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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
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
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
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.
Preliminary inventory: March 1997
By: Anne Engelhart
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.
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
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
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:
- International Federation of Women Lawyers newsletters
The following items have been removed from the collection and added to Schlesinger
Library's vertical file, January 1997:
- Women's Bureau printed brochures, reports, etc.
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.
- Carton 1: 2-23, 25-49
- Box 2: 50-62
- Box 3: 63-76
- 1. Photographs of Marie Witkin Kargman, 1955; American Bar Association(?), n.d.; and
of her swearing-in by Governor John Volpe, 1967(?).
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 2. Résumés and other biographical information, 1976-1981, n.d.
- 3. Autobiographical statements, 1974-1982, n.d.
- 4. Judicial application, 1972-1977, n.d.
- 5. Articles re: Marie Witkin Kargman, 1965-1986, n.d.
- 7. Professional organizations. Boston Bar Association, 1970-1980, n.d.
- 8. Professional organizations. Institute on the Family and the Bureaucratic Society,
- 9. Professional organizations. Massachusetts Advisory Council on Home and Family. Correspondence,
etc., 1968-1977, n.d.
- 10. Professional organizations. Massachusetts Advisory Council on Home and Family. Reports,
- 11. Professional organizations. Massachusetts Advisory Council on Home and Family. Reports,
- 12. Professional organizations. Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, 1972-1980,
- 13. Professional organizations. Massachusetts Bar Association, 1954-1993, n.d.
- 14. Professional organizations. Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, 1978-1987,
n.d.; also re: mediation in general.
- 15. Professional organizations. National Council on Family Relations, 1960-1981
- 16. Correspondence, 1953 - August 1965
- 17. Correspondence, September 1965
- 18. Correspondence, October-December 1965
- 19. Correspondence, 1966-1974
- 20. Correspondence, 1975-1977
- 21. Correspondence, 1978-1980
- 22. Correspondence, 1981-1983
- 23. Correspondence, 1984-1992, n.d.
Includes reference copy of photograph; original in #24.
- 24. Photograph of Marie Witkin Kargman as finalist in Filene's and Esprit Model Search
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 25. Correspondence. Family Coordinator, 1963, 1968-1969
- 26. Correspondence. Family Coordinator, 1971-1974, n.d.
- 27. Correspondence. Family Law Quarterly, 1968-1973
- 28. Correspondence. Family Relations, 1981-1983
- 29. Correspondence. Fox, J. John, 1965-1974, n.d.
- 30. Correspondence. How to Manage Your Marriage. Correspondence, 1978-1985
- 31. Correspondence. How to Manage Your Marriage. Correspondence, 1986-1989, n.d.
- 32. Correspondence. How to Manage Your Marriage. Publicity, 1985-1989, n.d.
- 33. Correspondence. How to Manage Your Marriage. Letters from readers, 1985-1987, n.d.
- 34. Correspondence. Journal of Divorce, 1971-1981, n.d.
- 35. Correspondence. Lawyers' Weekly, 1971-1982; includes articles.
- 36. Correspondence. Publishers, 1963-1983, n.d.
- 37. Correspondence. Radcliffe College, 1977-1986, n.d.
- 38. Correspondence. Sussman, Marvin, 1974-1978
- 39. Correspondence. Legal correspondence. From clients, 1974-1978, n.d.
- 40. Correspondence. Legal correspondence. Guardian ad litem: report to court by Marie
Witkin Kargman, 1979
- 41. Correspondence. Legal correspondence. Legislation recommended by Marie Witkin Kargman,
- 42. Correspondence. Legal correspondence. Probate-Financial, 1976-1980
- 43. Correspondence. Legal correspondence. Right turn on red, 1987
- 44. Uniform law commissions correspondence, 1967-1970
- 45. Uniform law commissions correspondence, 1971-1972, n.d.
- 46. Speaking engagements, 1956-1983
- 47. Speaking engagements. Groves Conference on Marriage and the Family, 1956
- 48. Speaking engagements. Groves Conference on Marriage and the Family, 1958-1959
- 49. Speaking engagements. IUFO-NCFR [International Union of Family Organizations-National
Council on Family Relations], 1960
- 50. Speaking engagements. Papers delivered, transcripts, 1962-1981, n.d.
- 51. Speaking engagements. "Are Marital Rights in Balance?" Harvard Law School, October
- 52+. Speaking engagements. Articles re: marital rights conference, 1965
- 53. Speaking engagements. Women's Bureau-50th anniversary conference, June 11-13, 1970
- 54. Speaking engagements. Lehman College, November 15, 1975
- 55. Speaking engagements. American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children, November
- 56. Speaking engagements. Audience questions, 1978
- 57. Speaking engagements. "First judges' conference" transcript, n.d.
- 58. Correspondence re: TV and radio appearances, 1970-1986, n.d.
- 60. Correspondence re: TV and radio appearances. "TV appearances-Channel 7," 1972-1974,
- 61. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman, 1947-1971
- 62. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman, 1972-1985, n.d.
- 63. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. Reprints, 1957-1983
- 64. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. Fiction, 1965, n.d.
- 65. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. Letters to the editor, 1970-1992
- 66. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. "Divorce Law: A Value System in Change," 1971-1972
- 67. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. Drafts of "The Revolution in Divorce Law"; also
published version, 1973.
- 68. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. Transcript of and correspondence re: tape for Behavorial
Sciences Tape Library, University of North Carolina, 1972-1974; also drafts and marital
- 69. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. Re: "Family Law in Flux," 1974; includes drafts
and published version.
- 70. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. Drafts of "Family Law in Flux"
- 71. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. Reviews of Kramer vs. Kramer, 1977-1979
- 72. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. Bernays competition re: economic justice for homemakers,
- 73. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. Re: "A Court-Appointed GAL," 1978-1981, n.d.; includes
ts. copy and published version.
- 74. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. Articles in Remarriage, 1984-1986
- 75. Writings by Marie Witkin Kargman. Drafts of "The Divorced Family," n.d.
- 76. Ideas for papers, book, n.d.
Custody of children--United States
Divorce--Law and legislation--United States
Divorce counseling--United States
Domestic relations--United States
Marriage law--United States
Married women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Governor's Advisory Council on Home and Family (Mass.)