Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Brooklyn College, 1953; Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1969; Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1979.
Research associate Atlas Early American History Project, Newberry Library, Chicago, 1971-1975. Associate director Atlas Great Lakes Indian History Project, 1976-1979, History Boundary Data File Project, 1979-1981. Editor in chief Marquis Who's Who, Inc., Chicago, 1981—1986.
Survey director National Opinion Research Center, University Chicago, 1986-1989. Research fellow Newberry Library., Chicago, 1989-1995, scholar in residence, since 1995. Executive editor St. James Press, 1990-1992.
Managing editor History Encyclopedia of Chicago Women University Illinois, 1991-1993, director, editor History Encyclopedia of Chicago Women project, 1993-2001, senior research associate Center for Research on Women and Gender, 1999—2002. Member faculty Newberry Library. Summer Institute Cartography, 1980.
Consultant National Endowment of the Humanities planning grant Addams' Hull-House Museum, 2006.
Member professional advisory graduate program public history Loyola University, since 1986. Treasurer, board directors Chicago Map Society, 1980-1991, 93-95. Member New Trier Township H.S. Board Caucus, 1972-1974.
Member academic county American Jewish History Society, since 1985. President Chicago Jewish History Society, 1980-1981, board directors, since 1977. Fellow Royal History Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi.
Member American Library Association (Mudge citation committee 1985-1986), American History Association, Organisation American Historians, Society Scholarly Public (program committee 1985, planning committee 1985-1986), Chicago Area Women's History Conference (secretary, treasurer since 1994, board directors since 1990), Caxton Club (county 1990-1993). F C.
Married Malcolm Howard Hast, February 1, 1953. Children— David Jay, Howard Arthur.