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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A5445

Papers of Margaret L. Andersen, 1973-2009


Papers of sociology professor Margaret L. Anderson, including a letter from Alice Rossi to Andersen (1978) in which she comments on her well-known article in the journal Daedalus, Rossi's guidelines for life history interviews and a bibliography, and several syllabi from sociology of gender classes taught by Andersen.


  • 1973-2009


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Margaret L. Andersen as well as 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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Collection contains a letter from Alice Rossi to Margaret L. Andersen (1978) in which she briefly describes her teaching experience with graduate students and comments on her well-known article in the journal Daedalus ("Equality Between the Sexes: An Immodest Proposal," 1964). In addition, the collection contains Rossi's guidelines for life history interviews and her selective bibliography on the study of lives, which she enclosed with the letter. The collection also contains several syllabi from sociology of gender classes taught by Andersen at the University of Delaware between the years 1973 and 2009.


Margaret L. Andersen is the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware. She is the author of several books, including Sociology: The Essentials (with Howard F. Taylor); On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection; Living Art: The Life of Paul R. Jones, African American Art Collector; Race and Ethnicity in Society: The Changing Landscape (with Elizabeth Higginbotham); Thinking about Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender; and Race, Class and Gender (with Patricia Hill Collins). She is the former Vice President of the American Sociological Association and a former president of the Eastern Sociological Society. In 1973, Andersen met sociologist Alice Rossi at the University of Massachusetts, where Andersen had been a graduate student and taught the first sociology of sex and gender course. She corresponded with Rossi regarding a new course she was planning to teach at the University of Delaware called "Studies in Women's Lives."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2022-M96

The papers of Margaret L. Andersen were given to the Schlesinger Library by Andersen in 2022.

Processing Information

Processed: July 2022

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
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund and the Kim A. Bendheim Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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