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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

  • 1949-1987


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

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 ( 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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. 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

Geraldine 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.


8 boxes (3.75 linear feet)


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. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.

Additions to the Collection

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.
Finding Aid to the Geraldine Stern papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063