DiStefano, Judy Mann, 1945-1986. Papers of Judy Mann DiStefano, 1962-1989: A Finding
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
Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Anthony J. DiStefano
and the Mary Mitchell Wood Manuscript Processing Fund.
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 652
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Judy Mann DiStefano, 1945-1986
Title: Papers of Judy Mann DiStefano, 1962-1989
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes) plus 2 photograph folders)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries, correspondence, and writings from professor of history and feminist activist
Judy Mann DiStefano.
Accession numbers: 89-M185, 89-M199, 90-M83, 90-M147
The papers of Judy Mann DiStefano were given to the Schlesinger Library by her widower,
Anthony J. DiStefano and her father, Howard M. Mann in 1989 and 1990.
Processed: August 2010
By: Jessica Tanny
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Judy Mann DiStefano is held by Anthony
J. DiStefano. Upon his death, the copyright will be transferred to 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.
Judy Mann DiStefano Papers, 1962-1989; item description, dates. MC 652, folder #.
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Professor of history and feminist activist Judy Mann DiStefano began regularly keeping
a journal because she believed it was historically important for women to document
their own personal and professional lives.
Born October 29, 1945, in Silverton, Oregon, to Howard and Jane (Goodale) Mann, Judy
graduated from Central Washington State College in 1966 and received her doctorate
in history from Ohio State University in 1970. She taught history at Northern Virginia
Community College from 1972 to 1985, and often lectured and participated on panels
at conferences on women's history; in 1982 she spoke at the Pentagon during International
Women's Day. An active member in the Washington, D.C., area's women's rights community,
DiStefano was presented with a Fairfax County (Virginia) Outstanding Women Award in
1985. She co-founded the Northern Virginia Women's History Coalition and the Mount
Vernon (Virginia) chapter of the National Organization for Women.
In November 1982, DiStefano was diagnosed with breast cancer and continued teaching,
researching, writing, and keeping her journal regularly until October 1986. She died
in Alexandria, Virginia, on December 14, 1986.
The collection documents both Judy Mann DiStefano's professional and personal life
through journals, correspondence, writings, and tributes written by others. The bulk
of the collection consists of 23 volumes of handwritten journals, arranged chronologically,
documenting DiStefano's family relationships as well as her thoughts on travel, research,
teaching, politics, world events, pets, and her response to living with breast cancer.
DiStefano numbered all of her journals except the first one (#2.1v); assigned collection
item numbers (based on size) do not correspond to DiStefano's numbers. Also included
are correspondence, professional writings, and tributes written by others. Folders
are arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.
- 1.1. Awards and tributes, 1985-1989; includes Fairfax County's Outstanding Women Award
(1985), Judy Mann DiStefano Memorial Scholarship at Oregon State University, Judy
Mann DiStefano Women's History Collection at Northern Virginia Community College
- 1.2. Biographical, 1986-1988; includes memorial program, eulogies, personal memories, obituaries,
and short biographies
- 1.3. Community groups: American Association of University Women, Mount Vernon Branch (Virginia):
- 1.4. Journals: related documents, n.d.; includes selected typewritten excerpts and introduction
- 2.1v. Journal: travel to Washington, D.C., with American Heritage Association (today known
as AHA International), summer 1962; includes comments and final entry added by DiStefano
on February 6, 1986
- 2.2v-2.3v. Journal: Volume 1 and Volume 2: "First trip to Europe with American Heritage [Association],"
March 23 - August 30, 1964; includes England, Netherlands, France, Brussels, Luxemburg,
Italy, and Spain.
See also #1.6-1.8.
- 1.5. Journals: items removed from #2.3v.
- PD.1. Photograph of DiStefano passport portrait, 1964 removed from #2.3v.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 2.4v. Journal: Volume 3, August 20, 1977 - December 26, 1980 (no entries for 1978-1979);
includes travel with Anthony DiStefano to Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, and Demark),
Conference on the History of Women, and home in Alexandria, Virginia
- 2.5v. Journal: Volume 4, January 1 - August 16, 1981; includes travel to Greece
- 2.6v. Journal: Volume 5, August 17 - December 15, 1981
- 2.7v. Journal: Volume 6, December 15, 1981 - March 6, 1982
- 2.10v. Journal: Volume 7, March 8 - July 20, 1982
- 2.11v. Journal: Volume 8, July 21 - October 6, 1982; includes travel to Japan
- 2.9v. Journal: Volume 9, October 9, 1982 - April 8, 1983; includes initial diagnosis of
cancer (November 9, 1982), radiation treatment
- 2.12v. Journal: Volume 10, April 8 - August 6, 1983
- 2.13v. Journal: Volume 11, August 6 - September 28, 1983; includes travel to Switzerland,
Germany, and Austria
- 2.8v. Journal: Volume 12, October 1, 1983 - June 21, 1984
- 3.1v. Journal: Volume 13, June 21 - August 29, 1984
- 3.2v. Journal: Volume 14, August 30 - September 26, 1984; includes travels to Hong Kong
- 3.3v. Journal: Volume 15, September 26, 1984 - March 13, 1985; includes travels to China,
interview with Mary Dublin Keyserling
- 3.4v. Journal: Volume 16, March 24 - July 13, 1985
- 3.5v. Journal: Volume 17, July 13 - September 3, 1985; includes travels to USSR
- 3.6v. Journal: Volume 18, September 10, 1985 - January 14, 1986
- 3.7v. Journal: Volume 19, January 14 - March 13, 1986
- 3.8v. Journal: Volume 20, March 13 - May 17, 1986
- 3.9v. Journal: Volume 21, May 17 - June 22, 1986; includes hospitalization at George Washington
University Medical Center
- 3.10v. Journal: Volume 22, June 23 - October 30, 1986
- 1.6-1.8. Letters to parents, 1964; also includes three photocopied letters, 1984-1986.
See also #2.2v-2.3v.
- 1.9. Letters to friends: Nancy Wiegersma, 1980-1986 (photocopies)
- 1.10. Letters from students, 1982-1986 (photocopies)
- 1.11. Letters to friends: Susan Butruille, 1984-1986 (photocopies)
- PD.2. Photograph of Anthony and Judy Mann DiStefano, n.d.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 1.12-1.14. Professional, 1979-1986; includes course bibliography for Northern Virginia Community
College; speaking engagements; typewritten essays, including "Taking Women Seriously:
The Challenge of Women's History"
College teachers--United States
Mothers and daughters--United States
Parent and child--United States
Voyages and travels
Women's studies--United States
Butruille, Susan G.
DiStefano, Anthony J.