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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1157: CD-69

Papers of Manisha Roy, 1956-2021


Biographical information, writings, dream records, and photographs of anthropologist and Jungian analyst Manisha Roy.


  • Creation: 1956-2021


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research, with the exception of #1.3-1.8 and #1.10-2.6, which require written permission from Manisha Roy for access. Folder #1.9 is closed until January 1, 2100. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Manisha Roy is held by Manisha Roy. Upon her death, copyright will transfer 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. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures, with the exception of #1.3-1.8 and 1.10-2.6, which can only be copied with written permission from Manisha Roy. Written permission must be obtained separately from permission to access the material.


1.67 linear feet ((4 file boxes) plus 8 photograph folders, 2 CDs)

The papers of Manisha Roy include biographical information; personal and professional correspondence; daily records of Roy's recollections and impressions of her dreams; literary writings; and photographs. Also included are professional writings and lectures on topics including Bengali immigrants and Bengali women, gender archetypes and stereotypes, and women's psychology and life course. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online. Folders are arranged alphabetically.


Anthropologist and Jungian analyst Manisha Roy was born in Assam, the northeastern state of India bordering Tibet and Myanmar. She holds a master's degree in geography from the University of Calcutta (1958), a master's degree in social anthropology from the University of Rochester (1962), a PhD in psychological anthropology from the University of California, San Diego (1972), and a post-graduate diploma in analytical psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich (1982). In addition to maintaining a private practice, she has taught at several universities including the University of Colorado, the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, and the C.G. Jung Institute, Boston. She has written numerous articles and short stories, as well as several books including Bengali Women (1976), My Four Homes (2015), and Women, Stereotypes, and Archetypes (2019).

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M72

The papers of Manisha Roy were given to the Schlesinger Library by Manisha Roy in October 2021.


Donors: Manisha Roy

Accession number: 2021-M172

Processed by: Johanna Carll

The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library printed materials division:

  1. Āmāra cāra bāṛi by Manisha Roy (in Bengali), 2001
  2. Bengali Women by Manisha Roy, 1992 edition
  3. My Four Homes by Manisha Roy, 2015
  4. To Speak or be Silent: The Paradox of Disobedience in the Lives of Women, edited by Lena B. Ross, Manisha Roy contributor, 1993
  5. Women: Stereotypes and Archetypes by Manisaha Roy, 2019

Processing Information

Processed: December 2021

By: Johanna Carll, with assistance from Yolande E. Bennett

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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