Sue Larson Papers
Collection Scope and Content Summary
The collection includes Sue Larson's departmental records and teaching materials, including philosophical writing, course outlines and syllabi, course descriptions, annotated teaching materials, assignment descriptions, office files generated by academic administrative meetings and responsibilities, and correspondence, including letters from Martha Peterson (Barnard president from 1967 to 1975). It also contains material documenting the activities of the Department of Philosophy, material relating to Larson's role as acting chair of Barnard's Department of Philosophy, and files generated by student-led councils and committees related to school governance.
- Creation: 1965 - 1995
- Larson, Sue (Creator, Person)
This collection has no restrictions and is located on-site.
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.
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes.
Sue Larson received her BA and PhD at Stanford, taught at Princeton and Mills College and joined the Philosophy Department at Barnard in 1965, where she taught Philosophy through the 1990s.
Larson was active on campus, often supporting students by liaising with college administration to form and join committees, and publishing in the Barnard student newspaper, the Barnard Bulletin. In 1968, she testified at the judicial council hearing in defense of Linda LeClair, a student disciplined for living with her boyfriend off-campus, and, alongside colleague Mary Mothersill, supported the National Student Strike in 1970.
She was a member of the Society for Women in Philosophy in the northeast, and along with Mary Mothersill, she taught courses in the Experimental College In the 1980s, and served for a time as the Chair of the Philosophy Department. She died in 2011 of injuries sustained in a traffic accident on Riverside Drive, aged 79.
1.25 Linear Feet (1 bankers box)
Sue Larson joined the Philosophy Department at Barnard in 1965, where she taught Philosophy through the 1990s. The collection includes her philosophical writing, course curricula, and material documenting the activities of the Department of Philosophy. Larson's material may be useful to students studying Wittgenstein, animal cognition, music and emotion, 1968 counterculture, feminism, gender in education, theory of knowledge, and anyone researching the case of Linda LeClair.
This collection remains in roughly the same order as it was received.
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 email@example.com.
Donated to the College by Elizabeth Koob in 2013. Koob was a member of Sue Larson's family and was the executor of both Larson's and Mary Mothersill's estates, and donated both of their collections of personal papers.
Additions are not expected.
Lyric Evans-Hunter wrote this finding aid in 2022, with input from Andrew Kaiser and Martha Tenney, as part of the NYU course Advanced Archival Description. Martha Tenney minimally processed the collection in 2022, adding to the refoldering and folder titling completed by Shannon O'Neill or another archivist in 2014.
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