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Emma Goldman papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: SSC-MS-00064

Scope and Contents

Contains typed letters and fragments to friends, including unsigned copies (1935) to Roger Baldwin, letters to John Haynes Holmes (1935-36), and Henriett 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.

Dates of Materials

  • 1911 - 1936


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Born 27 Jun 1869 in the Jewish ghetto of Kovno, Russia. Went to America with half sister to Rochester, NY; worked in a clothing factory. Married Jacob Kersner in 1887; later divorced. Went to New York City 1889, met Alexander Berkman; joined anarchist movement, served 1 year in prison. Studied nursing/ midwifery, Vienna, 1895-96; lectured on anarchy. Edited Mother Earth with Berkman 1906-17 ; wrote Anarchism and Other Essays, 1911; deprived of U.S. citizenship 1908; she and Berkman arrested , sentenced to two years in prison 1917 ; deported to Russia 1919; published My Disillusionment in Russia, 1923; Living My Life, 1931; died in Chicago 1940.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



The collection contains the papers for Russian American anarchist Emma Goldman, including typed letters and fragments to friends, printed speeches, and pamphlets on anarchism and prison experiences.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated in 1968 by an unknown donor.

Finding aid to the Emma Goldman papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-11: Updated to conform to DACS

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063