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COLLECTION Identifier: A/B496

Papers of Pamela C. Berger, 1970-1971, undated


Essays, speeches, printed material, and bibliographies related to women and labor, standards of beauty, health, the environment, sexuality, and feminism; also member lists for Boston-based women's liberation group Bread and Roses.


  • Creation: 1970-1971
  • Creation: Undated

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Pamela C. Berger is held by 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.


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The papers of Pamela C. Berger contain essays, speeches, printed material, and bibliographies on topics related to women and labor, standards of beauty, health, the environment, sexuality, and feminism. Included in the essays are "On Day Care" by Louisa Gross and Phyllis MacEwan; "How Things Could be Different" an essay about working conditions for women by Meredith Tax of Bread and Roses; and "Dear Sisters," a letter and essay by Nancy Hawley about the history of the women's movement in Boston and the work of Bread and Roses. In addition, there are phone trees and membership lists (by collective) for Bread and Roses, as well as printed material from Female Liberation, a women's liberation group in Somerville, Massachusetts. There is also a petition by Female Liberation to the state of Massachusetts advocating for childcare.


Pamela C. Berger is an art historian, filmmaker, and professor of art history and film at Boston College. She has a BA from Cornell University and a PhD. from New York University. Berger was active in the Boston-area women's liberation movement during the early 1970s. She participated in Bread and Roses, a socialist feminist group and collective, and was a founding member of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective (later Our Bodies Ourselves). She contributed to the organization's early publications, particularly in the areas of alternative modes of healing. Berger is the author of several books including The Insignia of the "Notitia Dignitatum" (1981); The Goddess Obscured: Transformation of the Grain Protectress from Goddess to Saint (1985); The Crescent on the Temple: The Dome of the Rock as Image of the Ancient Jewish Sanctuary (2012); and Hebrew Psalms and the Utrecht Psalter: Veiled Origins (2020). Her films include Sorceress (1987); The Imported Bridegroom (1989), and Killian's Chronicle: The Magic Stone (1994).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2020-M103

The papers of Pamela C. Berger were given to the Schlesinger Library by Pamela C. Berger in 2020.


Donors: Pamela C. Berger

Accession number: 2020-M103

Processed by: Paula Aloisio

The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection:

  1. Up from Under. Winter 1971-1972, Vol. 1, No. 4
  2. The Red Pencil. Vol. 2., No. 2

Processing Information

Processed: March 2021

By: Paula Aloisio

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
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Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Radcliffe College Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund and the Gerard Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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