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Focus on Women Additional videotapes, 1996-1999: 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

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Vt-174
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Title: Focus on Women Additional videotapes, 1996-1999
Date(s): 1996-1999
Quantity: 29 videotapes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Videotape collection of Focus on Women, a television show featuring half-hour interviews with women of achievement.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 98-M100 and 99-M166
These videotapes were given to the Schlesinger Library by Cablevision in June 1998 and November 1999.

Processing Information:

Processed: May 2010
By: Melissa Dollman

Access Restrictions:

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

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in Focus on Women videotapes is held by is held by Florence Rapoport. Upon her death, copyright transfers to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.
Copying. Videotapes may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Focus on Women Additional videotapes, 1996-1999; item description, dates. Vt-174, reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Focus on Women Videotapes, 1983-1993 (Vt-59).


Focus on Women, a television program featuring women of achievement, was initiated by Florence Rapoport in 1983, and produced by Long Island Cablevision. Each show consists of a half-hour interview by Rapoport. Prevalent among the women interviewed are writers, psychologists, artists, teachers, scholars, social activists, entrepreneurs, politicians, and health professionals. The program was directed by Shari Schultz, with assistance from Gayle Chokas.
Rapoport was formerly a screen-and speech writer, an economic analyst for the federal government, and for more than twenty years a schoolteacher. In 1978 she co-founded Womanspace, a center created to serve the educational, psychological, and social needs of women in the Great Neck area of Long Island, New York.


The collection consists of 56 individual shows, with two 30-minute shows on each videotape, followed by a tribute to Florence Rapoport. Tapes are listed in the order provided by the donor, which is roughly chronological, spanning the years 1996-1999. Some shows repeat. Note that show numbers on the tape labels duplicate show numbers in the series found in the finding aid, Focus on Women Videotapes, 1983-1993 (Vt-59); hence that numbering scheme was not used in this inventory.

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Additional Index Terms

Actresses--United States
Dancers--United States
Feminists--United States
Great Neck (N.Y.)
Herbalists--United States
Library directors--United States
Neurosurgeons--United States
Personal trainers--United States
Radiologists--United States
Television programs
Women ambassadors--Australia
Women architects--United States
Women artists--United States
Women authors, American
Women educators--United States
Women executives--United States
Women government executives--United States
Women in communication--United States
Women journalists--United States
Women lawyers--United States
Women medalists--United States
Women mayors--New Jersey
Women music teachers--United States
Women physicians--United States
Women political activists--United States
Women psychologists--United States
Women psychotherapists--United States
Women religious leaders
Women social workers--United States
Women television producers and directors--United States
Abbot, Shirley, interviewee
Adamson, Rebecca, 1950- interviewee
Adler, Margot, interviewee
Booher, Dianna Daniels, interviewee
Boorstein, Sylvia, interviewee
César, Kamala, interviewee
Chapperon, Sylvia, interviewee
Cox-Fill, Olivia, interviewee
Christ, Carol P., interviewee
DeFrancis, Suellen, interviewee
Dunn, Mary Maples, interviewee
Dworkin, Susan, interviewee
Elbert, Margaret, interviewee
Epstein, Nancy, interviewee
Fish, Bilha, interviewee
Gelfand, Gloria, interviewee
Goldstein, Ellisse Jo, interviewee
Goodman, Maureen, Sister, interviewee
Greene, Alison E., interviewee
Gribin, Liz, interviewee
Hart, Josephine, interviewee
Jaffe, Marjorie, interviewee
Janki, Dadi, 1916- interviewee
Jayanti, Sister, interviewee
Krim, Mathilde, interviewee
Lawrence, Marcia, interviewee
Lerner, Judy, interviewee
Levine, Anna, interviewee
Maisonrouge, Ketty, interviewee
Meyer, Beth, interviewee
Moscovitz, Ann A., interviewee
Pennacchia, Yvette M., interviewee
Prince, Sydel, interviewee
Rapoport, Carl
Rapoport, Florence, interviewer
Rosenson, Harriet, interviewee
Rotstein, Nancy-Gay, interviewee
Sark, 1954- interviewee
Schreiber, Le Anne, 1945- interviewee
Shumsky, Adaia, interviewee
Sloane, Louise P., interviewee
Swerdlow, Amy, interviewee
Swirsky, Joan, interviewee
Tarlo, Luna, interviewee
Taylor, Sharon, interviewee
Thompson, Elizabeth Abrams, interviewee
Varda, Yoran, interviewee
Ward, Joyce, 1932- interviewee
Waterman, Rachel, interviewee
Waters, Jean Marie, interviewee
Weed, Susun S., interviewee
Weinblatt, Lisa DeLoria, interviewee
Wensley, Penny, interviewee
Witchel, Alex, interviewee