Transition House. Records of Transition House, 1975-1991: 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.: 84-M18--91-M187; Vt-13
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Transition House
Title: Records of Transition House, 1975-1991
Quantity: 2.04 linear feet (1 carton, 2+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folder, 1 slide, electronic records)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Newsletters, programs, audiovisual materials, etc., of Transition House, a refuge
for battered women and their children in Massachusetts.
Accession numbers: 84-M18, 86-M213, 91-M187
These records of Transition House were given to the Schlesinger Library by Transition House between January 1984 and October 1991.
Processed: July 1996
By: Katherine Herrlich
Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual
Copyright. If and when Transition House Corporation is dissolved, copyright will be
transferred to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.
As long as the Corporation exists, materials in the collection may be copied, quoted,
played, or broadcast only with permission of a representative of the Transition House
Coordinating Committee, although brief quotations (250 words or fewer in any one publication)
may be made with the permission of the Director of the Schlesinger Library.
Copying. Copies of the materials may not be deposited in other institutions or libraries.
Transition House Records, 1975-1991; item description, dates. 84-M18--91-M187 or Vt-13,
folder or reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
Transition House was founded in 1976 when Cherie Jimenez and Chris Womendez opened
their five-room apartment as a refuge for battered women and their children; it was
the first shelter of its kind in Massachusetts. It has moved several times and expanded
to include volunteers and paid staff offering support for legal, welfare, and housing
advocacy; a crisis hotline; and outreach programs. The Dating Violence Intervention
Project, initiated in 1986, is a collaboration between Transition House and Emerge,
an intervention program for violent and abusive men. In 1992, the Dating Violence
Intervention Project collaborated with the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training
Council to develop a pilot program for police officers and educators. Transition House
has also collaborated with Boston and Cambridge public schools to raise consciousness
These records consist mostly of unedited video footage of battered women and staff
at Transition House, footage of a Boston women's march in 1976, televised talk shows
and programs relating to domestic violence, and Transition House newsletters.
All the videotapes are on 1/2" open reels, in black and white, unless otherwise indicated.
Television program titles appear in quotation marks, as do titles given by the donor
on the videotape label.
15vt-16vt do not exist.
Transition House's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University
Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the
web site will be available through this finding aid in 2010.
- Carton 1: 1vt-18vt
- Box 2: 19vt-21vt
- Box 3: 22vt-25vt
- Box 4: 26vt-27vt
- 1vt. Videotapes. "Sandy, Edna, Lisa, Bunny in kitchen." Women seeking refuge from batterers
talk about their struggle to find jobs and housing and describe injuries inflicted
on them. Also shows male child care workers at Transition House. Volunteers and staff
talk about what they do. [ca.1976] 26 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 1.
- 2vt. Videotapes. "Six Women Talk About Being Battered," on David Susskind show. (Poor quality:
blurry picture with static.) September 3, 1976. 56 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 2.
- 3vt. Videotapes. "Lisa, Laura, Alemnesh, Gabrielle. Tape 1." Staff/volunteers discuss the
phenomenon of battering. Intermittent static. [ca.1976] 32 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 3.
- 4vt. Videotapes. "Lisa, Laura, Alemnesh, Gabrielle, Maude. Tape 2." Intermittent static.
[ca.1976] 32 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 4.
- 5vt. Videotapes. "Lisa, Laura, Alemnesh, Gabrielle, Maude. Tape 3." [ca.1976]; 1) Staff/volunteers
discuss the phenomenon of battering. 20 min.; 2) Unrelated material: classroom of
students, mostly African-American, learning Spanish. 12 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 5.
- 6vt. Videotapes. "Lisa and Rachel." [ca.1976]; 1) Two staff members discuss founding and
philosophy of Transition House. 13 min.; 2) Public outdoor gathering for women's liberation
with poetry reading and folk singing. 18 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 6.
- 7vt. Videotapes. "Haverhill Discussion." Women talk about being battered, with staff member
as group facilitator. [ca.1976] 25 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 7.
- 8vt. Videotapes. "Haverhill Discussion." Continuation from reel 7. [ca.1976] 24 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 8.
- 9vt. Videotapes. "At Transition House--Kids @ the beginning." Scenes of children playing
and posing for camera, bedroom at Transition House, back yard, woman in kitchen explaining
why Transition House has been important to her. [ca.1976] 32 minutes. (Some parts
without sound; last two minute show women's march, chant for gay rights, woman on
street questioned about her views.)
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 9.
- 10vt. Videotapes. "Sandy, Bunny, Selina." Women with their children talk about being battered.
[ca.1976] 27 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 10.
- 11vt. Videotapes. "Sandy and Bunny @ UPA." Two battered women now sharing an apartment talk
about their newfound freedom and happiness, volunteering at Transition House, and
the process of leaving their batterers. Chris and Cherie appear briefly. [ca. 1976]
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 11.
- 12vt. Videotapes. "Chris and Cherie @ home, @ UPA." Two women talk about how they came to
found a shelter for battered women. [ca.1976] 23 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 12.
- 13vt. Videotapes. "Dream, Battered Women." [ca.1976]; 1) Amateur footage of women and men
talking, man sleeping, close up of clock. 8 minutes; 2) Television commercials and
unrelated news. 3 minutes; 3) Amateur footage of kitchen and cat followed by women
talking about being battered and leaving their batterers. 16 minutes; 5) Unrelated
televised sports coverage. 5 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 13.
- 14vt. Videotapes. Woman's Day March at Government Center, Boston, Mass. Black and white
women speak out against racism, sexism, battering. Scenes of crowd with placards.
August 1976. 32 minutes.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 14.
See also 21vt.
- 17vt. Videotapes. "Woman 1976," televised discussion of domestic violence. Guests include
James Bannon of Detroit Police and Gabrielle Bernard and Lisa Leghorn of Transition
House. Produced by Lisa Taylor, [ca. 1976]. 29 minutes. 3/4 in.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 17.
- 18vt. Videotapes. Lisa, Gabrielle and others talk about battering; also includes edited
version of some material that is on reel 9. [ca.1976] 20 minutes. 3/4 in.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 18.
- 19vt. Videotapes. "Your Place and Mine--Battered Women." Discussion of domestic violence
with host Norma Swenson and guests Maureen Varney of Respond, Gabrielle Bernard (psychiatric
nurse), Maude Hurd, Lisa Leghorn. Also interviews with two battered women whose identities
are concealed. A presentation of Women's Department of Issues and Involvement, WVCB-TV,
aired March 9, 1975. 26 minutes, in color. 3/4 in.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 19.
- 20vt. Videotapes. Discussion on "New England Newscene" of wife beating. Guests: Barbara
Nolin of Family Services Association, Reggie Healy of Massachusetts Commission Against
Discrimination, Lisa Leghorn. [ca. 1975] 25 minutes, in color. 3/4 in.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 20.
- 21vt. Videotapes. Women's march, Boston, Mass., August 26, 1976. Speakers (including Lisa
Leghorn and Florynce Kennedy) address crowd, marchers carry placards. WGBH-TV News.
30 minutes, in color. 3/4 in.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 21.
- 22vt. Videotapes. "Woman." Host/producer Sandra Elkin talks with guests Del Martin and Lisa
Leghorn about wife beating. WNED-TV, April 8, 1976. 28 minutes, in color. 3/4 in.
Copyright: Western New York Educational Television Association.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 22.
- 23vt. Videotapes. "My Husband Hits Me: Report on Wife Beating." Televised discussion with
guests Lisa Leghorn, Regina Healy (attorney for Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination),
and Dr. Murray Straus (sociology professor at University of New Hampshire). March
21, 1976, Channel 44/Boston. 24 minutes, in color, followed by unrelated material.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 23.
- 24vt. Videotapes. Discussion on "New England Newscene" of wife beating. Guests: Lisa Leghorn
and two Boston police officers, James O'Malley and Daniel Flynn. (There is significant
loss of sound in parts.) Kaiser Broadcasting Corporation, March 22, 1976. 26 minutes
(starts after 1 minute), in color, followed by unrelated material. 3/4 in.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 24.
- 25vt. Videotapes. "We Will Not Be Beaten." Women talk about their experiences with batterers,
children and family, police, judges, lawyers, and landlords. Also speaking are the
founders of Transition House, social workers and volunteers, and speakers at the August
1976 women's march. Produced and directed by Mary Tiseo. 57 minutes, black & white,
3/4 in. Copyright: 1977, Transition House.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 25.
- 26vt. Videotapes. "Help Me to Fight." A group of women prisoners at MCI Framingham, who
started the Family Project, talk about their efforts to be in contact with their children
while in prison. 32 minutes, black & white. 3/4 in. Produced by AID to Incarcerated
Mothers (AIM) & the Media Group/Urban Planning Aid Inc. Copyright: 1981, AIM.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 26.
- 27vt. Videotapes. "Selected Materials for Family Crisis Intervention." Includes: 1) Mort
Bard speaking to group re: crisis intervention and conflict management. 9 minutes;
2) Film clips from the Florida State University Police Training Program. Police officers,
through roleplay, demonstrate what to do and what not to do. 28 minutes: a) "Outrage."
Police enter home of man who has been beating a child.; b) "Assurance." Woman calls
police about stranger outside her window; c) "Communicating Concern." Scene of car
accident; d) "Sensitivity." Woman reports her experience of being raped to police;
e) "Escalation." Police officer at scene of marital dispute; f) "Personal Values."
Police officer called to scene of domestic violence in home of interracial couple.
[1970s] 3/4 in.
REQUEST AS Vt-13, reel 27.
- 25. Newsletters etc., from Transition House, 1978-1983, n.d.; publications of Massachusetts
Coalition of Battered Women Service Groups, 1981, n.d.; 15th anniversary program of
Transition House, 1991.
- 26sl. Slide of chart re: duties of women at Transition House.
FILED WITH SLIDES.
African Americans--Civil rights
African American women
Children of abused wives--United States
Wife abuse--United States
Women political activists--United States
Women's rights--United States
Working class women--United States
Bannon, James, interviewee
Bard, Morton, 1924-1997
Bernard, Gabrielle, interviewee
Elkin, Sandra, interviewer
Flynn, Daniel, interviewee
Healey, Regina, interviewee
Hurd, Maude, interviewee
Kennedy, Florynce, 1916-2000
Martin, Del, interviewee
Massachusetts Coalition of Battered Women Service Groups
Nolin, Barbara, interviewee
O'Malley, James, interviewee
Straus, Murray A. (Murray Arnold), 1926- , interviewee
Susskind, David, 1920-1987, interviewer
Swenson, Norma, interviewer
Varney, Maureen, interviewee