Papers: Series IV-V, 1940-1984 (inclusive)

Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984


11.5 linear ft.
Series IV is arranged in six subseries: A. For schools/courses. B. Specific pieces and projects. C. Film. D. Books. E. Journals and notes.
Series IV, Writings, contains notes, drafts, correspondence, and printed pieces that provide an overview of Deming's early writings and a complete view of her writing and attempts to publish after the late 1960s. The book-length works covered include Wash Us and Comb Us: Stories by Barbara Deming (1972), We Cannot Live Withour Our Lives (1974), Remembering Who We Are: Barbara Deming in Dialogue with Gwenda Blair, et al. (1981, We Are All Part of One Another: A Barbara Deming Reader, edited by Jane Meyerding (1984), and A Humming Under My Feet: A Book of Travail (1985). Deming published articles in such literary journals as Chimera and The Hudson Review, and such political periodicals as The Nation, WIN, and Sinister Wisdom. The journals document Deming's trips to Greece, Italy, Mexico, Cuba, India, Vietnam, and elsewhere.
Series V, Writings by others, contains manuscripts of poems, plays, stories, essays, and books by BD's friends and acquaintances. Every series in this collection (particularly Series II) includes similar material, but BD kept this set separate.
Author and activist, Barbara Deming began her career writing theater and film reviews, poetry, short stories, and a novel. In 1959, inspired by Gandhi's writings, Deming became politically active, advocating nonviolence in all spheres of life. Periodicals such as The Nation and Liberation (for which she was an editor) published many of her political essays. She demonstrated for peace and civil rights, and was jailed several times for acts of civil disobedience. In the early 1970s, she became a feminist and worked on women's and lesbian issues until her death in 1984.
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This is a description of a portion (Series IV-V) of the Barbara Deming Papers. For additional information, see the overall collection record: Barbara Deming Papers, 1908-1985.

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