Schneir, Walter (1927-2009) and Miriam (1922- )
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The Walter and Miriam Schneir collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, audio, research material, and other material.

Manuscripts by the Schneirs in the collection include Invitation to an Inquest, by Walter and Miriam Schneir (Doubleday, 1965); Telling It Like It Was: The Chicago Riots, edited by Walter Schneir (Signet, 1969); "The Unquiet Death of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg," screenplay by Walter and Miriam Schneir (1970); Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings, by Miriam Schneir (Random House, 1972); the entry on the Rosenbergs for the Encyclopedia of the American Left; and various articles, speeches, and other items.  Also present in the collection is a draft of Morton Sobell's book On Doing Time, edited by the Schneirs (1971); "Give Us This Day," a collection of poems by Helen Sobell (1964); two plays about the Rosenbergs by Donald Freed; and additional manuscripts by others.

Correspondence in the collection dates from 1963 to 1992 and is mostly professional in nature.  Included are letters regarding Morton Sobell's memoir On Doing Time; Donald Freed's play "Inquest"; letters regarding the "open classroom" concept; and other correspondence.

Printed material in the collection includes several articles by Walter Schneir (1957-1968) published in The Reporter, The Nation, and Liberation; an article titled "The Joy of Learning" (1971) by Walter and Miriam Schneir, published in The New York Times Magazine; other newspaper and magazine articles by the Schneirs; reviews and playbills regarding Donald Freed's play "Inquest" (1970), based in part on Invitation to an Inquest; items regarding the riot at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago (1968); reviews and other material regarding the Schneir's writings; programs; publicity material; and various other items, including press releases, clippings, brochures, booklets, flyers, posters, and newsletters.

Audio recordings in the collection include numerous audio cassettes, dating from 1983 to 1998, on a wide variety of topics.   Included are taped interviews with William Kunstler, Michael Meeropol, Miriam Schneir, Walter Schneir, Morton Sobell, and many others.

Research material in the collection is extensive, and mostly pertains to the Rosenberg case.  It consists of various documents which the Sheirs have arranged by topic.  Besides the Rosenbergs, other topics include Russia, Vietnam, the VENONA project, General William Westmoreland, and education.  The material includes court transcripts, correspondence, printed material, manuscript drafts, photographs, legal documents, government documents, and other items.

Other items in the collection include a vase made by Morton Sobell at Lewisburg Penitentiary (ca. 1967-1968); legal material; professional material; a VHS tape of the Discovery Channel program "The Rosenberg File"; and two notebooks.
Notable Figures
1. Schneir, Walter
2. Schneir, Miriam
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- History and Culture Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Military History Subject Guide
4. The Vietnam War Subject Guide
5. Helen Deutsch Research Section
6. Authors, American
7. American literature -- Women authors
8. Women authors, American
9. American literature--20th century