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Lilith magazine records

Identifier: 11-MWALB02726

Scope and Contents

The Lilith magazine records contain materials documenting the editorial, administrative, research, and programming activities of Lilith, a Jewish feminist periodical founded in 1976. Materials include newspaper and magazine clippings, manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, photographs, artwork, cassette tapes, floppy disks, and ephemera. The bulk of the materials are in English, with several items in Hebrew. The materials range in date from 1961-2008, although the bulk of the material dates from Lilith’s founding in 1974 through 1999. Of particular note in the collection are the manuscript submissions, drafts, and stories written and developed for publication in Lilith. These manuscripts cover a variety of perspectives and topics, ranging from personal stories and discussions of Jewish religious life to short fiction pieces and interviews with Jewish women around the world. In addition to the wide variety of content, the manuscripts also include edits made by Lilith staff, which show the evolution of a story from first draft to publication. The subjects covered in the manuscripts are often supported by materials in Series 2: Subject files and in Series 5: Art and design, both of which create a clear image of the reference sources used as support for Lilith’s published content. Also of note in the collection is the significant documentation of Lilith’s community engagement activities, including programming, reader surveys, and several decades of materials from conferences and organizations.

The Lilith magazine records provide clear documentation of the administrative and editorial operations of Lilith and offer valuable insight into the perspectives and lives of Jewish women from the 1970s to the present day. The collection is one of several Jewish feminist collections at Brandeis University.


  • Creation: 1961-2017
  • Creation: 1892


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

There are two folders entitled Converts in Series 3: Editorial Files, Sub-Series 2: Rituals and Religious Life. The second "Converts" folder (Folder 9a) is restricted until 2059 due to the interviewees request for confidentiality.

Otherwise, 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.


25.5 Linear Feet (21 record center boxes, 2 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 card file box)

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Arranged in five series: 1. Administrative Records, 1974-2006, undated; 2. Subject Files, 1961-2004, undated; 3. Editorial Files, 1973-2004, undated; 4. Outreach, 1973-2001, undated; 5. Art and Design, 1971-2008, undated. Unprocessed addendums to the collection are temporarily listed as: 6. Addendums, 1976-2017, undated. For more information about each series please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The acquisition of the archives was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Elaine Reuben '63.

The collection was transferred to Brandeis in November 2014; additional records and a book collection were received in August and September 2016, March 2017 and May 2017.

Separated Materials

Papers related to the development of Susan Weidman Schneider's books have been separated from the magazine records. Books from Lilith's office library were also separated from the collection. Please contact the Special Collections department for more information about these materials.

Processing Information

Processed by Esme Rabin, November 2019. Later addendums to the collection are unprocessed.

Lilith magazine records
Esme Rabin
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections