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SERIES Identifier: MC 778: T-504

Series IV. WRITINGS FOR ADULTS, 1923-2010 (#27.8-85.20, E.1-E.4)

Scope and Contents

Series IV, WRITINGS FOR ADULTS, 1923-2010 (#27.8-85.20, E.1-E.4), includes research notes; correspondence; speeches; journal fragments; notes from client and "rap group" sessions; draft writings; draft and completed questionnaires; interview transcripts, illustrations; etc., for Lifton's adoption-related writings; her writings regarding Janusz Korczak; her early articles and essays for the Nippon Times, Asahi Evening News, and a number of American newspapers and magazines; and her unpublished, autobiographical novel "Visions of the Far East." The series is divided into three subseries.


  • Creation: 1884-2010
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1939-2010

Language of Materials

Materials in English, Polish, Hebrew, German, or Japanese.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Most of the collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Folders #28.7, 28.9, 28.11-28.12, 31.4, 31.6, 31.13-31.14, 32.1, 32.4-32.5, 32.8-32.10, 32.13, 32.16, 33.10, 33.12, 34.2, 34.5-34.6, 34.21, 35.4, 35.7, 36.1-36.2, 36.5, 36.7-36.10, 36.15, 36.17, 37.3, 37.6, 38.3, 38.5, 38.14, 39.14, 43.4, 44.1, 44.6, 45.8, 45.15, 46.6, 17.6, 47.7, 50.7 are closed until January 1, 2020 though January 1, 2080 as noted below. These files, where access would constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy for third party individuals, are closed for a period of 90 years from the date of birth of the individual discussed in the file.

Folders #86.1-107.20 are closed until January 1, 2027 through January 1, 2096 and folders #108.6-108.15 are closed until January 1, 2042 through January 1, 2070 as noted below. Client files are closed for a period of 90 years from the date of birth of the youngest client discussed in the file.


45.04 linear feet ((108 file boxes) plus 3 folio folders, 2 folio+ folders, 1 oversize folders, 25 photograph folders, 58 audiotapes)

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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