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PC 32

Lane, Bettye, 1930-2012. Bettye Lane Photographs, 1969-1981: 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

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: PC 32
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Bettye Lane, 1930-2012
Title: Bettye Lane Photographs, 1969-1981
Date(s): 1969-1981
Quantity: 99 photograph folders (1585 photographs)
Quantity: Extent is approximate.
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Photographs of women in the United States by photographer Bettye Lane.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 81-M173, 81-M196, 82-M32, 81-M268
The photographs of Bettye Lane were given to the Schlesinger Library in July, 1981 by Bettye Lane.

Processing Information:

Processed: August 1981
By: Margaret Jacquelyn Green

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the photographs created by Bettye Lane is held by Donna McAlpine, Gary O'Neil, and Leon Barstad.
Copying. Photographs may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Bettye Lane Photographs, 1969-1981; item description, dates. PC 32, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Bettye Lane began working as a free-lance photographer in 1959. She attended the Boston University School of Public Relations and Communications from 1959 to 1962, concentrating in photojournalism. Lane had affiliations with the Harvard University News Office (1959-1962), CBS Television (1960), The Saturday Evening Post (1962-1964), the Associated Press, and the National Observer (1966-1977). After leaving the National Observer, Lane became an independent, but took assignments for publications including Time, Life, and Der Spiegel. Lane gained recognition especially for photographs showing the plight of Native Americans, the social unrest of the 1960s, minority turmoil in the ghettos, and the women's rights movement. Lane died in 2012.


This collection consists of over 1500 black and white photographs of women in the United States. The emphasis of the collection is on women actively participating in politics, sports, demonstrations, the arts and conventions. Also included are photographs of well-known personalities, older women, children and teenagers, and on such issues as rape, prostitution, battered women, lesbianism, the occult and religion.
The pictures are arranged in folders using headings assigned by Lane whose description and negative numbers appear on the backs of the photographs: #1 contains Lane's inventory which lists each photograph.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Abortion--Pictorial works
Abused wives--Pictorial works
Children--Pictorial works
Lesbians--Pictorial works
Occultism--Pictorial works
Older women--Pictorial works
Pornography--Pictorial works
Pregnancy--Pictorial works
Prostitution--Pictorial works
Rape--Pictorial works
Religion--Pictorial works
Youth--Pictorial works
Women artists--Pictorial works
Women athletes--Pictorial works
Women--Employment--Pictorial works
Women--Political activity--Pictorial works
Women--United States--Pictorial works
Women's rights--Pictorial works