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Vt-1; DVD-34

Friedan, Betty. Video collection of Betty Friedan, ca.1970-2006: 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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Vt-1; DVD-34
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Betty Friedan
Title: Video collection of Betty Friedan, ca.1970-2006
Date(s): 1970-2006
Quantity: 61 videotapes
Quantity: 1 DVDs
Language of materials: Materials in English and Japanese.
Abstract: Video collection of Betty Friedan, feminist, activist, and author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 87-M7, 92-M131, 96-M122, 96-M141, 97-M160, 99-M137, 2002-M124, 2004-M79, 2005-M17, 2007-M63
These audiovisual materials were given to the Schlesinger Library by Betty Friedan and Marlene Sanders from 1987 through 2007.

Processing Information:

Processed: November 2010
By: Melissa Dollman

Access Restrictions:

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

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright in the video materials created by Betty Friedan is held by her heirs. Copyright in other video materials in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Betty Friedan Video collection, ca.1970-2006; item description, dates. Vt-1 or DVD-34, reel or disc #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is additional material at the Schlesinger Library; see Betty Friedan Papers, 1952-1993 (MC 576), Betty Friedan Papers, 1933-1985 (MC 575), Betty Friedan Papers, 1941-2006 (MC 577), and Betty Friedan Audio collection, 1963-2007 (T-97, T-125, or Phon-7).


Feminist, activist, and author Betty Goldstein Friedan (1921-2006) helped found the National Organization for Women (NOW), and served as its first president (1966-1970). Her first book, The Feminine Mystique, was published in 1963. Afterwards, Friedan quickly became a leading advocate for change in the status of women in the United States. Her subsequent books included It Changed My Life (1976), The Second Stage (1981), and The Fountain of Age (1993). Friedan was active in many feminist and political organizations, taught at several universities, lectured widely, and published numerous articles on gender and aging related issues until her death.


The collection is arranged in three series:

Scope and Contents

Video materials included in other finding aids from the library's collection have been re-listed here, maintaining original reel numbers. Some items from previous finding aids may have been removed because they were duplicates or deemed unrelated. Materials are in VHS format unless otherwise noted.
Series I, Television and video appearances, ca.1970-2000 includes Friedan in interviews and biographies, giving talks, as well as commentaries by Friedan inserted within more general programs on the topics of women's history and aging. Items are listed in chronological order. There is no reel 1.
Series II, Speeches and lectures, 1987-1999 includes Friedan's speeches and lectures given at universities, conferences, the National Press Club, and Veteran Feminists of America awards ceremonies. Items are listed in chronological order.
Series III, Symposia, 1989-2006 includes Women, Men and Media symposia on specific topics related to the media's treatment of women, coverage of gender issues, and women's representation in broadcast media; the exception is DVD-34, disc 5, which is a panel about Friedan's impact on the feminist movement.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Abortion--Government policy--United States--Citizen participation
Ageism--United States
Aging--Social aspects--United States
Authors, American
College teachers--United States
Equal rights amendments--United States
Feminism--United States
Feminists--United States
Jewish women
Older women--United States
Sex role
Sexual division of labor
Television programs
Women--Employment--United States
Women political activists--United States
Women--United States--Social conditions
Women in mass media
Fox, Muriel
Friedan, Betty. The feminine mystique
Friedan, Betty. The fountain of age
Friedan, Betty. The second stage
Merrill, Robert, 1917-2004
Millett, Kate
Playboy (Chicago, Ill.)
Schlafly, Phyllis
Steinem, Gloria
Tobias, Sheila
Veteran Feminists of America
Walters, Barbara, 1931-, interviewer