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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1057

Papers of Sally Faith Dorfman, ca.1960-2019


Letters written by Sally Faith Dorfman to her parents while she was a student at Radcliffe College, Dorfman's curriculum vitae, clippings about Dorfman, and Dorfman's Radcliffe College class biographies.


  • Creation: 1960-2019


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sally Faith Dorfman is held by Sally Faith Dorfman. Upon her death, copyright will transfer 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.


.63 linear feet ((1+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder, 1 archived web site)

The papers of Sally Faith Dorfman contain a curriculum vitae, clippings about Dorfman, and Radcliffe College class biographies. Also included are letters written to her parents while a student at Radcliffe documenting dormitory life, including being among the first Harvard/Radcliffe students to live in co-ed Houses; classes taken, including one taught by John Kenneth Galbraith; impressions of professors and classmates; dating; playing flute in Radcliffe bands and being the first female student in the Harvard Band; attending concerts, lectures, sporting events, parties, and other social events; and attending Jewish services. Letters also contain critical and sympathetic observations on student unrest, which Dorfman did not participate in, although she did participate in lobbying efforts undertaken by Harvard and Radcliffe students to end the Vietnam War. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online. A web site documenting Dorfman's role in reviving Cornwall, New York's 4th of July pageant is being captured periodically as part of Schlesinger Library's web archiving program. Folder titles were created by the archivist. Files are arranged alphabetically.


Sally Faith Dorfman, daughter of David L. Dorfman, a dentist, and Dolce Stern Dorfman, a buyer for Macy's department store, was born in 1950 in Cornwall, New York. She received an AB in Economics from Radcliffe College in 1971, and her MD and an MS in Health Services Administration from Stanford University in 1976. She has worked in a variety of positions in the medical field, including as a gynecologist in Newburgh, Kingston, and New York, New York (1982-2001); academic positions at several institutions including Emory University (1980-1982), Mount Sinai Medical Center (1982-1999), and Cornell University (1989-1998); Commissioner of Health for Orange County, New York (1988-1994); and service in the United States Public Health Service (1980-1982) and United States Public Health Service Reserve Corps (1982-2010). Since 2010, Dorfman has been a supervisory physician at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2019-M219, 2020-M4, 2020-M33, 2021-M1

The papers of Sally Faith Dorfman were given to the Schlesinger Library by Sally Faith Dorfman between December 2019 and January 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2020

By: Johanna Carll

Updated: June 2021

By: Johanna Carll

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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