T-97; T-125; Phon-7
Friedan, Betty. Audio collection of Betty Friedan, 1963-2007: 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-97; T-125; Phon-7
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Betty Friedan
Title: Audio collection of Betty Friedan, 1963-2007
Quantity: 148 audiotapes
Quantity: 3 phonograph records
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Audio collection of Betty Friedan, feminist, activist, teacher, and author includes
radio broadcasts, speeches, etc.
Accession numbers: 96-M122, 96-M141, 97-M94, 97-M160, 99-M137, 2004-M79, 2005-M17, 2006-M13, 2007-M34.
These audio materials were given to the Schlesinger Library by Betty Friedan and Marlene Sanders from 1996 through 2007.
Processed: November 2010
By: Melissa Dollman
Access. Unrestricted except for T-125, reels 29-43, which are closed until January
1, 2029, and T-125, reels 54-57, which are closed until January 1, 2019. Access to
T-97, reel 6 requires signing a special permission form. An appointment is necessary
to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright in the audio materials created by Betty Friedan is held by her heirs. Copyright
in other audio materials in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors'
heirs or assigns.
Copying. Audiovisual materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual
Betty Friedan Audio collection, 1963-2007; item description, dates. T-97, T-125, or
Phon-7, reel or disc #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University,
There is additional material at the Schlesinger Library; see Betty Friedan Papers,
1952-1993 (MC 576
), Betty Friedan Papers, 1933-1985 (MC 575
), Betty Friedan Papers, 1941-2006 (MC 577
), and Betty Friedan Video collection, ca.1970-2006 (Vt-1, DVD-34
Feminist, activist, and author Betty Goldstein Friedan (1921-2006) helped found the
National Organization for Women [NOW], and served as its first president (1966-1970).
Her first book, The Feminine Mystique, was published in 1963. Afterward, Friedan quickly became a leading advocate for
change in the status of women in the United States. Her subsequent books include It Changed My Life (1976), The Second Stage (1981), and The Fountain of Age (1993). Friedan was active in many feminist and political organizations, taught at
several universities, lectured widely, and published numerous articles on gender and
aging related issues until her death.
The collection is arranged in four series:
- Series I. Radio broadcasts, 1963-1995
- Series II. Speeches, 1974-1999
- Series III. Lectures and symposia, 1967-1991
- Series IV. Miscellaneous, 1960-2007
Audio materials included in other finding aids from the library's collection have
been re-listed here in chronological order within each series, maintaining original
reel numbers. Some items from previous finding aids may have been removed because
they were duplicates or deemed unrelated. Materials are in audiocassette format unless
Series I, Radio broadcasts, 1963-1995, includes radio broadcasts that feature Friedan
in interviews and delivering speeches at national conferences such as the National
Organization for Women (NOW) and the 1972 Democratic National Convention.
Series II, Speeches, 1974-1999, includes Friedan speaking to groups as diverse as
the Girl Scouts Council of Northwest Cook County, Illinois, women in Iran and Montana,
the Commonwealth Club of California, and American Society of Aging, as well as a debate
between Friedan and Phyllis Schlafly at Armed Forces Staff College.
Series III, Lectures and symposia, 1967-1991, includes university lectures by Friedan,
as well as Economic Think Tank for Women and Women, Men, and Media symposia, etc.
Series IV, Miscellaneous,1960-2007, includes a variety of material such as recordings
for personal research, an oral history with Friedan, recordings of her 65th and 75th
birthday parties, her mother's memorial service, and friends' remembrances after Friedan's
- Series I. RADIO BROADCASTS, 1963-1995
- T-125.60-61. "War between the Sexes" speech at Wake Forest University. WFDD-FM, Winston-Salem,
North Carolina. September 29, 1970.
- T-125.44. Democratic National Convention [Miami, Florida] speech. WINS-1010, New York, New York.
July 10-13, 1972.
- Side 1: Side 1:: Audio file
Scope and Contents: Part 1: Friedan gives commentary, in a radio spot, on women's reaction to male political
candidates at the convention; Part 2: Introduced by Gloria Steinem, Friedan delivers
a speech, probably to National Women's Political Caucus, after a march in favor of
the women's movement and how inequality of the sexes affects men, the economic value
of full participation of women in society and politics, etc. 1 reel-to-reel. 36 minutes.
- T-97.6. Dan Rea talk show interview. WBZ-Radio, Boston, Massachusetts. June, 1976.
Scope and Contents: In a heated interview, Friedan discusses going beyond previous barriers to women's
equality with the concept of "the new yes," stewardesses' victory in their fight against
sexual discrimination, the Equal Rights Amendment, her book It Changed My Life, etc. 105 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-97, reel 6.
Conditions Governing Access: RESEARCHERS MUST SIGN A SPECIAL PERMISSION FORM UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2057.
- T-125.75. American Focus: Betty Friedan. WNBC, New York, New York. 1983.
- Side 1: Side 1:: Audio file
Scope and Contents: In interview, Friedan discusses the current state of feminism, the Equal Rights Amendment,
affirmative action, etc. 40 minutes.
- T-125.73-74. The Larry King Show. Mutual Broadcasting System. December 10, 1986.
Scope and Contents: In interview, Friedan discusses The Second Stage, the women's movement and current challenges; pornography and freedom of speech;
economic equality and divorce; etc. Questions from callers follow. 2 tapes. 70 minutes
- T-125.83. The Jim Bohannon Show. Mutual Broadcasting System. October 4, 1994.
Scope and Contents: Friedan discusses The Fountain of Age, aging in America, advantages to aging, etc. 70 minutes.
- T-125.84-85. Dialogue. December 1994 and February 1995. Reel 84: Episode 282. "The Fountain of Age."
Scope and Contents: Friedan discusses her research for the book. Reel 85: Episode 290. Friedan discusses
downsizing and its effect on women, families, and minorities. Unrelated episodes included.
2 tapes. 60 minutes each.
REQUEST AS T-125, reels 84-85.
- Series II. SPEECHES, 1974-1999
- T-97.5. Girl Scouts Council of Northwest Cook [County, Illinois] speech. November 17, 1975.
Scope and Contents: As a member of the Girls Scouts national board, Friedan discusses the positive effect
of the women's movement on on girls and women, NOW accomplishments, radicalism within
the movement, economic value of women's work, the future for Girl Scouts, and other
issues. Questions follow, including a discussion of the failure of a state equal rights
amendment proposition in Illinois. 66 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-97, reel 5.
- T-125.64. Aspen Seminar. 1975.
Scope and Contents: In her speech, Friedan discusses how the women's movement transforms society professionally,
architecturally, economically, and its effect on sex roles. 95 minutes.
- T-97.10. Friedan with Montana discussion group. ca.1976.
Scope and Contents: At a conference, Friedan leads a group discussion on self-realization, the women's
movement, and other topics. 1 reel-to-reel. 100 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-97, reel 10.
- T-125.58-59. "Ms. in Management." 1970s.
Scope and Contents: Following a speech on management opportunities for women, Friedan discusses revolution
in sex roles for men and women, and other topics. Questions follow. 2 tapes. 80 minutes
- T-125.80-81. "Beyond Equality: Transcending the Male Model" and "Conversation". The Cutting Edge:
38th International Design Conference in Aspen [Colorado]. June 1988.
Scope and Contents: Reel 80: Friedan discusses radical changes that have shaped public and personal images
of women, and societal changes needed to keep the women's movement moving forward,
etc. Questions follow. Reel 81: Friedan leads a group discussion with attending architects
on how public policy and design could change to assist the aims of the women's movement,
changing family types, and other issues. 2 tapes. 209 minutes.
- T-125.89. National Hospice Organization 18th Annual Symposium and Exhibition speech. Chicago,
Illinois. November 6-9, 1996.
Scope and Contents: In her speech, Friedan discusses the aging Baby Boomer generation, ageism, and research
for The Fountain of Age, hospice and dying in the United States, etc. 100 minutes.
- Series III. LECTURES AND SYMPOSIA, 1967-1991
- T-125.1-26. "The Sex Role Revolution" and "Human Sex and Human Politics" lectures and related
materials. Temple University. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fall 1972.
Scope and Contents: Reels 1-22, 25-26: Exercises and lecture topics include sex and sexuality; sex roles
in the United States and abroad; the women's movement; sexuality in literature; sexuality
and the media; women and work; childcare; prostitution; sexual orientation; beauty
contests; sex-class warfare; and other topics. Reels 23-24: Off-air recordings of
Friedan and Midge Decter in discussion about Norman Mailer, and comedian Mort Sahl
discusses Gloria Steinem and other issues on Dick Cavett's television talk show. 26
tapes. 60-120 minutes each.
REQUEST AS T-125, reels 1-26.
- T-125.47, 49, 51-52. "Women in New York" lectures. New School for Social Research. New York, New York.
Scope and Contents: Reel 47: Discussion involves the New York police department and women's rights. Reel
49: General discussion of sexual repression and discrimination. Reel 51: Panel of
professionals working in women's health, childcare, and public services. Reel 52:
Women in political activism in the personal and public sphere. 4 reel-to-reels. 185
- T-125.45. Ohio State University lecture. Columbus, Ohio. March 4, 1974.
Scope and Contents: Friedan discusses the urgency of the women's movement and how it fits into the history
of revolutions, gender equality for both sexes, etc. Questions follow. 1 reel-to-reel.
- T-125.54-57. Economic Think Tank for Women. New York, New York. May, 1974.
Scope and Contents: Proceedings from meetings discussing the development of the think tank. 4 tapes. 390
Conditions Governing Access: CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2019.
REQUEST AS T-125, reels 54-57.
- T-125.92-93. "Living Now -- 1982." Harvard School of Public Health, Center for Population Studies.
1982. Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Scope and Contents: Friedan takes questions and discusses feminism and who feels left out, research on
aging, gender difference, and other topics. 2 tapes. 215 minutes.
- T-125.76-78. Institute for the Study of Women and Men: Think Tank sessions. University of Southern
California. Los Angeles, California. February 17 and March 16, 1988.
Scope and Contents: Friedan and others head a two-part seminar on different strains of feminism, sexual
politics and pathology, the writings of Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon, women's
sexuality, lesbianism, and other issues. 3 tapes. 245 minutes.
SEE 86-M12--93-M146, folder #649 for partial transcripts.
- T-125.112-115. Women, Men, and Media symposium. "The Image of Women in Advertising." Chicago, Illinois.
October 1, 1991.
Scope and Contents: Friedan gives the opening speech. Panel discussion with Dr. Jean Kilbourne, Charlotte
Beers, Colleen Dishon, and others. 4 tapes. 333 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-125, reels 112-115.
- T-125.116-118. Women, Men, and Media symposium. "Sex, Lies, and Politics." New York University. New
York. December 2, 1991.
Scope and Contents: Reel 116: Friedan opens the symposium; panelists include women politicians such as
Harriet Woods, print journalists, and others discussing the Clarence Thomas-Anita
Hill hearings. Reel 117: Main focus is on the Thomas-Hill hearings, etc. Reel 118:
Friedan gives the closing remarks. 3 tapes. 285 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-125, reels 116-118.
- T-125.119-132. Women, Men, and Media symposium. "Sex, Race & Polarization in the Media." New York
University. New York. May 4, 1992.
Scope and Contents: Reels 119-120: Over the course of two panels, Friedan and others discuss the coverage
of the Rodney King verdict, lesbianism and the feminist movement, minority groups
generally, and women in the media and entertainment industries. Reel 121: "Front Page
Study." Nancy Woodhull discusses the "symbolic annihilation" of different groups by
exclusion from newspaper media coverage. Reels 122-123: A series of speakers on polarization
in the media, including Friedan on polarization of women against women. Reel 124:
Panel discussion on women and pornography. Reels 125-127: "Backlash Panel." Reels
128-129: "Opening/Breakthroughs in the Workplace" panel discussion includes Friedan,
Meredith Vieira, Rhea Perlman, and other women in the industry (incomplete). Reel
130: Panel discussion about media coverage of women. Reels 131-132: "Women, Men, and
Aging" panel discussion on the topic of ageism in the media and entertainment industries.
14 tapes. 916 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-125, reels 119-132.
- T-125.144. Women, Men, and Media symposium. "Talk Radio -- Where Are the Women?" December 7,
Scope and Contents: Friedan discusses her experience as a guest on talk radio shows, and the dearth of
women on those programs. Panel consists of people in the industry, including female
talk show hosts. 102 minutes.
REQUEST AS T-125, reel 144.
- Series IV. MISCELLANEOUS, 1960-2007
- T-125.29-43. Esalen Institute: Virginia Satir workshop. Big Sur, California. June 29-July 25, 1969.
Scope and Contents: 15 reel-to-reels. 100 minutes each.
Conditions Governing Access: CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2029.
REQUEST AS T-125, reels 29-43.
- T-125.96. Betty's birthday party. New York, New York. February 5, 1986.
Scope and Contents: Recording of her 65th birthday party including songs and speeches by her children,
her publisher, friends, etc. (First 46 minutes). Unrelated material follows. 90 minutes.
- T-125.98-104. Oral history interviews with Friedan. February 27-April 24, 1992 and December 11,
Scope and Contents: Friedan discusses her family, school and Smith College years including anti-Semitism
and dating/sex; studying psychology at the University of California, Berkeley; dabbling
in Communism and unions; early writing career; romantic affairs, including her marriage
to Carl Friedan; motherhood and working; research for The Feminine Mystique and its early reception; traveling in India and meeting Indira Gandhi; Pauli Murray,
Esther Peterson, and the Conference on the Status of Women in the mid-1960s; events
that led up to founding the NOW, its early days, and the effect on her personal life;
her views on being called anti-lesbian; economic empowerment for women; her divorce;
starting a commune with friends; relationship with her siblings; health issues; and
other topics. 7 tapes. 617 minutes.
Aging--Social aspects--United States
College teachers--United States
Equal rights amendments--United States
Feminism and architecture
Friedan, Betty. Second stage
Friedan, Betty. Fountain of age
Friedan, Betty. Feminine mystique
Mass media and sex
Older women--United States
Sexual division of labor
Women political activists--United States
Women--United States--Social conditions
Women in mass media
Economic Think Tank for Women
MacKinnon, Catharine A.
National Organization for Women