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Patricia Garfinkel science policy speeches collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS2316

Scope and Contents

This collection contains speeches, articles, and correspondence associated with the work of Patricia Garfinkel as a speech writer. The content of the speeches is science policy in the United States and is dated from 1975-2008. The articles in the second series are those used by Ms. Garfinkel during her speech writing and represent significant research materials that informed major science policy in the 1990s and early 2000s. In addition there is what is described as a manuscript by Willam T. Golden, an investment banker, a philanthropist and a main architect of American science policy in the 20th century. The material within this manuscript may more reasonably be described as a collection of correspondence and memos than what many people may think of as an authored manuscript.

Dates

  • 1950-2007
  • Majority of material found within 1994 - 2001

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Patricia Garfinkel was born in New York City. She graduated from New York University. She taught English and Geography in Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools from 1959 to 1963. From 1963 to 1965 she lived in Paris, France and traveled extensively throughout Europe. In the early 1970s, she spent 3 years studying poetry as an independent student with poet Henry Taylor. From 1975 to 1994 she worked as a science policy analyst and speechwriter for four consecutive Chairmen of the Science and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1995 to 2012 she worked as a science policy analyst and speechwriter for four consecutive Directors and Deputy Directors of the National Science Foundation. She is listed in the Millennium Edition of Marquis' Who’s Who in America. The Skeleton Dance, George Braziller, Inc., is her third book of poetry. Two previous poetry books were published by literary presses. She won a Poetry-in-Public -Places award for New York State and a Moving Words Award for Poetry on the DC Metro. She gave the first-ever poetry reading at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. She was a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts as well as President of Washington Writers Publishing House from 1994-1996. Readings include The Folger Shakespeare Library, Smithsonian Institution, Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Virginia, Tattered Cover Books in Denver, Colorado, Praire Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, Iowa, Politics and Prose in Washinton, DC. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (5 document boxes)

Language

English

Overview

This collection contains speeches, articles, and correspondence associated with the work of Patricia Garfinkel as a speech writer. The content of the speeches is science policy in the United States and is dated from 1975-2008. The articles in the second series are those used by Ms. Garfinkel during her speech writing and represent significant research materials that informed major science policy in the 1990s and early 2000s. In addition there is what is described as a manuscript by Willam T. Golden, an investment banker, a philanthropist and a main architect of American science policy in the 20th century. This manuscript more closely resembles correspondence and memos.

Arrangement

Organized into 3 series: Science policy speeches, Research files, and William T. Golden manuscript.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Patricia Garfinkel, May 20, 2013 (2013.016)

Separated Materials

The title A Minor Miracle an informal history of the National Science Foundation donated with the collection has been cataloged in the Special Collections stacks and is discoverable through the GW book catalog.

Source

Creator

Title
Guide to the Patricia Garfinkel science policy speeches collection, 1975-2008
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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Washington 20052 United States of America