Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984

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Poet, story writer, essayist, and journalist. Activist, jailed for her protest against the Vietnam War. Died in 1984.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1981-1985]. (Brown University). WorldCat record id: 122384452

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. Paul Salstrom was a writer and peace activist and later a professor of history in Indiana.

From the description of Letters, 1961-1970 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122421796

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.

From the description of Papers: Series IV-V, 1940-1984 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232008647

From the description of Papers: Series I-III, 1908-1985 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232008644

Barbara Deming, author and activist, was born on July 23, 1917, in New York City, the daughter of admiralty lawyer Harold S. and former singer Katherine Burritt Deming. Deming grew up in New York City and New City, N.Y. At the age of sixteen, she fell in love with an older woman; this prompted her to begin to write. Although she had long-term relationships with several women and lived, as she said, as a lesbian, Deming did not "come out" publicly until she was in her fifties. She majored in drama at Bennington College (B.A. 1938) and earned an M.A. from Western Reserve University in 1941. In the late 1930s she worked at the Mercury Theatre in New York and in the early 1940s reviewed films for the Library of Congress. In 1945 she became a full-time freelance writer, publishing film reviews, theater pieces, and poetry in such journals as Chimera, Hudson Review, and City Lights. She was unable to find publishers for several short stories, a novel, a book about film, and much of her poetry until the early 1970s. Deming spent a year (1950-1951) in Italy and Greece, and traveled in Mexico, India, Cuba, Vietnam, and elsewhere.

In 1959, inspired by Mohandas 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 was active in several peace organizations, demonstrated for peace and civil rights, and was jailed several times for acts of civil disobedience. In the early 1970s, Deming became a feminist and concentrated her efforts on women's and lesbians' issues until her death in 1984, on Sugar Loaf Key, Fla.

From the description of Papers, 1908-1985 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007983

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referencedIn Diana Davies Papers MS 309., 1960s-1996 (ongoing) Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984. Papers, [ca. 1981-1985]. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984. Papers, 1908-1985 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn E. E. Cummings additional papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Dworkin, Andrea. Papers, 1914-2007 (inclusive), 1973-2000 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Trimm, Steve. Steve Trimm papers, 1963-2008. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
referencedIn Records, 1972-1984 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf McReynolds, David. David McReynolds papers, 1943-1978. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
referencedIn Davies, Diana, 1938-. Papers 1960-1996 (ongoing). Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Frog in the Well (Firm). Frog in the Well records, 1978-1999. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984. Letters, 1961-1970 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Rich, Cynthia. Papers of Cynthia Rich and Barbara Macdonald, 1893-2004 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn E. E. Cummings papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers of Cynthia Rich and Barbara Macdonald, 1893-2004 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984. Papers: Series I-III, 1908-1985 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Records, 1972-1984 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Joan E. Biren Papers MS 587., 1944-2011 (ongoing) Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984. Papers: Series IV-V, 1940-1984 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
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United States
Washington (D.C.)
Vietnam--Ho Chi Minh City
Florida
New York (State)
Cape Cod (Mass.)
Florida Keys (Fla.)
United States
United States
Albany (Ga.)
Italy
Southern States
Vietnam
Georgia--Albany
Mexico
Greece
Massachusetts
United States
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Motion pictures--History
Feminist theater
Anti-nuclear movement
Women's rights
Peace--Societies, etc
Women-owned business enterprises
Demonstrations
Feminists--Correspondence
Lesbians--Correspondence
Lesbians' writings
Authors, American--20th century--Biography
Women
American literature--20th century
Lesbians
Gay liberation movement
Radicals--Correspondence
World War, 1939-1945--Motion pictures and the war
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
Nonviolence
Family violence
Women's periodicals, American
Women authors, American
Women and peace
Civil rights demonstrations
African Americans--Civil rights
Underground press
Arts--Endowments
Women philanthropists
Feminists
Pacifism
Publishers and Publishing
Draft resisters
Feminism and art
Women--Social conditions
Women and spiritualism
Feminist poetry
Peace movements
Lesbians--Biography
Gays
Feminist literature
Women political activists
Civil disobedience
Lesbian couples
witchcraft
Cancer--Alternative treatment
Pornography--Social aspects
Women--Societies and clubs
Feminism
Occupation
Authors--United States
Pacifists--United States
Women poets--United States
Women artists
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Death 1984-08-02

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