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Guide to the Robin Morgan Papers, 1940s-2010 and undated, bulk 1970-2000

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Collection Overview

The papers of Robin Morgan date from the 1940s to 2010, with the bulk of the material dating between 1970 and 2000. The collection documents the personal, political, and professional aspects of the life of an important feminist writer of the twentieth century. It is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Writings, Speeches and Interviews, Subject Files, Personal Files, Teaching Materials, Audio-Visual Materials, Photographic and Visual Materials, and Oversize Material.The largest group of materials consists of documentation on all of Morgan's significant written works: Demon Lover; Depth Perception; Dry Your Smile; Going Too Far; A Hot January; Lady of the Beasts; Saturday's Child;her well-known feminist anthologies, Sisterhood is Powerfuland Sisterhood is Global; and other materials on her poems, articles, and other writings. In addition, Morgan's papers hold many items of correspondence with a wide range of individuals, including prominent activists and feminists as well as family members and close friends. There is also a significant amount of correspondence and other material that documents Morgan's role as founder of the Sisterhood is Global Institute, and records related to her role as editor and writer for Ms. magazine.

Seen in a broader context, the collection provides ample documentation for the study of modern feminism. Morgan's subject files (the second largest in the series) are rich in materials related to the feminist movement in the United States and around the world; and materials concerning sexual health, witchcraft, lesbian feminism, and the social, economic, and political position of women in the world (especially in the Middle East, Russia, and South Africa). There are materials on individual figures such as Bella Abzug, Jane Alpert (imprisoned revolutionary), Patty Hearst, Gloria Steinem, and Marilyn Waring. Other series hold additional materials related to Morgan's career as a writer; several of her speeches and interviews; materials from Morgan's courses she gave on feminism; and photographs and audio-visual materials.

The Correspondence Series spans much of Morgan's adult life. It is divided into two subseries: Correspondence by Name and Correspondence by Decade. The Correspondence by Name Subseries chiefly consists of Morgan's correspondence with family members, friends, fellow feminist activists and contemporary authors and critics. The bulk of the items in the Correspondence by Decade Subseries dates from the 1990s and relates to the production of Ms. magazine. The Correspondence Series is restricted: patrons must sign an Acknowledgment of Legal Rights and Responsibilities form before using the materials.

The Writings Series documents Morgan's career as a poet, novelist, essayist and journalist. Of Morgan's eighteen books, ten are represented in individual subseries. Particularly noteworthy is the material related to Sisterhood is Global, which provides an inside view into the production of the anthology. The series also contains some of Morgan's earliest unpublished writings as well as files containing her comments on other writers' work, and single issues of periodicals in which she published her poetry. The Writings Series is also restricted: patrons must sign an Acknowledgment of Legal Responsibilities and Privacy Rights form before using the materials.

The Speeches and Interviews Series primarily contains peripheral documentation such as contracts, correspondence, and schedules. However, there are drafts of a number of her speeches and interviews.

Materials which Morgan collected over the years concerning American and international feminism are located in the Subject Files Series. The materials cover a number of topics, including women's economic, political, and social status, and feminist action - especially in South Africa, the Soviet Union, and the Middle East; rape, abortion, terrorism, female genital mutilation, and pornography; and the first feminist demonstration against the Miss America Pageant. Significant figures represented in the subject files include Marilyn Waring, Patricia Hearst, and Gloria Steinem. Two subseries contain administrative information about Ms. magazine and the Sisterhood is Global Institute. The Subjects Series is restricted: patrons must sign an Acknowledgment of Legal Rights and Responsibilities form before using the materials.

The smaller Personal Files Series offers materials related to Robin Morgan's education, early critical writing, and her many trips overseas. The series also includes material that Morgan requested under the Freedom of Information Act from the FBI and CIA about her own activities.

The documents in the Teaching Materials Series are primarily related to Morgan's academic positions at New College (Sarasota, Fla.) and the University of Denver, and the courses she taught on feminism and writing. The files include both administrative documentation as well as actual course material, but there are also clippings related to feminist protests on campus.

The Audio-Visual Materials Series contains numerous interviews on cassette tapes that Morgan conducted in the Middle East, a recording of her reading of selected poems from A Hot January, and a videotape about the production of Saturday's Child. Permission is not granted to publish interviews conducted in the Middle East; the researcher is responsible for obtaining permission to publish. Original copies of audiovisual materials are not open to use; however, use copies are available to researchers.

The Photographic and Visual Materials Series provides a small visual supplement to the other documents in the collection and includes portrait photographs of Morgan taken by the press and by her close friends, as well as snapshots of social gatherings. This series also includes two painted portraits of Morgan. The series is restricted: patrons must sign an Acknowledgment of Legal Rights and Responsibilities form before using the materials.

Later additions (Accessions 2009-0069 and 2010-0176) have not been fully processed, but boxlists are available in the Detailed Description portion of this finding aid. Some portions are restricted or closed.

For collections related to the Robin Morgan Papers, see the Phyllis Chesler, Merle Hoffman, and Kate Millett Papers, all located in the Duke University David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. In addition to Robin Morgan's own papers, the Library also holds the records of the Sisterhood is Global Institute, founded by Morgan in 1984.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Robin Morgan papers 1940s-2010 and undated, bulk 1970-2000
Creator
Morgan, Robin
Extent
71.1 Linear Feet, 42855 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Collection is restricted.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

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Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

The series is divided into two subseries: Correspondence by Name and Correspondence by Decade, both of which contain letters to and from Robin Morgan. The Correspondence by Name Subseries is organized alphabetically by last name or place. Prominent correspondents include feminists such as Simone de Beauvoir, Sallie Bingham, Kate Millett, Adrienne Rich, and Gloria Steinem. There are also letters of a personal nature with Morgan's mother, aunts, and close friends, such as Vladimir Urban. Particularly voluminous is the correspondence from Isel Rivero (further documented in the Photographic and Visual Materials Series), with whom Robin Morgan maintained a close relationship during the 1980s, and from Jane Alpert. The latter provides interesting insights into a woman's life in the underground and in prison during the mid-1970s.

While there are several letters in the Correspondence by Decade Subseries that date from the 1950s and 1960s (including a letter from Nehru), the bulk of the correspondence comes from the 1990s. Material from this decade includes letters of both a personal and professional nature; one group of folders contains correspondence pertaining solely to the period during which Morgan was Ms. magazine's editor in chief. In this subseries, the correspondence is arranged in original order, by decade only.

[RESTRICTED: Patrons must sign an Acknowledgment of Legal Responsibilities and Privacy Rights form before using the materials.]

Photographs, undated
Box C1
Underground originals, 1971-1973
Box C1
More underground originals, 1973-1974
Box C1
Underground, 1971-1974 and undated
Box C1
Kenneth-Jane correspondence, 1972-1974
Box C1
Press, 1973-1974 and undated
Box C1
General, 1975 and undated
(2 folders)
Box C1
Circle of support, 1975-1976 and undated
Box C1
Prison, 1975-1976
(2 folders)
Box C1
Post-prison, 1974-1981
Box C1
de Beauvoir, Simone, 1980-1984
Box C2
Bingham, Sallie, 1988-1993
Box C2
None
Box C2
Ward, John, 1979 and undated
Box C2
Fieve, Ron, 1959-1962 and undated
Box C2
Lawrence, JoAnn, 1991-1993 and undated
Box C2
Millett, Kate, 1978-1992 and undated
Box C2
Mother, 1958-1992 and undated
Box C2
Poulin, Al, 1980-1981
Box C2
Putt, S. G., 1960-1987
Box C2
Rich, Adrienne, 1972-1997 and undated
Box C2
None
(1-3 of 13 folders)
Box C2
None
(4-10 of 13 folders)
Box C3
None
(11-13 of 13 folders)
Box C4
In Rwanda, 1994-1995 and undated
Box C4
Poems, 1968-1987 and undated
(2 folders)
Box C4
Rorem, Ned, 1966-1997 and undated
Box C4
Aunt Sallie and Aunt Sophie, 1964-1965 and undated
Box C4
Idasa, 1998
Box C4
None
Box C4
Steinem, Gloria, 1989-1994 and undated
Box C4
University of Denver, 1991-1997 and undated
Box C4
Urban, Vladimir, 1980-1981 and undated
Box C4
Yaddo, 1980
Box C5
1950s
Box C5
1950s-1960s:Renoir, Schick, Crosby, Nehru
Box C5
Gerhardi, William
Box C5
Hai, Pho Ba
Box C5
Nelson, Ralph
Box C5
Stamper, Judy
Box C5
Sorted by decade
Box C5
de Vore, Paul
Box C5
1970s
(2 folders)
Box C5
1970s-1980s:A-K
(9 folders)
Box C5
1970s-1980s:L-W
(12 folders)
Box C6
1980s
(1-3 of 5 folders)
Box C6
1980s
(4-5 of 5 folders)
Box C7
1990-1991: Ms. correspondence
(2 folders)
Box C7
1991-1992: General
(3 folders)
Box C7
1992: Ms. Correspondence
(2 folders)
Box C8
1992-1993: General
(3 folders)
Box C8
1993: Ms. Correspondence
(1-3 of 4 folders)
Box C8
1993: Ms. Correspondence
(4 of 4 folders)
Box C9
1993:New Zealand Faxes
Box C9
1994-1998: General
(1-6 of 7 folders)
Box C9
1994-1998: General
(7 of 7 folders)
Box C10
1990s
(3 folders)
Box C10

Largest in the collection, the Writings Series contains drafts, notes, manuscripts, reviews, and correspondence (both with editors and readers), as well as other material such as contracts and copyright agreements related to Morgan's novels, anthologies, and poetry. Individual subseries, arranged alphabetically, contain material relating to almost all of Morgan's book-length published works. Within each subseries, documents are in the original order to reflect the publishing process. Materials in the Poems, Other Writings by Morgan, Writings by Others, and Grants subseries are all in chronological order.

The material related to the production of the Sisterhood is Globalanthology is particularly extensive. It includes files on individual contributors, which contain ephemeral publications and correspondence providing insights into the lives of women in different parts of the world. Less extensive material on shorter published and unpublished works can be found in the Poems Subseriesand Other Writings by Morgan Subseries. Particularly noteworthy in the latter are samples of Morgan's earliest writings, which reveal an acute sense of humour and sensitivity at an early age, and the many folders of Morgan's comments on other women's works. Finally, at the end of the Writings Series, there are a few manuscripts by other authors, including poetry and a dissertation about Morgan's work.

[RESTRICTED: Patrons must sign an Acknowledgment of Legal Responsibilities and Privacy Rights form before using the materials.]

Contracts and correspondence, 1987 and undated
Box W1
Foreign rights and sub rights, 1988-1999
(3 folders)
Box W1
Production, 1988-1989 and undated
Box W1
Mail on Demon Lover, 1989-1993
Box W1
Copyright file, 1971, 1978, 1980, 1981

[Oversize material removed to box OS1.]

Box W1
Permissions and sub rights, 1981, 1982, 1984
Box W1
Production, 1989-1993
Box W1
Reviews, 1981, 1983 and undated
Box W1
Book layout, undated
Box W1
Julian, undated
Box W1
Chapter 1: Julian, undated
Box W1
Chapter 2: Hope, undated
Box W1
Chapter 3: Laurence, undated
Box W1
Chapter 4: Laurence [3rd p. int.], undated
Box W1
Blowout, undated
Box W1
Chapter 6: Julian [1st p. Ahena], undated
Box W1
Chapter 7: Laurence [1st p.], undated
Box W1
Chapter 8: Julian [1st p. David], undated
Box W1
Chapter 9: Iliana [3rd p. intern], undated
Box W1
Chapter 10, undated
Box W1
Chapter 11: Julian [1st p. "blur"], undated
Box W1
Chapter 12: Julian [1st p. batter], undated
Box W1
Chapter 13: Trio/Vigil J, L, I, undated
Box W1
Chapter 14: Hope [1st p. death], undated
Box W1
Chapter 15: Iliana [1st p.], undated
Box W1
Epilogue, undated
Box W1
Correspondence, 1977-1986
Box W2
Legal correspondence, 1984-1987
Box W2
Foreign correspondence, 1987-1988 and undated
Box W2
Notes and critiques, 1986 and undated
Box W2
Production, 1986-1987 and undated
Box W2
French edition, 1977, 1978
Box W2
German edition, 1977-1981
Box W2
Legal, 1971-1977
Box W2
Permissions (to reprint), 1978-1980
Box W2
Reactions, 1977-1981
(3 folders)
Box W2
Reviews and ads, 1977

[Oversize material removed to box OS1.]

Box W2
Subsidiary, 1976-1977 and undated
Box W2
Pre-publication publication in magazines, 1997-1999
(2 folders)
Box W3
1st pass, 1999
Box W3
2nd pass, 1999
Box W3
Revisions, 1998-1999
Box W3
Production, 1998-1999
(2 folders)

[Oversize material removed to box OS1.]

Box W3
Old versions, undated
(2 folders)
Box W3
Revisions, slides and illustrations (color), 1975, 1980 and undated
Box W3
Revisions and comments, 1975-1976 and undated
Box W3
Selected pieces published elsewhere, 1975, 1976 and undated
Box W3
Copyright production, 1975-1976 and undated
Box W4
Reactions, 1976-1978 and undated
Box W4
Reviews and adverts, 1976-1978 and undated
(3 folders)

[Oversize material removed to box OS1.]

Box W4
Contracts and royalty statements, 1976-1980
Box W4
Background material, undated
Box W4
Manuscript, 1999
(1-4 of 5 folders)
Box W4
Manuscript, 1999
(5 of 5 folders)
Box W5
Manuscript, undated
(4 folders)
Box W5
Photocopies of black and white photos, undated
Box W5
1st proofs, 2000
(1-2 of 3 folders)
Box W5
1st proofs, 2000
(3 of 3 folders)
Box W6
2nd proofs, 2000
(3 folders)
Box W6
Proofs, 2000
(3 folders)
Box W6
3rd proofs, 2000
(1 of 3 folders)
Box W6
3rd proofs, 2000
(2-3 of 3 folders)
Box W7
Index, 2000
Box W7
Production material, 2000, 2001
(2 folders)
Box W7
Manuscript, undated
(1-4 of 6 folders)
Box W7
Manuscript, undated
(5-6 of 6 folders)
Box W8
Final manuscript, undated
(6 folders)
Box W8
1st pass, 2002
(1-2 of 5 folders)
Box W8
1st pass, 2002
(3-5 of 5 folders)
Box W9
Countries not included in the anthology, 1980-1982 and undated
Box W9
Correspondence, book contracts, serial rights, 1980-1995 and undated
(4 folders)
Box W9
Doubleday meeting, 1984 and undated
Box W9
Personal notes, drafts, undated
Box W9
Meeting agendas, 1982-1983 and undated
Box W9
8-month budget, 1982-1983
Box W9
Foreign rights, 1983-1989
Box W10
Translators, 1982, 1984 and undated
Box W10
Processor file, 1983 and undated
Box W10
Contributors' payments, 1984-1985 and undated
Box W10
Resource people, 1979-1982 and undated
(2 folders)
Box W10
Afkhami, Mahnaz (Iran), 1981-1982
Box W10
Agosin, Marjorie (Chile), 1982-1984
Box W10
Aidoo, Ama Ata (Ghana), 1981-1985
Box W10
Al Falah, Noura (Kuwait), 1981-1984 and undated
Box W10
Allaghi, Farida (Libya), 1980-1985 and undated
Box W10
Almana, Aisha (Saudi Arabia), 1981-1984 and undated
Box W11
Aloni, Shulamit F. (Israel), 1978, 1981-1984 and undated
Box W11
"Ames" (El Salvador), 1982 and undated
Box W11
Antrobus, Peggy (Jamaica), 1981-1985
Box W11
Arungu-Olende, Mrs. and Rose Adhiambo (Kenya), 1983 and undated
Box W11
As, Berit (Norway), 1981-1985 and undated
(2 folders)
Box W11
Badri, Anna (Sudan), 1981-1985
Box W11
Borja, Carola (Ecuador), 1982-1983 and undated
Box W11
Calvera, Leonor (Argentina), 1983-1984 and undated
Box W11
Chabaku, Motlalelupa (S. Africa), 1979-1985
(2 folders)
Box W11
Chiriac, Elena (Romania), 1982-1985 and undated
Box W11
Cuales, Sonia (Dutch-Caribbean), 1982-1984 and undated
Box W12
de Beauvoir, Simone (France), 1981-1985 and undated
(2 folders)
Box W12
thi Dinh, Nguyen (Vietnam), 1981-1984 and undated
Box W12
Dowse, Sarah and Giles, Pat (Australia), 1981-1982, 1984 and undated
Box W12
Falcon, Lidia (Spain), 1981-1985 and undated
(2 folders)
Box W12
Ghurayybi, Rose (Lebanon), 1981-1984 and undated
Box W12
Giri, Manjula (Nepal), 1981-1985 and undated
Box W12
Goonatilake, Hema (Sri Lanka), 1981-1985 and undated
Box W12
La Gonave, Cacos (Haiti), 1983 and undated
Box W12
Green, Rayne (USA), 1980-1983 and undated
Box W12
Griffin Vanessa (Pacific Islands), 1981-1985 and undated
Box W13
de Hedervary, Claire (UN), 1979-1982
Box W13
Habib, Miriam (Pakistan), 1981-1997
Box W13
Hassouna, Fawzia Y. (Palestinian Women), 1982-1984 and undated
(2 folders)
Box W13
Higuchi, Keiko (Japan), 1981-1982 and undated
Box W13
Hirata, Lucy Cheng (China), 1981-1985 and undated
Box W13
Ivekovic, Rada (Yugoslavia), 1982-1984 and undated
Box W13
Jain, Devaki (India), 1981-1986 and undated
Box W13
Kantai, Terry (Kenya), 1982 and undated
Box W14
Kolb, Ingrid and Marie Louise Janssen-Jurriet (West Germany), 1981-1984 and undated
Box W14
Konie, Gwen (Zambia), 1980-1984 and undated
Box W14
Korosi, Suzanne (Hungary), 1978-1984 and undated
Box W14
LaFontant, Marie-Carmel (Haiti), 1981-1982 and undated
Box W14
Liljestrom, Rita (Sweden), 1978-1983 and undated
Box W14
Lugo, Carmen and M.A. Rascon (Mexico), 1982-1985 and undated
(2 folders)
Box W14
Mamonova, Tatyana (USSR), 1981-1987 and undated
(2 folders)
Box W14
McCafferty, Nell (Ireland), 1981-1985 and undated
Box W14
Mernissi, Fatima (Morocco), 1979-1994 and undated
Box W15
Merola R., Giovanna (Venezuela), 1982-1986
Box W15
Morgner, Irmtraud (E. Germany), 1982-1983 and undated
Box W15
Minai, Naila and Dr. Gulcin Kandemir (Turkey), 1982-1984 and undated
Box W15
Muchena, Olivia (Zimbabwe), 1980-1984 and undated
Box W15
Nemiroff, Greta (Canada), 1978-1989 and undated
Box W15
Ogundipe, Molara (Nigeria), 1982-1984 and undated
Box W15
Oudijk, Corrine (the Netherlands), 1980-1984 and undated
Box W15
Oussedik, Fatima (Algeria), 1982-1983 and undated
Box W15
Papandreou, M. (Greece), 1982-1985 and undated
Box W15
Park, Sun Chun (South Korea), 1981-1982 and undated
Box W16
Pietila, Hilkka (Finland), 1980-1986 and undated
Box W16
Pineda, Magaly (Spanish speaking Caribbean), 1981-1986 and undated
Box W16
Pintasilgo, Maria de Lourdes (Portugal), 1979-1985 and undated
(2 folders)
Box W16
Portugal, Ana Maria (Peru), 1981-1982 and undated
Box W16
Prado, Danda (Brazil), 1979-1985 and undated
Box W16
Quan, Stella (Guatemala), 1982-1984 and undated
Box W16
Rivero, Isel (Cuba), 1980-1981 and undated
Box W16
Rowley, Maggie and Beatie Hofmeyr (South Africa), 1981-1982 and undated
Box W17
el Saadawi, Nawal (Egypt), 1979-1983 and undated
(2 folders)
Box W17
Sanchez, Luz Helena (Colombia), 1981-1983 and undated
Box W17
Savane, Marie A. (Senegal), 1981-1984 and undated
Box W17
Schlaffer, Edit and C. Benard (Austria), 1981-1983 and undated
Box W17
Sebestyen, Amanda (England), 1981-1986
Box W17
Sumbung, Titi (Indonesia), 1982-1983 and undated
Box W17
Titkow, Anna (Poland), 1981-1983 and undated
Box W17
Vammen, Tinne (Denmark), 1982-1984 and undated
Box W17
Vajrathon, Mallica (Thailand), 1981-1982 and undated
Box W17
Wali, S. (Afganistan), 1981-1984 and undated
Box W17
Waring, Marilyn and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku (New Zealand), 1981-1984 and undated
Box W18
Yoha Bagbeni Assumani Ussu (Zaire), 1982 and undated
Box W18
Zaccaria, Paola (Italy), 1982-1986 and undated
Box W18
de Zelaya, Merea Lourdes Centeno (Nicaragua), 1981-1985 and undated
Box W18
Reactions, 1984-1985 and undated
Box W18
Press and reviews, 1980s
(2 folders)

[Some photographs in folder have adhered to each other. Please handle carefully and do not separate.]

Box W18
Random House correspondence (Production, precis, contract, titles, etc.), 1969-1970 and undated
Box W18
Contributors' correspondence, miscellaneous correspondence, 1969-1977 and undated
Box W18
Correspondence re: publicity and promotion, 1969-1970 and undated
Box W18
Foreign rights, 1970-1976
Box W18
Requests, 1971-1974 and undated
(1 of 3 folders)
Box W18
Requests, 1971-1974 and undated
(2-3 of 3 folders)
Box W19
General, 1971-1974
(2 folders)
Box W19
Contracts and royalty statements, 1973-2000 and undated
Box W19
Inc. Tax, Inc. dissolution, 1971-1976 and undated
(2 folders)
Box W19
C. Cisler court action, 1973-1974 and undated
Box W19
Fundraising re: court, 1974-1975 and undated
Box W19
Support re: Cisler case, 1974-1978 and undated
Box W19
Reviews and press, 1970-1972 and undated
Box W19
Report, 1974-1976 and undated
Box W20
30th anniversary edition, 1999-2000 and undated
Box W20
1946-1958 and undated:Juvenilia
Box W20
1950s-1960s: Drafts and variants
Box W20
1965-1972: Drafts and variants
Box W20
1977 and undated: Drafts and variants
Box W20
1980:Drafts
Box W20
1985 Oct.:"Balefire," "Flying South"
Box W20
1985 Oct.: "Piecing"
Box W20
1997:"The Spirit Cellar"
Box W20
1998 Feb.:"Add-Water Instant Blues"
Box W21
1998 Summer:"Referred Pain"
Box W21
1998 Oct.:"Learning Clock Patience"
Box W21
1998:"Treesitter"
Box W21
1999 Mar.:"Fair Game," "The Last Time"
Box W21
1999 May:"Count Down"
Box W21
1999 Spring:"Invocation"
Box W21
1999 June:"Samizdat," "Universal Donor"
Box W21
1999 June/July:"Acrobats and Clowns"
Box W21
1999 July:"Country Matters," "The Farmer's Wife," "The Butcher's Daughter"
Box W21
1999 Summer:"Fixed Canon"
Box W21
undated:Drafts
(2 folders)
Box W21
undated:Drafts II
(1-2 of 3 folders)
Box W21
undated:Drafts II
(3 of folders)
Box W22
undated: Monster (Early versions: War Games [I and II], home master, master copy manuscript for printer)
(2 folders)
Box W22
undated:Unrevised poems in draft for Monster
Box W22
1940s-1960s:Short stories
(2 folders)
Box W22
1953, 1955:Juvenilia
Box W22
1961 and undated:Juvenilia [includes Their Own Country]
Box W22
1963-1964:Reader's reports for Sterling Lord Publishing
Box W22
1960s: Poems translated from the Vietnamese
Box W22
1960s-1970s: Sex and Revolution (collaboration of Morgan and Pitchford)
Box W23
1978 Feb. 28:Vietnamese poems (translation, NYU reading)
Box W23
1970s:Drafts of articles
(2 folders)
Box W23
1970 and undated: Ms. pieces and memos
(2 folders)
Box W23
1970s:Reactions to Morgan's writings
(2 folders)
Box W23
1970s-1980s and undated:Comments on others
Box W23
1970s-1980s and undated:Short articles for Ms.
Box W23
1970s-1980s: Blurbs, comments, and advice on women's books, A-W
(10 folders)
Box W24
1981: Death Benefits Chapbook
Box W24
1989 and undated:UNDP book on HIV/AIDS
Box W25
1980s:Short Ms. pieces
Box W25
1980s:Past World columns
Box W25
1991:Satire on editorial job
Box W25
1993-1996 and undated:Overview of U.S. feminism for Reader's Companion to U.S. Women
Box W25
1999:"Human Here Inside of Me"
Box W25
[19-]:Short articles and correspondence
(2 folders)
Box W25
2000-2001 and undated: Madame Bovary Foreword
Box W25
undated: Their Own Country
Box W25
undated: The Duel
Box W25
undated: The White Haired Witch Draft
(1 of 2 folders)
Box W25
undated: The White Haired Witch Draft
(2 of 2 folders)
Box W26
1964-1970 and undated:Poetry and correspondence for Motive Issue
Box W26
1973, 1994 and undated:Dissertation and criticism of Morgan
Box W26
1990s:Wagner, Jane (with comments by Morgan and Tomlin),
Box W26
1970s-1980s:Writing grants
Box W26
1970s-1980s:National Endowment for the Arts
Box W26
1980s:Guggenheim grant
Box W26

Approximately one third of the series consists of drafts of Morgan's speeches; interviews of Morgan by Dorothy Dinnerstein, Chai Lin and Helen Cooper; and material about her joint poetry tour with Kenneth Pitchford. The remaining two thirds of the material is documents related to Morgan's speeches and interviews (chiefly correspondence, schedules, and contracts). All material is in alphabetical order. Several announcements of Morgan's speeches are located in the Oversize Material at the end of the collection.

Appearance requests, 1973-1980
(2 folders)
Box SP1
Joint poetry tour with Kenneth Pitchford, 1966
Box SP1
Lectures and readings, 1971-1974
(6 folders)
Box SP1
Lectures and readings, 1975-1980
(9 folders)
Box SP2
Lectures and readings, 1981, 1987
(2 folders)
Box SP3
Meredith lecture, 1992
Box SP3
Morgan-Chai Lin interview, undated
Box SP3
Morgan-Cooper interview, 1981
Box SP3
Morgan-Dinnerstein dialogue, 1977-1978 and undated
Box SP3
Philadelphia speech and revolt, 1973
Box SP3
Speaking engagements and schedule, 1992-1993
Box SP3

The Subject Files Series is organized into five subseries. Apart from the International Feminist Activism and Resources Subseries, which is organized by continents, all material within individual subseries is in alphabetical order. Formats include newspaper clippings, ephemeral publications, short articles, and official letters and documents.

The General Subseries includes documentation about a controversial plagiarism case involving Robin Morgan, as well as material documenting Morgan's service with Hands Across America. The International Feminist Activism and Resources Subseries documents feminist activism all over the world. The most substantial material comes from South Africa and the Middle East, where Morgan spent months in the Palestinian refugee camps. The Ms. Subseries contains minutes and memos from editorial meetings, information about distribution, and some correspondence with readers. A large portion of the subseries comes from the years when Morgan acted as editor-in chief (1989-1993) and re-launched the magazine as an international bimonthly free of advertising. There is also material concerning the 1980 issue of Ms. about Russian women and Soviet feminism. The Sisterhood Is Global Institute Subseries contains some annual reports and other institutional documents. Finally, the U.S. Feminist Activism and Resources Subseries consists of subject files that cover a number of topics, including witchcraft, demonstrations against the Miss America Pageant, women's clinics, and anti-pornography campaigns. There are also several documents about feminist conferences in the United States and some material concerning figures such as Gloria Steinem, Marilyn Waring, and Patricia Hearst. A complete set of issues of Rat magazine was removed from this subseries and is located in the Oversize Materials.

[RESTRICTED: Patrons must sign an Acknowledgment of Legal Responsibilities and Privacy Rights form before using the materials.]

Australian plagiarism controversy, 1995-1996
Box S1
Hands Across America New York Committee, 1980s
(2 folders)
Box S1
General 1989-1993
Box S1
Academia, 1990s
Box S1
Cape Town notes, 1990s
Box S1
Clips, 1998
Box S1
Comparative essays, 1998 and undated
(3 folders)
Box S1
Disability, homophobia, women's net, media, 1990s
Box S1
History, 1990s and undated
(2 folders)
Box S1
KwaZulu Natal, 1990s
Box S2
Law/Lobbying, 1997
Box S2
Local government and GAP, 1990s and undated
Box S2
RSA contacts, 1990s and undated
Box S2
Violence, 1990s
(2 folders)
Box S2
Work, farm, SEWU rural, 1990s
Box S2
China, 1995
Box S2
General, 1990s and undated
Box S2
Philippines, 1990s
Box S2
Bosnia, 1990s
(2 folders)
Box S2
France--Issues of Le Torchon Brule, undated
Box S2
General, 1970-1990s and undated
Box S3
Fundamentalist conference, 1990s
Box S3
Materials about rape, 1973 and undated
Box S3
Calls and contacts, 1980s and undated
Box S3
Gaza Strip, 1980s
Box S3
General, 1980s
(3 folders)

[Oversize material removed to box OS1.]

Box S3
General data file, 1980s
Box S3
Israel-US Zionist aggressives, 1984-1986 and undated
Box S3
Jordan, 1985-1986 and undated
Box S3
Lebanon, 1980s
Box S3
General, 1988
Box S3
Intifada, 1988
Box S3
UNDP, 1980s
Box S3
UNRWA Data, 1980s
(2 folders)
Box S4
Unsorted, 1980s
Box S4
Various articles, 1980s
(2 folders)
Box S4
Saudi Arabian women drivers' report, undated
Box S4
Syria, 1980s and undated
Box S4
West Bank, 1980s
(2 folders)
Box S4
General, 1970s-1990s and undated
Box S4
Book accounts, correspondence, critiques, 1985-1987 and undated
Box S5
Correspondence, 1987-1991 and undated
Box S5
Essays book, 1985
Box S5
Funding, 1985-1986 and undated
Box S5
Lectures, 1982-1986 and undated
Box S5
Speeches, 1992 and undated
Box S5
New Zealand action, 1980s and undated
Box S5
Brazil, 1980s-1990s
Box S5
Alton Productions, 1992 and undated
Box S5
Ancillary sales, 1990s
Box S5
Board of Scholars, 1990s and undated
Box S5
Book club, 1990s
Box S5
Contributing editor, 1970s
(1 of 2 folders)
Box S5
Contributing editor, 1970s
(2 of 2 folders)
Box S6
Contributing editors, 1990s
Box S6
Correspondence with Ms. authors, 1970s-1980s
Box S6
Female genital mutilation controversy, 1980s and undated
(2 folders)
Box S6
Foreign distribution, 1990s
Box S6
Formats, 1990s
Box S6
General, 1970s-1980s
Box S6
General information, 1990 and undated
Box S6
Interns, 1980s and undated
(2 folders)
Box S6
Interns and apprentices, 1980s
Box S6
International Board of Advisors, 1990s
Box S6
International contributing editors' memos, 1990s
Box S6
Inventory Morgan left on leaving Ms., 1993
Box S6
Background and clips, 1980s
Box S7
Correspondence, 1980-1981
Box S7
Correspondence with Russian women, 1980s
Box S7
Film project, 1980s
Box S7
Lazarova et al. protests, 1980s
Box S7
Magazine and book rights, 1980
Box S7
Mammonova US trip, 1980s
(3 folders)
Box S7
Ms. copy, 1980
Box S7
Russian language materials, 1980 and undated
Box S7
Samizdat, 1980s
(2 folders)
Box S7
Transcripts, 1980s
Box S7
Lang agreements, 1990s
Box S8
Memos, 1980s
Box S8
Minutes from editorial meetings, 1970s-1980s
(2 folders)
Box S8
Morgan memos as editor, 1990s
Box S8
Morgan memos from New Zealand, 1993
Box S8
O'Shea (dishwashers' strike), 1980s
Box S8
Post Ms. Editorship, 1990s
Box S8
Press coverage, 1990s
(2 folders)
Box S8
Press on Ms., 1991
Box S8
Press on Ms. launch in Australia, 1993
Box S8
Reactions from staff and readers, and Morgan's correspondence with both, 1990s
(1 of 2 folders)
Box S8
Rejections A-F, 1970s-1980s
(3 folders)
Box S9
Rejections H-M, 1970s-1980s
(2 folders)
Box S9
Rejections N-R, 1970s-1980s
(2 folders)
Box S9
Rejections S-Z, 1970s-1980s
(1 of 2 folders)
Box S9
Rejections S-Z, 1970s-1980s
(2 of 2 folders)
Box S10
Responses to re-launched Ms. with Morgan as editor, 1990s
Box S10
Ruth Bower meetings, 1990s
Box S10
Ruth Bower memos, 1990s
(2 folders)
Box S10
Steinem Book complaints, 1992-1993
Box S10
Television project, 1992
Box S10
Unsorted materials, 1990-1994
(3 folders)
Box S10
Annual Report, 1999
Box S11
Church Women United Foundation, 1982
Box S11
Conference, 1984
(3 folders)
Box S11
Conference, 1984-1985
(4 folders)
Box S11
Conference confirmation cables, undated
Box S11
Conference materials, 1984
Box S11
Conference responses, 1984 and undated
Box S11
Drafts, participants, 1984 and undated
Box S11
Financial information, 1999
Box S11
Ford Foundation, 1981-1987 and undated
(1 of 2 folders)
Box S11
Ford Foundation, 1981-1987 and undated
(2 of 2 folders)
Box S12
Foundation rejections, 1981-1984 and undated
(2 folders)
Box S12
Alida Brill, 1981-1984 and undated
Box S12
Carnegie, 1981-1982 and undated
Box S12
Methodists, 1982-1983 and undated
Box S12
Funding rejections for SIGI meeting, 1984 and undated
(2 folders)
Box S12
Grants pending, 1983 and undated
Box S12
Grants received, 1982-1989 and undated
Box S12
Grant rejections, 1981-1988 and undated
(2 folders)
Box S12
Institutional Documents (vol. 1), 1999
(3 folders)
Box S13
Institutional Documents (vol. 2), 1999
(3 folders)
Box S13
Invitations: Press conference, 1984
Box S13
Invitations to strategy meeting, 1984 and undated
Box S13
MacArthur Foundation, 1980s-1990s
Box S13
Members A-Z, 1980s-1990s and undated
(1-2 of 7 folders)
Box S13
Members A-Z, 1980s-1990s and undated
(3-7 of 7 folders)
Box S14
Panels, 1984 and undated
Box S14
Participation letter and packet, 1985 and undated
Box S14
Party invitations and list, undated
Box S14
Press conference, 1984
Box S14
Press follow-up, 1984 and undated
Box S14
Press mailing lists undated
Box S14
Shalala Party, 1985 and undated
Box S14
Skaggs Foundation, 1980s
(2 folders)
Box S14
Statement and draft, undated
Box S15
Steering Committee meeting, 1999
Box S15
Strategy meeting, 1984 Nov. 11-16
(6 folders)
Box S15
Transition binder, 1999
Box S15
de Beauvoir conference, 1979
Box S15
Canadian conference, 1983
Box S15
Lesbian conference in Los Angeles, 1972-1973
(5 folders)
Box S15
Wise Women's conference, 1985
Box S16
Chesler, Phyllis, 1980s
Box S16
Hearst, Patricia, 1980s
(2 folders)
Box S16
None
Box S16
None
(2 folders)
Box S16
New Zealand trip controversy, 1977
Box S16
Swinton Trial (Saxe), 1975-1976 and undated
(2 folders)
Box S17
Miss America, 1968
(2 folders)
Box S17
Miss America, 1969
Box S17
Anti-porn, 1970s-1980s
(4 folders)
Box S17
None
Box S17
None
Box S18
None
Box S18
Feminist organizing papers, 1980s-1990s and undated
Box S18
Grove Press action, 1970
(2 folders)
Box S18
Guerrilla Girls, undated
Box S18
Lesbian theory and activism, 1980s
Box S18
Medical self-Help clinics, 1970s
Box S18
NY Women's Rights Center, 1970s and undated
Box S18
Up From Under, 1970-1973
(3 folders)
Box S18
Web magazine project, 2000
Box S19
Wicca, 1970s and undated
(3 folders)
Box S19
Witch materials, 1968-1972 and undated
Box S19
Women's Studies stuff, 1970s
Box S19

Consists primarily of papers related to Robin Morgan's formal education at Columbia University. Formats include class notes, essays, and rather brief notebooks from her trips to the Middle East, Austria and Egypt, further documented in the Photographic and Visual Materials Series and Subject Files Series. Other material includes FBI and CIA files, which Morgan requested through the Freedom of Information Act in the 1970s. Each of the three categories (Education at Columbia University, Trips, and Other Personal) is arranged in chronological order.

1957:Psychology
(2 folders)
Box PER1
1958:Anthropology
(2 folders)
Box PER1
1958:German
Box PER1
1958:Victorian Literature
Box PER1
1958-1959:Renaissance Literature
Box PER1
1959:Art of Poetry
Box PER1
1959:Civilization and Culture
Box PER1
1950s-1960s:Essays and school papers
(2 folders)
Box PER1
1960:English
Box PER2
1960:Exam
Box PER2
1978-1979:Aborted Iran trip
Box PER2
1985-1986 and undated:Mid-East trip maps and itineraries
Box PER2
1989:Palestine/Israel notebook
Box PER2
undated:Jerusalem notebook
Box PER2
undated:Jordan notebook
Box PER2
undated:Vienna and Cairo notebook
Box PER2
1962:Apartment lease
Box PER2
1976-1978:FBI and CIA files
(2 folders)
Box PER2

Includes material related to Robin Morgan's position as an adjunct professor at the Union Graduate School; as a visiting chair and guest professor of Women's Studies at New College (Sarasota, Fla.); and as a visiting professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of International Affairs. The bulk comes from the Denver position and includes contracts; course material related both to the courses that Morgan attended and to the courses she taught on feminism; student papers; and teaching-related correspondence. The material is arranged in alphabetical order.

New College, Fla. 1971-1972
(4 folders)
Box T1
Union Graduate School, 1974
Box T1
Books and references, 1996-1997 and undated
(4 folders)
Box T1
Contacts, 1996-1997 and undated
Box T1
Contracts and original correspondence, 1995-1997
Box T1
Extra curriculum appears, 1997 and undated
Box T1
General, 1996-1998
(1 of 3 folders)
Box T1
General, 1996-1998
(2-3 of 3 folders)
Box T2
Graduate course in communications (correspondence), 1996-1997
Box T2
Graduate School International Studies, 1996-1997 and undated
Box T2
Provost lecture, 1997
Box T2
Provost lunch speech, 1997
Box T2
Student papers, 1995-1997
Box T2
Women's Studies, 1996-1997 and undated
Box T2

Contains cassette tapes with interviews that Morgan conducted with women in the Middle East during two visits in 1985 and 1989. There is also a recording of Morgan's reading of poems selected from A Hot January as well as a videotape titled, Saturday's Child; A Memoir. The collection is arranged by media type.

[Originals closed to use. Use copies available in the collection. Please contact Research Services staff before coming to use the collection.]

[Use copies for all items available in Box AV2. Cassette format.]

OR1. UNDP, circa 1985
Box AV1
OR2. UNDP, Gaza and the North circa 1985
Box AV1
OR3. Health center, Gaza, visits, circa 1985
Box AV1
OR4. Vienna brief, Gaza, circa 1985
Box AV1
OR5. Jerusalem, Giucamone, circa 1985
Box AV1
OR6. Settlements for women, Zahira Kamal, Palestinian women's work, circa 1985
Box AV1
OR7. Gaza - Health visits, Y. Barbary, circa 1985
Box AV1
OR8. Rita Giacaman, Ramallah, 1989 Jan. 14
Box AV1
OR9. End of Ibdn Haddi, Suha Eid, Jordan, circa 1985
Box AV1
OR10. Jordan, Haifa Bashur, Irbid, circa 1985
Box AV1
OR11. Jordan, Bag'A Camp, start of Haifa Bashur, circa 1985
Box AV1
OR12. Irbid, Suf camps, start of Ibdn Haddi, circa 1985
Box AV1
OR13. Village coop, Al Arrub camp, 1989
Box AV1
OR14. Jalazone camp, village coop, 1989
Box AV1
OR15. Gaza, circa 1985
Box AV1
OR16. Hayat Yaghi, Amman New camp, circa 1985
Box AV1
OR17. Ramallah Women's Teaching College, women's work, undated
Box AV1

[Use copy available in Box AV2. VHS format.]

OR18. Women to Women: "Saturday's Child," 2001 Mar.
Box AV1

[Use copy available in Box AV2. CD format.]

OR19.A Hot January, Selected Readings 1996-1999, 2000
Box AV1
Master and Use Copies
Box AV2

This series includes 240 photographs and two painted portraits.

Consists of 240 photographs, 222 of which are color, and 18 black and white. Most of the images are snapshots from Morgan's trip to Egypt; the rest are pictures of Isel Rivero, and some taken by her. The photographs are arranged in their original order.

H Temple and Hathor temple, undated
Box PH1
Valley of Kings and Queens, Hats., temples, goats, undated
Box PH1
Nile, pyramids, Nawal, Sphinx, cat, undated
Box PH1
N's country house and garden, Nile, undated
Box PH1
N's village and chickens, relatives, children, undated
Box PH1
Blake at Goodbye Pyramids, undated
Box PH1
Bookshop, plane to Lufor, Fairy, Colossus, undated
Box PH1
H Temple and Hathor temple, undated
Box PH1
Miscellaneous photos, undated
Box PH1
None
Box PH1
In Nicaragua, undated
Box PH1
In Rwanda and Uganda, 1994-1995 and undated
Box PH1
In Namibia, 1989-1990 and undated
Box PH1

This subseries includes two large painted portraits of Robin Morgan. One is a formal studio pose, painted on wood and depicting Morgan as a young woman during the time that she was a television and radio personality. The other was painted on canvas by Pat Mainardi (author of Politics of Housework) after Morgan achieved fame as a radical feminist activist and poet.

Portrait, by Pat Mainardi, oil on canvas, circa 1974
Oimage 1: Please see catalog record for location.
Portrait, formal studio pose, painted on wood, undated
Oimage 2: Please see catalog record for location.

Contains materials from the Writings Series, the Subject Files Series, and the Speeches and Interviews Series. Poetry broadsides include the poem White Night, dedicated to Morgan and signed by Adrienne Rich. The Subject Files Subseries contains a complete set of issues of the feminist magazine Rat. Arranged alphabetically.

Copyright file -- Sojourner, 1978 Aug.
Box OS1
Reviews and adverts, 1977
Box OS1
Production, undated
Box OS1
Reviews and adverts, 1976-1978 and undated
Box OS1
Poems broadsides and awards, 1981-1982
Box OS1
The Middle East -- General, 1980s
Box OS1
Rat magazine, undated
(3 folders)
Box OS1
Announcements for speaking engagements, 1972-1992 and undated
Box OS1

Addition (2009-0069) (900 items; 1.5 lin. ft.; 1993-2006) includes Morgan's files on sexual trafficking (2000); a master copy and page proofs of The Burning Time (2005-2006); and email printouts of responses to "Letters from Ground Zero," which went viral on the Internet following Sept. 11, 2001.

This is an unprocessed addition to the collection. Materials have been reboxed for preservation but no arrangement has been done.

Trafficking, 2000
Box 1
Conflitto e liberta femminile, Spring 1993
Box 1
The Burning Time drafts and master copy, 2005-2006
Box 1
Sept. 11, 2001
Box 1
Ghosts responses
Box 2
Responses to Letters from Ground Zero
Box 2
Loose correspondence
Box 2
Loose correspondence
Box 3

Accession (2010-0176) (18,450 items; 24.6 lin. ft.; dated 1947-2010) includes Morgan's travel files, correspondence, Ms. editorial files, and materials from her research and publications. General correspondence (dating 1996-2009) consists of email printouts and letters detailing Morgan's activities with various projects, conferences, and boards, including Equality Now and the February Sisters. It also includes her thoughts on the 2008 presidential election, including a re-written version of "Goodbye to All That" discussing the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The Ms. files (dating 2002-2010) include global dispatches, correspondence, and cover story interviews by Morgan of Madeleine Albright and Jane Fonda. This section also contains files from the Ms. search for editor-in-chief.

A large portion of the accession relates to Morgan's writings, poetry, and published books. These materials consist of drafts, correspondence with publishers, publicity and press, reader reactions, reviews of her work, and rights permissions. Works represented include Monster, which included the poem "Arraignment;" "The Mysteries," a play; Upstairs in the Garden; Going Too Far; The Anatomy of Freedom; The Witch Tales; Sisterhood is Forever; and other poems and articles. The majority of the Sisterhood is Forever materials are contributor files, including women like Gloria Steinem, Eleanor Smeal, Eve Ensler, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and many others.

Also represented are supporting materials, mainly clippings and other miscellaneous items, from Morgan's childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood that she used for writing her Memoirs. These clippings include coverage of her activities as a child star on the television show Mama, as well as her other performances, radio and television shows, and modelling engagements. Morgan's early activities in the women's liberation movement are also represented in these clippings, such as her protesting the Miss America competition in 1969 and coverage of her book, Sisterhood Is Powerful. The original clippings are extremely fragile and may require Technical Services intervention.

Other materials in the accession include various research and project files, many supporting Morgan's activities or writings. For example, there is a series of folders on clitoredectomy and female genital mutilation, culminating in a draft prepared by Morgan and Gloria Steinem of an article published in the 1970s. Materials from the Women's Media Center are closed due to restrictions. There is also a significant amount of audiovisual material, including film, VHS, reel-to-reel audio, and DVDs. These will require reformatting prior to use by researchers.

London, Paris, Florence, 1959 (2 folders)
Box 1
UN women's conferences, Copenhagen and Oslo, 1980-1981 (2 folders)
Box 1
Mexico, 1981
Box 1
UN panel, Vienna, 1982
Box 1
London Book Fair, 1984
Box 1
Meetings with Greek women, Greece, 1984
Box 1
Holiday, St. Thomas, 1984-1985
Box 1
CEDAW meetings, Brazil, 1987
Box 1
Japan, 1988
Box 1
Occupied Territories, 1989
Box 1
Asia Foundation work with women, Nepal, 1994 (4 folders)
Box 1
UN women's conference, Beijing, 1995 (3 folders)
Box 1
General clippings, China, 1995
Box 1
Book tour, Italy, 1996
Box 1
Nepal, 1997
Box 1
Women's conference, Basque Country, Spain, 1998
Box 1
Book tour, Italy, 1998
Box 1
Book tour, Italy, 2001
Box 1
Search for editor-in-chief, 2002 (2 folders)
Box 2
Interim/summer issues, 2002 (9 folders)
Box 2
Correspondence, 2003 (3 folders)
Box 2
Columns, 2003 (2 folders)
Box 2
Correspondence, 2004
Box 2
Los Angeles trip, 2004
Box 2
Columns, 2004
Box 2
Global/international, 2004 (2 folders)
Box 2
International rejects, 2004 (3 folders)
Box 2
Dispatches and networking, Winter 2004
Box 2
Albright interview, 2003-2004
Box 3
News, Winter 2004
Box 3
Spring 2005
Box 3
Global news, Spring 2005
Box 3
Summer 2005
Box 3
Dispatches, Summer 2005
Box 3
Jane Fonda cover story, 2005
Box 3
Global, Fall 2005
Box 3
Dispatches, Fall 2005
Box 3
2005 (2 folders)
Box 3
Global news, Winter 2005-2006
Box 3
Dispatches, Winter 2005-2006
Box 3
Dispatches, Spring 2006
Box 3
Global news, Spring 2006
Box 3
Global, Summer 2006
Box 3
Global, Fall 2006
Box 3
Winter 2006-2007
Box 3
Global, Spring 2007
Box 3
Global, Summer 2007
Box 3
Fall 2007
Box 4
Winter 2008
Box 4
Summer 2008
Box 4
Global, Fall 2008
Box 4
Winter 2008-2009
Box 4
Global, Spring 2009
Box 4
Summer 2009
Box 4
Global, Fall 2009
Box 4
Winter 2010 (2 folders)
Box 4
Spring 2010
Box 4
Summer 2010
Box 4
Fall 2010
Box 4
Women's Radio Network, 2005 (2 folders)
Box 4
University of Denver, 2002-2005 (2 folders)
Box 5
Bella Abzug, 1986
Box 5
1996
Box 5
1999 (2 folders)
Box 5
2000 (3 folders)
Box 5
2001 (5 folders)
Box 5
2001-2002
Box 5
2002 (4 folders)
Box 5
2002 (2 folders)
Box 6
Equality Now, 2002
Box 6
February Sisters, 2002
Box 6
2003 (6 folders)
Box 6
2004
Box 6
Equality Now, 2004
Box 6
2005
Box 6
2005 (3 folders)
Box 7
2006 (4 folders)
Box 7
2007 (4 folders)
Box 7
2008 (3 folders)
Box 7
2009
Box 7
Beijing UN Conference piece, 1995
Box 8
Correspondence re: Women's Studies Encyclopedia, 1992-2000
Box 8
Global Fund for Women, 1990-1999 (4 folders)
Box 8
Feminist Press Board, 1996-1998
Box 8
Rat, women's takeover issue, February 1970

Includes "Goodbye to All That" (number 1).

Box 8
Bella Abzug's death and memorial service file, 1998
Box 8
Bella Awards copy, 2001
Box 8
Bella Book (The Bella Project), 2004
Box 8
Gil Morgenstern gigs, 2008-2009
Box 8
Chai Ling Ms. interview (re: Tiananmen Square), 1989-1990
Box 8
BBC Byline, 1990-1991
Box 8
Song lyrics, undated
Box 8
Monster files, 1968-1979

Materials from Morgan's first book of poetry (1972). Includes draft, submissions, correspondence, the Feminist Art Journal and other feminist editions, reactions, and reviews. Contains discussion of the Ted Hughes/Sylvia Plath controversy.

Box 8
Vietnamese poetry translations, 1967-1968 (2 folders)
Box 9
Poems: translations, 1981
Box 9
Poems set to music, 1967-1975
Box 9
The Mysteries
Box 9
Upstairs in the Garden, 1989-1991 (7 folders)

Literary magazine published poems, contracts, discarded poems, production, reviews, and reactions.

Box 9
Poems: magazine submissions and publications, 1974-1981 (3 folders)
Box 9
A Garden Journal, 2000-2002 (3 folders)
Box 9
Essays and articles, 1977 (2 folders)
Box 9
The Handmaiden of the Holy Man, 2003
Box 9
Fundamentalisms re: religions, 1996-1997 (8 folders)
Box 9
Going Too Far, 1969-1976 (4 folders)

Includes drafts, production materials, correspondence, etc.

Box 10
Monster and Going Too Far contracts and royalty statements, 1971-1980
Box 10
Permissions: articles and poems, 1976-1994 (5 folders)
Box 10
Infringements and plagiarisms, 1973-1981
Box 10
The Witch Tales drafts, undated (3 folders)
Box 10
The Anatomy of Freedom, 1981-1986 (9 folders)

Manuscripts, drafts, publication, reviews, and reactions.

Box 10
The Anatomy of Freedom publication rights, 1982-1999
Box 11
Depth Perception, 1982
Box 11
The Word of a Woman, 1990s (10 folders)
Box 11
Dry Your Smile, 1987-1988
Box 11

Press coverage and other materials from Morgan's entertainment career (as a child in the 1950s), her activism during the Women's Liberation movement (1970s-present), and her writings and public events. Most of the newspaper clippings are extremely fragile and may require preservation photocopies to be made before use. Please handle with care.

Childhood clippings and correspondence, 1947-1950
Box 11
Childhood scrapbook pages, 1947-1950
Box 11
Mama clippings and press (3 folders)
Box 11
Television shows, books, and miscellaneous clippings, 1951-1980
Box 11
Teen years clippings
Box 11
Schoolwork
Box 11
Women's Liberation clippings, 1960s-1970s (2 folders)

Including Miss America coverage, Sisterhood is Powerful, and interviews with Morgan.

Box 11
General press clippings, 1980s-1990s
Box 11
Memoir materials: Women's Liberation movement clippings, 1960s-1970s (2 folders)
Box 12
Clitoredectomy (female genital mutilation) files, 1970s (4 folders)

Includes drafts from piece on female circumcision by Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan.

Box 12
Katharine Hepburn research file, 1981 and undated
Box 12
Poems: translations, 1981
Box 12
Audiovisual materials

Consists of 10 VHS tapes, 9 audio cassette tapes, 16 reel-to-reels, 1 film reel, and 2 DVDs. Includes video clips from Morgan's child modeling and clips and reviews of her television shows, including Mama and other plays. Audio tapes include "Their Own Country" (a verse play), Church of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue, New York, 1961; Mike Wallace interview with Morgan; and her teenage trip abroad in the 1950s. Audio cassettes include tapes of Morgan's interview with Madeleine Albright and her leading the women's takeover of the Phil Donahue Show. Videotapes and DVDs include the Bella Abzug memorial service, with speakers Morgan, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Shirley Maclaine, Marlo Thomas, etc.; Morgan's interview on Charlie Rose; film of the first Miss America Pageant protest, 1968; and Morgan's participation on various panels.

Box 13
Kathy Boudin and Roslyn Smith correspondence (4 folders)
Box 14
General correspondence, 2001
Box 14
Bravo, Ellen
Box 14
Appel-Bronstein, Ellen
Box 14
Angier, Natalie
Box 14
Adler, Margot
Box 14
Adams, Carol J.
Box 14
Acosta-Belén, Edna, and Christine E. Bose
Box 14
Events (5 folders)
Box 14
First serial, 2002-2003
Box 14
Revised versions
Box 14
Bids and contracts
Box 14
Conference, 2002
Box 14
Book and manuscript, 2003
Box 14
Random House correspondence, 2002
Box 14
Contributor contracts, Random House (2 folders)
Box 14
WSP contracts
Box 14
Reviews, 2003 (2 folders)
Box 14
Reactions, 2003
Box 14
Foreign rights, 2002-2003
Box 14
Film/television rights, 2004
Box 14
Promotion, 2002-2003 (2 folders)
Box 14
Production, 2002 (2 folders)
Box 14
Carter, Vednita
Box 15
Chavkin, Wendy
Box 15
Crenshaw, Kimberlé (2 folders)
Box 15
DiPerna, Paula
Box 15
Drusine, Helen
Box 15
Dworkin, Andrea
Box 15
Ensler, Eve
Box 15
Findlen, Barbara
Box 15
Funiciello, Theresa
Box 15
Guy-Sheftall, Beverly
Box 15
Gilligan, Carol
Box 15
Gould, Sara K.
Box 15
Guerilla Girls
Box 15
Hanna, Kathleen
Box 15
Hershey, Laura
Box 15
Hill, Anita
Box 15
Howe, Florence
Box 15
Hughes, Donna
Box 15
Jay, Karla
Box 15
Jemison, Mae C.
Box 15
Jenkins, Carol
Box 15
Kennedy, Claudia
Box 15
Kessler-Harris, Alice
Box 15
Kidwell, Clara Sue
Box 15
Kissling, Frances
Box 15
Levine, Suzanne Braun
Box 15
Macdonald, Barbara
Box 15
MacKinnon, Catherine
Box 15
Martin, Jane Roland
Box 15
Michals, Debra
Box 15
Morgan, Robin (3 folders)
Box 15
Neuwirth, Jessica
Box 16
New Moon Girls
Box 16
Norsigian, Judy (OBOS)
Box 16
Norton, Eleanor Holmes
Box 16
Paley, Grace
Box 16
Richards, Amy, and Marianne Schnall
Box 16
Richards, Cecile
Box 16
Sachs, Carolyn
Box 16
Schroeder, Pat
Box 16
Smeal, Eleanor
Box 16
Steinem, Gloria
Box 16
Thom, Mary (2 folders)
Box 16
Victoria, Jasmine
Box 16
Wattleton, Faye
Box 16
Wilson, Marie
Box 16
Zia, Helen
Box 16
Women's Media Center files
Box 17-19

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1941, Jan. 29Born in Lake Worth, Fla.
1956Graduated with Honors from the Wetter School
1956-1959Student with private tutors at Columbia University, ages 15-18
1961-1969Free-lance book editor
1962Married Kenneth Pitchford
1968Organized first feminist demonstration against Miss America Pageant
1969Birth of son, Blake
1969-1970Editor for Grove Press
1970Author, compiler, and editor of Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement
1970Founder and president of The Sisterhood is Powerful Foundation
1972Monster: Poems published
1973Visiting chair and guest professor of Women's Studies at New College, Sarasota, Fla.
1974-1987Editor and columnist of Ms. magazine
1978Going Too Far: The Personal Chronicle of a Feminist published
1979-1980Received National Endowment for the Arts grant
1982Depth Perception: New Poems and a Masque published
1982-1984Received Ford Foundation grant
1984Founder of Sisterhood is Global Institute
1984Author, compiler, and editor of Sisterhood is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology
1987Distinguished visiting scholar and lecturer at Rutgers University, N. J.
1989The Demon Lover: On the Sexuality of Terrorism published
1989-1993Editor in chief of Ms. magazine
1990Divorced from Kenneth Pitchford
1992Received Honorary Doctorate from the University of Connecticut
1993Consulting editor of Ms. magazine
1996-1997Visiting professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of International Affairs
2000Saturday's Child: A Memoir published
2003Author, compiler, and editor of Sisterhood is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium
2003Columnist for Ms. magazine

Robin Morgan is a feminist activist, award-winning poet, novelist, journalist, and essayist. She was a child model, had her own radio show at the age of four, and was a child star on television. Since the late 1960s, when she organized the first demonstration against the Miss America Pageant, Morgan has been active in the feminist movement. In 1984, she founded the Sisterhood is Global Institute, an international, non-governmental, and non-profit organization concerned with women's rights which is currently based in Montreal, Canada.

As a recipient of numerous writing grants, Morgan has published eighteen books, including six poetry collections, two books of fiction, the now-classic anthology Sisterhood is Powerful (named by the American Library Association one of the "The 100 Most Influential Books of the 20th Century"), and an anthology of international feminism, Sisterhood is Global. She has also consistently contributed to Ms. magazine. She currently lives in New York.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robin Morgan Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Robin Morgan Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as purchases from 2001-2003, and as a gift in 2009 and 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Ruth E. Bryan, Katy Wischow, Ann Langford, Joshua A. Kaiser, Pavla Vesela, Paula Jeannet Mangiafico

Completed March 5, 2004

Encoded by Pavla Vesela, Paula Jeannet Mangiafico

Accessions 2001-0166, 2001-0184, 2002-0208, 2003-0022, 2003-0022 and 2003-0093 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Accessions 2009-0069 and 2010-0176 were added to this finding aid by Meghan Lyon, February 2009 and October 2010.

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