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Therese Weil Lansburgh papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00090

Scope and Contents

The collection includes personal and professional papers documenting Therese Weil Lansburgh's career as a social worker and champion for the rights of children, especially for affordable day care. Types of materials include biographical and financial records; personal and professional correspondence; writings and speeches; and material pertaining to many of the social service organizations in which Lansburgh was involved.

Dates of Materials

  • 1962 - 1994


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

To the extent that she owns copyright, Therese Weil Lansburgh has assigned the copyright in her 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 Lansburgh, 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

Therese Weil Lansburgh received an A.B. from Smith College in 1940. She went on to earn a M.S.W. from the Tulane University School of Social Work, circa 1942. From 1943-1945 she was a case worker with the American Red Cross in Boston, Massachusetts, and from 1947-1949 was a visiting teacher in Columbus, Mississippi, where she started that state's first class for mentally disabled children. She worked as a social worker for the Children's Guild in Baltimore, Maryland from 1959-1961, and from 1963-1965 as a caseworker for the Department of Mental Hygiene in Glen Burnie, Maryland. From 1967-1971, she was president of the Day Care and Child Development Council of America. In 1970, Lansburgh served as vice-chairman of the Developmental Child Care Forum of the White House Conference on Children. The recommendations of the Forum were the basis of the Child Development Act of 1971, which was passed by Congress but vetoed by President Richard M. Nixon. From 1983-1987, Lansburgh served as Director of Education and Public Policy at the Regional Center for Infants and Young Children in Rockville, Maryland.

Throughout her long career, Lansburgh championed the rights and interests of children, particularly in her work to force affordable day care onto the national agenda. She worked tirelessly as a volunteer and board member for a broad range of state and national children's agencies. Lansburgh wrote prolifically about day care and delivered numerous speeches on the subject. Her resume boasts a long list of honors and awards for her work. Therese Weil Lansburgh died September 2002. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah (Wolff) Adler and son, Randolph Wolff.


2.417 linear feet (6 containers)

Language of Materials



Therese Weil Lansburgh was a social worker, children's welfare advocate and lobbyist. This colection includes her personal and professional papers documenting Lansburgh's career as a social worker and champion for the rights of children, and particularly for affordable day care and social service organizations in which she was involved.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Therese Weil Lansburgh.

Therese Weil Lansburgh papers
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Ellice Amanna
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:14-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 07-02-2019: Finding aid updated with box and folder level description and republished to current standardss

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063