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Woman to Woman Videotape collection, 1983-1984: 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

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: Vt-27
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Title: Woman to Woman Videotape collection, 1983-1984
Date(s): 1983-1984
Quantity: 100 videotapes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Videotapes of "Woman to Woman," a nationally syndicated television talk show with Pat Mitchell, creator, host, and co-producer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 86-M51, 92-M218
The "Woman to Woman" videotapes were given to the Schlesinger Library by Pat Mitchell, host and co-producer of the show, in April 1986 and December 1992.

Processing Information:

Processed: June 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 to Woman Videotape collection is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library, but during Pat Mitchell's lifetime anyone wishing to publish, perform, or broadcast any portions of the videotapes must obtain her prior written permission. Researchers may also need to obtain permission from the successors, if any, of Golden West Television.
Copying. Videotapes may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Woman to Woman Videotape collection, 1983-1984; item description, dates. Vt-27, reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


"Woman to Woman" was a nationally-syndicated television talk program that aired in 1983 and 1984. The series was aimed primarily at a female audience and featured women conversing about timely social and personal issues. It received an Emmy Award for Best Daytime Talk-Service Show in 1983-1984.
Pat Mitchell was creator, host, and co-producer of the show. Prior to producing "Woman to Woman," Mitchell had worked as news anchor, talk-show host, film critic, and producer. Her television career began at WBZ-TV in Boston (on "Woman '75"); she then worked at WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C. (on "Panorama") and at NBC (on "America Alive" and "Hour Magazine"). She won an Emmy Award as Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1977. In 1985, she began to contribute segments, called "Woman to Woman on 'Today'," to NBC's "Today"; they dealt with issues similar to those in the original "Woman to Woman" series. One of the founding partners of VU Productions, she produced several hour-long documentaries on such topics as infant mortality, child-labor abuses, changes in the workplace, and women in war. In 1992, she was named Senior Vice President of TBS (Turner Broadcasting System) Productions. She has been a member of the Advisory Committee of the Schlesinger Library.


The collection consists of one videotape each of 100 shows from the "Woman to Woman" series. A total of 169 shows were produced in the series, but only those most relevant to women's history were selected for preservation.
On each 50-minute show, host Pat Mitchell talks with five to ten women on a topic pertaining to women, such as children, relationships, religion, sexuality, health, or a social or political issue. The format is conversational; women share stories and offer opinions from their personal or professional experience.
The inventory includes the title of each show and a brief summary taken verbatim from a list provided by the donor. Dates for individual shows were not included in the list provided. Videotapes are 50 minutes, 3/4" with sound and color.

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Additional Index Terms

Abortion--United States
Adoption--United States
Adultery--United States
Actresses--United States
AIDS (Disease)--Patients--United States
Birth control--United States
Breast--Cancer--United States
Child rearing--United States
Children--United States
Custody of children--United States
Divorce--United States
Eating disorders--United States
Families--United States
Feminism--United States
Friendship--United States
Free love--United States
Gun control--United States
Homosexuality--United States
Housewives--United States
Incest--United States
Interracial marriage--United States
Lesbian mothers--United States
Man-woman relationships--United States
Marriage--United States
Mothers--United States
Mothers and daughters--United States
Nuclear weapons--United States
Older women--United States
Polygamy--United States
Poor women--United States
Pregnancy--United States
Premenstrual syndrome--United States
Prostitution--United States
Race relations
Rape--United States
Rape victims--United States
Sex in marriage--United States
Sex role--United States
Sexism--United States
Sexual abuse victims--United States
Suicide--United States
Teenagers--United States
Violence on television
Wives--United States
Women and religion--United States
Women--Health and hygiene--United States
Women journalists--United States
Women--Mental health
Women prisoners--United States
Women--Social conditions
Women--Substance use--United States
Women's rights--United States
Women's television programs--United States
Mitchell, Pat, correspondent
National Broadcasting Company, inc.
Westheimer, Ruth K. (Ruth Karola), 1928-