Herschberger drafts and typescripts of poems
undated

Box 44
2008-S-0019. Theatre programs
ca.1940-1959

Box 44
2008-S-0019. Tax information and miscellaneous bills
ca.1960-1999

Box 45
2008-S-0019. Correspondence
1940-1949

Box 45
2008-S-0019. Miscellaneous clippings
ca.1980-1989

Box 45
2008-S-0019. Small metal file cabinet locked with no key
undated

Box 46
2008-S-0008. Ruth Herschberger diaries, poems, photographs and miscellaneous materials
1970-2001
0,75 linear feet

Separated material:

Diaries 1976, 1980 and 2001 were added to diaries in Acc. 08S-19

Search Terms
Pollet, Elizabeth

2008-S-0090. Photographs of Herschberger and other subjects
ca.1970-1989

Box 1 Box 2
2008-S-0090. Clippings, notes and miscellaneous papers
ca.1980-2009

Box 1 Box 2
2008-S-0090. Drafts of Poems
undated

Box 1 Box 2

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Dramatists, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Feminism--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Forbes, Susan J.
  • Forbes, Susan J.
  • Herschberger, Ruth
  • Herschberger, Ruth
  • Herschberger, Ruth, 1917-
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Women poets, American--20th century--Biography--Sources

Genre terms
  • Appointment books
  • Audiotapes
  • Books
  • Cartoons
  • Certificate of literacy
  • Death certificate
  • Financial records
  • Manuscripts
  • Negatives
  • Notes
  • Periodicals
  • Phonograph records
  • Playbills
  • Plays
  • Poems
  • Posters
  • Prescriptions
  • Receipts
  • Royalties statements
  • Sound recordings
  • Typescripts
  • Videotapes
  • Writings
  • articles
  • clippings
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • memorabilia
  • notebooks
  • photograph albums
  • photographs


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