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Annie Nathan Meyer Papers

Identifier: BC20-08

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection includes professional and personal correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts of Meyer's plays, her books Barnard Beginnings and The Gallery-Goer's Book, essays, and other writings, 1920s-1940s; playbills from performances of her plays, clippings of reviews of her books and plays, book jackets, clippings of her magazine articles, and other literary ephemera including the copperplate engraving used to print her personal bookplates.


  • Creation: 1890 - 1950



This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located on-site.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard College Archives. The Barnard College Archives approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes.


Annie Nathan Meyer was a founder of Barnard College and served on the Board of Trustees from 1889 through 1951. The idea for the establishment of New York City's first four-year women's college was first promoted in "A Memorial Resolution to the Columbia Board of Trustees" written in 1887 by Meyer with the help of Melvil Dewey and Mary Mapes Dodge. This was followed by an article in The Nation (Jan. 26, 1888). It was Meyer's idea to name the new school after the late Columbia president, Frederick A. P. Barnard. She was instrumental in maintaining a Jewish presence at Barnard and in recruiting African-American students. Meyer was an anti-suffragist, in contrast to her sister Maude Nathan who was prominent in the movement. As a writer, she produced three novels, a number of non-fiction works, articles, short stories and twenty-six plays.


3.88 Linear Feet




This collection consists of the personal papers, correspondence, manuscripts, publications, and scrapbooks of Barnard college founder and trustee, Annie Nathan Meyer.

Collection Arrangement

The records are arranged in five series, two of which have been further divided into subseries. The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows:

  • Series 1, Literary Manuscripts
  • Series 2, Literary ephemera
  • Series 3, Correspondence
  • Subseries 1, Literary correspondence
  • Subseries 2, Family correspondence
  • Subseries 3, Barnard College
  • Subseries 4, Other Correspondence
  • Series 4, Publications
  • Subseries 1, Articles from magazines
  • Subseries 2, Books
  • Series 5, Scrapbook

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

The acquisition date and source is unknown.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection is unprocessed.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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