Additional papers of Doris Fleischman Bernays, 1915-1978
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.42 linear feet (1 file box)
The correspondence consists largely of responses to "Notes of a Retiring Feminist" (1948), "Plus ca Change, Plus C'ést la Même Chose" (1977), and Progression (1977). There are reprints of the above two articles and of "Women in Business" (1930), clippings of book reviews by Doris Fleischman Bernays and about her work, an address by Doris Fleischman Bernays for Theta Sigma Phi, and "Drought" (1965), a poem by Doris Fleischman Bernays.
The papers are arranged in the order in which they were found in the volumes and the titles of the volumes have been used as folder headings. Information supplied by the processor is in square brackets.
n 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 Review 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
These addenda to the papers of Doris (Fleischman) Bernays were given to the Schlesinger Library by Edward L. Bernays in May 1986
By: Jolene A. Robinson
- Bernays, Doris Fleischman, 1892-1980. Additional papers of Doris Fleischman Bernays, 1915-1978: A Finding Aid
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