Scope and Contents
This collection contains writings of Peggy Penn, such as manuscripts and other publications, poetry, and work files of Peggy Penn. The collection also includes audiocassettes, VHS tapes, computer disks, and with a backup of Penn's computer files.
Dates of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
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 (email@example.com) 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
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 / Historical
Peggy Maurer Penn was born on February 26, 1931 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Before becoming a therapist, Penn was a successful American actress and married to director and film producer Arthur Penn from 1955-2010. Peggy Penn is most notably known for her roles in the films Playhouse 90 (1956), The Alcoa Hour (1955), and Peter Pan (1960). After her acting career, Penn became a therapist in New York City; she was the Supervising Faculty Member of the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy and did extensive research on the effects of writing in therapy as well as using conversation as a theraputic tool for patients. Penn was Director of Clinical Training at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy from 1986-1992, and led various workshops on chronic illness, violence, and gender issues within the family. Penn was also the author of extensive publications including: Creating a Participant Text: Multiple Voices, Narrative Multiplicity and Writing (with Marilyn Frankfurt, Family Process, 1994), Letter Writing in Family Systems (1991), Rape Flashbacks (1985), and Chronic Illness: Writing Voices and Trauma (2001). Because of her extensive research and contribution to family therapy, Penn was honored by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in 1988. Aside from her work as a therapist, Penn was a Board Member of the Poetry Society of America and New Yorkers for Children. She passed away on July 27, 2012 in New York, NY.
4.354 linear feet (6 containers)
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