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COLLECTION Identifier: PC 87; T-584

Photographs and papers of Georgia Litwack, 1935-2003


Slides, negatives, photographs, research materials, and interviews conducted by Georgia Litwack documenting her work as a photographer.


  • 1935-2003

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 photographs and papers created by Georgia Litwack 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.


1.04 linear feet ((2+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder, 104 photograph folders, 6 folio photograph folders, 1 folio+ photograph folders, 1 oversize photograph folder, 8 slides, 33 audiotapes)

The photographs and papers of Georgia Litwack contain slides, negatives, photographs, research materials, and interviews conducted by Litwack documenting her work as a photographer. They are arranged in three series.

Series I, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1972-1999 (#PD.1-PD.113), contains slides, negatives, and prints of photographs taken by Georgia Litwack. Images include portraits of women in the arts and sciences, travel photographs, nature photographs, and photographs of statues. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online. Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series II, Papers, 1935-2003 (#1.1-3.4, F+D.1), includes clippings by and about Georgia Litwack, articles featuring Litwack's photographs, background material on women in the arts and sciences featured in Litwack's photographs, and research material on photographer Jessie Tarbox Beals. Background material on women photographed by Litwack include clippings, CVs, and biographical statements. Research materials on Beals include notes, correspondence about Litwack's research, transcripts of interviews with Beals' daughter, Nanette Brainerd; and notecards featuring Beals photographs, many of them inscribed with messages from Beals to her daughter, Nanette. Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Series III, AUDIOTAPES, 1976-1992 (#T-584.1 - T-584.33), contains recordings of interviews Georgia Litwack conducted with Nanette T. Brainerd about her mother, Jessie Tarbox Beals, and with women in the arts and sciences featured in Litwack's photographs. Tapes are arranged alphabetically.


Photographer and journalist Georgia (Shuset) Litwack graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (AB 1942) and worked for International News Service and United Press (1942-1946). In 1945 she married attorney John Litwack; they had two daughters. Moving to Newton, Massachusetts, Litwack worked in public relations for the Children's Museum and the Museum of Science in Boston, and founded the photography program at the DeCordova Museum of Art School in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She studied photography with Minor White at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and taught and lectured throughout the greater Boston area. Her work is part of the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Princeton Museum of Art, among others. Litwack wrote articles for several publications on photography and women in the arts and sciences, often accompanied by her photographs. In 1983, she co-authored Born Early: The Story of a Premature Baby with Dr. Mary Ellen Avery. Litwack died May 10, 2020, from complications of COVID-19.


The collection is arranged in three series:

  1. Series I. Photographs, 1972-1999 (#PD.1-PD.113)
  2. Series II. Papers, 1935-2003 (#1.1-3.4, F+D.1)
  3. Series III. Audiotapes, 1976-1992 (#T-584.1 - T-584.33)

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 85-M121, 85-M155, 86-M223, 86-M250, 87-M10, 87-M123, 88-M10, 88-M121, 88-M209, 89-M119, 90-M81, 91-M15, 2000-M99, 2000-M123, 2000-M127, 2002-M144, 2013-M84, 2021-M131

The photographs and papers of Georgia Litwack were given to the Schlesinger Library by Georgia Litwack between June 1985 and May 2013, and by her daughter, Deborah Litwack in August 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: November 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 Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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