MC 891; T-252; Vt-70
Laubenstein, Linda J. Papers of Linda J. Laubenstein, 1947-2014: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 891; T-252; Vt-70
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Laubenstein, Linda J.
Title: Papers of Linda J. Laubenstein, 1947-2014
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (6 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, 5 videotapes, 5 audiotapes,
2 photograph folders, 1 folio+ photograph folder)
Quantity: 34.9 Megabytes (1 file)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, date books, audiotapes, videotapes, etc., of Linda J. Laubenstein,
physician and HIV/AIDS researcher.
Accession number: 93-M98. Accession numbers 94-M11, 94-M122, 94-M166, 94-M176, 98-M208, 2001-M222, 2005-M142, 2008-M134 in February 2017.
The papers of Linda J. Laubenstein were given to the Schlesinger Library by her parents,
George Laubenstein and Priscilla Laubenstein, between June 1993 and August 2008.
Processed: September 1993
By: Anne Engelhart
Updated and additional materials added: February 2017
By: Mark Vassar, with assistance from Margaret Dalton.
Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual
Copyright. George Laubenstein and Priscilla Laubenstein retain copyright in the papers
for their lifetimes, after which copyright will transfer to their son, Peter Laubenstein,
for his lifetime or until it expires.
Copying. Copies may be made for individual researchers; copies may not be made for
deposit in other libraries.
Linda J. Laubenstein Papers, 1947-2014; item description, dates. MC 891, folder #.
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Linda Laubenstein was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1947 to Priscilla (Martin)
Laubenstein and George Laubenstein. She contracted polio as a young child and subsequent
surgeries left her partially paralyzed at the age of five. She attended schools in
Barrington, Rhode Island, remotely through the use of an intercom system in her home
and regularly received high honors. She graduated from Barnard College and New York
University Medical School. Her specialties were hematology and oncology, and she was
a clinical professor at the New York University Medical Center. Laubenstein was one
of the first in the United States to recognize the appearance of the AIDS epidemic,
and was the author (with Dr. Alvin Friedman-Kien) of the first published article on
the alarming appearance of Kaposi's sarcoma, Laubenstein was outspoken about what
she saw as the neglect of the epidemic by government and society. Her practice grew
to consist predominately of AIDS cases; in 1983 she helped organize the Kaposi's Sarcoma
Research Fund and the first full-scale medical conference on AIDS, held at New York
University. She was one of the founders of MTS, Multitasking Systems, a non-profit
office-service business begun in 1989 that provided employment for people with AIDS.
Laubenstein suffered from severe asthma and the effects of childhood polio, which
left her confined to a wheelchair. Her role in the battle against AIDS inspired the
character of Dr. Emma Brookner in Larry Kramer's play, The Normal Heart. Laubenstein died of a heart attack in 1992 at the age of 45.
This collection includes photographs, autobiographical essays, a diary, and other
biographical material; letters to Laubenstein's parents after her death; and bylaws,
correspondence, and other records of Multitasking Systems of New York. The bulk of
the collection is biographical in nature and documents Laubenstein's childhood and
time in college. While letters from patients are included (mainly letters of condolence
to Laubenstein's parents), there is little in the collection documenting her work
with AIDS and AIDS-related diseases. Records of Multitasking Systems of New York,
a non-profit business service business that employed individuals with AIDS, operating
under the theory that active AIDS patients survived for longer periods of time, documents
the founding and operation of the business. Materials received between 1994 and 2008
(accession numbers: 94-M11, 94-M122, 94-M166, 94-M176, 98-M208, 2001-M222, 2005-M142,
2008-M134) were added to the collection in February 2006 and is housed in #62-69m
and E.1. All other folders remain in the same order.
- Box 1: 1-13
- Box 2: 14-29
- Box 3: 30-39
- Box 4: 40-51
- Box 5: 52-67
- Box 6: 69m
- 1. Genealogies, curriculum vitae, n.d.
- 2. Clippings and articles re: Laubenstein, 1964-1993; includes correspondence
- 3. Baby book, 1947-1948; includes PHOTOGRAPHS
- 4. Photographs, 1949-1992.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 5f+. "My Life" (scrapbook with autobiographical essays), 1952-1958; includes PHOTOGRAPHS
- 6. Grade book, certificates, programs, etc., most from Barrington, Rhode Island, public
schools, 1961-1965, -1990
- 7. Diary re: trip to Rome, Paris, London, August 1969; includes PHOTOGRAPHS
- 8. New York University School of Medicine commencement programs, June 1973
- 9. Medical board grades, letters of appointment, certificates, etc., 1972-1992
- 10f. New York State medical license, 1974
- 11. Family correspondence, 1947-1981; includes re: student protest at Columbia University
- 12. Personal correspondence, 1970-1992; includes re: medicine in Kenya and letters from
families of AIDS patients
- 13. Residences: descriptions of Laubenstein's apartment in New York City and house on
Cape Cod and information re: art in her apartment, 1984, 1989, n.d
- 14. Residences: art in apartment (photographs) ca.1983-1985, n.d.
- 15. Residences: New York apartment (photographs), n.d.
- 16. Residences: Cape Cod house (photographs), n.d.
- 20. AIDS: The Epidemic of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections, edited by Laubenstein and Alvin E. Friedman-Kien, 1984
- 21. Articles by Laubenstein and others, 1985-1988; includes biographical sketch
- 22vt. "The Treatment and Management of the HIV Patient: Management of Neoplastic Complications
of HIV Disease." Linda J. Laubenstein and others speak on panel at professional meeting.
May 12, 1992. VHS. 69 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-70, reel 1.
- 23. Letter re: program and speech, 1992.
- 24. Memorial services: programs, Harwich, Massachusetts, August 22, 1992
- 25at. Interview of Priscilla and George Laubenstein re: Linda Laubenstein for an article
in McCall's by Meryl Gordon, 1995. Audiocassette. 28 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-252, reel 1.
- 26. Memorial services for Linda Laubenstein at New York University Medical Center: program,
speeches, October 21, 1992
- 27vt. "A Tribute to Linda J. Laubenstein." Memorial service at New York University Medical
Center, October 21, 1992. VHS. 40 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-70, reel 2.
- 28at. Memorial services for Linda Laubenstein at New York University Medical Center, October
21, 1992. Audiocassette. ca.50 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-252, reel 2.
- 29. Obituaries and tributes, 1992; includes correspondence
- 30-43. Letters to George and Priscilla Laubenstein re: death of their daughter, 1992
- 44. Larry Kramer to George and Priscilla Laubenstein; includes copy of The Normal Heart
- 45. Clippings re: Larry Kramer and The Normal Heart, 1992-1993
- 46. Multitasking Systems of New York: bylaws, board members, 1987, 1989
- 47. Multitasking Systems of New York: correspondence, etc., 1991
- 48. Multitasking Systems of New York: business plan, placement statistics, case studies,
client list, awards, 1986-1991; includes On the Job (newsletter)
- 49. Multitasking Systems of New York: business plan, certificate of incorporation, 1988,
- 50. Multitasking Systems of New York: publicity and donor lists, 1988-1989, n.d.
- 51. Multitasking Systems of New York: publicity proposals, board applications, bylaws,
and correspondence, 1989-1990
- 52. Multitasking Systems of New York: publicity, etc., 1986-1989
- 53. Multitasking Systems of New York: correspondence and related re: funding, 1990-1991
- 54. Multitasking Systems of New York, Inc.: Rehabilitation Services Administration grant,
- 55. Multitasking Systems of New York: management consultant, 1991
- 56at. Memorial service for Linda Laubenstein (possibly in Harwich, Massachusetts) (side
A). Recorded notes by Linda Laubenstein for Multitasking Systems of New York re: creation
of software system used by the company, ca.1991-1992. Microcassette. ca.34 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-252, reel 3.
- 59vt. News story about Linda J. Laubenstein as one of the founders of Multitasking Systems
of New York, a nonprofit corporation in Manhattan that employs people who are HIV
positive. Channel 2/New York, [1989?]. VHS. 3 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-70, reel 3.
- 60vt. News report on Multitasking Systems of New York. Linda J. Laubenstein speaks briefly.
CNN New York, [1989?]. VHS. 2 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-70, reel 4.
- 61vt. Staged reading of play, "The Normal Heart," with Julie Harris. Cape Cod Community
College, September 24, 1994. VHS. 204 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-70, reel 5.
- 62. Awards and buildings named in honor of Laubenstein, 1993-2004; includes speech
- 63. Clipping and underlined passages in The Plague, 2005, n.d.
- 64. Multitasking Systems of New York: fund raising event programs, publicity, etc., 1994-2004
- 65. Multitasking Systems of New York: grant report, "Job Placement Program for Individuals
with HIV/AIDS," 1993
- 66. The Normal Heart: clippings, reviews, and correspondence, 1992-2014
- 66af+. The Normal Heart: poster, 1994
- 67. Note, clipping, and Ebay auction entry re: sculpture given to Laubenstein by Gaetan
- 68. Photograph: Linda Laubenstein, 1990
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 69m. Marble sculpture given by Gaetan Dugas (Patient "O") to Linda Laubenstein, 1982. Irregular pentagonal, verdi alpi green marble sculpture with pentagonal brass plate
attached engraved with an image of bent left arm with a right hand holding a syringe
in the shape of the Empire State Building with the tip of the building puncturing
a vein in the arm and reading "Linda J. Laubenstein, M.D., Thank You, Gaetan Dugas."
AIDS (Disease)--United States
People with disabilities--United States
Women in science--United States
Women physicians--United States