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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 971

Papers of Judith Cohen Hershenson, 1930-1977


Travel diaries of Radcliffe College graduate Judith Cohen Hershenson.


  • Creation: 1930-1977

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Judith Cohen Hershenson 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.


1.88 linear feet (4 + 1/2 file boxes)

Collection includes four travel diaries from Hershenson's 1930-1931 trip to Europe with her husband. The diaries include detailed descriptions of daily activities, and include photographs, tickets, postcards, and other memorabilia pasted onto pages along with handwritten text. Also included is the couple's 1930 passport, and a 1977 diary including a description of Hershenson's trip to Israel.


Judith Sarah Cohen was born in 1906 to Harris and Eva (Levy) Cohen. She attended Girls High School in Boston, Massachusetts, and Radcliffe College (BA, Chemistry, 1928). She married Bert Hershenson, an obstetrician; the couple had one son, David, born in 1933. The Hershensons lived in a number of Boston-area towns in the early years of their marriage, eventually settling in Brookline. After Bert Hershenson's death in 1956, Judith Hershenson worked as a medical secretary. She died in 2004.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2018-M215

The papers of Judith Cohen Hershenson were given to the Schlesinger Library by her grandson, Joseph B. Hershenson, in December 2018.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2019

By: Jenny Gotwals.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeanette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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