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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1100: T-400

Papers of Marilyn Webb, 1968-2006


Drafts, notes, interviews, publicity materials, and other materials relating to writer and feminist, Marilyn Webb's book, The Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life, and audiotapes, correspondence, and other materials documenting her feminist activities.


  • 1968-2006


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 Copyright in the unpublished papers created by Marilyn Webb is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.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.


2.29 linear feet ((5+1/2 file boxes) plus 27 audiotapes)

The papers of Marilyn Webb contain drafts, notes, interviews, publicity materials, and other materials relating to her book, The Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life. Also included are audiotapes, an agenda, correspondence, and a list of attendees of a women's liberation conference at the Sandy Springs Friends School in Maryland, August 1968; audiotapes and transcripts of a Washington women's liberation conference, July 20, 1970; audiotapes of Doris Lessing, September 27, year unknown; and audiotapes of talks at Goddard College by feminists, 1972.


Author, journalist, professor, and feminist Marilyn Salzman Webb was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up on Long Island. She received a BA from Brandeis University (1964), a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (1981), and a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Chicago (2019). In 1970, she co-founded, directed, and taught in the women's studies program at Goddard College. She also taught journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and founded the journalism program at Knox College. She is the author of The Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life, and co-editor with Anne Waldman of Talking Politics from Naropa Institute: Annals of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She was editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, senior editor at Woman's Day, McCall's, and US Magazine, and a writer for New York Magazine. Her pieces have appeared in numerous publications including The Village Voice, Ladies Home Journal, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, The New York Times, and USA Today.

Webb was active in Students for a Democratic Society and the women's movement in Chicago and Washington, DC, co-organizing the Sandy Springs and Lake Villa women's conferences and helping develop D.C. Women's Liberation. In 1970, she co-founded the feminist newspaper off our backs, and in 1975, she co-founded the feminist think tank, Sagaris, which grew out of the Goddard women's studies program. She often speaks with medical, religious, and lay groups about how to improve end-of-life care, and served on the boards of the Hospice Foundation and Compassion in Dying (now Compassion & Choices).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2011-M107, 2011-M152

The papers of Marilyn Webb were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Marilyn Webb in June and August 2011.

Processing Information

Processed: December 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 Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library, the Sybil Shainwald Fund at the Schlesinger Library, and the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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