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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1109

Papers of Rosalind C. Barnett, 1973-2015


Speeches, conference materials, and writings of psychologist and professor Rosalind C. Barnett.


  • Creation: 1973-2015

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Rosalind C. Barnett is held by Rosalind C. Barnett during her lifetime. Upon her death, copyright transfers 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.


2.42 linear feet ((2 cartons, 1 file box) plus 1 archived web site)

The collection consists primarily of Rosalind C. Barnett's speeches and conference materials. Topics include "To Work Reduced Hours or Not," "Work and Family Experiences and Psychological Distress in Dual-Earner Couples," and "Gender, Job Conditions, and Psychological Distress." Articles by and about Barnett are also included, as are awards she received, grant applications and reports, and videotapes. Also included is Barnett's web site, which is being captured periodically as part of Schlesinger Library's web archiving program. Barnett's unpublished Working Papers are available for download on the Wellesley Centers for Women website. The collection was arranged and foldered by an archives student hired by Rosalind Barnett; the Schlesinger Library has largely maintained this arrangement, with any new folder headings appearing in square brackets.


Research psychologist, author, and public speaker Rosalind C. Barnett was born in 1937. She received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University in 1964. She is the author of several books, many of them co-written with Caryl Rivers. She has held senior research positions at the Henry A. Murray Research Center at Harvard University, the Wellesley College Centers for Women, and the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. Much of her work focuses on gender roles, particularly related to women in the workplace and the impact of work on family life.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2020-M119

The papers of Rosalind C. Barnett were given to the Schlesinger Library by Rosalind Barnett in November 2020.

Processing Information

Processed: December 2020

By: Susan Earle.

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 Radcliffe Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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