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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 437

Papers of Robin Ruth Linden, 1978-1983


Correspondence, videotapes, slides, etc., of sociologist Robin Ruth Linden.


  • Creation: 1978-1983


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 papers created by Robin Ruth Linden 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.


.21 linear feet ((1/2 file box) plus 9 videotapes)

The collection documents two symposia convened at the 1979 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): "Feminism and the Philosophy of Science" and "Women and Scientific Research." Organized by philosopher Sandra Harding and sociologist Susan Leigh Star, these sessions preceded by some years the emergence of what Harding later referred to as "the science question in feminism." They marked an early moment when feminists entered an elite scientific forum and claimed a place in the wider conversation about how scientific knowledges are produced. According to Linden, those who participated in and documented the symposia regarded the very fact of their presence and the interest the program generated as acts of feminist subversion.

The collection consists mostly of correspondence, videotapes, and slides.


R. Ruth Linden is a sociologist who specializes in the areas of women's health, the politics of technomedicine, and the Holocaust. She is the author of Making Stories, Making Selves: Feminist Reflections on the Holocaust (1993), which received the Helen Hooven Santmyer Prize in women's studies, and Against Sadomasochism: a Radical Feminist Analysis (1982). She is associate dean of the Graduate School for Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 87-M65

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library in April and September 1987 by Robin Ruth Linden.

Processing Information

Processed: May 1996

By: Katherine Herrlich

Linden, Robin Ruth, 1956- . Papers of Robin Ruth Linden, 1978-1983: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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