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Vt-99; MC 456

Women's Video Collective (Cambridge, Mass.). Women's Video Collective Africa Project videotape collection, 1985-1989: A Finding Aid.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Vt-99; MC 456
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Women's Video Collective (Cambridge, Mass.)
Title: Women's Video Collective Africa Project videotape collection, 1985-1989
Date(s): 1985-1989
Quantity: 1.04 linear feet (2+1/2 file boxes, including 12 videotapes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Printed material and videotapes of the Women's Video Collective.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 98-M184
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Karen Clay and the Women's Video Collective in October 1998.

Processing Information:

Processed: June 1999
By: Joanne Donovan

TERMS OF USE:

Access. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Karen Clay transfers her copyright in the collection to President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.
Copying. Materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Women's Video Collective Africa Project videotape collection, 1985-1989; item description, dates. Vt-99 or MC 456, videotape or folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

HISTORY

The Women's Video Collective (WVC) was formed by a small group of women from the Boston area in May 1983. Their purpose was to document the Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice in upstate New York. From this experience, the collective developed their mission: to produce media works promoting feminism and peace. In July 1985, the collective sent a group to Nairobi to document Forum '85, the Non-Governmental Organizations (N.G.O.) conference concurrent with the Third United Nations World Conference on Women. Karen Clay, a member of the Collective, attended the Forum and edited at least one of the videotapes.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection consists of footage from Forum '85, as well as interviews with six women from Third World countries attending the conference. The intent of the Women's Video Collective was to document the conference in the hopes of having the voices and stories of women, especially women from the Third World, heard in the United States. Mariflor Parpan (Philippines), Mary Myambura (Kenya), Nahla Haidar (Lebanon), Ranjana Kumari (India), Sonja Davile (Bolivia), and Sister Solidad (Philippines), speak about the urgent needs of women in their countries and the benefits of participating in the N.G.O. Forum. Also included are three workshops from the Forum, as well as Dateline Nairobi a community access TV program, which aired in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 17 and 24, 1985. The program had a live satellite feed to Nairobi and allowed the panel and audience in Boston (and other United States cities) to ask questions of Forum '85 participants. One tape includes outtakes from Our Choice, Our Bodies, a pro-choice march in Washington, D.C., April 1989. The tapes are arranged in the order in which they appear in the Women's Video Collective informational brochures. Also printed material from the conference and the Women's Video Collective.

CONTAINER LIST

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Additional Index Terms

International Women's Decade, 1976-1985
Lesbians
Pro-choice movement--United States
Videotapes
Women--Economic conditions--Congresses
Women--Social conditions--Congresses
Women in development
World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women (1985 : Nairobi, Kenya)
Davile, Sonja
Haidar, Nahla
Myambura, Mary
Parpan, Mariflor
Ranjana Kumari
Solidad, Mary, Sister

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