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Aviva Cantor papers

Identifier: 11-MWalB02505

Scope and Contents

The Aviva Cantor papers consists of research materials, records relating to organizations and conferences, publication drafts and correspondence, and recordings, all broadly related to Aviva Cantor's work as a feminist activist, particularly dealing with women's roles and feminist issues within Judaism.  The bulk of the collection pertains to Aviva Cantor's research, including notes, clippings, and collected scholarly articles; and to Aviva Cantor's own writing,  including drafts of published materials, collected sources and notes, and publication correspondence and publicity.  The materials range in date from the 1970s to the 1990s.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-2005, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

Biographical or Historical Information

Aviva Cantor is a Jewish feminist activist, scholar, and author.  Cantor was born on February 12, 1940 in the Bronx, New York.  After receiving degrees from Barnard College and from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she worked as a reporter for the Jewish Chronicle.  In the late 1960s, she became active within the Jewish Zionist movement and within the feminist movement, and quickly emerged as one of the leading voices in Jewish feminist circles.  Cantor was a co-founder of the Jewish Liberation Project in 1968 and was the founding editor of its publication, the Jewish Liberation Journal. In 1976, she helped found the Jewish feminist magazine Lilith, serving as an editor and a contributing writing until 1987. Cantor was involved with several national and international Jewish feminist organizations and projects, and has been especially active in researching and writing about women in Israel.  Her best known publications include Jewish Women/Jewish Men: The Legacy of Patriarchy in Jewish Life (1995), The Jewish Woman Bibliography (1986) and The Egalitarian Hagada (1991).  Cantor continues to work as an activist, writer, and editor in New York.


13.00 Linear Feet ( 24 manuscript boxes, 2 boxes of audiovisual items)

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Arranged in seven series: 1. Correspondence, Personal Papers, and Photographs; 2. Jewish Women; 3. Organizations, Conferences, and Events; 4. Other Research Topics; 5. Publications by Aviva Cantor; 6. Publications by Others; 7. Recordings.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Aviva Cantor in 1999 and 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Cassandra Berman in May 2014

Aviva Cantor papers, 1970-2005, undated
Cassandra Berman
May 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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