Farman-Farmaian, Sattareh. Audiotape collection of Sattareh Farman-Farmaian, 1987-2008
(inclusive), 1987-1988 (bulk): 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
Call No.: T-339
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Sattareh Farman-Farmaian
Title: Audiotape collection of Sattareh Farman-Farmaian, 1987-2008 (inclusive), 1987-1988
Quantity: 80 audiotapes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Audiotape recordings of speaking engagements by and interviews with Sattareh Farman-Farmaian,
pioneer in social work in Iran.
Accession numbers: 2004-M71, 2008-M112, 2009-M218
These audiotapes were included with the papers of Sattareh Farman-Farmaian that were
given to the Schlesinger Library by Sattareh Farman-Farmaian in July 2004, July 2008, and October 2009.
Processed: February 2010
By: Melissa Dollman
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Copyright. Copyright in the audio materials created by Sattareh Farman-Farmaian is
held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.
Copyright in other materials in the collection may be held by their authors, or the
authors' heirs or assigns.
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Sattareh Farman-Farmaian Audiotape collection, 1987-2008; item description, dates.
T-339, reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Sattareh Farman-Farmaian
Papers, 1925-2008 (MC 563
The author of an autobiography entitled Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem through the Islamic
Revolution (1992), Sattareh Farman-Farmaian was a founder and director of the Tehran School
of Social Work (1958-1979), as well as founder/director of the Community Welfare Center
of Iran and the Family Planning Association of Iran. From 1980 to 1992 she worked
for the County of Los Angeles Department of Social Services, Children's Services.
A delegate to the Bucharest Population Conference (1974), the Tehran International
Human Rights Conference (1975), and the Mexico International Conference for Women's
Year (1979), Farman-Farmaian also served on the board of the International Planned
Parenthood Federation. She has lectured widely worldwide and in 1997 established a
website to publicize and facilitate discussion of her autobiography.
This collection contains interviews with and speaking engagements by Sattareh Farman-Farmaian.
The bulk of material (reels 1-62) relates to Farman-Farmaian's autobiography, Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem through the Islamic
- 1-62. Conversation between Farman-Farmaian and Dona Munker. January 1987- December 1988.
Scope and Contents: Farman-Farmaian, in preparation for writing her autobiography, discusses with co-author
Munker her upbringing and family, cultural life in Iran, her education in the United
States, her career in social work and many other topics. 60 tapes. 115 minutes each.
- 64. Fresh Air. WHYY, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1992.
Scope and Contents: Farman-Farmaian discusses women's rights within the "harem" structure of the household
she grew up in, introducing social work to Iran, and Iran after the take-over by Ayatollah
(Ruhollah) Khomeini. 30 minutes.
- 65. Interview with Persis Karim. Austin, Texas. October 28, 1997. I
Scope and Contents: n an informal interview, Farman-Farmaian discusses Iranian immigration to the United
States, writing her book and its reception, importance of writing about Iran from
a woman's perspective, modifying social work theories to fit Iranian culture, etc.
- 69. "Ancient Art Council, Iran Trip Meeting." Los Angeles County Museum of Art. September
Scope and Contents: Farman-Farmaian discusses her book including her father's marriages, the compound,
her travels to the United States for college during World War II, working with the
United Nations, introducing social work to Iran, social issues under Ayatollah (Ruhollah)
Khomeini, sites the group will see during their visit, etc. Questions follow. 100
- 71. Interview with Mahasin Saleh, University of Nevada, Reno. School of Social Work. May
Scope and Contents: Farman-Farmaian discusses bringing a curriculum of social work—hygiene, nutrition,
and family planning, and other cultural reforms—to Iran, establishing trust from the
community, advice to international students of social work abroad, and the state of
social work today in Iran. 60 minutes.
- 72. "Family Planning." n.d.
Scope and Contents: Farman-Farmaian's family planning in Iran, working with the government, sex education,
etc. 80 minutes.
- 73. Feminist Magazine. KPFK, Los Angeles, California. n.d.
Scope and Contents: Interview with Farman-Farmaian about her father's politics, cultural influences on
her upbringing, her education in the United States, and her social work upon return
to Iran. 50 minutes.
- 75-76. "School of Social Work."
Scope and Contents: Farman-Farmaian discusses social work in cooperation with the Iranian royal family
and government, training social workers, attempts to publish, and SAVAK [Sazeman-e
Ettela'at va Amniyat-e Keshvar]. 2 tapes. 150 minutes.
- 77. Trip to Masshad and Tus, Iran. n.d.
Scope and Contents: Farman-Farmaian discusses how she gained the economic means to leave Iran for college
in the United States, adjusting to being a woman in the public sphere, making the
trip to Masshad, and other topics. 120 minutes.
- 79. "USC [University of Southern California], Intercultural Club, Moreland Hall." n.d.
Scope and Contents: Farman-Farmaian reminisces about the club, life in Moreland Hall, studying social
work, etc. 80 minutes.
- 80. "USC [University of Southern California], Marriage in NY [New York], Cities Service
Oil, United Nations, Iraq." n.d.
Scope and Contents: Farman-Farmaian discusses studying social work at USC, her early career, dating and
married life in Los Angeles, moving to New York City, working at the Cities Service
Oil Company, and working with the United Nations in Iraq. 80 minutes.
Iran--Social life and customs--20th century
Iranian students--Foreign countries
Schools of social work--Iran
Social service--Arab countries
Women social workers
Farmānfarmā, ʻAbd al-Ḥusayn Mīrzā, 1857-1939
Farman-Farmaian, Sattareh. Daughter of Persia
Reza Shah Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, 1878-1944
Tehran School of Social Work
University of Southern California--Students