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.
Joan Kennedy 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 were divorced.
27 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes
(11.6 linear feet)
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Collection is open for research.