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82-M33--84-M82

Seaman, Barbara. Papers of Barbara Seaman, 1920-1983: 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.: 82-M33--84-M82
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Barbara Seaman
Title: Papers of Barbara Seaman, 1920-1983
Date(s): 1920-1983
Quantity: 4 linear feet (4 cartons) plus 6 photograph folders, 1 folio folder, 3 folio folders, 1 oversize volume, 2 oversize folders, 34 audiotapes, 3 videotapes, 1 motion picture film)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, letters from readers, minutes, etc., of Barbara Seaman, feminist and author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 82-M33, 82-M76, 82-M121, 82-M151, 82-M166, 82-M213, 82-M214, 83-M36, 83-M40, 83-M41, 84-M82
The papers of Barbara (Rosner) Seaman were given to the Schlesinger Library by Barbara Seaman in March, April, June, July, August, October, and November 1982, in February 1983, and in May 1984.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: December 1985
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Readers must sign a special permission form to use the collection. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Barbara Seaman is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in the material created by Sylvia Sybil Bernstein Seaman (#T-468.32) is held by Elana, Shira, and Noah Seaman, represented by literary agents Valerie Borchardt and/or Georges Borchardt, Inc. Upon the deaths of Elana, Shira, and Noah Seaman, copyright will transfer to Barbara Seaman's heirs, represented by her granddaughter Sophia Bamert. 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:

Barbara Seaman Papers, 1920-1983; item description, dates. 82-M33--84-M82, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Barbara Seaman Additional papers, 1933-2008 (MC 695).

BIOGRAPHY

The eldest of three sisters, Barbara Ann Rosner Seaman was born in New York City on September 11, 1935. Her father, Henry Jerome Rosner, was assistant commissioner of the city's Department of Social Services, and her mother, Sophie Blanche (Kimels) Rosner, was a high school English teacher. After attending public schools in New York, Seaman entered Oberlin College as a Ford Foundation Early Admissions Scholar. At age nineteen she was married for six months to Peter Marks. Seaman graduated from Oberlin in 1956.
The following year saw her marriage to Gideon Seaman, a psychiatrist, and the birth of their first child, Noah Samuel. Elana Felicia was born in 1960 and Shira Jean in 1962. Seaman was also the "foster mother of record" for Joey Nemecek, a boy who had dated Elana, and who had been on his own since the age of thirteen; Nemecek died under mysterious circumstances in 1977. In 1982 the Seamans were divorced, and Seaman married Milton Forman, president of Toltec Fabrics, Inc.
During the early 1960s, Seaman and Gideon Seaman wrote a column on marriage for Bride's Magazine ; a later column entitled "Your Mind, Your Heart" was syndicated through the Bell-McClure newspaper network (1970-1971). Seaman was a columnist and contributing editor at Ladies' Home Journal (1965-1969), child care and education editor at Family Circle (1970-1973), contributing editor at Omni (1978), and author of articles and reviews in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Ms. , The New York Times , the Village Voice , and the Washington Post .
Her books include The Doctors' Case Against the Pill (New York: Peter H. Wyden, 1969), and, with Gideon Seaman, Free and Female (New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1972), and Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones (New York: Rawson, 1977). For a more complete list of her writings, see Who's Who in America, 1984-1985 .
In 1975 Seaman taught at the College of New Rochelle (New York) and at Sagaris Institute (Plainfield, Vermont). She has appeared frequently on television, and has lectured widely on health care at a number of institutions, including the City University of New York, Columbia University, University of Michigan, New York University, and Oberlin College. She testified on a variety of health care issues before Congressional committees (1970-1983), and in 1970 was recognized by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare for her part in seeing that appropriate written warnings to patients accompanied each prescription. In 1973 Seaman was honored by the Library of Congress for being the first to raise worldwide the problem of sexism in health care, and in 1978 she received the Matrix award given by New York Women in Communications, Inc.
A co-founder of the National Women's Health Network, Seaman has served on the boards and advisory committees of a number of organizations, including the New York Women's Forum (1974), Feminist Press (1975- ), DES Action (1977- ), Older Women's Health Project of New York University's Medical Center (1980), Abortion Rights Mobilization (1981- ), and Women's Health Newsletter (1983- ). She is also a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Association of Science Writers, PEN, and Women's Ink.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection contains photographs; personal and professional correspondence and letters from readers; articles by and about Barbara Seaman; minutes, reports, and printed material of organizations in which Seaman played an active role; and interviews (both on tape and transcribed), reports, and articles providing background material on issues of interest to Seaman. Drafts of published works have not been retained, nor have routine inquiries about purchasing her books.
Letters containing detailed information about anindividual's health problem have been photocopied with identifying information removed (see #81-82, 109-113, 151-152, 163, 169, 183, 187, 200), as have letters containing other sensitive information (see #39, 43, 142).
Folder titles in quotation marks are the donor's. Other information has been supplied by the processor.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Barbara Seaman Additional papers, 1933-2008 (MC 695).

CONTAINER LIST

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Accidents
Audiotapes
Authors
Birth control
Contraception
Divorce
Drafts (preliminary versions)
Drugs--Labeling--Law and legislation
Editors
Equal rights amendments
Estrogen--Therapeutic use
Feminism
Fertility, Human
Finance, Personal
Hormone therapy
Hormones, Sex
Jews--United States
Journalists
Lecturers
Medical care
Menopause
Natural family planning--Ovulation method
Nutrition
Oral contraceptives--United States
Physicians--Malpractice
Photographs
Publishers and publishing
Sex
Television scripts
Videotapes
Women--Cuba
Women--Health and hygiene
Women's health services
Women--Social networks
Youth and death
Abortion Rights Mobilization
Bart, Pauline B.
Brothers, Joyce
Chesler, Phyllis
Connell, Elizabeth B.
Council for Population Balance
Cowan, Belita H.
DES Action
Dubos, René J. (René Jules), 1901-
Forman, Milton
Friedan, Betty
Gittelson, Natalie
Griffiths, Martha Wright, 1912-
Gruber, Ruth, 1911-
Gurzinsky, Ellen
Hamburg, Joan
Hill, Sandy
Hite, Shere
Holtzman, Elizabeth, 1941-
Jong, Erica
May, Rollo
National Women's Health Network
Oberlin College
Rivers, Joan
Sagaris
Sanders, Marlene
Seaman, Elana, 1960-
Seaman, Gideon
Seaman, Sylvia S.
Seeger, Pete, 1919-
Sharness, Natalie, 1915-
Shulman, Alix Kates
Society for the Protection of the Unborn through Nutrition
Tietze, Christopher
Tyrer, Louise B.
United States. Food and Drug Administration
Women Against Pornography
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941

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