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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1041

Papers of Kathleen Norris relating to Andrea Dworkin, 1970-1997


Letters to Kathleen Norris from Andrea Dworkin and drafts of writings by Norris and Dworkin.


  • Creation: 1970-1997


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Kathleen Norris is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in the papers created by Andrea Dworkin is held by John Stoltenberg. 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.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)

The papers of Kathleen Norris relating to Andrea Dworkin contains letters from Dworkin to Norris, drafts of writings by Dworkin, and drafts of a writing by Norris dedicated to Dworkin. Letters include discussions of Norris and Dworkin's writings and efforts to publish, Dworkin's belief in astrology, and her concerns over finances. Folders were created by the archivist and are arranged alphabetically.


Kathleen Norris, daughter of John Norris and Lois Totten, was born in Washington, DC, in 1947. A 1969 graduate of Bennington College, Norris is the author of several volumes of poetry and non-fiction works including Falling Off, Little Girls in Church, Journey: New and Selected Poems: 1969-1999, The Cloister Walk, Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, and The Virgin of Bennington.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2019-M209, 2022-M109

The papers of Kathleen Norris relating to Andrea Dworkin were given to the Schlesinger Library by Kathleen Norris in December 2019 and May 2022.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Andrea Dworkin, 1914-2007 (MC 540). There is related material at the South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections; see Kathleen Norris Papers, 1937-2017 (MA 47).

Processing Information

Processed: January 2020

By: Johanna Carll

Updated: August 2022

By: Johanna Carll

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 Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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