Peterson, Esther, 1906-1997. Audiotape collection of Esther Peterson: A Finding Aid.
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: T-60
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Esther Peterson, 1906-1997
Title: Audiotape collection of Esther Peterson, 1959-1990
Quantity: 96 audiotapes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Audiotape collection of Esther Peterson, labor, education, women's rights, and consumer
Accession numbers: 84-M161, 98-M173
These audiotapes were given to the Schlesinger Library by Esther Peterson in 1984 and Lars Peterson, son of Esther Peterson, in October 1998. For related papers and videotapes, see the
finding aids for the Esther Peterson papers (MC 450) and videotapes (Vt-81 and Vt-100).
Processed: January 2002
By: Joanne Donovan
Access. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright. Copyright varies from tape to tape; see individual tape descriptions.
Copying. Tapes may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Esther Peterson Audiotape collection, 1959-1990; item description, dates. T-60, reel
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Esther Peterson,
1884-1998 (MC 450
) and Videotape collection of Esther Peterson, 1979-1998 (Vt-81
Esther Peterson was born Esther Eggertsen in Provo, Utah, on December 9, 1906. She
was one of six children: Luther ("Bud"), Algie, Thelma, Anna Maria, Esther, and Mark.
Her parents, Lars and Annie (Nielsen) Eggertsen, were the children of Danish immigrants
who walked across the plains to Utah seeking freedom to worship as Mormons. The Eggertsens
were Republicans, but Esther Peterson became an active Democrat, working in the fields
of education, labor, women's rights and consumer affairs all her adult life.
Peterson attended public schools, was graduated from Brigham Young University (1927),
taught in Utah for two years, and came east in 1929 to attend Teachers College at
Columbia University. There she met her future husband, Oliver Peterson, and completed
her masters degree (1930). Between 1930 and 1939, Peterson taught at the Winsor School
in Boston; married Oliver Peterson; volunteered in the Industrial Department of the
YWCA; was a labor organizer; joined Hilda Smith, a pioneer in workers' education,
at the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers; and had her first child.
The 1940s were devoted to her family (Oliver Peterson and four children: Karen, Eric,
Iver, and Lars), and to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Most of the next
ten years the Petersons spent overseas, where Oliver Peterson, a foreign service officer,
was the United States Labor Attaché to Sweden, and later to Belgium. Peterson worked
with the trade union movement and helped organize the first International School for
When the Petersons returned to the United States in 1957, Peterson became legislative
representative for the Industrial Union Department of the AFL-CIO (1958-1961), serving
until President John F. Kennedy chose her to head the Women's Bureau in the United
States Department of Labor, and later the same year, to serve as Assistant Secretary
of Labor for Labor Standards. In addition, she was appointed executive vice chairman
of the first President's Commission on the Status of Women (1961-1963), chaired by
Eleanor Roosevelt until her death in 1962. Peterson also helped found the National
Committee on Household Employment, an organization that brought together voluntary
organizations and government agencies under the auspices of the Women's Bureau (1964-1965)
to improve the working conditions of household workers, develop training programs,
and change public attitudes about household employees. According to Esther Peterson,
the "Committee began with a suggestion I made to the National Association of Women
when they gave me the year's award which carried $3,000. This was the seed money to
get the Committee started. Sears and Whirlpool helped."
After President Kennedy's assassination in 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson asked
Esther Peterson to remain as Women's Bureau director, and also named her to the newly
created post of Special Assistant to the President for Consumer Affairs, a position
she held until 1967. Until her re-appointment to this post by President Jimmy Carter
in 1977, she worked as the legislative representative to the Amalgamated Clothing
Workers Association (1969-1970), and then as Consumer Advisor to Giant Food, a grocery
store chain in the Washington, D.C. area (1970-1977). Oliver Peterson died in 1979
at the age of 76, ending a mutually devoted, lifelong partnership.
After serving in the Carter Administration, Peterson worked with various organizations
concerned with the rights of consumers, both in the United States and abroad. She
was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as a public member of the United
States delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. Esther Peterson
died in her home in Washington, D.C. on December 20, 1997, at the age of 91.
Peterson helped to organize textile and garment workers as well as teachers; was instrumental
in bringing about legislative victories for the minimum wage, amendments to the Fair
Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act,
truth-in-packaging, truth-in-lending, unit pricing, and product labeling of ingredients;
worked actively for the rights of women, minorities, workers, consumers, and household
employees; campaigned extensively for Democratic candidates; and traveled and lectured
to a wide range of groups.
This collection includes many hours of an audio diary Esther Peterson maintained during
various periods, specifically during her 1969 trip to Asia for the Department of State;
in 1973 during a trip to China with American Women for International Understanding;
in 1977 when she was Special Assistant to the President for Consumer Affairs; and
during various other family and career-related trips. Also included are interviews,
speeches, and discussions; and public service announcements and various advertising
spots for Giant Foods. The audiotapes are arranged, for the most part, chronologically.
Titles in italics are transcribed from tape labels. Tape sides 1, 2, or A, B are also
taken from the originals.
- 1at. Dinner honoring John W. Edelman. Esther Peterson speaks briefly about John W. Edelman,
and John W. Edelman speaks about his family. March 5, 1959. 28 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 1.
- 2at. Washington Viewpoint. Ann Corrick and Sid Davis interview Esther Peterson re: a recent
International Labour Organisation Conference; women and labor in other countries,
especially Sweden; and the unemployment rate. August 1, 1961. 22 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 2.
- 4at. You're Right to Say It: What's Happening in Labor. Television interview with Esther
Peterson re: the Manpower Training Development Act; job opportunities/unemployment;
the role of labor unions; and women's education and work. 1962?
See MC 450: #452-463, #1191-1192.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 4.
- 5at. Mark Evans Show. Television interview with Esther Peterson and Clark Mollenhoff re:
women and work, the Peace Corps, and domestic volunteer programs. November 25, 1962.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 5.
- 6at. Open End radio debate with Esther Peterson, Senator Maurine Neuberger, Mrs. Stewart
Udall, wife of the Secretary of the Interior, Dr. Marynia Farnham, theatrical producer
Jean Dalrymple, and moderator David Susskind re: inequalities faced by women working
outside the home, and the dual role of women with home and work. April 14, 1963. 53
See MC 450: #918-919 for transcript.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 6.
- 9at. Status of American Women. NBC radio program features President Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt,
Senator Neuberger, and many others speaking about the recently released report by
the President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) and concludes with remarks
by Esther Peterson. Written and produced by James Cleveland. October15, November 18,
1963. 52 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 9.
- 10at. Mark Evans and Ruth Montgomery interview Esther Peterson upon her appointment by President
Johnson to head Department of Labor about how Esther Peterson expects to represent
the consumer, the status of women in government, etc. January 19, 1964. 24 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 10.
- 11at. The President's Remarks to a Group of Women Recently Appointed in Government. President
Johnson addresses the group, quoting Susan B. Anthony. April 13, 1964. 6 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 11.
- 12at. Henley-Fay show in New York City. Interview with Esther Peterson and Irving Latimer,
National Better Business Bureau, re: relationship between business and consumer protection;
need for consumer education; creation of industry standards through legislation. September
11, 1964. 43 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 12.
- 13at. American Women's Association (AWA) 32nd meeting celebrating the presentation of the
Eminent Achievement Award. Roth Brent from Radio New York gives the keynote speech,
talking about opportunities for women, discrimination against women, and cancer. 1964.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 13.
- 14at. Dorothy Barho, president of American Women's Association (AWA), introduces and presents
Eminent Achievement Award to Esther Peterson. Esther Peterson acceptance speech focuses
on the need to help the working poor. Includes brief comments about Esther Peterson
from past award recipients. 1964. 29 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 14.
- 15at. AFL-CIO 7th Constitutional Convention. Americana Hotel, Bar Harbour, Florida. George
Meany, president, AFL-CIO, introduces Esther Peterson, who speaks about labor issues
with the Democratic Party. December 11, 1967. 8 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 15.
- 16at. Esther Peterson interviewed by Virginia Woodruff, of Mutual New York radio, about
Occupational Health and Safety Bill and Robert Kennedy's candidacy. 1968? 6 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 16.
- 17at. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers special report. Esther
Peterson discusses the Occupational Health and Safety Bill, which was not passed by
the Johnson administration, and the need for money for industrial safety. November
25, 1968. 4 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 17.
- 19at. Travel in Asia for State Department. Esther Peterson describes her arrival in Korea,
the work she did there, schooling, the need for unions, and with whom she met. July
6, 1969. 60 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 19.
- 20at. Travel in Asia for State Department. Esther Peterson in Bangalore, India, discusses
museums she visited, tour of the Bini Clothing Plant, and reviews of a radio interview
and lecture she gave. With unidentified voices she discusses what can be done to bolster
the Indian economy. August 3, 1969. 30 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 20.
- 21at. Travel in Asia for State Department. Lars and Betty. Esther Peterson discusses her
travels in New Dehli, India, in order to reach Lars and Betty who are in the Peace
Corps in Dakar, Senegal.. Talks with them about their life there. August 12-16, 1969.
Esther Peterson in Washington, Oliver in the hospital. August 17, 1969. 45 minutes
Side B is Indian music.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 21.
- 22at. Moneywise For Chrysler Company. Public service announcements for radio. Esther Peterson
discusses consumer rights and choices. January 1, 1972. 15 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 22.
- 23at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Briefing at
St. Francis Church. First briefing. Esther Peterson on way to San Francisco and briefing
camps to prepare for trip. May 28, 1973. Poor sound. 60 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 23.
- 24at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Briefing Camps.
Dr. John W. Lewis and Dr. Roxane Witke speak of current economic conditions in China
as well as social customs and etiquette; communes; history; education; traveling as
a group; and the role of women in society. Witke speaks of her experiences traveling
in China to study women and culture. Esther Peterson and others attend briefing in
San Francisco. May 28, 1973. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 24.
- 25at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Briefing Hong
Kong. Esther Peterson recounts her impressions of two preliminary briefings and records
thoughts while on flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong. May 29-June 1, 1973. 45
minutes Group of fifteen women have their third briefing before leaving Hong Kong
for China. Review travel plans, etiquette, and transliteration. June 1, 1973. 45 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 25.
- 26at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Hong Kong to
Bridge/Canton & Arrival. While in Hong Kong, the group discusses their itinerary,
individual interests, and gifts to present. Esther Peterson describes scenery while
driving from Hong Kong to the train and while crossing the bridge to China. Vivid
description of crossing the border, meeting their guides, and Canton street scenes,
with music in background. June 1-2, 1973. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 26.
- 27at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Canton. Esther
Peterson describes trip to Canton. She visits a porcelain factory, a clinic, and has
lunch at a market kitchen. She records conversations and describes Canton city streets.
June 2, 1973. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 27.
- 28at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Shanghai Hotel.
Esther Peterson describes kitchens and cooking methods, and contemplates development
of consumer society. Arrival in Shanghai.. Sound distorted, tape damaged. June 4,
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 28.
- 29at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Shanghai. Esther
Peterson recalls visits to workers' homes. She records the bells playing in the morning
in Shanghai, and interviews people on the street waiting to buy bicycles. She records
various musical instruments and talks with the workers who make them and questions
interpreter about women's wages and insurance rights. June 4-6, 1973. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 29.
- 30at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Factory. Esther
Peterson tours a factory and interviews women about their jobs. She speaks to the
chairman of a trade union, tours a college, and visits a daycare center, Esther Peterson
notes the collective atmosphere that is developed early. Side 2, sound is distorted.
Esther Peterson tours various factories, interviews workers, and recalls the children's
dance performance. June 7-9, 1973. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 30.
- 31at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Soochan. Esther
Peterson visits a school, a museum, and asks interpreter about neighborhood committees.
The group attends a music performance, and Esther Peterson interviews women about
health care, mental health, footbinding practices, etc. June 11, 1973. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 31.
- 32at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Soochan. Esther
Peterson tours Beijing: Tiananmen Square, the People's Hall, Imperial Palace, Museum
of History, etc. Esther Peterson interviews member of street committee. n.d. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 32.
- 33at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Street Committees.
Esther Peterson records two days of meetings with women from the street committees
. The tape is largely of the women answering questions in Chinese and Esther Peterson
reiterating comments from the interpreter. June 14-15, 1973. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 33.
- 34at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Ming Wall. The
group travels to the Great Wall, visits a commune and a noodle factory, etc. Esther
Peterson interviews people from commune about waste collection, prisons, crime, poverty,
schools, etc. June 16-17, 1973. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 34.
- 35at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Meeting with
Madam Chou En Lai; Street markets. Group discusses Madam Chou En Lai's speech; reactions
to her description of the Cultural Revolution. Esther Peterson records street music;
describes morning walk to the markets; diets: soy products, fresh fish, vegetables,
no fat; how friendly people are, a "real revolution going on here." June 18-19, 1973.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 35.
- 36at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. University.
The group tours a University, and interviews a professor. Much of the tape is bland
or poorly recorded. Last 5 minutes of tape has comments by Esther Peterson and Alison
Stillwell Cameron regarding their discussion with students about their education,
and noted the propaganda about intellectuals included in their textbooks. Side B blank.
June 19, 1973. 20 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 36.
- 37at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Empathy, radio
show, Washington, DC. Esther Peterson talks about her trip to China with the American
Women for International Understanding. July 10, 1973. 58 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 37.
- 38at. Travels to China with American Women for International Understanding. Waste Not. Weekly
environmental public service radio report (4 spots). Esther Peterson discusses her
visit to China. c. 1973. 18 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 38.
- 39at. Interview with Esther Peterson re: the Fair Labor Standards Act, Taft-Hartley; issues
she regrets not working on when she was the Assistant Secretary of Labor; war effort;
red-baiting of Oliver, and their move to Washington D.C. in 1944. November 2, 1976.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 39.
- 40at. 7:30 Live. WMAL-TV interview. Esther Peterson speaks about nutritional labeling. Poor
sound quality. December 8, 1976. 6 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 40.
- 41at. National Consumer's League Dinner. Esther Peterson presents Trumpeter Award to Sen.
Magnuson. March 30, 1977. 65 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 41.
- 42at. Giant Foods. Esther Peterson Giant Foods (Beatrice). Interview with Esther Peterson
re: food, trends in consumer buying, labeling, and new developments at Giant. January
1, 1975. 25 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 42.
- 43at. Giant Foods. My Farewells at Giant Food. Esther Peterson giving thanks to Giant Food,
as she prepares to leave after 7 years. April 14, 1977. 10 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 43.
- 44at. Giant Foods. Esther Peterson at Hampton Mall. Farewell ceremony from Giant Foods as
Esther Peterson leaves to take position at White House. 45 minutes. Side B is the
audio for a film about the history of Giant Food. 15 minutes April 15, 1977.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 44.
- 45at. Giant Foods. Denniberg Advertising. Esther Peterson Reel I. 1: Baby Food Grinders-22:
Orange Juice. Twenty-two 60-second spots. n.d.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 45.
- 46at. Giant Foods. Denniberg Advertising. Esther Peterson Reel II. 23: OTC Labeling-44:
Plant Flyer. Twenty-two 60-second spots. n.d.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 46.
- 47at. Giant Foods. Denniberg Advertising. Esther Peterson Reel III. 45: Turkey Tips. 46:
Generic Drugs/ Version I. 47: Generic Drugs/ Version II. 48: Open Dating. 49: Coffee.
50: Toy Safety. 51: Generic Drugs #2. 52: Nutrition Week. 53: Poison Prevention Week.
Nine 60-second spots. n.d.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 47.
- 48at. Giant Foods. Denniberg Advertising. Giant Food. O.T.C. Drugs - Esther Peterson. Esther
Peterson on non-prescription drugs and beauty aids. 60 -second spot. n.d.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 48.
- 49at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Esther Peterson
describes first meeting with President Carter re: establishing a consumer affairs
office. Remainder of tape is a meeting (no Esther Peterson). c. 1977. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 49.
- 50at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Re: going to White
House and to Capitol Hill to get reacquainted and to introduce philosophy behind the
consumer affairs bill. Side B: discusses meetings with various people regarding bill,
including Si Lazarus. March 11? - April 5, 1977. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 50.
- 53at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Re: documenting
meetings on consumer agency bill. She missed recording for a week, tries to recall
events from May 26. She describes Harris poll; her staff meeting with Carter on June
1. May 31 - June 4, 1977. 25 minutes. Sound distorted.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 53.
- 54at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Recaps Carter meeting,
Oliver's birthday. "It's a difficult period" working on getting Senate votes. Karen's
husband Gene diagnosed with cancer. Dinner at Canadian Embassy, getting frustrated
with Ralph Nader. Describes controversy with GM and Sears over pamphlet. June 8-23,
1977. 60 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 54.
- 55at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Recollects Democratic
National Committee dinner in New York City. Discusses administrative problems in her
office. Spoke in Boston twice and had a press conference after visiting Leahy in Vermont.
Side B: press conference at United Nations, having trouble keeping up her pace, Carter's
commitment to human rights, and meeting with Rosalynn Carter. July 4,11,19, 1977.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 55.
- 58at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Relates lunch with
Dick Lesher. Also discusses talk with Karen Brown, hoping the Food Marketing Institute
will support the bill. September 29-30, 1977. 10 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 58.
- 59at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Re: trouble getting
bill to vote; problems in the House and problems Ralph Nader caused; trying to get
Pete McCloskey on board. October 19, 1977. 10 minutes (first 35 minutes of tape blank).
Side 2: Relates events of previous day, troubles with McCloskey. Poor quality, sound
deteriorates. October 19-21, 1977. 5 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 59.
- 60at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Dictation from Esther
Peterson to staff concerning press and conference information, and new staff members.
c. November 1977. 5 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 60.
- 61at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Esther Peterson's
tape: private #1. Esther Peterson's recollections of her memo to President Carter
concerning the pulling of the bill to establish a federal consumer protection agency,
without her knowledge. Discusses conversations with Frank Moore and Carter after a
senior staff meeting, and talk with Bob Jimo November 29-30, December 14-15, 1977.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 61.
- 62at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Private #2: consumer
bill. Esther Peterson's account of coming down from the Hill after defeat of bill
and speaking with various people, including Tip O'Neill. December 15, 1977. Esther
Peterson account of conversations trying to insure no bill will be pulled without
her consent again; her resignation. January 3, 1978. Esther Peterson's account of
conversation Stu Eisenstat had with Frank Moore, and memo to Stu Eisenstat. January
4, 5. Esther Peterson recounts phone call from Ralph Nader. January 8. Esther Peterson
recalls senior staff meeting. January 11, 1978. 30 minutes. Side 2 blank.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 62.
- 63at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Personal #3: consumer
bill. Esther Peterson memo to herself about getting House votes; unidentified voice
re: substitute bill; account of various Congress people Esther Peterson met with.
27 minutes. Side 2: unidentified voice dictation of notes and memos re: alternative
sections of bill and citizen groups, etc. January 30, 1978. January 30, 1978.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 63.
- 64at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Esther Peterson
recalls phone call from President Carter, offering words of encouragement when the
Office of Consumer Affairs bill was not passed in the House. February 9, 1978. 4 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 64.
- 65at. Esther Peterson diary re: bill for an Office of Consumer Affairs. Short conversation
with Steve Birk, Speaker's Office, re: defeat of bill (B-1 bomber?) February 23, 1978.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 65.
- 66at. Mormonism and the Houston International Women's Year (IWY) Conference. Radio broadcast,
discussion of the use of Utah Endowment for the Humanities funds for the IWY conference.
120 minutes 1977 or 1978?
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 66.
- 67at. Esther Peterson Management and Society Lecture, Temple University. Esther Peterson
discusses her involvement in consumer movement; putting skills to use in government
rather than the private sector. March 23, 1978. 50 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 67.
- 68at. Harvard Oral History Project. J.P. Michael interviews Esther Peterson about her role
in the early women's movement. April 1978. 15 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 68.
- 69at. Personal 7/14 Coop Bank. Esther Peterson review of Coop Agency Bank Bill passing Senate;
unidentified speaker re: survey findings of consumers' knowledge of nutrition; Esther
Peterson memo about the need for a national food policy. July 14, 1978? 7 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 69.
- 70at. WRC Radio call-in show with Esther Peterson re: Consumer's Buying Alert, and how consumers
can help fight inflation when making purchasing choices. April 12, 1979. 49 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 70.
- 71at. Esther Peterson press conference with MaryGay Taylor, WCBS consumer reporter. Various
members of Carter's cabinet discuss support or lack thereof for consumer affairs.
1979? 33 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 71.
- 72at. Focus on Youth. Interview with Esther Peterson in Princeton, New Jersey on consumer
affairs. n.d. 38 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 72.
- 73at. Esther Peterson in Beirut visiting grandchildren: Josh and Nikki record letter to
cousins; sing and describe their play. Side B: Letter from son Eric. Credit control
act and the Federal Reserve Board. July 19, 1979? 25 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 73.
- 74at. Letter from Peterson's son Eric, who is living and working in Beirut. Side A: Eric
and son Josh discuss acting and read from a play. Side B: Eric discusses life in Beirut.
September-October 1979. 120 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 74.
- 76at. LKS (Larry King Show). Begins with Esther Peterson dictating letters. 16 minutes Esther
Peterson on Larry King radio show re: consumer affairs. Side B continues show with
call-in re: Iran hostage crisis. November 17, 1979.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 76.
- 78at. Esther Peterson at the White House with Helen Foley. Esther Peterson interviewed for
documentary proposal: Women at Work. April 7, 1980. 30 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 78.
- 79at. Interview of Esther Peterson by Emily Soapes (National Archives). Ed Cohen is also
present. Discusses 1978 defeat of bill to establish federal consumer protection agency,
the passing of Executive Order 12160, and Peterson's resignation with the defeat of
Carter's re-election bid. January 5, 1982. 29 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 79.
- 80at. The ERA in America discusses the history and development of the ERA and Esther Peterson's
role in it. 1981. 29 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 80.
- 81at. On Being Consumer Advisor to Three Presidents. Side A: Esther Peterson lecture at
the University of Illinois. Side B: President's Commission on the Status of Women.
Esther Peterson lecture re: PCSW and the ERA. February 22-24, 1982. 90 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 81.
- 82at. NIFAC (Nestle Instant Formula Press Conference): company officials discuss the boycott
of Nestle and breastfeeding. 1982? 40 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 82.
- 83at. Corporate Responsibility. Akron Open Forum. Esther Peterson on need for occupational
safety guidelines, and an executive order to restrict trade of banned goods. Goodyear
speaker talks about corporate responsibility to public. Side B: part of a letter to
Sigrid Ekendahl, rough draft of a radio ad re: telephone regulation, and the continuation
of Goodyear speaker as well as the beginning of an Esther Peterson speech. April 11,
1983. 30 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 83.
- 85. Sweden. Esther Peterson sketches a spoof she would like to write about the failure
of government; continues recollections of South Africa; visiting with grandsons and
son, playing cards, music in background. Side 2: leaves for Sweden, Jan. 15 to celebrate
Sigrid Ekendahl's 80th birthday. February 1984. 60 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 85.
- 86at. Nairobi. Esther Peterson recording at the [U.N. Decade for Women] conference: workshop
on consumer guidelines, health action network, and experience receiving medical care
after fall and needing dental work. July 1985. 50 minutes. Poor sound quality.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 86.
- 87at. China. Esther Peterson describes travels to Hong Kong and People's Republic of China
with Helen Hill Miller. Tour factories, discuss impact of tourism and capitalism,
etc. March 26-30?, 1986. 120 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 87.
- 88at. China-Childhood-Vt-JJA. Esther Peterson leaving China, describes people she met; relates
childhood memories, discusses religion, etc. In Uruguay at Consumer Guidelines Conference.
April 18, 1986. 30 minutes. Poor sound quality.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 88.
- 89at. Esther Peterson at Alverno College. Roundtable discussion with Esther Peterson and
women academics re: new challenges in obtaining economic and social equality for women.
November 13, 1986. 60 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 89.
- 90at. Roots and Wings. First annual Alice Louise Reynolds Lecture, Brigham Young University.
Esther Peterson discusses her life in Utah and at Brigham Young University, the life
of Reynolds, a former professor at Brigham Young University, and the ways in which
their lives were similar. September 22, 1988. 49 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 90.
- 91at. Esther Peterson sending greetings for a successful Conference on Consumer Protection
for Asia and the Pacific, which she was unable to attend. June 15, 1990. 2 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 91.
- 92at-93at. Mark D. Eggertsen, Personal History. Esther Peterson's brother records a history of
the Eggertsen family, life in Provo, Utah. 2 tapes, 90 minutes each.
REQUEST AS T-60, reels 92, 93.
- 94at. Christmas greetings from Sigrid Ekendahl in Sweden. 10 minutes Side B: series of letters
dictated by Esther Peterson to Celia Gladstone, John Erhardt, Lars Brock. 7 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 94.
- 95at. Greetings from Sigrid Ekendahl and others from Sweden, no Esther Peterson. n.d. 20
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 95.
- 96at. Greetings from Sigrid Ekendahl from Sweden, no Esther Peterson. n.d. 20 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-60, reel 96.
Consumer protection--Citizen participation
Consumer protection--Law and legislation
Food law and legislation
Public interest law
United States--Officials and employees
Women--Employment--Law and legislation
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.
American Women's Association
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962