Papers of Doris Fleischman Bernays, 1914-1977
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.42 linear feet ((1 carton, 1 file box) plus 2 oversize folders)
Folder headings are the donor's; information in brackets has been added by the processor.
In 1919 Doris Fleischman Bernays left newspaper work to join her future husband, Edward L. Bernays, in his new public relations firm in New York. It was largely through their pioneering efforts that the principles, practices, and ethics of the new profession of public relations were established. The firm went on to advise many important men, women, and organizations, including Dwight Eisenhower, Sigmund Freud, and Henry Ford. Doris Fleischman Bernays and Edward L. Bernays were married in 1922; they had two daughters. Doris Fleischman Bernays set a precedent in 1923, when the United States State Department issued her the first passport to a married woman under her maiden name. She continued to use her maiden name until 1955, when she decided that the continually required explanation was too much of a nuisance.
Doris Fleischman Bernays contributed articles to the Ladies' Home Journal, the American Mercury, the Saturday Reivew of Literature, McCall's, and other periodicals. She was the editor of An Outline of Careers for Women (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1919), and a contributor to America As Americans See It (1932) and to Varied Harvest (1953), an anthology of writings by Barnard College graduates. In 1955 she published her bestselling memoir, A Wife Is Many Women (New York: Crown).
Doris Fleischman Bernays was the vice-president of the Edward L. Bernays Foundation, president of the Woman Pays Club, and vice-president of the Lucy Stone League. A member of Women in Communications (the National Society of Women in Journalism and Communications), she received its highest honor, the National Headliner Award, in 1972. In 1961 Doris Fleischman Bernays and Edward L. Bernays moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Doris Fleischman Bernays died following a stroke on July 11, 1980.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Doris (Fleischman) Bernays were given to the Schlesinger Library in 1966, October 1967, February 1970, January 1974, and December 1977.
- Matrix, summer and fall 1971, summer 1972, winter 1972-1973; deposited in the Schlesinger Library book division, March 1986.
- Duplicate printed material re: Doris Fleischman Bernays; deposited in the Schlesinger Library biography file, May 1986.
- Clippings, newsletters, and other printed material re: status of women, women in advertisements, equal pay for women, etc., ca. 1945-1972; deposited in the Schlesinger Library subject file, May 1986.
- Leather pouch for ration coupons; returned to Edward Bernays, May 1986.
- Carton 1: 1-42
- Box 2: 43-55
By: Anne Engelhart
- Equal pay for equal work
- Household employees--United States
- Manuscripts for publication
- Married women--Legal status, laws, etc.
- Public relations
- Public relations consultants
- Wages--Household employees
- Women authors, American
- Women consultants
- Women editors--United States
- Women journalists--United States.
- Women--Legal status, laws, etc.
- Bernays, Doris Fleischman, 1892-1980. Papers of Doris Fleischman Bernays, 1914-1977: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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