Scope and Contents
The Eva Kollisch papers consist of two series of materials. The first includes information about Kollisch's education, a small amount of financial information, documents pertaining to her apartment and to her country house in Middletown, New York, and materials relating to several trips to Europe. A significant portion of the accession pertains to Kollisch's years of employment at Sarah Lawrence College, as well as to the writing and publication of her book, Girl in Movement: A Memoir(2002). Kollisch's interest in and involvement with several peace, disarmament, and anti-war organizations, notably the Women's Pentagon Action, is well-documented and includes extensive subject files. Photographs of the Nov. 11, 2009 wedding of Kollish and Naomi Replansky are also included. The second series accession consists of correspondence, photographs, published and unpublished writings, reviews of her work and other clippings, as well as extensive journals.
Language of Materials
English and German
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access: At the donor's request, her diaries and journals are closed to researchers until her death.
Conditions Governing Access
Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.
Conditions Governing Use
To the extent that she owns copyright, Eva Kollisch has retained copyright until her death in her works donated to Smith College. After that time, copyright in these works will transfer to Smith College. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. 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. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by Eva Kollisch, 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.
Eva Berliner Kollisch (1925-) is an author and activist. She was born in Vienna, Austria, the daughter of Margaret Moller and Otto Kollisch and escaped with her two younger brothers, Steven and Peter, to England in 1939 via Kindertransport, the organized rescue effort that facilitated the escape to England of some ten-thousand Jewish children from Austria, Czechoslovakia and Germany. Her parents also escaped andtThe family was reunited in April, 1940, in New York. Eva Kollisch graduated from Curtis High School in Staten Island, NY in 1942. That year she joined the Workers Party, a Trotskyist organization that sent its members into factories to radicalize the workers. She abandoned her plans for college and, from 1942 to 1945, worked and organized in sweatshops in New York City and in auto plants in Detroit. During this time she met and married a comrade, Stanley Plastric; she divorced in Plastric in 1946, at which time she also left the Workers Party. In 1948, Kollisch met Gert Berliner, a German Jewish refugee and artist, whom she married and with whom she had one child, Uri Berliner (b. 1956); they divorced in 1959. Kollisch earned her undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College in 1951, and her M.A. from Columbia University in 1963. She studied in the Ph.D. program at New York University but decided not to complete a dissertation. Kollisch taught Comparative Literature and German, first at Broooklyn College and, at Sarah Lawrence College for thirty years, during which time she and Gerda Lerner and Joan Kelly created the Women's Studies Program there. Since the 1960s, Kollisch has been involved in numerous political causes, including the peace movement, anti-war activism, nuclear disarmament, feminism, and gay and lesbian rights. She has written essays and stories for anthologies and magazines, and her book, Girl in Movement, was published in 2000. She lives in New York City with life-partner, poet Naomi Replansky.
5.854 linear feet (13 boxes)