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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1034

Papers of Adeline Naiman, 1908-2019 (inclusive), 1934-2011 (bulk)


Correspondence, writings, photographs, and other materials documenting Adeline Naiman's work as a literary editor, advocacy for the use of personal computers in primary and secondary education, and endorsement of progressive political ideals.


  • 1908-2019
  • Majority of material found within 1934-2011


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Adeline Naiman is held by Alaric Naiman. Upon his 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. Materials naming Alaric Naiman and Peter Naiman may not be copied or quoted during their lifetimes without their written permission.


4.59 linear feet ((11 file boxes) plus 4 folio folders, 2 folio+ folders, 15 photograph folders)
351.405 Megabytes (6 files)

The papers of Adeline Lubell Naiman contain correspondence, writings, photographs, and other materials documenting her work as a literary editor, advocacy for the use of personal computers in primary and secondary education, and endorsement of progressive political ideals. Correspondence documents her close relationship with her brother and sister-in-law, Cecil and Winifred Milius Lubell; her often contentious relationship with her mother, Jennie, often hinging on Jewish cultural ideals; and her friendships with artists and writers including Norman Mailer, Bernard Perlin, Bill Cannastra, Elsa Dorfman, and Tillie Olsen. Many of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online. Most folder titles were created by Alaric Naiman. Titles created by Adeline Naiman appear in quotation marks and additional information provided by the archivist appears in square brackets. Files were arranged alphabetically by the archivist.


Adeline Lubell Naiman, daughter of Joseph and Jennie Samuel Lubell, was born October 27, 1925, in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Girls' Latin School and Hebrew Teachers College before entering Radcliffe College as a member of the Class of 1946, earning an AB in History and Literature in 1945. She worked as editor at Little, Brown and Company (1945-1948), J.B. Lippincott (1954-1957), and Beacon Press (1964-1965). She also worked as a scriptwriter for Coronet Instructional Films (1948-1951). In 1947, she married physicist Mark Lewis "Lucky" Naiman (1922-2007); they had three children, Joris, Alaric, and Peter Kieron. Inspired by her husband's work in the field of computing, Naiman became a pioneer in the use of personal computers in primary education. She served as Assistant to the President and Director of Publications at Educational Services Inc. (1965-1979), Managing Director at Technical Education Research Centers (1979-1982), Director of Software at HRM Software (1982-1988), Director of Education at the Computer Museum (1988-1990), and Director of Academic Development and Instructional Design at Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (1990-1994). She also served on committees and boards at a variety of organizations including the Museum Institute for Teaching Science, Lesley College, Radcliffe College, the Metro Boston YWCA, and the Lincoln, Massachusetts' Disabilities Commission. Naiman died March 25, 2011.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2019-M188

The papers of Adeline Naiman were given to the Schlesinger Library by her son, Alaric Naiman in November 2019.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin; see Adeline Lubell-Naiman Collection of Norman Mailer, 1946-1996.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2020

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 Alaric Naiman.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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