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Edith Konecky papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SSC-MS-00716

Scope and Contents

The Papers document Konecky's literary career including manuscripts and drafts of early writings and published works; correspondence related to her publications and fan mail; book reviews; and publicity. There is little personal material.

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Dates

  • 1957-2011

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Open with caveat: collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use. Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.
  1. Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advancenotice.
  2. This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may bedifficult 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 (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

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by Edith Konecky in this collection. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify all copyright holders.

Biographical / Historical

Edith Rubin Konecky was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Smith Rubin. Her father, the quintessential self-made man, had escaped the pogroms in Eastern Europe, immigrating to America where he would become a prosperous dress manufacturer. This distant, driven character would feature prominently in two of Konecky's most acclaimed novels, Allegra Maud Goldman (1976) and A Place at the Table (1989). Her writing "career," began in high school when she won her first writing prize. She then went on to New York University for two years, leaving before graduation. In 1944, Edith Rubin married Murray L. Konecky and together they would have two children, Michael and Joshua.

Even as she entered into her life as a suburban mother in the 1950s, Edith Konecky did not stop writing, using her daily experiences as fodder for her short stories. She returned to school, graduating from Columbia University in 1961. Only a year later she won a Yaddo fellowship, giving her the space both mentally and physically, to focus on her writing. During the 1960s and into the 1970s, Konecky published several short stories and then in 1976, her widely-aclaimed first novel, Allegra Maud Goldman. Konecky and her husband divorced in 1963 and by the time Allegra appeared, Konecky came out as a lesbian. Her coming out process partially infused her next well-received novel, A Place at the Table (1989). She has continued to publish into the 21st century and as the Jewish Women's Archive notes, "Edith Konecky, despite a small body of work, can lay claim to a large literary achievement" ( http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/konecky-edith) as she gives voice to a particular generation of women whose lives spanned a period of tremendous social, political, and economic change.

Extent

3 boxes (3 linear feet)

Overview

Author; Feminist. The Papers document Konecky's literary career including manuscripts and drafts of early writings and published works; correspondence related to her publications and fan mail; book reviews; and publicity. There is little personal material. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed listing of what is included in this collection is available in this downloadable document: inventory to the Edith Konecky papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Edith Konecky beginning in 2013.

Accruals

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, 2013
Title
Edith Konecky papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:22-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

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