Holtzman, Elizabeth. Moving image collection of Elizabeth Holtzman, 1974-1993: A Finding
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.: Vt-11; MP-23
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Elizabeth Holtzman
Title: Moving image collection of Elizabeth Holtzman, 1974-1993
Quantity: 53 videotapes
Quantity: 2 film reels
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Videotapes and film reels of news reports, talk show interviews, etc., of Elizabeth
Holtzman, lawyer and Congresswoman.
Accession numbers: 81-M10, 81-M15, 81-M17, 81-M20, 81-M22, 81-M38, 81-M84, 81-M96, 81-M128, 81-M300,
These tapes and reels were given to the Schlesinger Library by Elizabeth Holtzman between January and December 1981 and in November 1994.
Processed: May and October 1997; additional material added October 2012.
By: Kelley Gove and Katherine Herrlich
Updated: October 2015
By: Laura Peimer
Updated and additional materials added: May 2016
By: Cat Lea Holbrook
Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual
Copyright. Copyright in the audio created by Elizabeth Holtzman is held by Elizabeth
Holtzman during her lifetime. Upon the death of Elizabeth Holtzman, copyright will
be transferred to her heir. Copyright in other audio in the collection may be held
by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Elizabeth Holtzman moving image collection, 1974-1993; item description, dates. Vt-11;
MP-23, reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Elizabeth Holtzman papers,
1945-1981 (MC 793
), Elizabeth Holtzman audio collection, 1973-2006 (T-184; Phon-13
), and Elizabeth Holtzman additional papers, 1977-1994 (MC 709
The following items have been removed from the collection and returned to Elizabeth
Holtzman, August 1997:
- Fifty nine videotapes of televised news reports and press conferences with minimal
coverage of Holtzman, mostly re: Bensonhurst trial.
Elizabeth Holtzman was born on August 11, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York. Her father,
Sidney Holtzman, was a lawyer in private practice in New York City, and her mother,
Filia (Ravitz) Holtzman, was a professor of Russian at Hunter College. Elizabeth Holtzman
graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York, in 1958. After graduating
from Radcliffe College magna cum laude (A.B.,1962), she entered Harvard Law School
(J.D.,1965). While attending law school, Holtzman joined the Student Non-Violent Coordinating
Committee (SNCC); during the summer months she worked as a law clerk for civil rights
lawyer C. B. King. In 1965 Holtzman joined the Wachtell, Lipton law firm in New York
City. Two years later she was recruited to work for New York City mayor John Lindsay,
becoming the first woman assistant to a New York City mayor. Holtzman was first elected
to the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat from New York's 16th District
in 1972; she served from January 1973 to December 1980 and was on the Judiciary Committee.
She was, in 1972, the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives.
After an unsuccessful campaign for the United States Senate in 1980, Holtzman was
elected New York City's first female district attorney in 1982, heading the city's
largest office, Brooklyn.
In 1985 Holtzman was re-elected on the strength of her record of achieving the highest
conviction rate in New York City for 1983 and 1984. In 1989 Holtzman was elected as
New York City's first female comptroller; and in 1992 Holtzman ran again for the United
States Senate, running against Geraldine Ferraro, Al Sharpton, Robert J. Mrazek and
Robert Abrams in the Democratic primary. Abrams won the primary. Holtzman lost her
bid for re-election as Comptroller in 1993; her term ended in 1994.
Holtzman has co-authored three books with Cynthia Cooper, Who Said It Would Be Easy: One Woman's Life in the Political Arena (1996), The Impeachment of George W. Bush: a Practical Guide for Concerned Citizens (2006), and Cheating Justice: How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law, Plotted to Avoid Prosecution,
and What We Can Do about It (2012). Holtzman has blogged periodically for The Huffington Post since 2006; topics include politics, women's rights, and the civil rights movement.
Holtzman has practiced law at Herrick Feinstein, LLP, in New York City since 1994.
Videotapes Vt-11.1 - Vt-11.13, and Vt-11.21, consist mainly of media coverage of Elizabeth
Holtzman; included are news reports, talk show interviews, and press conferences,
usually precipitated by a current event. The collection also includes several speeches
by Holtzman and a debate among United States Senate candidates. These videotapes are
listed in chronological order by the date on which the material was aired or produced,
except that a tape for which the date of production is unknown or approximate is listed
chronologically but after tapes with more specific dates. All videotapes are 1/2 inch,
with sound and color, unless otherwise indicated.
Television program titles appear in quotation marks. Quotation marks also indicate
a title given by the donor of a videotape.
Vt-11.14 - Vt-11.20 consist of television spots for and interviews with Holtzman during
her 1980 campaign for the United States Senate, and her questioning of President Gerald
Ford about his pardon of former President Richard Nixon during a meeting of the United
States House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, 1974. These videotapes are listed in
chronological order by the date on which the material was aired or produced. All videotapes
are 3/4 inch, with sound and color.
In October 2015 two 16 mm film reels (#MP-23.1 - MP-23.2) were added to this inventory.
They are listed at the end of the inventory and are housed separately.
Additional videotapes received between 1982 and 1994 (accession numbers 82-M178, 94-M161)
were added to the collection in March 2016 as Vt-11.22 - Vt-11.53. These videotapes
consist of media coverage of Elizabeth Holtzman; included are news reports, talk show
interviews, and press conferences, usually precipitated by a current event. The collection
also includes debates and television advertisements related to Elizabeth Holtzman's
1989 New York City Comptroller campaign, and her 1992 United States Senate campaign.
These videotapes are listed in chronological order by the date on which the material
was aired or produced; tapes for which the date of production is unknown or approximate
are listed at the end. All videotapes are 1/2 inch, with sound and color, unless otherwise
Consult the Vanderbilt Television News Archive and C-Span Video Library for related
- Vt-11.1. Judge Levine rape trial, December 1987. News reports (various stations) re: criticism
of Holtzman for accusing Criminal Court Judge Irving Levine of misconduct during a
rape trial and rape victim's complaint that her privacy was violated by the district
attorney's office. December 2. 27 minutes.
- Vt-11.2. Judge Levine rape trial, December 1987. Compilation of news reports (various stations)
re: Holtzman and Judge Levine. 1) Protest by Holtzman's supporters of criticism of
her during investigation of Judge Levine. December 7. 9 minutes. 2) Includes comments
by Stephen Gilles, professor of legal ethics. December 8. 14 minutes. 3) Commentary
by Gabe Pressman. December 20. 3 minutes.
- Vt-11.3. Judge Levine rape trial. News reports (various stations) re: Holtzman and conclusion
of investigation of Judge Levine, which found him not guilty of misconduct. December
22. 25 minute.
- Vt-11.4. Compilation of excerpts from news reports and talk shows, ca. 1987. 32 minutes 3/4
inch. 1) "The Morning Show," Channel 7, with guest Holtzman, re: sex discrimination,
Holtzman's accomplishments as district attorney, and ethics in government; 2) "The
McCreary Report." Holtzman re: racially motivated hate crimes; 3) "Newsmakers," with
guest Holtzman. January 11, 1987; 4) "Eyewitness News Conference," Channel 7. Holtzman
speaks re: the Iran-Contra hearings and President Reagan. July 26, 1987; 5) ABC's
"Nightline," with Ted Koppel and guest Holtzman re: Iran-Contra and Reagan; 6) "MacNeil/Lehrer
News Hour" with guest Holtzman re: constitutionality of laws re: prosecution; 7) "This
Week with David Brinkley." Guest Holtzman speaks very briefly; 8) Interview with Holtzman
re: why she moved from politics to law enforcement; 9) Closing with repeat of Brooklyn
scenes and music.
- Vt-11.5. Compilation of news reports (various stations) re: the murder of Jeffrey Herman, police
officer who was killed by suspect released. 1) Police officers' protest of district
attorney's office and Holtzman. June 26, 1989. 7 minutes. 2) Controversy surrounding
the district attorney's office and Holtzman including accusations that Holtzman was
scapegoating an assistant re: low bail for accused kidnapper who later killed a police
officer. Channel 4 and Channel 7 (New York), June 28, 1989. 6 minutes. 3) Widow of
Jeffrey Herman prepares to sue Holtzman. Channel 4 (New York), September 5, 1989.
- Vt-11.6. Press conference: Holtzman announces indictment of Joseph Serrano in murder of Yusuf
Hawkins. September 8, 1989. 17 minutes.
- Vt-11.7. "Best Talk" with host David Lampel and guests Holtzman, John Petrofsky, and Eddie
Baca, re: whistleblowers in city government. February 22, 1991. 26 minutes.
- Vt-11.8. "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour," with guests Holtzman, Ellen Goodman, Isabelle Katz Pinzler
(American Civil Liberties Union), and Jane Schorer (Des Moines Register) debating whether rape victims' names should be revealed by news media. April 17,
1991. 20 minutes.
- Vt-11.9. Interview with Holtzman by Gabe Pressman on "News Forum" re: her candidacy for United
States Senate. April 19, 1992. 23 minutes.
- Vt-11.10. "Out in the 90s," with host Ken Wolfe and guest Holtzman, re: Cracker Barrel [company]
being accused of discrimination against gays and lesbians. Viewers call in with questions
about Cracker Barrel etc. April 29, 1992. 35 minutes. (Holtzman appears for 15 minutes.)
- Vt-11.11. "United States Senate Debate," featuring candidates for Democratic nomination: Robert
Abrams (New York State attorney general), Geraldine Ferraro (former vice presidential
candidate), Holtzman (New York City comptroller), and Reverend Al Sharpton. Produced
by Manhattan Cable TV, May 13, 1992. 88 minutes.
- Vt-11.12. "Liz Holtzman for Senate-WAC Speech." Holtzman speaks to Women's Action Coalition
re: women's issues and her candidacy for United States Senate. Video by David Channon,
. 30 minutes.
- Vt-11.13. "State of the City Address." Holtzman as comptroller speaks re: economic situation
of New York City. NY1 Special Report, January 21, 1993. 11 minutes (starts after 23
- Vt-11.21. "Sharon/On the Job." Political advertisements promoting Liz Holtzman for District
Attorney. October 23, 1985. 2 minutes.
- Vt-11.14. Meeting of the United States House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice with President
Ford re: the pardoning of Richard Nixon. 1974. 1 hour.
- Vt-11.15. Campaign spot: Holtzman, as candidate for United States Senate, on boat trip on Erie
Canal. August 1, 1980. 5 minutes.
- Vt-11.16. Compilations of spots by the Elizabeth Holtzman for Senate campaign. Each shows Holtzman
talking with constituents, addressing various issues. September 18, 1980. 4 minutes.
1) Deceptive Practices (ad re: Bess Myerson); 2) Constituents; 3) Wheelchairs; 4)
Democrat; 5) Kids; 6) Record; 7) Watergate
- Vt-11.17. "Illegal Workers" program on MacNeil/Lehrer re: federal commission studying whether
to make it a crime to hire illegal immigrants. Speakers include Holtzman (chair of
the House Subcommittee on Immigration), Alan Simpson (Republican-Wyoming), Robert
Palmer (National Restaurant Association), and Ruben Bonilla (Latin American Citizens
League). PBS. December 8, 1980. 28 minutes.
- Vt-11.18. "Election 80" interview by John Irving during her Senate race. Holtzman discusses
her record while in Congress and the future of New York. Produced by WXXI-TV Rochester.
December 15, 1980. 29 minutes.
- Vt-11.19. Interview with Holtzman for Senate campaign by Doug Edelson includes questions about
military, environment, employment, and Israel. WNET, Newark, New Jersey. 1980. 16
- Vt-11.20. "Midday" interview by Bill Boggs on Holtzman's last day in Congress. Discusses her
record in the House. WNEW-TV, New York, New York. December 16, 1980. 26 minutes.
- Vt-11.22. Campaign advertisements: Elizabeth Holtzman for District Attorney, "The Complete Elizabeth
Holtzman:" "Child Abuse." October 1, 1985. 30 seconds; "Subway Crime." October 1,
1985. 30 seconds; "Drunk Driving." October 1, 1985. 30 seconds; "Wrap Up." October
2, 1985. 30 seconds; "Graffiti." n.d. 10 seconds.; "Sharon" (re: orphan drugs) October
23, 1985. 30 seconds; "Quietly Working." October 25, 1985. 30 seconds. Produced by
the Communications Company.
- Vt-11.23. Comptroller candidate profiles: "The People's Podium" interview of Holtzman. Community
Outreach Production, Manhattan Cable TV. August 17, 1989. 5 minutes.
- Vt-11.24. Campaign advertisement, Elizabeth Holtzman for Comptroller, "Finish," produced by
Squier/Eskew Communications. September 1, 1989. 30 seconds.
- Vt-11.25. Campaign advertisement, Elizabeth Holtzman for Comptroller, "Tape," produced by Squier/Eskew
Communications. September 7, 1989.30 seconds.
- Vt-11.26. Elizabeth Holtzman's inauguration as comptroller and her speech at the New York City
mayoral inauguration. NYC-TV. January, 1, 1990. 11 minutes.
- Vt-11.27. Interview of Holtzman on "The People's Podium" with Clarence Grier. Community Outreach
Production, Manhattan Cable TV. May 24, 1990. 29 minutes.
- Vt-11.28. Holtzman breakfast talk on "Uptown Forum" to Washington Heights and Inwood Chambers
of Commerce. Paragon Cable Manhattan / Paragon Cable Community Programming. September
2, 1990. 31 minutes.
- Vt-11.29. Panel on David Souter confirmation hearings: Segment 1: Holtzman opposes Souter's
confirmation. 12 minutes; Segment 2: Joe Biden questions the panel and Holtzman answers.
3 minutes; Segment 3: Senator Orrin Hatch questions the panel and Senator Alan Simpson
comments on his relationship with Holtzman. 17 minutes; Segment 4: Senator Arlen Specter
talks to Holtzman. 18 minutes. September 18, 1990. 50 minutes total.
- Vt-11.30. Interviews with Holtzman. Segment 1: Holtzman interview with Eric Shaw on New York
City's economy. Fox 5 NY News. December 27, 1990. 8 minutes; Segment 2: "Good Day
New York" interview regarding RU-486 (mifepristone). December 28, 1990. 4 minutes.
Fox 5 NY News. 12 minutes total.
- Vt-11.31. Interview of Holtzman on "Eyewitness News Conference" with Bill Beutel and Jennifer
Preston on New York City's economy. WABC-TV Channel 7, New York. February 24, 1991.
- Vt-11.32. Interviews with Holtzman. Segment 1: New York State Assembly hearing re: state whistle
blower laws. February 3, 1991. 7 minutes; Segment 2: Holtzman press conference on
whistle blowers with statements from Joseph Lentol (Assemblyman, Brooklyn), Gene Russianoff
( New York Public Interest Research Group), and John Petrofsky, (New York Emergency
Medical Services whistle blower). WNYC-TV. April 1, 1991. 7 minutes.
- Vt-11.33. Holtzman testifies about potential closure of the Stapleton Homeport Naval Base on
Staten Island, before the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, delivering
New York City Mayor David Dinkins's testimony. C-SPAN. June 17, 1991. 17 minutes.
- Vt-11.34. Interview with Holtzman and Peter Panken, employment attorney, on "Sonya Live" re:
Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings and sexual harassment allegations brought by
Anita Hill. CNN. October 1, 1991. 16 minutes.
- Vt-11.35. Campaign advertisement, Elizabeth Holtzman for United States Senate, "Dignity." Produced
by Squier, Eskew, Knapp Communications. October 20, 1991. 30 seconds.
- Vt-11.36. Discussion with Holtzman on "Spectrum" with John McLoughlin and Fredric Dicker re:
potential United States Senate race, New York City politics, federal policies, and
economic problems in America. Channel 10 Eyewitness News. WTEN/WCDC Public Affairs
Presentation. November 22, 1991. 29 minutes.
- Vt-11.37. "Women in Politics" debate featuring Jerry Bishop (former police officer and anti-suffrage
advocate); Liz Capazzi (Eagle Forum); Deborah Glick (New York State Assembly member);
Elizabeth Holtzman; Donna Lieberman (ACLU); Rebecca Saybolt; and Myrtle Whitmore (Brooklyn
Civic Council). WWOR-TV. March 20, 1992. 60 minutes.
- Vt-11.38. "Crier & Company" with host Catherine Crier with guests Myrtle Whitmore, Brooklyn
Civic Council; Elizabeth Holtzman; and Lynn Samuels, WABC radio talk show host re:
national politics. April 7, 1992. 27 minutes.
- Vt-11.39. Interviews of Holtzman. Segment 1: Holtzman with Ted David re: New York City pension
fund and Westinghouse. CNBC Market Wrap. 3 minutes; Segment 2: Holtzman re: incinerator
proposed for construction at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Fox 5 News Sunday. 1 minute.
August 16, 1992. 4 minutes total.
- Vt-11.40. "Race for the United States Senate." Holtzman with Brian Lehrer re: a wide variety
of campaign issues. NYC-TV. August 25, 1992. 30 minutes.
- Vt-11.41. "United States Senate race." Holtzman campaign advertisement attacking Geraldine Ferraro.
September 7, 1992. 30 seconds.
- Vt-11.42. Campaign advertisement, Holtzman for United States Senate, "Final." Produced by Squier,
Eskew, Knapp, Ochs. September 8, 1992. 30 seconds.
- Vt-11.43. "1992 United States Senate race." Segment 1: "Sonya Live," hosted by Sonya Friedman;
panel of three women, Holtzman, Karen Lehrman, and Marie Wilson re: discussion on
the "year of women in politics" and should women vote for other women. CNN. October
15, 1992. 18 minutes; Segment 2: Election night from Elizabeth Holtzman campaign headquarters
with concession statement. WCBS-TV2 New York, Channel 2 News. September 15, 1992.
- Vt-11.44. Campaign advertisement, Elizabeth Holtzman for United States Senate, "Difference."
Compares Anita Hill with Geraldine Ferraro, portraying Hill positively and Ferraro
negatively. Produced by Squier, Eskew, Knapp, Ochs Communications. ca.1992. 15 seconds.
- Vt-11.45. Interview of Holtzman on "Business Insiders" with Neil Cavuto, Bill Wolman, and Audrey
Freedman re: requiring New York City bond underwriters to demonstrate corporate social
responsibility. CNBC. January 21, 1993. 9 minutes.
- Vt-11.46. Interview of Holtzman on "Informed Sources" with Eric Breinde, Michael Cottman, Juan
Gonzalez, Maria Hinojosa, John Leboutillier re: New York City's fiscal situation.
Thirteen WNET Newark, NJ. March 1, 1993. 14 minutes.
- Vt-11.47. Interview with Holtzman on "New York Close-Up" with Sam Roberts and James Bennet re:
her work on local, state, and federal politics. (Holtzman appears around 11:16) NY1.
April 21, 1993. 39 minutes.
- Vt-11.48. Interview of Holtzman on "Bloomberg Forum" with John McCorry re: New York City bonds,
budget, and economy. July 2, 1993. 16 minutes.
- Vt-11.49. "Comptroller Forum" debate moderated by Cassie Seifert, with candidates Herman Badillo,
Alan Hevesi, and Elizabeth Holtzman. NY1. July 29, 1993. 50 minutes.
- Vt-11.50. "Comptroller debate" hosted by the New York Press Club. Moderated by Jack Shanahan,
with candidates Elizabeth Holtzman, Alan Hevesi, Herman Badillo. NY1. August 27, 1993.
- Vt-11.51. "Comptroller debate." Segment 1: "The Road to City Hall" moderated by Andrew Kirtzman
and Michael Powell with candidates Herman Badillo, Alan Hevesi, and Elizabeth Holtzman.
NY1 News. 58 minutes; Segment 2: discussion of preceding comptroller debate with Vincent
Montalbano, Liz Schalet, and Angelo Falcon, moderated by Dominic Carter, with additional
comments by Leslie Devlin, Andrew Kirtzman, and by Michael Powell. NY1. September
9, 1993. 41 minutes.
- Vt-11.52. Interviews of Holtzman. Segment 1: "Will Justice Prevail?" Holtzman and Ed Shohat
with hosts Mike Kinsley and Linda Chavez re: discussion of the William Kennedy Smith
rape trial. CNN. 27 minutes; Segment 2: "Shame on You" by Arnold Diaz; about the 189th
Street bridge over the Metro North tracks that was falling to pieces; Holtzman appeared
on camera to complain about this, blaming Metro-North Railroad and the NYC Department
of Transportation. Channel 2. 3 minutes. n.d.
- Vt-11.53. "United States Senate race." Holtzman in various settings and situations with endorsements
by Carol Bellamy (New York City Council); Una Clarke, Betty Friedan, Deborah Glick
(New York State Assembly); Clarence Norman (New York State Assembly); Larry Seabrook
(New York State Assembly); Major Owens (New York Congressman). Produced by Dave Channon
/ Volcanic Video. n.d. 29 minutes.
- MP-23.1. CBS: "Eye On," Sat. 12/4/76, 800', Corp. for Entertainment & Learning, Inc., December
4, 1976. 16 mm.
- MP-23.2. "Re-elect Holtzman…," 11/7/76 [November 7, 1976], 500', [note on original can:] Camera
original, EKTA "Holtzman and senior citizens in Brooklyn," 11/1/76 [November 1, 1976],
November 1976. 16 mm.
Brooklyn (New York, NY)--Politics and government
Campaign debates--United States
Gay rights--United States
New York (NY)--Economic conditions
New York (NY)--Politics and government--1951-
Public prosecutors--United States
Rape victims--United States
Sex discrimination against women--United States
Whistle blowing--United States
Women lawyers--United States
Women--Political activity--United States
Women's rights--United States
Abrams, Robert, 1938-
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006
Lampel, David, interviewer
Pinzler, Isabelle Katz
Pressman, Gabe, interviewer
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
United States Congress. Senate--Election, 1980
United States Congress. Senate--Elections, 1992
Wolfe, Kenneth C., interviewer
Women's Action Coalition (New York, NY)