Papers of Freda Friedman Salzman, 1927-1981
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
4.83 linear feet ((4 cartons, 2 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder, 9 audiotapes)
The Science for the People and Sociobiology Study Group papers included a large quantity of printed materials, most of which have been discarded; items specifically on women have been added to the Schlesinger Library's vertical files. Of photocopies of entire books available at Boston area libraries, only the title page and the page with the call number were kept. Articles, reviews, and letters to the editor on sociobiology, anthropology, evolution, intelligence quotient, educational inequality, and other subjects of interest to Science for the People, the Sociobiology Study Group, and to Salzman were in most cases discarded. They dated from the 1970s and 1980 and were published most notably in The Boston Globe, Psychology Today, Science, Sex Roles, or The New York Times, with smaller quantities from the following periodicals (not an exhaustive list): Child Development, Contemporary Sociology, Human Behavior, Human Nature, Mother Jones, Nation, Nature, New Scientist, New York Review of Books, Pediatrics, Radical Science Journal, Science News, and Scientific American.
She married George Salzman, also a physicist, in 1948; they had two daughters, Amy (born October 19, 1954) and Erica (born July 7, 1958). The Salzmans collaborated on some of their research and in 1965 were both appointed to the physics department of the newly-established Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts. In 1967 they learned that Salzman's appointment would soon be terminated; the University informed them of this officially on August 31, 1968. After a five-year confrontation with the University, allegedly centering on the issue of nepotism, Salzman was reinstated in May 1972. In 1975, after a briefer struggle, she was given tenure. During these years, the Salzmans became increasingly concerned with the political and social aspects of science; both were active in the Boston chapter of Science for the People and Salzman particularly with its Sociobiology Study Group and Women's Issues Project Group. Salzman was also active in organizations of women scientists. She died of cancer on April 1, 1981.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by George Salzman in May and August 1983.
- Carton 1: folders 1-37
- Carton 2: folders 38-61
- Carton 3: folders 62v-100
- Carton 4: folders 101-135
- Box 5: folders 136-150
- Box 6: folders 151-156
By: Eva Moseley, Sheila Simmons
- Birth control
- Physics--Study and teaching
- Science--Social aspects
- Scientists--United States
- Sex differences
- Sex discrimination against women
- Sex role
- Women in science--United States
- Women scientists
- Salzman, Freda Friedman, 1927-1981. Papers of Freda Friedman Salzman, 1927-1981: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- EAD ID
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