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COLLECTION Identifier: 80-M76--94-M34

Papers of Marie Witkin Kargman, 1947-1993


Biographical material, correspondence, speeches, etc., of Marie Witkin Kargman, sociologist and lawyer.


  • 1947-1993

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research, with the exception of letters to Marie Witkin Kargman containing sensitive information, which are closed until the likely death of the writer.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Marie Witkin Kargman 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.


1.83 linear feet ((1 carton, 2 file boxes) plus 1 supersize folder)
These papers consist of biographical documents; professional correspondence with organizations, individuals, and journals; legal correspondence arranged by subject; letters from clients and readers; speeches and papers delivered by Marie Witkin Kargman; and her writings, notes, and drafts. In 1978 Kargman submitted an essay (see #72) on economic justice for homemakers in a competition sponsored by the Bernays Foundation; for further details, see the records of the Babson-Bernays Competition at the Schlesinger Library.


The daughter of Joseph and Clara (Zucker) Witkin, Marie (Witkin) Kargman was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 28, 1914. She graduated from Crane Junior College in Chicago (Adj. of Arts, 1932), DePaul University (J.D., 1936), and Radcliffe College (M.A., 1951). In 1935, she married Max R. Kargman; they had three children.

After serving as public defender in Boys' Court (1936) and practicing privately (1936-1945), Kargman came to view law as, "in a very real sense, applied sociology." In the early 1950s she became a marriage and divorce counselor, and she has subsequently served as a consultant in family law, a court investigator, and a guardian ad litem, representing children in divorce proceedings. Kargman lectured in sociology at the nursing schools of Children's Hospital (1961-1962) and New England Deaconess (1963), both in Boston, and at Boston University (1965-1968).

Kargman originated and chaired a 1965 conference at Harvard Law School entitled "Are Marital Rights in Balance?" She has been active in the American Bar Association's Family Law Section, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the International Federation of Women Lawyers, and the National Association of Women Lawyers. In November 1967 she was appointed chair of the Governor's Advisory Council on Home and Family in Massachusetts. A frequent guest on radio and television programs, Kargman lectures widely and is the author of How to Manage a Marriage (1985) and numerous articles on marriage and family law.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 80-M76, 80-M176, 93-M25, 94-M34

These papers of Marie (Witkin) Kargman were given to the Schlesinger Library in April and August 1980, February 1993, and March 1994 by Marie Witkin Kargman.


The following items have been removed from the collection and deposited in Schlesinger Library's periodicals collection, April 1980:
  1. International Federation of Women Lawyers newsletters
The following items have been removed from the collection and added to Schlesinger Library's vertical file, January 1997:
  1. Women's Bureau printed brochures, reports, etc.


  1. Carton 1: 2-23, 25-49
  2. Box 2: 50-62
  3. Box 3: 63-76

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: March 1997

By: Anne Engelhart
Link to catalog
Kargman, Marie Witkin. Papers of Marie Witkin Kargman, 1947-1993: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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