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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 652

Papers of Judy Mann DiStefano, 1962-1989


Diaries, correspondence, and writings from professor of history and feminist activist Judy Mann DiStefano.


  • Creation: 1962-1989

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Judy Mann DiStefano is held by Anthony J. DiStefano. Upon his death, the copyright will be transferred to 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.


1.25 linear feet ((3 file boxes) plus 2 photograph folders)

The collection documents both Judy Mann DiStefano's professional and personal life through journals, correspondence, writings, and tributes written by others. The bulk of the collection consists of 23 volumes of handwritten journals, arranged chronologically, documenting DiStefano's family relationships as well as her thoughts on travel, research, teaching, politics, world events, pets, and her response to living with breast cancer. DiStefano numbered all of her journals except the first one (#2.1v); assigned collection item numbers (based on size) do not correspond to DiStefano's numbers. Also included are correspondence, professional writings, and tributes written by others. Folders are arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.


Professor of history and feminist activist Judy Mann DiStefano began regularly keeping a journal because she believed it was historically important for women to document their own personal and professional lives.

Born October 29, 1945, in Silverton, Oregon, to Howard and Jane (Goodale) Mann, Judy graduated from Central Washington State College in 1966 and received her doctorate in history from Ohio State University in 1970. She taught history at Northern Virginia Community College from 1972 to 1985, and often lectured and participated on panels at conferences on women's history; in 1982 she spoke at the Pentagon during International Women's Day. An active member in the Washington, D.C., area's women's rights community, DiStefano was presented with a Fairfax County (Virginia) Outstanding Women Award in 1985. She co-founded the Northern Virginia Women's History Coalition and the Mount Vernon (Virginia) chapter of the National Organization for Women.

In November 1982, DiStefano was diagnosed with breast cancer and continued teaching, researching, writing, and keeping her journal regularly until October 1986. She died in Alexandria, Virginia, on December 14, 1986.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 89-M185, 89-M199, 90-M83, 90-M147

The papers of Judy Mann DiStefano were given to the Schlesinger Library by her widower, Anthony J. DiStefano and her father, Howard M. Mann in 1989 and 1990.

Processing Information

Processed: August 2010

By: Jessica Tanny

DiStefano, Judy Mann, 1945-1986. Papers of Judy Mann DiStefano, 1962-1989: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Anthony J. DiStefano and the Mary Mitchell Wood Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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