The collection documents the professional career of
Joan Kennedy Taylor and includes her writings, and activities within the field of libertarian feminism. The collection contains numerous issues
of newsletters, bulletins and magazines. It also includes various articles, monographs, and literary reviews done by Kennedy
Taylor as well as the writings of other individuals on topics such as Ayn Rand, libertariansim, objectivism, pornography,
and psychology. Additionally housed within the collection are audio tapes, transcripts of radio broadcasts, conference materials,
research materials, and courses taught by
Joan Kennedy Taylor including her various speaking engagements.
Taylor was born in Manhattan on December 21st, 1926 to Joseph Deems Taylor and Mary Kennedy. Her father was a well-known composer
and radio personality and her mother was an actress and a poet. After her parents divorced, Joan attended a number of schools
in various parts of the world. She received her higher education at Barnard College where she met her husband, Donald Cook,
who was a psychology student at neighboring Columbia University. The couple was engaged in 1947 and married a year after.
In January of 1950 they welcomed their only son, Michael Cook. The marriage did not last and in 1953, Cook and Kennedy Taylor
28 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize boxes
(11.0 Linear Feet)
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The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual
or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.