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Gruenberg, Bertha Sanford. Papers of Bertha Sanford Gruenberg, 1898-1962: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 837--69-31
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Bertha Sanford Gruenberg
Title: Papers of Bertha Sanford Gruenberg, 1898-1962
Date(s): 1898-1962
Quantity: 4.21 linear feet (1/2 file box, 4 cartons) plus 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, articles, speeches, photographs, etc., of Bertha Sanford Gruenberg, journalist, lecturer, and camp director.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 837, 1088, 1205, 1416 1628, 69-31
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Bertha Sanford Gruenberg in 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.

Processing Information:

Processed: September, 1980
By: Jane S. Knowles
Updated: June 2016
By: Lillianne Keaney


Access. Names of children and of junior counselors in folders 73-84, 90-92, 96-105 may not be reproduced in any form except by the persons named or with their permission. Researchers must sign a Special form.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Bertha Sanford Gruenberg 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.

Preferred Citation:

Bertha Sanford Gruenberg Papers, 1898-1962; item description, dates. 837--69-31, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Bertha Sanford Gruenberg Additional papers, 1907-1985 (83-M196--86-M227).


Bertha Sanford Gruenberg, lecturer, journalist and camp director was born in Central Europe, emigrated to the United States at the age of five and settled in Minneapolis. She graduated from high school in 1906, and was Society reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune, 1906-1910. She married Frederick P. Gruenberg in 1909, and after moving to Philadelphia continued to write freelance features for magazines and newspapers. From 1917-1920, Gruenberg was Executive Secretary of the Equal Franchise Society of Philadelphia and thereafter, gave lectures on child psychology and education to educational, civic and religious groups. From 1926-1953, Gruenberg co-directed Camp Waziyatah, at Harrison, Maine, with Amy Faulkner. This was a summer camp, originally for boys and girls and later for girls alone, which applied John Dewey's educational principles in a non-competitive atmosphere.


Photographs in this collection were re-processed in June 2016 (folders # 1-2k). All other files remain in the same order.
The collection consists of Bertha Sanford Gruenberg's newspaper and magazine articles, speeches and correspondence. The Camp Waziyatah material includes the camp newspaper, correspondence with parents, records of camp activities and character reports on campers.


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Additional Index Terms

Child Development
Child rearing--United States
Girls--Societies and clubs
Jewish women--United States
Lecturers--United States
Maine--Social life and customs--20th century
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Societies and clubs
Women journalists--United States
Camp Waziyatah
Civic Club of Philadelphia
Dewey, John, 1859-1952
Equal Franchise Society of Philadelphia
Faulkner, Amy
National Council of Jewish Women
Women's University Club (Philadelphia, Pa.)