Papers of Dorothy Dunbar Bromley, 1897-1986
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.42 linear feet ((1 file box) plus 1 folio folder)
As a free lance writer, Bromley wrote extensively on such issues as divorce, voting, and criminal law and educational legislation in Britain and France for the The New York Times Magazine. Her regular column at the New York World Telegram dealt with topics pertaining to women, such as marriage and divorce, birth control, sexual stereotyping, women and work, and women and the legal system. A column in the New York Post entitled "Strike a Balance" addressed the political climate in Europe during the rise of Nazism and fascism. Bromley was the editor of the Sunday women's page of the New York Herald Tribune and also wrote regularly on Depression era social welfare programs, child and domestic labor, juvenile delinquency, and criminal rehabilitation.
In addition to her work as a journalist, Dorothy Dunbar Bromley published four books: Birth Control, Its Use and Misuse (New York: Harper, 1934); (with Florence H. Britten) Youth and Sex (New York: Harper and Row, 1938); Catholics and Birth Control (New York: Devin Adair, 1965); and Washington and Vietnam (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana, 1966). From 1952 to 1958, Dorothy Dunbar Bromley was "conductor" for "Report to the People," a program on radio station WMCA. She served as secretary of the New York State Committee for the White House Conference on Children and Youth (1959-1960), and for many years, beginning in 1937, was on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union. A member of Americans for Democracy and Phi Beta Kappa, Dorothy Dunbar Bromley was also the recipient of prizes from the New York Newspaper Women's Club in 1936 and 1944.
Bromley's first marriage to Donald C. Bromley ended in divorce in 1924 and she married Stanley Ward Walker, an insurance salesman, in 1947. Walker died in 1964. Bromley continued to live in New York City until about 1976, when she moved to a retirement community in Pennsylvania; there she served as co-editor of the community newsletter, "The Kendal Reporter." Bromley died of pneumonia on January 3, 1986.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Dorothy Dunbar Bromley were given to the Schlesinger Library in June and October 1983 by Dorothy Dunbar Bromley, and in January 1986 by Bruce Gregory, Bromley's nephew.
- Catholics and Birth Control: Contemporary Views on Doctrine (New York: Devin Adair, 1965)
- Youth and Sex: A Study of 1300 College Students (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1938)
- "Education for College or for Life?" (Harper's, March 1941)
- Fragile articles; for list, see #18.
By: Anne Engelhart, Krystyna von Henneberg, Mary Hilderbrand
- Birth control
- France--Politics and government--1914-1940
- Germany--Politics and government--1933-1945
- Journalists--United States
- Newspapers--Sections, columns, etc.
- Retirement communities--United States
- Sex role
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975
- Women authors, American
- Women journalists--United States
- Women--Great Britain
- Women--Social conditions
- Bromley, Dorothy Dunbar, 1896-1986. Papers of Dorothy Dunbar Bromley, 1897-1986: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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