Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies
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Writer and social activist Vanda Sendzimir (1952-1996) was born and raised in Waterbury, Conn. She attended Reed College (1971-1973) and graduated from McGill University (1976), where she was one of the founders of Canada's first college women's newspaper and active in the anti-war and feminist movements. She lived in San Francisco (1977-1986), working as a graphic designer and for social change as a member of a small Marxist-Leninist party. Moving to Boston in 1986, Sendzimir worked as a freelance journalist, and published Steel Will: The Life of Tad Sendzimir (1993), a biography of her father, an inventor and entrepreneur. She was active in the Boston chapter of the National Writers Union and in organizations working for social justice and civil rights. An avid photographer, traveler, and mountaineer, Sendzimir fell to her death while climbing in Siberia with her husband, David Ludlow, in 1996. Collection chiefly concerns Tad Sendzimir and his life as an inventor and entrepreneur. Three of the five videotapes are almost entirely in Polish. The tapes are arranged in chronological order.