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T-321

Boston Women's Health Book Collective. Audiotape collection of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, 1973-2000: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: T-321
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Boston Women's Health Book Collective
Title: Audiotape collection of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, 1973-2000
Date(s): 1973-2000
Quantity: 123 audiotapes
Language of materials: Materials in English, Spanish, Finnish, and French.
Abstract: Collection includes radio and conference appearances by Collective members, a benefit, board meeting proceedings, and a variety of materials on topics relating to women's health, etc.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 2010-M64
These audiotapes were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, via Judy Norsigian, in April 2010.

Processing Information:

Processed: August 2011
By: Melissa Dollman

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material. Access is unrestricted, with the following exceptions: board meetings regarding personnel and interpersonal issues among the group (reels #35-36, 66, 70-71, 77-78, 80-81, 87-88, 93-94) are closed for 70 years from the date of creation to protect personal privacy.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the audiotapes created by Boston Women's Health Book Collective is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other audiotapes in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Audiotapes may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Boston Women's Health Book Collective Audiotape collection, 1973-2000; item description, dates. T-321, reel #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Boston Women's Health Book Collective Records, 1905-2003 (MC 503) and Additional Records of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, 1966-2010 (MC 667).

HISTORY

The Boston Women's Health Book Collective, a non-profit women's health education, advocacy and consulting organization, began in 1969 when a small group of women gathered after a workshop on women and their bodies at a Boston-area female liberation conference to talk about some crucial health issues and to confront a medical establishment viewed as paternalistic and condescending. Perhaps best known for their pioneering handbook Our Bodies, Ourselves (1971 and subsequent editions and international adaptations), the Collective helped to create worldwide networks of women involved in health education and advocacy. They also produced Ourselves and Our Children (1978), Changing Bodies, Changing Lives, A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships (1980), and Ourselves, Growing Older: Women Aging with Knowledge and Power (1987 and 1994), among others.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in four series:

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Series I, Radio appearances,1973-2000 (#1-24), includes mainly interviews with Collective members on the origins of Our Bodies, Ourselves, translations, and other topics related to their research.
Series II, Conferences and celebrations, 1979-2000 (#25-31), contains talks given by Collective members at conferences related to women's health and children's rights. Also includes a benefit in celebration of the organization's tenth anniversary.
Series III, Board and research meetings, 1977-1994 (#32-96), contains board meetings and informational presentations to board members by experts, and informal converations with women on a number of topics, including midwifery, postpartum depression, disabilities, etc.
Series IV, Related Research materials,1975-1994 (#97-123), contains a variety of recordings collected by the organization, on topics related to the Collective's research such as women's reproductive health, breast implants, midwifery, the Fat Liberation movement, contraceptives, etc.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Abortion
AIDS (Disease)--Prevention
Audiotapes
Body image
Breast implants--Complications--United States
Childbirth
Contraception
Discrimination in medical care
Equal rights amendments--United States
Feminists--Massachusetts--Boston
Group decision making
Health education--Latin America
Health education--North America
Health education--United States
Interviews
Medical laws and legislation--United States
Menstruation
Midwives
Older women--Health and hygiene
Overweight women--Social conditions
Patient advocacy--United States
Pharmaceutical industry--Health aspects
Premenstrual syndrome
Pro-choice movement--United States
Radio programs
Reproductive health
Speeches
Surrogate motherhood
Women--Congresses
Women--Health and hygiene
Women--Social networks
Women health reformers--United States
Women's health services
Women with disabilities
Avery, Byllye, 1937-
Boston Women's Health Book Collective. New our bodies, ourselves
Boston Women's Health Book Collective. Nuestros cuerpos, nuestras vida
Boston Women's Health Book Collective. Our bodies, ourselves
Boston Women's Health Book Collective. Our bodies, ourselves for the new century
Diskin, Vilunya
Doress-Worters, Paula B. (Paula Brown)
Frisch, Rose E. (Rose Epstein)
Hawley, Nancy
Norsigian, Judy
Pincus, Jane
Rome, Esther R.
Steinem, Gloria
Swenson, Norma

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