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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
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
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.
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.
Processed: June 1993
By: Katherine Herrlich
Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual
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.
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.
- 13vt. "Living with That Stranger - Your Teenager."
Scope and Contents: Communication problems, developing trust, understanding privacy needs and identity
struggles, how to be supportive.
REQUEST AS Vt-27, #124.
- 89vt. "Sex and the Disabled Woman"
REQUEST AS Vt-27, #232.
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Interracial marriage--United States
Lesbian mothers--United States
Man-woman relationships--United States
Mothers and daughters--United States
Nuclear weapons--United States
Older women--United States
Poor women--United States
Premenstrual syndrome--United States
Rape victims--United States
Sex in marriage--United States
Sex role--United States
Sexual abuse victims--United States
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Women and religion--United States
Women--Health and hygiene--United States
Women journalists--United States
Women prisoners--United States
Women--Substance use--United States
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Mitchell, Pat, correspondent
National Broadcasting Company, inc.
Westheimer, Ruth K. (Ruth Karola), 1928-