Contents and Arrangement

Series 3: Bennington College Papers, 1935-1995 (mostly 1945-1950)

2 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series primarily contains Rudikoff's notebooks, papers, diaries, planners, assessments, clippings, and coursework from her time at Bennington College from 1945 until her graduation in 1948. Composition notebooks contain extensive notes on her Bennington classes in literature, creative writing, art, logic, Greek, and psychology, the margins of which are usually lushly decorated with small sketches and doodles. Intimate diaries describe Rudikoff's experience as a young female college student in the late 1940s. Rudikoff's academic writings demonstrate an early interest in modernist women writers and include several drafts of her senior project, titled "Gertrude Stein's Blue Guitar: Studies in Language, Form, Motif."

Some notes and transcripts from Rudikoff's continuing studies at Columbia University in the early 1950s are also present, along with later writings and correspondence regarding her time at Bennington College and her continued involvement as an alumna.


Materials within this series are not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Collection History


Nothing was removed from the collection during 2014 processing.

Processing Information

Some of the papers exhibit soot stains around the edges and other minor fire damage from a 1997 fire at the Gutman home, although their legibility is not compromised.

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in December 2014. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in December 2014.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 3: Bennington College Papers; Sonya Rudikoff Papers, C1493, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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