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MC 255

Popper, Hermine Isaacs, 1915-1968. Papers of Hermine Isaacs Popper, 1941-1968: 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

The collection was processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (RC-24669-76-987).

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 255
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Hermine Isaacs Popper, 1915-1968
Title: Papers of Hermine Isaacs Popper, 1941-1968
Date(s): 1941-1968
Quantity: 1.46 linear feet (3+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Writings, correspondence, notes, etc., of Hermine Isaacs Popper, editor, critic, and short story writer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 69-25
The papers of Hermine Isaacs Popper were given to the Schlesinger Library in November 1969 by her husband, Robert Lyman Popper.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 1977
By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Hermine Isaacs Popper 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:

Hermine Isaacs Popper Papers, 1941-1968; item description, dates. MC 255, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The following items have been removed from the collection:


Hermine Issacs Popper, editor, critic, and short-story writer, was born on August 16, 1915 in New York City, the daughter of Lewis Montefiore and Edith (Rich) Isaacs. She attended Dalton School, graduated from Radcliffe College in 1936, and married Robert Lyman Popper in 1938. Between 1936 and 1948 Popper was first managing, then associate, editor and film critic for Theatre Arts Magazine. During 1941 she was also film feature editor for PM Picture News. Popper became an assistant editor at Harper and Brothers in 1953, leaving in 1956 to do freelance book editing. Among the authors whose works she edited are: Victoria Sackville-West, Constantin Stanislavski, Martin Luther King, Jr., Peter Drucker and Frank Riessman.
Popper also wrote original articles on film and theatre for various magazines; pamphlets (How Difficult are the Difficult Schools? [Public Education Association, 1959], What You Can Do [Urban League of Westchester County, 1961]); and short stories: "Mother and the General," Harper's (August 1962), "The Universe of Thornton Wilder," Harper's (June 1965).
Hermine Isaacs Popper continued freelance editing and writing until her death from cancer on November 18, 1968, in White Plains, New York.


This collection consists of writings (fiction and non-fiction) by Hermine Issacs Popper; writings by others, edited by Popper; and collaborations. The papers include correspondence, drafts, completed articles, notes and some research materials. The bulk of the collection concerns the manuscripts of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the manuscript of Up From Poverty by Frank Riessman and Popper. There are no papers from her early life and almost no personal papers.


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Additional Index Terms

Authors and publishers
Civil rights
Drafts (preliminary versions)
Film criticism
Manuscripts (for publication)
Social problems
Deutsch, Helene, 1884-1982
Drucker, Peter F. (Peter Ferdinand), 1909-2005
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Riessman, Frank, 1924-2004
Rochlin, Gregory
Sackville-West, V. (Victoria), 1892-1962
Schaffner, Bertram
Wilder, Isabel
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975