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COLLECTION Identifier: 2005-M41

Diaries of Irma Bass, 1999-2004


Autobiography and diaries of Irma Bass, mental health worker who suffered from lymphoma.


  • Creation: 1999-2004

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright is the diaries created by Irma Bass 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.


3 linear feet (3 cartons)

Collection consists of diaries, summarizing her life, and chronicling her illness, 1999-2004.


Irma Bass was the younger of two girls and grew up in a close Jewish family in New York City. Her father worked in the family clothing business and her mother was very interested in and adept at clothing design. She graduated from Brooklyn College and got married in 1956, taking a job as an advertising copywriter. Their daughter Valerie was born in 1958. In the early 1960s the family moved to Worcester, Mass., where Irma worked in the field of mental health. She later got her master's degree and was in a doctoral program at Florida State University. The family moved often so that Bass's husband Allen could attend graduate schools in oceanography and law. In the late 1990s Bass was diagnosed with lymphoma; her ex-husband suffered from ill health and committed suicide in January 2000. Bass died in Tallahassee in May 2004.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2005-M41

These diaries of Irma Bass were given to the Schlesinger Library by her estate in May 2005.

Processing Information

Container list: May 2005

By: Anne Engelhart

Bass, Irma, 1935-2004. Diaries of Irma Bass, 1999-2004: A Container List
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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