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MC 421; Vt-30

Woman Alive! Collection, 1974-1977: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 421; Vt-30
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Title: Woman Alive! Collection, 1974-1977
Date(s): 1974-1977
Quantity: 2.42 linear feet (2 cartons, 1 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Videotapes and program books of "Woman Alive!," a collaboration between Ms. Magazine and public television.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 86-M256
The videotapes and transcripts of "Woman Alive!" were given to the Schlesinger Library by Joan Shigekawa, executive producer of "Woman Alive!," in December 1986.

Processing Information:

Processed: April 1993
By: Katherine Herrlich

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the Woman Alive! Collection is held by Educational Broadcasting Corp., WNET/Channel 13, New York. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Woman Alive! Collection, 1974-1977; item description, dates. MC 421; Vt-30, folder # or reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


The television show "Woman Alive!" was the result of a collaboration between Ms. Magazine and public television. The project began as a one-hour special, produced by KERA-TV Dallas/Fort Worth and broadcast in 1974. Later, two series were produced by WNET/13 New York: ten half-hour programs broadcast in 1975 and five one-hour programs in 1977. All the shows were made possible by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Produced by and for women, "Woman Alive!" was intended to show "the changing mood of women in America," and "the new possibilities, alternatives, and choices open to them and their families." In a magazine format, it presents works by women filmmakers, music by women composers and singers, remarks by specialists on various women's issues, and individual women's stories of struggle and success in their jobs, personal lives, and families.
The executive producer of the pilot show was Joan Shigekawa, the writer/associate producer Susan Lester, the field producer Joan Fiore, and the associate producer Candida Harper. For the subsequent ten shows, the executive producer was Ronnie Eldridge, the producer Joan Shigekawa, the coordinating producer Jacqueline Donnet, and the associate producer Janis Klein. For the last 5 shows, the producer and executive producer was Joan Shigekawa, the coordinating producer Jacqueline Donnet, and the associate producer Janis Klein.


This collection consists of the pilot show of "Woman Alive!," the ten half-hour shows, the five one-hour shows, and a program book for each show. Unless otherwise indicated, each program book consists of a transcript and brief description of the show as well as news releases, black and white photographs of participants, and a program format log. Videotapes are all 3/4 inch with sound and color.


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Additional Index Terms

Abused women--Great Britain
African American women musicians
African American women
Army spouses--United States
Feminism--United States
Man-woman relationships--United States
Middle-aged women--United States
Music by women composers--United States
Sex differences (Psychology)
Sex discrimination in employment--United States
Women--Economic conditions
Women--Employment--United States
Women farmers--Iowa
Women in community organization--United States
Women labor union members
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States
Women motion picture producers and directors--United States
Women political activists--United States
Women--Political activity--United States
Women--Social conditions
Women textile workers--North Carolina
Women's rights--United States
Women's shelters--Great Britain
Women's television programs--United States
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Bank, Mirra
Bird, Caroline
Bridgewater, Dee Dee
Child, Abigail
Cryer, Gretchen
Dickens, Hazel
Ellis, Anita
Farrenc, Louise, 1804-1875
Ford, Nancy
Freeman, Jo
Gerrard, Alice, 1934-
Grant, Beverly
Heyman, Abigail
Hovde, Ellen
Jasper, Suzanne
Kushner, Rose
Lee, Bonda E.
Leeds, Linda
Losick, Vic
Malamud, Bernice
Manchester, Melissa
National Black Feminist Organization
Near, Holly
Nelson, Novella
Noble, Elaine
Norton, Eleanor Holmes
Paley, Grace
Papachristou, Judith
Pizzey, Erin, 1939-
Porter, Sylvia, 1913-1991
Rabb, Harriet
Reynolds, Malvina
Schulman, Nina
Sherr, Lynn
Shigekawa, Joan, production
Sides, Patricia
Smith, Julia, 1905-1989
Steinem, Gloria
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Tomlin, Lily
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