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MC 420

Buss, Fran Leeper, 1942- . Work and family: low income and minority women talk about their lives, ca.1930-1990: 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.: MC 420
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Fran Leeper Buss, 1942-
Title: Work and family : low income and minority women talk about their lives, ca.1930-1990
Date(s): 1930-1990
Quantity: 4.17 linear feet (9 file boxes, 2 half file boxes) plus 323 audiotapes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Audiocassettes, transcripts, field notes, etc., generated by Fran Leeper Buss as part of her oral history project, Work and Family: Low Income and Minority Women Talk about Their Lives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 92-M3
The oral history collection, Work and Family: Low Income and Minority Women Talk about Their Lives, was given to the Schlesinger Library by Fran Leeper Buss and the Southwest Institute for Research on Women with the assistance of the Ford Foundation.

Processing Information:

Processed: May 1993
By: Anne Engelhart


Access. Readers must sign a special form agreeing to preserve the privacy of the interviewees. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. During the donor's lifetime the Schlesinger Libarry will not authorize extensive quotation without her written permission. Readers may, however, make brief quotations (250 words or fewer in any one publication) from the collection with the prior written permission of the Director of the Schlesinger Library.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Work and family : low income and minority women talk about their lives, ca.1930-1990; item description, dates. MC 420, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Fran Leeper Buss Papers, 1968-2012 (MC 788).


A minister with United Campus Christian Ministry and a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Arizona, Fran Leeper Buss has been a community organizer since the late 1960s, when she herself was struggling to survive as an ill, divorced mother of three, dependent on welfare for support. Buss founded and directed the Women's Crisis and Information Center in Fort Collins, Col. (1971-1973), worked in community outreach in Denver and Las Vegas, and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and the University of Arizona.
She is the author of four books. La Partera: Story of a Midwife (1980) and Dignity: Lower Income Women Tell of Their Lives and Struggles (1985) draw on these interviews Buss conducted over a number of years; she has also published Journey of the Sparrows (1991) and Forged under the Sun: The Life of Maria Elena Lucas (1993). Her photograph exhibit, "Stepping from the Shadows: Portraits of Poor and Working-Class Women," was shown in various locations, 1985-1989.


The collection consists of audiocassettes and transcripts of fifty-six oral histories conducted by Fran Leeper Buss with low-income and minority women of all ages from various geographic areas and racial/ethnic groups.
The interviews focus on the experience of being poor and female, on employment, and on family life, with particular attention paid to the issue of domestic violence. Also included are field notes, photographs, and other supplementary material. Transcripts and supplementary material are photocopies.
As part of a collaborative project of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women and the Schlesinger Library, this collection of interviews by Buss was transcribed, indexed, duplicated, and processed with funds from the Ford Foundation. Copies of the interview transcripts only were deposited at the New Mexico State University Library, the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the University of Arizona Library, the General Library at the University of California, Davis, the Walter Royal Davis Library at the University of North Carolina, and the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University.


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Additional Index Terms

Adoption--United States
African American women
Appalachian Region--Social conditions
Asian American women
Child abuse--United States
Child rearing--United States
Childbirth--United States
Child labor--United States
Divorce--United States
Domestic relations--United States
Family violence--United States
Friendship--United States
Grandparent and child--United States
Hispanic American women
Home economics--United States
Immigrants--United States
Indians of North America
Marriage--United States
Middle West--Social conditions
Midwives--United States
Minority women--United States
Motherhood--United States
Oral histories
Parent and child--United States
Poor women--United States
Pregnancy--United States
Race discrimination--United States
Race relations
Southern States--Social conditions
Substance abuse--United States
Welfare recipients--United States
West (U.S.)--Social conditions
Women--Economic conditions
Women--Education--United States
Women--Employment--United States
Women--Family relationships
Women--Health and hygiene--United States
Women--Housing--United States
Women's health services--United States
Women--Mental health--United States
Women--United States--Nutrition
Women and religion--United States
Women in agriculture--United States
Women labor union members--United States
Women prisoners--United States
Women refugees--United States
Buss, Fran Leeper, 1942- interviewer