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COLLECTION Identifier: 86-M79

Additional papers of Doris Fleischman Bernays, 1915-1978


Addenda to the papers (1072--77-M211) of Doris Fleischman Bernays, author, editor, feminist, and public relations consultant.


  • Creation: 1915-1978

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Doris Fleischman Bernays 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.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)

These addenda consist of correspondence, published articles, announcements of and programs from events at which Doris Fleischman Bernays was a speaker, and photographs. These papers were in eight scrapbooks and were removed in the interest of preservation.

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.


The daughter of Samuel and Harriet (Rosenthal) Fleischman, Doris Elsa (Fleischman) Bernays was born in New York City on July 18, 1892. She graduated from the Horace Mann School in 1909 and in 1913 received her bachelor's degree from Barnard College. Upon graduation she took a job as a reporter for the New York Tribune, where she served successively as assistant women's page editor and assistant Sunday editor. An ardent feminist, she wrote on many issues of concern to women and was a participant in the first Women's Peace Parade in New York in 1917.

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.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 86-M79

These addenda to the papers of Doris (Fleischman) Bernays were given to the Schlesinger Library by Edward L. Bernays in May 1986

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Doris Fleischman Bernays Papers, 1914-1977 (1072--77-211).

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: May 1986

By: Jolene A. Robinson

Bernays, Doris Fleischman, 1892-1980. Additional papers of Doris Fleischman Bernays, 1915-1978: 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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