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Laubenstein, Linda J.. Videotape collection of Linda J. Laubenstein: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.
February 1997

© 1997 President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Vt-70
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Linda J. Laubenstein
Title: Videotape collection of Linda J. Laubenstein, 1987-1994
Quantity: 5 videotapes
Abstract: Videotapes of Linda J. Laubenstein, physician.

Processing Information:

Processed: February 1997
By: Katherine Herrlich

Acquisition Information:

Accession numbers: 93-M98, 95-M13
These videotapes were given to the Schlesinger Library in June 1993 and February 1995 by Linda Laubenstein's parents, George Laubenstein and Priscilla Laubenstein.

Access Restrictions:

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

Use Restrictions:

Copyright. Various copyrights; see individual tape.
Copying. Researchers wishing to copy a tape must secure permission from the copyright holder, unless the copy is to be used as described under the "fair use" provisions of the Copyright Act, Section 107.

Preferred citation for publication:

Linda Laubenstein Videotape collection, 1987-1994; item description, dates. Vt-70, reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Linda J. Laubenstein, 1947-1993 (93-M98).


A physician who was one of the first in the United States to recognize the appearance of the AIDS epidemic, Linda J. Laubenstein graduated from Barnard College and New York University Medical School. Her specialties were hematology and oncology, and she was a clinical professor at the New York University Medical Center. The author (with Dr. Alvin Friedman-Kien) of the first published article on the alarming appearance of Kaposi's sarcoma, Laubenstein was outspoken about what she saw as the neglect of the epidemic by government and society. Her practice grew to consist predominately of AIDS cases; in 1983 she helped organize the Kaposi's Sarcoma Research Fund and the first full-scale medical conference on AIDS, held at New York University. She was one of the founders of MTS, Multitasking Systems, a non-profit office-service business begun in 1989 that provided employment for people with AIDS. Laubenstein suffered from severe asthma and the effects of childhood polio, which left her confined to a wheelchair. Her role in the battle against AIDS inspired the character of Dr. Emma Brookner in Larry Kramer's play, The Normal Heart. Laubenstein died of a heart attack in 1992 at the age of 45.


These videotapes include footage of Linda J. Laubenstein speaking at a professional meeting and briefly on television, Laubenstein's memorial service, and a reading of Larry Kramer's play, The Normal Heart.
All are on 1/2 inch videotape with sound and color. The file unit sequence (22vt, 27vt, etc.) reflects a portion of the finding aid for the Linda J. Laubenstein Papers (93-M98).


Additional catalog entries

The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
AIDS (Disease)--United States
Harris, Julie
Kramer, Larry. The normal heart
Multitasking Systems Inc.
People with disabilities--United States
Physicians--United States
Physicians with disabilities--United States
Women physicians--United States