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Joyce Antler papers

Identifier: 03-MWalB00298A

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to the career of Professor Emerita Joyce Antler. Document types include teaching materials from her classes in Women's Studies, American Studies, and History as Theater, including a large number of oral histories of Brandeis Faculty and Staff created by students in Professor Antler's American Studies classes between the 1980s-2010s. Also included are documents related to departmental planning and administration, as well as grant and committee files.

Upon her retirement in 2016, Professor Antler was named the Samuel J. Lane Professor Emerita of American Jewish History and Culture, and Professor Emerita of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is responsible for founding the Women's Studies program at Brandeis, and she was Chair of the program for 10 years. She was an affiliate of the Departments of African and African-American Studies; History; Education; and Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation.

Sources: "Brandeis Re:Joyces for Joyce Antler '63, a historian, activist, mentor and friend," BrandeisNow, October 20, 2015; Bio from


  • 1970s-2010s


Conditions Governing Access

This collection contains restricted materials. Access to oral histories (recordings, transcripts, and related student papers) is limited only to those for which the Archives retains a release from the interviewee(s). Please contact the University Archives & Special Collections in advance to request access.

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.


15.5 Linear Feet (10 rc boxes, 1 ms box, 3 cassette boxes, 2 flat boxes, 1 oversize map drawer)

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There is no discernable arrangement noted for this collection.

Custodial History

These materials were transferred to the Archives in nine accessions by Professor Antler, between 1999-2021.

The oral history materials in this collection were created by students in Professor Antler's American Studies 180b course, between the 1980s-2010s. The outputs of those projects included a taped oral history, a written transcript of the recording, and a paper about the student's work on the project, many of which are included in this collection.

Processing Information

Some arrangement and description was conducted on the oversize materials in 2020, and an initial, collection-level finding aid was begun.

Small portions of the collection may have been reorganized by the archives to facilitate research use, but it has largely been maintained in the order in which it was received by the Archives.

Accession records and Deeds of Gift were consulted as part of a deductive restrictions review, and indicated a need for restrictions on some materials in this collection.

Folder titles appear to be original to the creator.

Joyce Antler papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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