Sendzimir, Vanda. Papers of Vanda Sendzimir, 1967-1997: 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 469
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Vanda Sendzimir
Title: Papers of Vanda Sendzimir, 1967-1997
Quantity: 1.04 linear feet (2+1/2 file boxes) plus 5 audiotapes, 5 videotapes)
Language of materials: Materials in English and Polish.
Abstract: Journals, correspondence, memoirs, etc., of writer and social activist Vanda Sendzimir.
Accession numbers: 98-M95, 98-M109, 98-M130, 99-M163, 2001-M38
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by David Ludlow, Vanda Sendzimir's widower, between June 1998 and March 2001.
Processed: August 2001
By: Anne Engelhart
Access. Unrestricted except for one essay which is closed to research until January
1, 2048. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Vanda Sendzimir is held by the President
and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers
in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Vanda Sendzimir Papers, 1967-1997; item description, dates. MC 469, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Videotapes of Vanda Sendzimir,
Writer and social activist Vanda Sendzimir (1952-1996) was born and raised in Waterbury,
Conn., the daughter of Berthe Bernoda and Tadeusz Sendzimir. She had two brothers,
Stanley and Jan Peter, and a half brother, Michael, from her father's previous marriage.
She attended Reed College (1971-1973) and graduated from McGill University (1976),
where she was one of the founders of the first college women's newspaper in Canada,
and active in the anti-war and feminist movements. Sendzimir came from a wealthy family
and struggled for all of her life with the issues surrounding money and privilege.
As a student at McGill, she was influenced by feminist revolutionary Marlene Dixon
and eventually moved to San Francisco where, from 1977 to 1986, she worked as a graphic
designer and for social change as a member of a small Marxist-Leninist group led by
Dixon. Eventually disillusioned, Sendzimir moved to Boston in 1986, where she worked
as a freelance journalist and published Steel Will: The Life of Tad Sendzimir (1994), a biography of her father, an inventor and entrepreneur. She married photographer
and social activist David Ludlow in August 1995, and the couple began the process
of adopting a child from China. Sendzimir was active in the Boston chapter of the
National Writers Union and in organizations working for social justice and civil rights,
giving generously of her time and money. As a journalist she covered a wide range
of topics, from flight data records to macrobiotic diets to Polish history to traveling
in China. Her articles appeared in The Boston Globe, American Heritage of Invention & Technology, and Sojourner, among others. She won a 1995 Lowell Thomas Award for her essay, "Dog Days in China,"
published in The North American Review. An avid photographer, traveler, and mountaineer, Sendzimir fell to her death while
climbing in Siberia with her husband in August 1996.
These papers contain biographical information, including a curriculum vitae, grade
transcripts, obituaries and eulogies; diaries and notebooks, 1985-1996; family correspondence
and letters to friends, 1967-1996; typescript writings and published articles; and
a memoir by her father, interview notes with her brother and aunt, photographs, correspondence,
etc., pertaining to her book, Steel Will: The Life of Tad Sendzimir. Also included is an essay on Sendzimir's years in a small Marxist-Leninist group
in the San Franciso area; this essay is closed until January 1, 2048.
- Box 1: 1, 7, 9-17
- Box 2: 18-29
- Box 3: 31-33, 35-36
- 1. Biographical information, curriculum vitae, obituaries, eulogies, grade transcripts,
- 2at. Audiotapes of tributes and services for Sendzimir. Writers' tribute to Sendzimir.
September 18, 1996. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-281, reel 1.
- 3at-4at. Audiotapes of tributes and services for Sendzimir. West Coast service, 1996.
REQUEST AS T-281, reels 2-3.
- 5at-6at. Audiotapes of tributes and services for Sendzimir. Burial ceremony, Bethlehem, Connecticut,
REQUEST AS T-281, reels 4-5.
- 7. Re: finances, wedding, health, adoption, property, etc., 1995-96, n.d.
- 8vt. Marriage of Vanda Sendzimir and David Ludlow: at home a few days before the wedding;
and ceremony and reception, Cambridge, Massachusetts. August 26, 1995. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-96, reel 5.
- 9. Mostly diaries (manuscript, typescript); some notebooks. China trip, 1985
- 10. Mostly diaries (manuscript, typescript); some notebooks. Eastern Europe trip, 1986
- 11. Mostly diaries (manuscript, typescript); some notebooks. January-July 1987
- 12. Mostly diaries (manuscript, typescript); some notebooks. July 1987 - February 1988;
includes letter to father, notes.
- 13. Mostly diaries (manuscript, typescript); some notebooks. April 1988 - January 1989
- 14. Mostly diaries (manuscript, typescript); some notebooks. January-August 1989
- 15. Mostly diaries (manuscript, typescript); some notebooks. China trip, 1992
- 16. Mostly diaries (manuscript, typescript); some notebooks. South Africa trip
- 17. Mostly diaries (manuscript, typescript); some notebooks. Newfoundland, Labrador trip,
- 18. Mostly diaries (manuscript, typescript); some notebooks. Re: writing workshops, summer
- 19. Mostly diaries (manuscript, typescript); some notebooks. Siberia, August 1996
- 20. Mostly diaries (manuscript, typescript); some notebooks. Excerpts from diaries, 1986-1996,
- 21. New Year's summaries, 1987-1996
- 22. Correspondence. With family, 1967-1981
- 23. Correspondence. With family, 1982-1993, n.d.
- 24. Correspondence. To friends, 1986-1995, n.d.
- 25. Correspondence. To writers' group, re: National Writers Union, etc., 1995-1996, n.d.
- 26. Correspondence. Mostly to editors re: writing, speeches, 1994-1996
- 27. Writings (typescript) by Sendzimir, 1985-1996, n.d.
- 28. Writings (typescript) by Sendzimir, n.d.
- 29. Writings (typescript) by Sendzimir, n.d.; some by others.
- 32. Re: Steel Will. Tad Sendzimir's memoirs, February 15, 1984; includes photocopies of pages from Tad
- 33. Re: Steel Will. Notes from interview with aunt, Teresa Nechay, 1987; with brother January 1990.
- 34. Re: Steel Will. Photograph of Tad Sendzimir and Teresa Nechay from trip to Poland, 1987? (removed
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 35. Re: Steel Will. Letters to parents re: finances, mostly for Steel Will, 1986-1991
- 36. Re: Steel Will. Fan mail re: Steel Will, 1994-1996, n.d.
- 37vt. Re: Steel Will. Videotape produced in celebration of "Tadeusz Sendzimir's 95th Birthday." Features
scenes of Tadeusz Sendzimir at home, speaking in Polish; interviews with various members
of his family, including Vanda Sendzimir; his employees; and contemporaries in the
steel industry. Polish TV Network, New York; producer, writer and director, Anton
Dzieduszycki, July 1989. 1/2 inch, with sound and color. 50 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-96, reel 1.
- 38vt. Re: Steel Will. Videotape. "A Memorial Tribute to Tadeusz Sendzimir: Illustrious Engineer-inventor,
Humanist and Benefactor." At Williams Club, New York City, members of the Polish-American
community, as well as experts on the steel industry, speak (mostly in Polish) about
Tad Sendzimir's accomplishments. The second half of the program includes Vanda Sendzimir
reading excerpts from her forthcoming book, Steel Will. Polish Institute of Arts and
Sciences of America, Inc., December 8, 1990. 1/2 inch, with sound and color. 123 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-96, reel 2.
- 39vt. Re: Steel Will. Videotape. "Consecration of Banner for Sendzimir Steel Works," Michael G. Sendzimir,
President of T. Sendzimir, Inc., and his wife, in Krakow, Poland, for the consecration.
Entirely in Polish. April 5, 1993. 1/2 inch, with sound and color. 58 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-96, reel 3.
- 40vt. Re: Steel Will. Videotape. "News Channel 8: Vanda Sendzimir - Interview." Vanda Sendzimir speaks
about the publication of Steel Will, her father's life and accomplishments, and their
relationship. News Channel 8. April 11, 1994. 1/2 inch, with sound and color. 5 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-96, reel 4.
Communist parties--United States
Marriage customs and rites--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Mothers and daughters--United States
Polish American families
Wealth--Moral and ethical aspects--United States
Women philanthropists--United States
Dixon, Marlene, 1936-