Guide to the Papers of Virginia Levitt Snitow (1911-2000), undated, 1909-2001

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Snitow, Virginia Levitt
Title: Virginia Levitt Snitow Papers
Dates:undated, 1909-2001
Abstract: The collection encompasses the personal papers of Virginia Snitow, especially during her active years in the Women's Division of the American Jewish Congress and an organization she founded, US/Israel Women to Women. Papers contain correspondence, writings and voluminous notes with both fiction, and non-fiction writings on racial, gender and class equality. Also included are family stories and diaries chronicling Snitow's time spent in her summer home in Grenada.
Languages: The collection is in English with some French.
Quantity: 9.85 linear feet (18 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 1 index card box)
Identification: P-876
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note
Virginia Snitow lights candles on Israel Birthday cake at Convention Banquet, with Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld, Shad Polier, Michael S. Comay, and Theodore Bikel     (From the American Jewish Congress Records, I-77, Box 745, Folder 31)

Virginia Snitow lights candles on Israel Birthday cake at Convention Banquet, with Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld, Shad Polier, Michael S. Comay, and Theodore Bikel (From the American Jewish Congress Records, I-77, Box 745, Folder 31)

A long-time teacher, activist, and philanthropist, Virginia Snitow was born in Brooklyn on April 9, 1911 to Louis Levitt (1874-1960) and Tillie (Toba) (Rosenberg) Levitt (1892(?)-1959). She attended the Girls' High School in Brooklyn, Hunter College for her undergraduate degree, and her post graduate at Columbia University, She worked as New York City teacher of English at Wadleigh Public High School for Girls in Harlem through the 1930s and early 1940s.

As a teacher at Wadleigh, she wrote the essay, "I Teach Negro Girls." This article dealt with the obstacles faced by her students in achieving academic success. Originally published in the New Republic in 1942, it was also reprinted in the Negro Digest to critical acclaim. Written in 1958, "The Mushroom Cloud" described the dangers of nuclear energy. A prolific writer, Snitow was also published in Ship and Sailing, Family Circle, Western Political Quarterly and Jewish Currents. The collection includes copies of these articles, as well as many unpublished articles assembled as "I Remember Letters," "Confrontations of a Quiet Woman," "Biography of Juarez" and "People and Places" and poetry assembled as "Poems and Sayings."

After a brief marriage to Harold Clemenko, in 1935, Virginia Levitt married Charles Snitow, an attorney who developed the national and then international Tradeshow business. They had two children, Ann Barr Snitow, born May 8, 1943 and Alan Mark Snitow born February 4, 1948.

A frequent traveler, Virginia and Charles Snitow purchased a winter home on the island of Grenada. She did much of her writing there, including many of her "I Remember Letters" and her "Grenada Diaries."

Along with Leonard & Jean Boudin, Margaret Mead, William Scott, and a number of artists and writers, Snitow founded the progressive Downtown Community School in New York City. Snitow initially became active in the Scarsdale-White Plains Chapter of the American Jewish Congress, then the Westchester County Division. Eventually, Snitow rose through the ranks of the national American Jewish Congress (AJC) over two decades. In 1958-1959, Snitow organized and directed a study group called the Wednesday Morning Discussion Group. This program became a prototype for the AJC, used for new member outreach. The published articles are part of this collection.

Always politically active Snitow attended the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami as an elected delegate for New York State.

Through her years in the AJC Women's Division, Snitow was an outspoken opponent on issues of racial inequality, parochial school aid, the war in Vietnam, and nuclear power. But her passion was one of equal rights for women, both in the United States and in Israel. She was elected President of the AJC Women's Division in March 1964. On her retirement from the Women's division in March 1971 Snitow received "A Woman of Our Time Award."

Snitow fought against elimination of the Women's Division, which was founded by Louise Waterman Wise in 1932, into the AJC. In 1982, the division became fully merged into the American Jewish Congress.

Her most significant contribution to helping women in Israel was the founding of US/Israel Women to Women in 1978. After seeing a news item about the closing of a women's shelter due to lack of funds, Snitow raised the money and formed this organization that supported a rape crisis center, women's studies courses, a health hotline, leadership development programs, battered women's shelters, antidiscrimination lawsuits, a lecture series, and pregnancy advisory services. Their motto was "Women Must Help Women."

Virginia Snitow passed away at her home in Scarsdale on October 16, 2000. After her death "The Virginia Levitt Snitow Lecture Series" was established by Women to Women in Haifa and Tel Aviv Universities.


1911Born April 9, 1911 to Louis Levitt and Tillie (Toba) (Rosenberg) Levitt in Brooklyn, NY
1927Graduated from Girls' High School in Brooklyn
1931Graduated with BA in English from Hunter College
1931-1933Graduate work at Columbia University in English Literature
1932-1944Taught at Wadleigh Public High School in Harlem, New York, New York
1935Married Charles Snitow, son of Aaron Snitow and Mary (Sackowitz) Snitow, November 2, 1935 (6 Heshvan 5696) (after marriage and divorce of Harold Clemenko (Clem))
1942"I Teach Negro Girls" published in the New Republic
1943Daughter Ann Barr Snitow born May 8, 1943
1944-1946Taught at Seward Park High School, New York, New York
1945-1947Active in the Downtown Community School
1948Son Alan Mark Snitow born February 4, 1948
1952Parents Louis and Tillie divorce, June 4, 1952
1957-1966Vice President United States World Trade Fare
1959Mother Tillie Levitt dies, July 22, 1959 (16 Tamuz 5719)
1960-1962Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) representative to the UN
1960Father Louis Levitt dies, June 15, 1960
1961Became a shareholder of Artis Corporation
1964-1970National President American Jewish Congress Women's Division
1968Appeared on WNBC Channel 4 TV to discuss "Full Equality in a Free Society," July 14, 1968
1968Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, pledged to Eugene McCarthy
1969Delegate to the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health
1969Received "A woman for our time award," January 20, 1969
1970-1972Co-Chair Governing Council American Jewish Congress
1970-1973President Leadership Conference of National Jewish Women's Organizations
1970-1975Founder and Vice President of Encounter Films, Inc
1971Recipient of "A Woman of Our Time Award" as outgoing president of the National Women's Division of the American Jewish Congress, March 28, 1971
1972Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Miami
1973Snitow's first visit to Port Saline, Grenada
1975Attended the Paris energy conference, November 25, 1975
1975Attended the Universal Front of Survival in Brussels
1977-1978New York State Co-ordinating Committee for International Women's Year
1977Named to Hunter College Hall of Fame
1978Founded US/Israel Women to Women
1979Recipient of the Louise Waterman Wise Laureate for distinguished service and dedication to the American Jewish Congress and for strengthening community life. May 14, 1979
1980Honorary Vice President American Jewish Congress
1981Appeared on Channel 11 AJC program "To Be A Woman Soldier." August 19, 1982
1992Recipient of the National Organization for Women (NOW) New York Chapter Susan B. Anthony Award. February 11, 1992
2000Included in 27th edition of Who's Who in the East
2000Charles passes away, June 28
2000Virginia passes away in Scarsdale, October 16
2005US/Women to Women (W2W) became part of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). The Virginia Levitt Snitow lecture series established by Women 2 Women in Haifa and Tel Aviv Universities.
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Scope and Content Note

The collection encompasses the personal papers of Virginia Snitow, especially during her active years in the Women's Division of the American Jewish Congress and an organization she founded, US/Israel Women to Women. Papers contain correspondence, writings and voluminous notes with both fiction, and non-fiction writings on racial, gender and class equality. Also included are family stories and diaries chronicling Snitow's time spent in her summer home in Grenada.

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The collection is divided into six series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Related Material

The Virginia Levitt Snitow Papers is one individual collection within the Counter Culture collections located at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Other counter culture collections at AJHS include the Arthur Ocean Waskow Papers (P-152), Leonard Fein Papers (P-582), Shira Eve Epstein Papers (P-776), Riv-Ellen Prell Papers (P-795), Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers (P-841), Goldie Milgram Papers (P-876), Jack Jacobs Papers (P-1020), Gerald Serotta Papers (P-1023), Jack Nusan Porter Papers (P-1024), Arthur J. Lelyveld Papers (P-1030), Jews for Urban Justice (Washington, D.C.) Records (I-159), Jewish Peace Fellowship Records (I-189), Jewish Student Press Service Records (I-248), Breira Records (I-250), American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York) Records (I-326), North American Jewish Students Appeal Records (I-338), Jewish Labor Committee Records (I-377), New Jewish Agenda Records (I-393), Vermont Chapter of the New Jewish Agenda Records (I-449), Jewish Counter Culture Collection (I-504), Trees and Life for Vietnam Records (I-542), Lights in Action Records (I-560), Brit Tzedek v'Shalom/Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace Records (I-587), and portions of the Jewish Student Organizations Collection (I-61).

Other related collections include the American Jewish Congress Records (I-77) and the Norman Studer Papers at the University at Albany M.E. Grenader Department of Special Collections and Archives.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Virginia Levitt Snitow Papers; P-876; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Individual gifts given to the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) in part by Alan Snitow and Ann Barr Snitow, and the Jewish Women's Archive (JWA) (2008.41).

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Processing Information

In 2016, an additional .5 linear feet was added to Series V as Box 20. The majority of the materials in this accession came in scrapbooks; this material was put in disassembled and put into acid-free folders.

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Access Points

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Container List

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.


Series I: Biographical Material, 1909-2001

Boxes 1-3.
Scope and Content:

Includes vital records, including a marriage affidavit for parents Louis Levitt and Toba Rosenberg, a memo from Snitow's first husband H.B. Clemenko, birth certificates for Virginia Levitt, Ann Barr Snitow, Alan Mark Snitow, and Charles Snitow; the marriage Ketubah of Virginia Levitt and Charles Snitow, divorce papers of Tillie Levitt and Louis Levitt, a Yahrzeit card for Tillie Levitt and Louis Levitt 's Death Certificate; Virginia Levitt's resume and biographical sheet, NYC teaching records, clippings on family (including family trees) and friends (Leonard Boudin, Bernadette Dohrn, Otto Nathan, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, I.F. Stone, Russel Wright among others), personal addresses, itineraries, items from the Democratic Party Conventions attended, Hunter College correspondence materials from the lecture series founded by Snitow and condolence cards to the family after deaths of Charles and Virginia Snitow. Material is arranged chronologically to document Virginia Snitow's life and is in English.

11Vital Records1909-2000request_box
12Personal biographical sheets1932-2000 request_box
13Biographical papers—Teaching1937-1976request_box
14Downtown Community School1945-1955request_box
15Travel itineraries1958-1975request_box
16Democratic Party Convention1968request_box
17Democratic Party Convention1972request_box
18Hunter College Correspondence1971-2000request_box
19Virginia L. Snitow Lecture Series1987-1999request_box
110Family clippings1947-1996request_box
111Friends clippingsundated, 1968-2001request_box
112Addresses (see also index card box)undatedrequest_box
21Oral Histories1979-1989request_box
22Oral Histories1989request_box
23Charles Snitow Funeral RegistryJuly 2000request_box
24Condolence Cards to Snitow Family—Charles Snitow2000 June 30-July 6request_box
25Condolence Cards to Snitow Family—Charles Snitow2000 July 7-July 10request_box
31Condolence Cards to Snitow Family—Charles Snitow2000 July 11-July 24request_box
32Condolence Cards to Snitow Family—Charles Snitow2000 July 25-October 13request_box
33Condolence Cards to Snitow Family—Virginia Snitow2000 October 17-2001 January 3request_box
34Remembrance of Virginia Levitt Snitow "Virginia In Her Own Words."—Program and cards2001 October 15request_box
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Series II: Correspondence, undated, 1936-2000

English, French.
Boxes 4-5.
Scope and Content:

Contains correspondence, both personal and professional between Virginia Snitow, and a number of her friends, relations, colleagues, and professional contacts. The correspondence dates largely from the period 1967-1979. It is arranged chronologically and is predominately in English, with a few personal letters in French.

4 1 Correspondence 1936 - 1959 December 23request_box
4 2 Correspondence 1960 February 22-1962 December 8request_box
4 3 Correspondence 1963 February 12-1966 December 8request_box
4 4 Correspondence 1967 February 7-1968 November 26request_box
4 5 Correspondence 1969 January 3-December 31request_box
4 6 Correspondence 1970 February 3-December 31request_box
4 7 Correspondence 1971 January 2-December 24request_box
4 8 Correspondence 1972 January-December 28request_box
4 9 Correspondence 1973 January 9-December 16request_box
4 10 Correspondence 1974 January 3-November 19request_box
5 1 Correspondence 1975 January 29-December 31request_box
5 2 Correspondence 1976 February 1-October 19request_box
5 3 Correspondence 1977 February 25-1979 November 16request_box
5 4 Correspondence 1980 January-1984 December 18request_box
5 5 Correspondence 1985 July 12-1989 December 29request_box
5 6 Correspondence 1990 January 27-1992 November 3request_box
5 7 Correspondence 1993 January 4-1995 Decemberrequest_box
5 8 Correspondence 1996 January 22-2000 Julyrequest_box
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Series III: Organizations, undated, 1936-2000

Box 6, Folder 1 - Box 8, Folder 14.
Scope and Content:

Contains material and correspondence from the major organization that Virginia Snitow was involved with during her adult life. Subseries are broken into several subseries including: Subseries 1: American Jewish Congress, Subseries 2: Women to Women, Subseries 3: Encounter Films, Subseries 4: Artis and Subseries 5: Other organizations. All subseries are arranged chronologically and are in English.

Subseries 1: American Jewish Congress, 1959-1993

Box 6.
Scope and Content:

Contains the many clippings, correspondence, articles and programs on the activities in the American Jewish Congress that Virginia Snitow was involved. They reflect her interest in equality, including racial equality and gender equality as reflected in the activities of the AJC. This subseries also shows her growth through the various subdivisions within the AJC, ultimately to president of the Women's division.

6 1 Anti-Semitism 1967 April 5-April 6request_box
6 2 Arrest Records 1973 January 5-Marchrequest_box
6 3 Ballet Gala Souvenir Journal 1977 April 18request_box
6 4 Bulletin 1958 February-1969 Septemberrequest_box
6 5 Church & State Papers undated, 1995 request_box
6 6 Committee Minutes & notes 1966 February 24-1974 December 15request_box
6 7 Communist Witch Hunt 1953 April 29-October 14request_box
6 8 Correspondence 1967 November 16-1993 October 13request_box
6 9 Emma Lazarus Chapter Tenth Anniversary Celebration 1968 February 28request_box
6 10 Fourth Dialogue in Israel 1965 July 5-8request_box
6 11 Louise Waterman Wise Award Luncheon May 14, 1979 request_box
6 12 Merger Talks with American Jewish Committee 1975 February 6-June 20request_box
6 13 Parochial School Aid 1967 April 7request_box
6 14 Press Releases 1965 March 17-1976 September 20request_box
6 15 Stephen J. Wise Annual Dinner 1972 November 19request_box
6 16 Twentieth Annual American-Israel Dialogue 1984 July 30-August 2request_box
6 17 Vietnam War 1966 and 1968 request_box
6 18 War on Poverty 1966 and 1968 request_box
6 19 Westchester County Women's Division 1959-1997 request_box
6 20 Women's Division undated, 1963 February 14-1979 May 14request_box
6 21 Women's Division Integration undated, 1979 August 20-1981 June 15request_box
6 22 Women's Division, Leadership Mission to Israel 1977 October 22-November 1request_box
6 23 Women's Press Coverage at Convention 1967 April 6-14request_box

Subseries 2: US/Women to Women, undated, 1980-2006

Box 7, Folders 1-3.
Scope and Content:

This subseries focuses on the organization US / Women to Women that was founded by Virginia Snitow. In 1980 it was brought to the attention of Virginia Snitow that the only thing standing between the closing of a women's shelter in Herzliya, Israel and its closure was $200. She quickly raised the money to keep the center open. She then went on to form the organization US/Women to Women to support women's programs in Israel. Included in this subseries are the articles of incorporation, by laws and IRS correspondence from the formation of the organization as well as correspondence to and from Snitow.

7 1 Articles of Incorporation, by laws and IRS correspondence 1980 December 30-1982 July 20request_box
7 2 Correspondence, publications and writings 1980 October 22-1982 July 20request_box
7 3 Correspondence, publications and writings undated, 1991 September 12-2006 February 9request_box

Subseries 3: Encounter Films, undated, 1966-1974

Box 7, Folders 4-5.
Scope and Content:

This subseries contains proposals, budgets, and correspondence promoting Encounter Films, an organization founded by Virginia Snitow for the purpose of stimulating the development of film geared specifically to films on Israel and contemporary Jewish life with appeal to the Jewish community to serve as an effective instrument to inform audiences and present a fair view of Israel, Zionists and Jews. Papers focus primarily on the years 1970-1973.

7 4 Proposals, budgets, and correspondence 1966-1970 request_box
7 5 Proposals, budgets, and correspondence undated, 1971 January 6-1974 April 30request_box

Subseries 4: Artis, 1961-1964

Box 7, Folders 6-9.
Scope and Content:

This subseries contains proposals, budgets, and correspondence promoting the organization, Artis, which was created to encourage the promotion of better class Israeli art and craft products for sale in the United States. The series includes correspondence and meeting minutes of Amtis, the founding organization, as well as the development of Artis with artists' biographies and inventory and price lists.

7 6 Correspondence & meeting minutes 1961 November 30-1962 October 25request_box
7 7 Correspondence & meeting minutes 1962 November 2-1963 Januaryrequest_box
7 8 Correspondence & meeting minutes 1963 January-April 19request_box
7 9 Correspondence & meeting minutes 1963 April 24-1964 June 15request_box

Subseries 5: Other Organizations, 1969-1981

Box 8, Folders 1-14.
Scope and Content:

This subseries includes materials from other organizations Snitow was involved with throughout her life. The folders include speeches, correspondence, itineraries, newspaper articles, meeting notes and personal notes from each of the organizations or meetings noted.

8 1 Bat Kol undated request_box
8 2 Citizens Committee For Protection of the Environment 1975 September 19-1976 Augustrequest_box
8 3 Citizens for Safe Energy 1977 May 9request_box
8 4 Concerned Democrats of Westchester—Putnam 1969 March 8-1970 October 22request_box
8 5 Congress House Trust 1967 March-Aprilrequest_box
8 6 Leadership Conference of National Jewish Women's Organizations 1965 May 24, 1965-1975 April 7request_box
8 7 WESPAC—Westchester People's Action Coalition undated, 1975 July 15request_box
8 8 Westchester's Woman's Conference 1975 June 4request_box
8 9 White House Conference on Food Nutrition and Health 1969 December 2-4 request_box
8 10 Women of Westchester undated, 1976 May 15-1980 November 14request_box
8 11 Women's International League for Peace & Freedom 1967 January 23-1968 September 29request_box
8 12 Women's International League for Peace & Freedom 1970 July 9-12request_box
8 13 Women's Studies Department at Ben Gurion University 1981 March 25request_box
8 14 Miscellaneous Organizations undatedrequest_box
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Series IV: Speeches and writings, undated, 1943-2000

Box 8, Folder 15-Box 15, Folder 11.
Scope and Content:

A prolific writer, this series contains material written by Virginia Snitow throughout her adult life. It includes speeches, and where available, drafts of speeches, for the various organizations that Snitow was involved. This series is arranged by chronological date where available. More often it is arranged in original order. The language of the series is English. The series contains three subseries: Subseries 1: Speeches; Subseries 2: Writings; Subseries 3: Poems.

Subseries 1: Speeches (including drafts), undated, 1965-1994

Box 8, Folders 15-21.
Scope and Content:

This subseries includes typed and handwritten speeches as delivered by Virginia Snitow at American Jewish Congress conventions and meetings and Women to Women meetings.

8 15 AJC Speeches 1965-1967 request_box
8 16 An Environmental View 1968 request_box
8 17 Boston 1969 November 3request_box
8 18 Bronx Division speech 1967 Junerequest_box
8 19 Chanukah Reward Luncheon 1965 December 6request_box
8 20 Convention Grossinger 1966 May, 1998 Januaryrequest_box
8 21 Convention Keynote Speech 1967 Aprilrequest_box

Subseries 2: Writings, undated, 1943-1995

Scope and Content:

This subseries includes the diverse writings of Virginia Snitow. Writings include a biography of Juarez, a Zapotecan Indian who became president of Mexico during the mid 19th century. As moderator of the monthly AJC Scarsdale-White Plains chapter discussion group from 1958-1959 on current events, Snitow participated in the publication of its presentations. The series also includes Snitow's Grenada diaries written from 1973-1997, that begin with a letter to son Alan. Written during her time spent at the Snitow's vacation home in Grenada it includes commentary on the geographical beauty, the political climate, and her day to day life on the island. It also includes personal, "I Remember" letters written by Snitow from 1936-1995. These are broken down into chapters for a book by the same name. These folders are followed by "Stories" as compiled by Snitow in original order. Lastly the series contains edited chapters from "Confrontations of a Quiet Woman," a compilation of stories entitled "People and Places," a selection of stories, arranged by publication date and then alphabetically for unpublished works, and letters written by Snitow to editors of various publications.

8 22 Energy 1975 September 10request_box
8 23 Great Neck Division Speech 1968 Septemberrequest_box
8 24 Greece 1965 request_box
8 25 Hanuka Luncheon 1970 January 9request_box
8 26 Hanuka Reward Luncheon 1966 December 12request_box
8 27 Installation of officers 1968 request_box
8 28 Louise Waterman Wise Awards Luncheon 1966 March 28 request_box
8 29 Louise Waterman Wise Luncheon 1970 April 13request_box
8 30 Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn 1967 Mayrequest_box
9 1 Mass Media Award Luncheon 1968 January 31 request_box
9 2 Miscellaneous Speeches undated request_box
9 3 Miscellaneous Speeches undated request_box
9 4 Miscellaneous Speeches undated request_box
9 5 Miscellaneous Speeches undated request_box
9 6 Opening Convention Speech 1971 March 28-31request_box
9 7 Opening Convention Speech & Remarks 1970 May 20-24request_box
9 8 Scarsdale ASC 1969 Septemberrequest_box
9 9 St. Regis Hotel award 1969 January 20request_box
9 10 Teaneck Division speech 1967 Springrequest_box
9 11 Women's Division Convention 1969 March request_box
9 12 Women to Women undated, 1978-1994 request_box
10 1 Biography of Juarez (1 of 3) 1943-1944 request_box
10 2 Biography of Juarez (2 of 3) 1943-1944 request_box
10 3 Biography of Juarez (3 of 3) 1943-1944 request_box
10 4 Wednesday Morning Discussion Group: Education 1958 October 1 request_box
10 5 Wednesday Morning Discussion Group: Israel Theocracy vs. Democracy 1958 November 5request_box
10 6 Wednesday Morning Discussion Group: The Wandering Jew 1958 December 3 request_box
10 7 Wednesday Morning Discussion Group: New Nations 1959 February 4 request_box
10 8 Wednesday Morning Discussion Group: Information Classified 1959 March 4 request_box
10 9 Wednesday Morning Discussion Group: The Women 1959 April 1 request_box
10 10 Wednesday Morning Discussion Group: Tribute Luncheon 1959 April 21request_box
10 11 Grenada Diaries 1973 December 27-1975 January 1 request_box
10 12 Grenada Diaries 1975 January-1978 Januaryrequest_box
10 13 Grenada Diaries 1975 April 9-1976 January 1request_box
10 14 Grenada Diaries 1978 March 29-December 30request_box
11 1 Grenada Diaries 1980 December 31-1982 December 26request_box
11 2 Grenada Diaries 1982 December 26-1984 Decemberrequest_box
11 3 Grenada Diaries 1984 December-1988 Junerequest_box
11 4 Grenada Diaries 1988 June 10-19request_box
11 5 Grenada Diaries 1988 December 1988-1993 Marchrequest_box
11 6 Grenada Diaries undated,1996 December-1997 Januaryrequest_box
11 7 Grenada Diaries Book (1 of 2) 1973-1994 request_box
11 8 Grenada Diaries Book (2 of 2) 1973-1994 request_box
11 9 Grenada notes undated, 1992-1997 request_box
12 1 Grenada Diaries not in book 1934 August 12-1993 Decemberrequest_box
12 2 I Remember Letters undated, 1942-1995 request_box
12 3 I Remember Letter to Sylvia 1972 December, 1978 April request_box
12 4 I Remember—Remembering Mama undated request_box
12 5 I Remember—Alan (About Grenada) 1984 January 20 request_box
12 6 I Remember—I Remember II undated request_box
12 7 I Remember—My Earliest Female Thoughts undated request_box
12 8 I Remember—How I Felt Growing Up undated request_box
12 9 I Remember—Letter to Ann and Alan undated request_box
12 10 I Remember—First Marriage 1974 February request_box
12 11 Stories—Orchids are Real and index undated request_box
12 12 Stories—A Creature of Habit undated request_box
12 13 Stories—The Clock 1953 request_box
12 14 Stories—The Tramp 1940s request_box
12 15 Stories—Distant Thunder undated request_box
12 16 Stories—The Lesson undated request_box
13 1 Confrontations of a Quite Woman notes undated request_box
13 2 Confrontations of a Quiet Woman (Part 1) (1 of 3) undated request_box
13 3 Confrontations of a Quiet Woman (Part 1) (2 of 3) undated request_box
13 4 Confrontations of a Quiet Woman (Part 1) (3 of 3) undated request_box
13 5 Confrontations of a Quiet Woman (Part 1I) (1 of 3) undated request_box
13 6 Confrontations of a Quiet Woman (Part 1I) (2 of 3) undated request_box
13 7 Confrontations of a Quiet Woman (Part 1I) (3 of 3) undated request_box
13 8 People and Places: Index and stories undated request_box
13 9 People and Places: Vignettes undated request_box
13 10 People and Places: San Francisco - 1967 1967 request_box
13 11 People and Places: The Survivor 1988-1992 request_box
13 12 People and Places: Spanish Vignette #1 & 2 undated request_box
13 13 People and Places: Las Vegas undated request_box
13 14 People and Places: Charlie Meets Duboff undated request_box
13 15 People and Places: From St. Jude's Church to Montgomery - 1965 1965 request_box
13 16 People and Places: It happened (to us) on Grenada 1984 request_box
13 17 People and Places: Winter 1975 (Trip to Brussels) 1975 request_box
13 18 People and Places: In Memory of Leo Pfeffer undated request_box
13 19 People and Places: Brazil undated request_box
13 20 People and Places: A Visit to Israel & the Louise Waterman Wise Hostel undated request_box
14 1 List of Published Articles undated request_box
14 2 A Happy Solution: Play in three scenes undated request_box
14 3 A Petition from No one to Nowhere undated request_box
14 4 A School Teacher undated request_box
14 5 A Spanish Reminiscence (Jewish Current) January 1994 request_box
14 6 A Visit to Israel undated request_box
14 7 Agunot undated request_box
14 8 And So to Bedlam (Family Circle) 1948 Junerequest_box
14 9 Distinctions undated request_box
14 10 Do you make Baby Talk Baby Talk (Family Circle) 1952 Decemberrequest_box
14 11 Elderly undated request_box
14 12 Endgame with Golda (Congress Monthly) 1995 September/Octoberrequest_box
14 13 Exceptions improve the rule (Family Circle) 1948 Marchrequest_box
14 14 Facing the Revolutionary Decade undated request_box
14 15 Henri de Chattilion undated request_box
14 16 Holiday 1952 Februaryrequest_box
14 17 I Teach Negro Girls (Negro Digest) 1942 Decemberrequest_box
14 18 I Teach Negro Girls (The New Republic) 1942 November 9request_box
14 19 It was Quite Simple undated request_box
14 20 Miss Stark—The School Teacher 1930s request_box
14 21 My Life as a Woman—Vol. 1 2000 Junerequest_box
14 22 On the Dangers of Nuclear Reactors 1973 request_box
14 23 Open Letter to Parents 1940s request_box
14 24 Remembering Henry undated request_box
14 25 Ships, A Reminiscence undated request_box
14 26 Song of the Capstan (Ships & Sailing) 1951 Junerequest_box
14 27 Spring Wind undated request_box
14 27 The Breaking Point undated request_box
14 28 The Captain and the Panther undated request_box
14 29 The Homecoming undated request_box
14 30 The Mushroom Cloud (Western Political Quarterly) 1958 Decemberrequest_box
14 31 The Mushroom Cloud 1958 Mayrequest_box
14 32 The Role of Jewish Women (Congress Bi-Weekly) 1971 June 18request_box
14 33 The Trap 1947 Aprilrequest_box
15 1 To Know Where We Are (Jewish Currents) 1990 Decemberrequest_box
15 2 Two Kinds of People undated request_box
15 3 What to do with a Drunken Sailor (Ships & Sailing) 1951 Octoberrequest_box
15 4 What Was It? (Ships & Sailing) 1950 Decemberrequest_box
15 5 Women Challenge Israeli Rabbinate (Jewish Currents) 1991 July/August request_box
15 6 Women in Chains (Jewish Currents) 1990 June request_box
15 7 Writing drafts undated request_box
15 8 Writings—Stories and notes undated request_box

Subseries 3: Poems, undated, 1946-1998, 2000

Box 15, Folders 9-11.
Scope and Content:

This subseries includes two folders of writings classified as poetry, as well as a book, "Poems and Sayings" as published by Virginia Levitt Snitow in 2000. Folders are arranged as written chronically where indicated, and then as published by Virginia Snitow.

15 9 Poetry 1946-1998 request_box
15 10 Poetry undated request_box
15 11 Poems and Sayings 2000 request_box
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Series V: Publications, undated, 1965-1995

Box 15, Folders 12-15.
Scope and Content:

This series includes articles published about Virginia Snitow, as well as letters to the editor that she wrote. The series also includes clippings on the American Jewish Congress, the Vietnam War, nuclear proliferation, women's press, separation of church and state, National Demcratic Convention of 1972, and handwritten notes pertaining to the articles.

15 12 Letters to the editor or news articles undated, 1965-1995 request_box
15 13 Loose news clippings from scrapbook undated, 1965-1970 request_box
15 14 Loose news clippings from scrapbook undated, 1959-1968 request_box
15 15 Loose news clippings from scrapbook undated, 1967-1977 request_box
20 1 Loose news clippings from scrapbook undated, 1942-1980 request_box
20 2 Loose news clippings from scrapbook undated, 1947-2001request_box
20 3 Loose news clippings from scrapbook undated, 1948-1989 request_box
20 4 Loose news clippings from scrapbook undated, 1958-1968request_box
20 5 Loose news clippings from scrapbook undated, 1960-1997request_box
20 6 Loose news clippings from scrapbook undated, 1962-1989request_box
20 7 Loose news clippings from scrapbook undated, 1966-1972request_box
20 8 Loose news clippings from scrapbook undated, 1967-1977request_box
20 9 Loose news clippings from scrapbook undated, 1968-1995request_box
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Series VI: Other material, undated, 1962-2000

Box 15, Folder 16 - Box 18.
Scope and Content:

The other media in this collection includes four subseries: Subseries 1: Notes, Subseries 2: Awards, Subseries 3: Photographs, and Subseries 4: Cassette Tapes.

Subseries 1: Notes, undated, 1960s, 1978-1982

Box 15, Folder 16 - Box 17 and Box 19.
Scope and Content:

This subseries includes a plethora of miscellaneous background notes as written or collected by Virginia Snitow. Included are drafts of speeches, clippings of articles, as well as one folder which include meeting notes as attended by Virginia Snitow. Notes includes those of Women of Westchester (WOW) and Legal Awareness for Women, Inc (L.A.W.) Due to the prolific nature of these notes; many are without dates and are kept in original order. One box of notes is housed at the end of the collection as index cards.

15 16 Meeting Notes 1978 March 2-1982 March 23request_box
15 17 Notes 1960s request_box
15 18 Notes undated request_box
15 19 Notes undated request_box
16 1 Notes undated request_box
16 2 Notes undated request_box
16 3 Notes undated request_box
16 4 Notes undated request_box
16 5 Notes undated request_box
16 6 Notes undated request_box
16 7 Notes undated request_box
17 1 Notes undated request_box
17 2 Notes undated request_box
17 3 Notes undated request_box
17 4 Notes undated request_box
17 5 Notes undated request_box
19 Miscellaneous notes on index cards [housed at end] undated request_box

Subseries 2: Awards, 1969-2000

Box 17, Folders 6-14.
Scope and Content:

This subseries includes other media including awards given to Virginia Snitow in her many leadership roles in the American Jewish Congress.

17 6 102nd Congressional Record remarks 1991 May 15request_box
17 7 A Woman for our Time Award Luncheon 1969 January 20request_box
17 8 A Woman for our Time Award 1971 March 28request_box
17 9 American Jewish Congress reception invitation 1996 November 17request_box
17 10 American Jewish Congress Westchester Division Janet Goller Award 1997 May 18 request_box
17 11 American Jewish Congress Women Who Made a Difference Award 2000 January 26request_box
17 12 New York City Comptroller Commendation 1991 May 21request_box
17 13 New York State Legislative Resolution Commendations 1991 May 21 request_box
17 14 Susan B. Anthony Award 1992 February 11request_box

Subseries 3: Photographs, 1962-1991

Box 18, Folder 1.
Scope and Content:

The forty photographs that are of Virginia Snitow with various people of the American Jewish Congress, and American and Israeli leaders.

18 1 Photographs undated, 1962-1991 request_box

Subseries 4: Cassette Tapes, 1988-1994

Box 19.
Scope and Content:

One containing a recording of the Memorial Service for Jean Boudin, the second cassette is the 10th Anniversary introduction and first speaker from Women to Women, and the third is a WEVD recording of the Jewish Home Show with guest, Virginia Snitow.

19 Jean Boudin Memorial Tape 1994 June 17request_box
19 Women to Women 10th Anniversary introduction and first speaker 1988 November 16request_box
19 WEVD Jewish Home Show guest Virginia Snitow 1989 May 29 request_box
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