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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 694: T-450

Papers of Marjorie Braude, 1948-2006


Account, address, and appointment books; biographical, committee, and conference material; correspondence; inventories; patient records; subject files; testimonies; writings; etc.; relating to the work of Marjorie Braude, psychiatrist and advocate for women's health issues; and includes papers relating to her mother, artist Vicci Sperry, and the Victoria H. Sperry Trust.


  • Creation: 1948-2006

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted except for #25.1-49.11, which are closed until January 1, 2070. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Marjorie Braude is held by Ann Braude and Elizabeth Braude, and following their deaths, 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.


20.43 linear feet ((49 file boxes) plus 4 photograph folders, 10 audiotapes)

The papers of Marjorie Braude reflect Braude's work as a professional psychiatrist and as an advocate for women's health and legal rights. Her papers highlight her involvement with numerous professional psychiatric and medical organizations; her focus on such issues as domestic violence, abortion and birth control, women's health and equal rights, and advancing women in the profession of medicine; and her work in private practice. Papers relating to her mother's (artist Vicci Sperry) paintings, personal collection of artwork and art books, and the Victoria H. Sperry Trust are also included. Original folder titles were maintained throughout the collection, folder contents were rearranged or combined, and the processor created the overall arrangement.

Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL, PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL, 1948-2005 (#1.1-22.10, PD.1 - PD.4, T-450.1 - T-450.10), contains account books; address books; appointment books; biographical material; certificates and membership papers; committee material; conference material; correspondence; material related to medical mission trips; letters of acknowledgment for professional engagements; notebooks and notepads; proposals; speaking engagement announcements; subject files; testimonies; writings for journals and conference papers; audiotapes; photographs; clippings; etc.

The biographical material includes biographical sketches, correspondence, resumes, Braude's medical license (#7.3), her community-police advisory board member identification card (#7.3), a deposition re: toys and sex roles (#7.3), photographs, clippings, etc. Committee material includes correspondence annotated by Braude; drafts and revisions of by-laws; letters, minutes, reports, etc., which reflect her involvement with several professional organizations; Braude's speech from her 1992-1993 campaign for president-elect of the American Medical Women's Association (#1.13); and her work on the Association's domestic violence online courses. Conference material includes Braude's abstracts and proposals for workshops and papers, evaluations of her workshops, planning material, audiotapes of her presentations, etc. Notebooks and notepads include drafts of letters and writings; poetry and short stories; personal thoughts and notes; personal reminders; appointments; names and addresses; meeting notes; etc. Braude's subject files include correspondence, testimonies, research notes, drafts of articles, photographs, clippings, etc., relating to issues such as abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment, promoting women's work in the field of medicine, etc. Braude's writings also include her work as editor of Women, Power, and Therapy, which includes abstracts, contracts, correspondence, edited drafts, permissions, royalties, etc. The series is arranged alphabetically by organization or format, followed by writings arranged chronologically.

Series II, PATIENT RECORDS, 1961-2006 (#25.1-49.11), contains Braude's case files on patients while in private practice as a psychiatrist in Los Angeles, California. The records include correspondence among Braude and her patients, medical doctors, lawyers, etc.; patient progress notes and history files; medical records and medical record release forms; treatment plans; prescription memos; reports; insurance records; accounts and billing records; depositions, testimonies, and related legal material; artwork, writings, photographs, and clippings by and/or about her patients; and related. The series is arranged alphabetically by last name of patients, followed by other patient records A-Z, and then by account records and related. The series is closed until January 1, 2070.

Series III, VICTORIA H. SPERRY PAPERS AND TRUST, 1956-2004 (#22.11-24.8), contains material relating to Victoria H. Sperry's work as an artist and art collector and the Victoria H. Sperry Trust. The papers include contracts and correspondence related to the publishing of Sperry's book, The Art Experience; inventories, invoices, and appraisals of Sperry's own paintings and her personal artwork collections (including ownership of two Matisse gouaches decoupees: Fleurs de Neige (1951) and Poisson Chinois (1951); correspondence among Sperry and her daughters, Marjorie Braude and Carol Moss, addressing Sperry's paintings; correspondence and agreements among the Sperry sisters and several law firms, art galleries, storage facilities, collectors of Sperry's art, other family members, etc., pertaining to the Victoria H. Sperry Trust; drafts, revisions, and amendments to the Victoria H. Sperry Trust; Sperry's last will and testament; documents on the disposition of the Trust property (i.e., Sperry's artwork, book collection, and other assets); tax records; photographs of Sperry's paintings; and related. The series is arranged alphabetically by format or event, and thereunder chronologically.

Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].


Marjorie Braude was a psychiatrist, advocate for women's health care issues, and an activist against domestic violence. She was born on April 21, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, to Albert F. Sperry (first president of the Instrument Society of America, later renamed the International Society of Automation) and Victoria (Hess) Sperry (20th century American abstract expressionist painter). Specializing in psychiatry, Braude earned her B.A. (1944), B.S. (1947), and M.D. (1950) from the University of Chicago. She interned at the University of Illinois Research and Education Hospital from 1950-1951. On September 26, 1948, she married Marvin Braude (Los Angeles City councilman from 1965-1997) and they moved to the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in 1951. They had two daughters: Ann and Elizabeth. Braude obtained her certificate from the National Board of Medical Examiners and her State of California medical license in 1952, and started in private practice in 1958. Braude was also an organizer of the American Medical Women's Association, served as an officer on several of its committees, and developed its domestic violence online courses for health professionals. She held a landmark conference on domestic violence in Los Angeles in 1994, which was attended by more than 450 police, social workers, doctors, and victim advocates; advocated gender equality in medical research by including more women as test subjects; and sought to ensure access to abortions by advocating that medical schools provide sufficient training in performing abortions as well as supporting the introduction of the abortion pill into the American market. Braude was editor of Women, Power, and Therapy; president of the Westwood Psychiatric Hospital medical staff; chair of the women's committee and co-chair of the legislative committee of the Southern California Psychiatric Society; vice-president of the Association of Women Psychiatrists; chair of the Los Angeles City Domestic Violence Task Force; a board member of the Los Angeles County Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Commission; and was active with several other organizations in addition to being an activist, writer, and speaker on women's medical and psychological issues. Marjorie Braude died in Los Angeles, California, on February 7, 2005, at the age of 80.


The collection is arranged in three series:

  1. Series I. Biographical, personal, and professional, 1948-2005 (#1.1-22.10, PD.1 - PD.4, T-450.1 - T-450.10)
  2. Series II. Patient records, 1961-2006 (#25.1-49.11)
  3. Series III. Victoria H. Sperry papers and Trust, 1956-2004 (#22.11-24.8)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2009-M32

The papers of Marjorie Braude were given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughters, Ann Braude and Elizabeth Braude, in February 2009.


Donors: Ann Braude and Elizabeth Braude

Accession number: 2009-M32

Processed by: Bridgette A. Woodall

The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the American Medical Women's Association:

  1. Records of the American Medical Women's Association

The following items and serials have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Francis A. Countway Medical Library, Harvard University:

  1. Journal of Traumatic Stress
  2. Maternal Attachment and Mothering Disorders: A Round Table, 1974
  3. Sexual Medicine Today

The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Schlesinger Library Books and Printed Materials Division (pending review by curator):

  1. Afghan Women Fight against Fundamentalism. Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
  2. AMWA Connections. American Medical Women's Association
  3. Domestic Violence Booklet, 1995-1998
  4. Domestic Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Asserting the Rights of Battered Women (2nd edition), 1997
  5. I Hope Tomorrow Will Be Better: A Story about Domestic Violence, 1993
  6. Induced Abortion: A World Review (5th edition), 1983
  7. Journal of the American Medical Women's Association. American Medical Women's Association
  8. Leadership Bulletin. American Medical Women's Association
  9. Los Angeles County Medical Women's Association Newsletter. Los Angeles County Medical Women's Association
  10. Massachusetts Medical Society: Seminar Series on Domestic Violence, n.d.
  11. MEDICA Women Practicing Medicine. Newsletter for psychiatrists
  12. MWIA Update. Medical Women's International Association
  13. News for Women in Psychiatry. Association of Women Psychiatrists
  14. Newsletter. American Psychiatric Association Committee on Women
  15. Newsletter. Equal Rights Caucus
  16. Newsletter. Women Psychiatrists of America
  17. NOVA Newsletter. National Organization for Victim Assistance
  18. What's Happing in AMWA. American Medical Women's Association
  19. Women's Health Issues. Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library Manuscript Collection (pending review by curator):

  1. Records of the Medical Women's International Association

The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library, Chicago, Illinois:

  1. Marjorie Braude's medical school notebooks, papers, etc.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2012

By: Bridgette A. Woodall, with assistance from Camille Torres.

Braude, Marjorie. Papers of Marjorie Braude, 1948-2006: 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 gifts from generous supporters of the Schlesinger Library to the Maximum Access Fund, and from the family of Marjorie Braude.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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