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Geraldine Stern papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00152

Scope and Contents

The Geraldine Stern collection consists of material relating to her books: Daughters from Afar: Profiles of Israeli Women (1958) and Israeli Women Speak Out (1979), including articles, newspaper clippings, correspondence, proposals, research notes, drafts, a French translation, copy-edited manuscripts, and photographs. The collection also includes a small amount of biographical material, one typed page on an exhibition of Stern's paintings in New York in 1962, several of Stern's articles that are not related to the book, and poems which date from 1959-83. There are also audio tapes of interviews, with transcripts, for Israeli Women Speak Out. Major themes in this collection include writing and journalism, Israeli women, and art.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1949 - 1988


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

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

Geraldine Stern (born Rosenberg) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to a Zionist leader and his wife on July 14, 1907. She was a member of the Smith College class of 1929 but left college in January of 1928 in order to marry Herman Stern. She had two children before she divorced her first husband in 1948. Later she married Milton Wayne, a sculptor. Stern lived in Los Angeles for many years and wrote movie scripts. In 1952 she moved to New York City where she used her experience to write television scripts. From 1955-57 she lived in Paris and studied painting with Joseph Hirsch and Henri Gaoetz. She has exhibited her artwork in Paris, New York, and other cities and, after 1956, her paintings and barn-beam totems were collected by both private and public collectors. In addition to her journalistic writing for newspapers and magazines in the 1950s, Stern also wrote Daughters from Afar: Profiles of Israeli Women (1958); and Israeli Women Speak Out (1979) about Israeli women and feminism. Geraldine Stern died in 1997.


2.937 linear feet (8 containers)


Artist; Author. Material relating to her books: Daughters from Afar: Profiles of Israeli Women (1958) and Israeli Women Speak Out (1979), including correspondence, proposals, research materials, draft manuscripts, photographs; and interviews made for Israeli Women Speak Out.


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.

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. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 1988-S-0042, Box 1 renumbered as Box 8

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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:15-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063