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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 255

Papers of Hermine Isaacs Popper, 1941-1968


Writings, correspondence, notes, etc., of Hermine Isaacs Popper, editor, critic, and short story writer.


  • Creation: 1941-1968

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Hermine Isaacs Popper 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.


1.46 linear feet (3+1/2 file boxes)

This collection consists of writings (fiction and non-fiction) by Hermine Issacs Popper; writings by others, edited by Popper; and collaborations. The papers include correspondence, drafts, completed articles, notes and some research materials. The bulk of the collection concerns the manuscripts of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the manuscript of Up From Poverty by Frank Riessman and Popper. There are no papers from her early life and almost no personal papers.


Hermine Issacs Popper, editor, critic, and short-story writer, was born on August 16, 1915 in New York City, the daughter of Lewis Montefiore and Edith (Rich) Isaacs. She attended Dalton School, graduated from Radcliffe College in 1936, and married Robert Lyman Popper in 1938. Between 1936 and 1948 Popper was first managing, then associate, editor and film critic for Theatre Arts Magazine. During 1941 she was also film feature editor for PM Picture News. Popper became an assistant editor at Harper and Brothers in 1953, leaving in 1956 to do freelance book editing. Among the authors whose works she edited are: Victoria Sackville-West, Constantin Stanislavski, Martin Luther King, Jr., Peter Drucker and Frank Riessman.

Popper also wrote original articles on film and theatre for various magazines; pamphlets (How Difficult are the Difficult Schools? [Public Education Association, 1959], What You Can Do [Urban League of Westchester County, 1961]); and short stories: "Mother and the General," Harper's (August 1962), "The Universe of Thornton Wilder," Harper's (June 1965).

Hermine Isaacs Popper continued freelance editing and writing until her death from cancer on November 18, 1968, in White Plains, New York.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 69-25

The papers of Hermine Isaacs Popper were given to the Schlesinger Library in November 1969 by her husband, Robert Lyman Popper.


The following items have been removed from the collection:

  1. Auxiliary School Personnel. Washington, National Education Association of the United States, 1967.
  2. Auxiliary School Personnel: Their Roles, Training and Institutionalization. New York, Bank Street College of Education, 1966.
  3. Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth in Action. Research Program and Education Department.A Light is Shining in the Ghetto. New York, 1966.
  4. Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth in Action. This is Who We Are. New York, 1966.
  5. Benjamin, Judith G. CAP Aide Study. Interim report no. 1. Evaluation of nonprofessionals in Community Action Programs. 1966.
  6. Benjamin, Judith G. CAP Aide Study. Interim report no. 2. Hiring and training the nonprofessional. 1966.
  7. Bratton, Willie V. Guidelines for Use of Administrative Aides in Departments of Public Welfare. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Welfare Administration, Bureau of Family Services, Division of State Administrative and Fiscal Standards, 1963.
  8. Cudaback, Dorothea. Preliminary Report of Welfare Service Aide Project. California Department of Social Welfare, Projects Division, 1967.
  9. Dixwell Legal Rights Association. Progress Reports. Legal Aide Training Programs. New Haven, Connecticut, 1966-1968.
  10. Dockham, Jean M. A Study of the Use of Social Work Assistants in the Veterans Administration. Veterans Administration, Department of Medicine and Surgery, 1965.
  11. Goldberg, Gertrude S. New Nonprofessionals in the Human Services: An Overview. Given at a conference on the use of nonprofessionals in Mental Health Work. Washington, D. C., American Psychological Assn., National Assn. of Social Workers, 1967.
  12. Gotbaum, Victor H. Testimony. Before House Committee on Education and Labor. Washington, D. C., July 17, 1967.
  13. Grosser, Charles. The Role of the Nonprofessional in the Manpower Development Programs. 1966.
  14. Institute for Youth Studies, Howard University. Leadership Training for New Careers: The Non-professional Counselor, Supervisor and Trainer. Washington, D. C., University Research Corp. New Careers Development Program. 1967.
  15. Institute for Youth Studies, Howard University. Profile of the New Careers Training Project. New York, Bank Street College of Education, n.d.
  16. Israel Desalination Engineering. Tel-Aviv, n.d.
  17. Johnson, John H. Individual Responsibility and the Negro Image. Address at the joint meeting of the Trustees of the National Urban League and the Board of Directors of the Detroit Urban League, Detroit, n.d.
  18. King. Martin Luther, Jr. Letter from Birmingham City Jail, April 16, 1963.
  19. King. Martin Luther, Jr. Speech. Given at Frogmore, November 14, 1966.
  20. Levin, Tom. Proposal for an Albert Einstein College of Medicine--Lincoln Hospital Health Careers Program. Presented at Conference on Training the Non-professional, sponsored by Scientific Resources Inc., March 15-16, 1967, Washington, D. C.
  21. Levin, Tom. A Proposal for the Establishment of a Division of Community Education and Careers. New York, n.d.
  22. Levinson, Perry, and Jeffry Schiller. The Indigenous Non-professional: Research Issues. Welfare Administration, Division of Research, 1965.
  23. Lincoln Hospital Mental Health Services. Department of Psychiatry. Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Annual Report. 1965-1966.
  24. Lincoln Hospital Mental Health Services. Neighborhood Service Center Program. New York, 1966.
  25. Lynton, Edith F. The Subprofessional, From Concepts to Careers. New York, National Committee on Employment of Youth, 1967.
  26. Morton Table Salt in the Making. Morton Salt Co., n.d.
  27. New Careers Development Center. New York University. Career-oriented Training for Large Numbers of Non-professionals. April 1967.
  28. New Careers Development Center. A Design for Large Scale Training of Sub-professionals. May 1967.
  29. New Careers Development Center. A Curriculum Design for Training the Trainers of Nonprofessionals. July 1967.
  30. New Careers Development Center. New Careers and Model Cities: A Partnership for Human Renewal, by Lisa Liebert. August 1967.
  31. New Careers Development Center. Career Incentive Plan for Higher Education of Nonprofessionals, by Nadine Felton. August 1967.
  32. New Careers Development Center. Designing Jobs and Careers in Model Cities Programs, by Wretha Wiley. 1967.
  33. New Careers Development Center. An Illustration of a Functional Approach to Designing Jobs and Careers, by Wretha Wiley. 1967.
  34. New Careers Development Center. New Careers in Welfare for Professionals and Non-professionals, by Patricia Elston. December 1967.
  35. New Careers Development Center. Increasing Effectiveness of President Johnson's Jobs Plan, by Frank Riessman. February 1968.
  36. New Careers Newsletter. August 1967.
  37. New Careers Newsletter. Winter 1967.
  38. New Careers Newsletter. March 15, 1968.
  39. New Careers Training. New York, New Careers Training Laboratory, n.d.
  40. New Partners in the American School. A study of auxiliary personnel in education. New York, Bank Street College of Education, 1967.
  41. Newark Board of Education. A New Dimension in Education. A report on the Newark teacher aide program. New Jersey, 1967.
  42. The Offender as a Correctional Manpower Source. New Careers Development for National Institute of Mental Health and the Institute for the Study of Crime and Delinquency, n.d.
  43. Ornati, Oscar. Program Evaluation and the Definition of Poverty. New York University, Graduate School of Business Administration, n.d.
  44. Pearl, Arthur. Educational Change: Why - How - For Whom. Unedited speeches, distributed by the Human Rights Commission of San Francisco, n.d.
  45. Peled, Abraham. Operation of the Freeze Desalination Plant at Eilat, Israel. n.d. (mimeo.)
  46. Philharmonic Hall. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 1963-1964.
  47. Riessman, Frank. "Social Change Versus the 'Psychiatric World View'," The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, (Vol. 34, no. 1), January 1964.
  48. Riessman, Frank. The Indigenous Nonprofessional, by Robert Reiff and Frank Riessman. Community Mental Health Journal Monograph, I, 1965.
  49. Riessman, Frank. "New Approaches to Mental Health Treatment for Low-Income People," Social Work Practice, 1965.
  50. Riessman, Frank, and Sylvia Scribner. "The Under-Utilization of Mental Health Services by Workers and Low Income Groups: Causes and Cures," The American Journal of Psychiatry, (Vol. 121, no. 8), February 1965.
  51. Riessman, Frank. "The 'Helper' Therapy Principle," Social Work, (Vol. 10, no. 2), April 1965.
  52. Riessman, Frank. A Comparison of Two Social Action Approaches: Saul Alinsky and the New Student Left. September 1965.
  53. Riessman, Frank. It's Time for a Moon-shot in Education. October 1965.
  54. Riessman, Frank. The New Anti-poverty Ideology and the Negro. Prepared for Planning Session for The White House Conference on Civil Rights, November 17-18, 1965.
  55. Riessman, Frank. "In Defense of the Negro Family," Dissent, March-April 1966.
  56. Riessman, Frank. The Role of the Indigenous Nonprofessional in a Community Mental Health Neighborhood Service Center Program, by Emanuel Hallowitz and Frank Riessman. Prepared for the American Orthopsychiatry Assn. Meetings, San Francisco, California, April 1966.
  57. Riessman, Frank. "A Strategy for Antipoverty Community Action Programs," by Martin Rein and Frank Riessman, Social Work (Vol. 11, no. 2), April 1966.
  58. Riessman, Frank. Some Ideas for the Rapid Acceleration of Population Control in Developing Countries. May 1966.
  59. Riessman, Frank, and Emanuel Hallowitz. The Neighborhood Service Center -- An Innovation in Preventative Psychiatry. Prepared for American Psychiatric Assn. Meetings, Atlantic City, N. J., May 1966.
  60. Riessman, Frank. "A Critique of the Cloward-Piven Strategy," letter, American Child, September 1966.
  61. Riessman, Frank. "Digging 'the Man's' Language," Saturday Review, September 17, 1966.
  62. Riessman, Frank. Proposal for a Training Center to Train Master Trainers and Junior Trainers of Nonprofessionals. Training Project Plan and Supporting Data. September 1966.
  63. Riessman, Frank. Proposal for a New Careers Development Center. October 1966.
  64. Riessman, Frank. "The New Anti-Poverty Ideology," Teachers College Record (Vol. 68, no. 2), November 1966.
  65. Riessman, Frank. New Developments in the New Careers Movement. November 1966.
  66. Riessman, Frank. Two Anti-Poverty Strategies: New Careers vs the Guaranteed Annual Income. January 1967.
  67. Riessman, Frank. New Careers and Institutional Change. January 1967.
  68. Riessman, Frank. Issues in Training the New Nonprofessional. Prepared for Subcommittee on Training, the National Manpower Advisement Committee, March 1967.
  69. Riessman, Frank. "The Human Service Worker: A New Careers Movement," Employment Service Review, March-April 1967.
  70. Riessman, Frank, and Emanuel Hallowitz. "The Neighborhood Service Center: An Innovation in Preventive Psychiatry," American Journal of Psychiatry (Vol. 123, no. 11), May 1967.
  71. Riessman, Frank. "The Case for Integrated Education," A chapter from Social Class and Social Policy, by S. M. Miller and Frank Riessman to be published by Basic Books in 1967.
  72. Riessman, Frank. The New Backlash Against the Non-professional. New Careers Training Laboratory, New York University, 1968.
  73. Riessman, Frank. The Need for Programs Against Poverty. n.d.
  74. Riessman, Frank. The People's Approach to New York's Poor. n.d.
  75. Riessman, Frank. The Storefront Clinic. n.d.
  76. Riessman, Frank. Towards the Improvement of the Mental Health of the Poor: New Possibilities. n.d.
  77. Riessman, Frank. Some Suggestions Concerning Psychotherapy with Blue Collar Patients. n.d.
  78. School District of Philadelphia. Division of Pupil Personnel and Counseling. The School-Community Coordinator Service. Philadelphia, n.d.
  79. A Study of the Nonprofessional in the Community Action Programs (CAP). Prepared for Office of Economic Opportunity by Daniel Yankelovich Inc., 1966. Trebach, Arnold S. Report on Conference on Subprofessionals in Police Departments. Washington, D. C., University Research Corp. New Careers Development Program, 1966.
  80. U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Welfare Administration. Bureau of Family Services. Utilization of Auxiliary Staff in the Provision of Family Services in Public Welfare. Washington, D. C., 1965.
  81. An Upgrading Promotion and Training Program for Nurse's Aides. New York, District Council 37, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, n.d.
  82. Veterans Administration. Department of Medicine and Surgery. A Study of the Use of the Social Work Assistant in the Veterans Administration. 1965.
  83. Wilder, Thornton. The Angel That Troubled The Waters. New York, Coward-McCann, Inc., 1928.
  84. Young, Whitney M., Jr. Testimony. Before the Subcommittee on Employment, Manpower and Poverty of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, U. S. Senate. War on Poverty. Washington, D. C., June 8, 1967.
  85. Image. Journal of Photography of the George Eastman House (Vol. II, no. 7), October 1953.
  86. Newsclippings, periodical articles (chronologically arranged): McClure, Margaret. "Pleasure for Gardeners," Chicago Tribune, February 23, 1958.
  87. Pearson, Haydn S. "If Thumbs Are Green," New York Times Book Review, February 23, 1958.
  88. Beirne, Rosamund R. "Books in Review: Miss Sackville-West on Gardening," The Sun (?), March 20, 1958.
  89. Book Review. New Yorker, March 22, 1958.
  90. Woods, George A. "Newcomers for the Bookshelves," New York Times, March 30, 1958.
  91. Book review. Ladies Home Journal, May 1958.
  92. "Books for Gardeners," Flower Grower, June 1958.
  93. Finberg, Laurence. "Pathogenisis of Lesions in the Nervous System in Hypernatremic States," Pediatrics (Vol. 23, no. 1, pt. I), January 1959.
  94. Williams, Tennessee. "Williams' Wells of Violence," New York Times, March 8, 1959. "Show Business: Who is Stanislavsky?" Time, December 31, 1959.
  95. Peck, Seymour. "Lillian Hellman Talks of Love and 'Toys'," New York Times, February 21, 1960.
  96. Hilgard, Josephine R., M.D., and Fern Fisk, M.D. "Disruption of Adult Ego Identity as Related to Childhood Loss of a Mother Through Hospitalization for Psychosis," The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease (Vol. 131, no. 1), July 1960.
  97. Miller, Norman L., M.D., and Laurence Finberg, M.D. "Peritoneal Dialysis for Salt Poisoning," New England Journal of Medicine (v.263), December 29, 1960.
  98. White, Mrs. Frederick E., Jr. "Career Guidance and Preparation for Minority Group Children," The American Child, January 1961.
  99. Baldwin, James. "A Negro Assays the Negro Mood," New York Times Book Review, March 12, 1961.
  100. Edel, Leon. "The Enduring Fame of Henry James," New York Times Book Review, September 3, 1961.
  101. King, Martin Luther, Jr. "The Time for Freedom Has Come," New York Times Magazine, September 10, 1961.
  102. Lewis, Flora. "Thornton Wilder at 65 Looks Ahead -- and Back," New York Times Magazine, April 15, 1962.
  103. "Victoria Sackville-West is Dead; British Novelist and Poet Was 70," New York Times, June 3, 1962.
  104. Finberg, Laurence. "Overt and Cryptic Salt Poisoning: Recognition and Prevention," Clinical Pediatrics (Vol. 2, no. 3), March 1963.
  105. Finberg, Laurence, M.D., John Kiley, M.D, and Charles N. Luttrell, M.D. "Mass Accidental Salt Poisoning in Infancy," Journal of American Medical Association (Vol. 184), April 20, 1963.
  106. Sitton, Claude. "Birmingham Jails 1000 More Negroes," New York Times, May 7, 1963. Roberts, Gene. "White's Role Splits Leaders of March," New York Times, June 11, 1963. "Birmingham Bloodshed: 4 Children Die In Church [Bombings]," New York Herald Tribune, September 16, 1963.
  107. "Probing the Negro Revolt. Interview with Kenneth B. Clark," Pageant, October 1963.
  108. Newsletter. Florida Council on Human Relations. December 1963.
  109. "Never Again Where He Was," (Martin Luther King, Jr. - Man of the Year) Time, January 3, 1964.
  110. Eckman, Fern Maja. "James Baldwin," New York Post, January 19, 1964.
  111. Newfield, Jack. "Mugging the White Liberal," The Village Voice, June 25, 1964.
  112. Warren, Virginia Lee. "Fashion House is Inspired by California Colors," New York Times, September 15, 1964.
  113. Atkinson, Brooks. "Critic at Large: Exhibition of Hawthorne's Memorabilia Points up loneliness of the author," New York Times, November 20, 1964.
  114. Greene, Maxine. "Address," Dalton Review (Vol. 15, no. 38), Spring 1965.
  115. Matthews, Howard A. "A Most Delicious Career," American Education, May 1965.
  116. Clark, Evert. "Astronauts Tell of 4 Days in Space," New York Times, June 12, 1965.
  117. Osmundsen, John A. "Asthma Linked to Rights Drive," New York Times, July 26, 1965.
  118. Osmundsen, John A. "Asthma Linked to Emotions," New York Times, August 1, 1965. "Peace Corps Psychiatric Tests Called 'Essentially Irrelevant'," New York Times, September 4, 1965.
  119. Lewis, Anthony. "Speaking of Books: Prose to Poetry," New York Times Book Review, September 12, 1965.
  120. Pines, Maya. "The Coming Upheaval in Psychiatry," Harper's, October 1965.
  121. Schumach, Murray. "Experts Stumpted by Idiot Savants," New York Times, November 5, 1965. Gautier, Jean-Jacques. "La Critique de J-J. G. au Thèatre de l'Epée-de-Bois Notre Petite Vile de Thornton Wilder," Le Figaro, November 18, 1965.
  122. "Alcoholics Aided by Candid Movies," New York Times, December 1, 1965.
  123. Jaffe, Natalie. "Wives Woes Laid to Frustrations," New York Times, December 2, 1965.
  124. Grosser, Charles F. "Local Residents as Mediators Between Middle-class Professional Workers and Lower-class Clients," The Social Service Review (v. 40, no. 1), March 1966.
  125. Christmas, June J. "Group Methods in Training and Practice: Non-professional Mental Health Personnel in a Deprived Community," American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (Vol. 26, no. 3), April 1966.
  126. Yolles, Stanley F. "Giant Steps in Baby Research," New York Times Magazine, April 17, 1966.
  127. Fishman, Jacob R. "Book Review: New Careers for the Poor," Harvard Educational Review, Spring 1966.
  128. "Look Before You _____," New York Times Magazine, May 15, 1966.
  129. Danzig, David. "In Defense of 'Black Power'," Commentary, September 1966.
  130. IRCD Bulletin (Vol. 2, no. 4), September 1966.
  131. Bird, David. "Saline Solutions May Replace Plasma as Treatment for Burns," New York Times, October 6, 1966.
  132. "Child Leads Child in Reading Clinic," New York Times, October 30, 1966.
  133. Callahan, John P. "In the Bronx, Person-to-Person Campaign," New York Times, November 2, 1966.
  134. Gal, Harold. "Shriver Proposes Wide School Plan," New York Times, November 20, 1966.
  135. Miller, Sandra. "CAP, CPI Hold Training Session," Reporter Dispatch (White Plains, N. Y.), December 1, 1966.
  136. James, George. "The Professional Association's Responsibilities in the Field of Health Manpower," American Journal of Public Health, April 1967.
  137. The Reporter, September 7, 1967.
  138. Emphasis, October 1967.
  139. "A Planner Talks of Role of Poor," New York Times, October 29, 1967.
  140. Frankel, Max. "Study Finds Gain in Negro Income," New York Times, November 3, 1967.
  141. "Negroes Warned on Black Power," New York Times, November 5, 1967.
  142. Harris, Louis. "Massive U. S. Ghetto Help Eyed by Negroes, Whites," Reporter Dispatch (White Plains, N. Y.), November 20, 1967.
  143. "Eugene Bullard, Ex-Pilot, Dead; American Flew for French in '18," New York Times.
  144. Wilder, Thornton. "The Silent Generation," Harper's Magazine.
  145. 4 snapshots: Antalya (seacoast town - Greece?)
  146. 2 snapshots: Athens (ruins)
  147. Peter Birkhauser painting: "Der Mann im Traum" (The Man of the Dream)
  148. Peter Birkhauser painting: "Das Unberechenbare" (The Incalculable)
  149. Peter Birkhauser painting: "Todesmutter" (Death Mother)
  150. Peter Birkhauser painting: "The Vision"


  1. Box 1: 1-15.
  2. Box 2: 16-35
  3. Box 3: 36-56
  4. Box 4: 57-62

Processing Information

Processed: November 1977

By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez

Popper, Hermine Isaacs, 1915-1968. Papers of Hermine Isaacs Popper, 1941-1968: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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The collection was processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (RC-24669-76-987).

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