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COLLECTION Identifier: 837--69-31

Papers of Bertha Sanford Gruenberg, 1898-1962


Correspondence, articles, speeches, photographs, etc., of Bertha Sanford Gruenberg, journalist, lecturer, and camp director.


  • Creation: 1898-1962

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Names of children and of junior counselors in folders 73-84, 90-92, 96-105 may not be reproduced in any form except by the persons named or with their permission. Researchers must sign a Special form.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Bertha Sanford Gruenberg 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.


4.21 linear feet ((1/2 file box, 4 cartons) plus 1 folio+ folder)

Photographs in this collection were re-processed in June 2016 (folders # 1-2k). All other files remain in the same order.

The collection consists of Bertha Sanford Gruenberg's newspaper and magazine articles, speeches and correspondence. The Camp Waziyatah material includes the camp newspaper, correspondence with parents, records of camp activities and character reports on campers.


Bertha Sanford Gruenberg, lecturer, journalist and camp director was born in Central Europe, emigrated to the United States at the age of five and settled in Minneapolis. She graduated from high school in 1906, and was Society reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune, 1906-1910. She married Frederick P. Gruenberg in 1909, and after moving to Philadelphia continued to write freelance features for magazines and newspapers. From 1917-1920, Gruenberg was Executive Secretary of the Equal Franchise Society of Philadelphia and thereafter, gave lectures on child psychology and education to educational, civic and religious groups. From 1926-1953, Gruenberg co-directed Camp Waziyatah, at Harrison, Maine, with Amy Faulkner. This was a summer camp, originally for boys and girls and later for girls alone, which applied John Dewey's educational principles in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 837, 1088, 1205, 1416 1628, 69-31

This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Bertha Sanford Gruenberg in 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Bertha Sanford Gruenberg Additional papers, 1907-1985 (83-M196--86-M227).


  1. Box 1: 1-2k
  2. Carton 2: 3-30
  3. Carton 3: 31-68
  4. Carton 4: 69-84
  5. Carton 5: 85-110

Processing Information

Processed: September, 1980

By: Jane S. Knowles

Updated: June 2016

By: Lillianne Keaney

Gruenberg, Bertha Sanford. Papers of Bertha Sanford Gruenberg, 1898-1962: 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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