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Jane Burr papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00025

Scope and Contents

The Jane Burr Papers include articles by and about Burr, photographs of Burr and her family, and about 150 letters to her. There is personal correspondence from Havelock Ellis from 1892-1935, mostly about their common interest in sex reform and the position of women: marriage, divorce, birth control; and a freer attitude toward sex. Other correspondents include Margaret Sanger, H.G. Wells, Agnes Smedley, Fannie Hurst, Roger Baldwin, and Max Eastman. Burr's letters to Margaret Grierson, Director of the Sophia Smith Collection, contain detailed descriptions of her papers and provide valuable biographical context. Descriptions written on the back of the photographs of family and places provide additional biographical information. There are a number of photographs of Burr's home town, Cleburne, Texas.

Dates of Materials

  • 1860s-1958


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright ownership is unknown. Copyright to materials authored by persons other than Jane Burr may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. 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

Rosalind Mae Guggenheim, better known as Jane Burr, was born in Cleburne, Texas, December 27, 1882, the daughter of Bertha Kaufman and Leopold Guggenheim. She married Horatio G. Winslow in 1911 and they divorced in 1925. During the 1910s and 20s, she resided in New York City and was part of the Greenwich Village crowd of radicals, artists, and writers. She wrote articles on women's rights, marriage, dress reform, birth control, and changing sexual attitudes. In 1922 she traveled around the world studying and writing articles about the condition of women for United Press. In London she caused a stir by wearing her famous "knickerbockers." Jane Burr published a number of novels, poems and plays. Some of her better known works include City Dust (1917), The Glorious Hope (1918), The Passionate Spectator (1921), Marble and Mud (1935), The Queen is Dead (1938), and Fourteen Radio Plays (1945). Beginning in the 1940s she lived in Woodstock, New York where she opened her farmhouse as an inn for writers and ran an antique shop from her barn. Jane Burr died in 1958.


2.272 linear feet (3 containers)


Journalist; Poet; Playwright. Papers include articles, photographs, and correspondence from Havelock Ellis, Margaret Sanger, H.G. Wells, Agnes Smedley, Fannie Hurst, Roger Baldwin, and Max Eastman, among others.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Jane Burr (on the suggestion of Margaret Sanger) donated her papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from 1949 to 1958.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Corey Fabian Borenstein, 2007.

Jane Burr papers
Finding Aid
Finding aid revised by Corey Fabian Borenstein.
2005, revised 2008
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  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
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Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063