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Kargman, Marie Witkin. Papers of Marie Witkin Kargman, 1947-1993: 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

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 80-M76--94-M34
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Marie Witkin Kargman
Title: Papers of Marie Witkin Kargman, 1947-1993
Date(s): 1947-1993
Quantity: 1.83 linear feet (1 carton, 2 file boxes) plus 1 supersize folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Biographical material, correspondence, speeches, etc., of Marie Witkin Kargman, sociologist and lawyer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 80-M76, 80-M176, 93-M25, 94-M34
These papers of Marie (Witkin) Kargman were given to the Schlesinger Library in April and August 1980, February 1993, and March 1994 by Marie Witkin Kargman.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: March 1997
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research, with the exception of letters to Marie Witkin Kargman containing sensitive information, which are closed until the likely death of the writer.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Marie Witkin Kargman 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:

Marie Witkin Kargman Papers, 1947-1993; item description, dates. 80-M76--94-M34, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The following items have been removed from the collection and deposited in Schlesinger Library's periodicals collection, April 1980:
The following items have been removed from the collection and added to Schlesinger Library's vertical file, January 1997:


The daughter of Joseph and Clara (Zucker) Witkin, Marie (Witkin) Kargman was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 28, 1914. She graduated from Crane Junior College in Chicago (Adj. of Arts, 1932), DePaul University (J.D., 1936), and Radcliffe College (M.A., 1951). In 1935, she married Max R. Kargman; they had three children.
After serving as public defender in Boys' Court (1936) and practicing privately (1936-1945), Kargman came to view law as, "in a very real sense, applied sociology." In the early 1950s she became a marriage and divorce counselor, and she has subsequently served as a consultant in family law, a court investigator, and a guardian ad litem, representing children in divorce proceedings. Kargman lectured in sociology at the nursing schools of Children's Hospital (1961-1962) and New England Deaconess (1963), both in Boston, and at Boston University (1965-1968).
Kargman originated and chaired a 1965 conference at Harvard Law School entitled "Are Marital Rights in Balance?" She has been active in the American Bar Association's Family Law Section, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the International Federation of Women Lawyers, and the National Association of Women Lawyers. In November 1967 she was appointed chair of the Governor's Advisory Council on Home and Family in Massachusetts. A frequent guest on radio and television programs, Kargman lectures widely and is the author of How to Manage a Marriage (1985) and numerous articles on marriage and family law.


These papers consist of biographical documents; professional correspondence with organizations, individuals, and journals; legal correspondence arranged by subject; letters from clients and readers; speeches and papers delivered by Marie Witkin Kargman; and her writings, notes, and drafts. In 1978 Kargman submitted an essay (see #72) on economic justice for homemakers in a competition sponsored by the Bernays Foundation; for further details, see the records of the Babson-Bernays Competition at the Schlesinger Library.


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Additional Index Terms

Custody of children--United States
Divorce--Law and legislation--United States
Divorce counseling--United States
Domestic relations--United States
Lawyers--United States
Marriage law--United States
Married women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Sociologists--United States
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women lawyers
Governor's Advisory Council on Home and Family (Mass.)