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Anna H. Askanasy papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00007

Scope and Contents

The Anna H. Askanasy papers consist of one linear foot of correspondence, travel journals, and writings. The letters and cards exchanged by Askanasy and Margaret Grierson provide an engaging and insightful commentary on the social, economic, and political situation in the U.S. and Canada between 1950 and 1970. Askanasy's journals, like her letters, are not only colorful, vivid accounts of her travels around the world but powerful and historically contingent commentaries on her lived experience. Her writings reveal that she was a fiery, articulate and opinionated woman of the world.

Dates

  • 1931-1970

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

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 (specialcollections@smith.edu) 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

Copyright ownership of Anna H. Askanasy's writings is unknown. 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.

Biographical / Historical

Anna H. Askanasy was a Viennese woman who emigrated from Nazi Austria to Canada in 1938. Askanasy was involved in the women's movement and part of a circle of feminists which included Mary Beard and Rosika Schwimmer. She also appears to have been active in the movement for peace which emerged in response to the beginnings of the First World War. Askanasy's letters to Margaret Grierson, founder of the Sophia Smith Collection, reveal that she was deeply passionate about women's history and very interested in the potential of the Collection. Askanasy was an amateur women's historian herself and published a historical novel Empress of Byzantium (1952) under the pseudonym Helen A. Mahler. Her unpublished book, "The Catastrophe of Patriarchy," also reflects her interest in the subject.

Extent

0.875 linear feet (2 containers)

Overview

Author, Feminist. Correspondence, travel journals, and writings. Letters between Askanasy and archivist Margaret Grierson discuss social, economic, and political situation in the U.S. and Canada, 1950-70. Her journals and letters provide accounts of travels. Writings include her unpublished book, "The Catastrophe of Patriarchy."

Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series:
  1. I. CORRESPONDENCE
  2. II. JOURNALS
  3. III. WRITINGS

Other Finding Aids

OCLC Number: 45605358

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Anna H. Askanasy papers donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from 1949 to 1970.

Related Material

Additional papers of Askanasy are located at the Women's Library of the London Metropolitan University. Correspondence with Robert Briffault is kept with his collection at the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections at McMaster University Library Ontario, Canada. Letters to Mary Beard are held with the Charles and Mary Beard Papers in the Archives of Depauw University.

Processing Information

Processed by Indus Chadha, SSC intern, 2006.
Title
Anna H. Askanasy papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Indus Chadha, SSC intern
Date
2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:13-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063