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Suzanne Braun Levine papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00681

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, memos, editorial notes, lectures, student papers, drafts of articles, and readers'surveys, documenting Levine's work at Ms. Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, and as a freelance writer and adjunct professor in Columbia University's School of Journalism.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1963 - 2013


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use with following restrictions on access:

Acc.#14S-27/46, Box 4, is closed until processed.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, The University of Missouri archives has assigned the copyright of Suzanne Braun Levine's works to Smith College; however, 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 instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Suzanne Braun Levine, 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

Suzanne Braun Levine graduated from Radcliffe College in 1963 and is a writer and editor. She joined Ms. Magazine as managing editor at its founding in 1972 and later served as vice-president. She then went on to be editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, 1989-1997. A frequent televison commentator on shows such as Today and Good Morning America, Levine is the author or editor of several books including She's Nobody's Baby (She also produced the television special of the same name in 1981) and Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way (co-authored with Mary Thom, 2007). More recently, Levine has focused on women in "midlife"or what she refers to as "second adulthood"on her Web site ( and in books such as Inventing the Rest of Our Lives (2005) and Fifty is the New Fifty: Ten Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood (2009).

She has been a Poynter Fellow at Yale University and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Pomona College in addition to lecturing at several journalism schools and workshops. She has been honored by the Association for Education Journalism and Mass Communication and is an active member of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She is a founding member of the Women’s Media Group and a board member of the Women’s Action Alliance.


12.938 linear feet (15 containers)

Language of Materials



Suzanne Braun Levine is a writer and editor. She joined Ms.


The papers are arranged in six series: Ms. Magazine, Ms. Foundation, Personal, Professional Organizations, Volumes, and Unprocessed Material.


This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Suzanne Braun Levine, 2011-2014. The 2011 donation was transferred from the University of Missouri Archives.

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.



Finding aid for Suzanne Braun Levine papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-11-14: Added 9 page Word accession (11S-31) and updated
  • 2021-06-09: Description added from accession inventories

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063