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COLLECTION Identifier: 73-150--81-M35: T-50

Additional papers of Mary Steichen Calderone, 1922-1979


Addenda to the papers (179; M-125) of Mary Steichen Calderone, including correspondence, audiovisual materials, etc.


  • 1922-1979

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access. Unrestricted, except researchers must sign a special form to use folders 11 and 12.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Steichen Calderone is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in her published works, including specifically The First Picture Book, The Second Picture Book, and The Family Book about Sexuality, is held by her heirs. Copyright in photographs by Edward Steichen is held by the Estate of Edward Steichen. Researchers must obtain copies and written permission from the estate in order to use them in publication. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. All open material may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


2 linear feet ((2 cartons) plus 7 audiotapes, 1 folio+ folder)

Addenda to the papers (179; M-125) of Mary Steichen Calderone, including correspondence re: writings; clippings, biographical material, audiovisual materials, etc.


Physician and leader in public health, birth control and sex education, Mary Steichen Calderone (1904-1998), the daughter of photographer Edward Steichen, was graduated from Vassar in 1925, the University of Rochester Medical School in 1939, and received an M.A. in public health from Columbia in 1942. She married Dr. Frank Calderone, worked as physician for the public schools in Great Neck, New York, as medical director for the Planned Parenthood Federation from 1953 to 1964, and from 1965 in association with the Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S.

During her years with SIECUS, she traveled thousands of miles, addressing high school and college students, parents, educators, religious leaders and professional groups. A compelling speaker, she was especially popular with youthful audiences who appreciated her candid no-nonsense factual replies to their questions. Dr. Calderone spearheaded a virtual revolution in liberalizing United States attitudes toward sex education and as a result, became the target of extremist groups. Although she remained in close contact with SIECUS, Calderone resigned from the presidency in May 1982. She continued to speak internationally on the subject of sex education and other topics, such as aging and sexuality and sex for the physically handicapped. She served as an adjunct professor in the human sexuality program at the University of New York between 1983 and 1988. Mary Steichen Calderone died on October 24, 1998, at the Longwood Nursing Home in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. She was 94.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 73-150, 74-128, 74-286, 75-73, 76-100, 76-122, 76-315, 77-M85, 77-M154, 77-M182, 78-M3, 78-M30, 78-M48, 78-M188, 79-M247, 79-M268, 81-M35

These addenda to the papers of Mary Steichen Calderone were given to the Schlesinger Library between November 1973 and February 1981 by Mary Steichen Calderone.

Related Material:

There are related materials at the Schlesinger Library; see Mary Steichen Calderone Papers, 1904-1971 (179; M-125), Mary Steichen Calderone Additional papers, 1967-1982 (82-M129), and Mary Steichen Calderone Additional papers, 1954-1983 (83-M184), Mary Steichen Calderone Additional papers, 1914-1989 (MC 622), and Mary Steichen Calderone videotapes, 1979-1985 (Vt-7).


  1. Carton 1: Folders 1-31; 61-66
  2. Carton 2: Folders 32-60

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: December 1979

By: Jane S. Knowles

Updated: March, 2012

By: Joanne Donovan

Calderone, Mary Steichen, 1904-1998. Additional papers of Mary Steichen Calderone, 1922-1979: A Finding Aid
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