Mautner Project. Video collection of the Mautner Project, 1990-2006: 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.: Vt-227; DVD-74
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Mautner Project
Title: Video collection of the Mautner Project, 1990-2006
Quantity: 50 videotapes
Quantity: 4 DVDs
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Videotapes and DVDs of the Mautner Project, an organization committed to improving
the health of women who partner with women, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender
individuals, through direct and support services, education and advocacy.
Accession number: 2008-M92, 2008-M204
The videotapes and DVDs of the Mautner Project were given to the Schlesinger Library
by the Mautner Project in 2008.
Processed: October 2011
By: Melissa Dollman
Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright. Copyright in the videotapes and DVDs created by the Mautner Project is
held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.
Copyright in other videotapes and DVDs in the collection may be held by their authors,
or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Videotapes and DVDs may be copied in accordance with the library's usual
Mautner Project Video collection, 1990-2006; item description, dates. Vt-227 or DVD-74,
reel or disc #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Records of the Mautner Project,
1989-2010 (MC 683
Mary-Helen Mautner was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1982, and in 1989 died from
the disease at the age of forty-four. Three weeks before her death, she envisioned
an organization that could extend to other lesbians the support and assistance she
had received from her partner and friends. In January 1990, a few months after her
death, her partner Susan Hester and a group of friends and supporters founded the
Mary-Helen Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer. The Mautner Project is a nonprofit
organization located in Washington, DC, whose mission is to provide direct services
to lesbians with cancer, as well as to their partners and caregivers; to inform the
lesbian community about cancer; to educate the health care community about the special
concerns of lesbians with cancer and their families; and to advocate on lesbian health
issues in national and local arenas. The organization provides support groups and
education in the DC area and within a thirty-mile radius and the majority of the work
is carried out by volunteers.
The collection is arranged in two series:
- Series I. Educational videos, television programs, and lectures, 1990-2004 (#Vt-227.1
- Series II. Galas, 1996-2006 (Vt-227.31 - Vt-227.50, DVD-74.1 - DVD-74.3)
Series I, EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS, TELEVISION PROGRAMS, AND LECTURES, 1990-2004 (#Vt-227.1
- Vt-227.30), includes videos produced by the Mautner Project to educate clients and
medical practioners, outtakes, television programs featuring interviews with Project
staff, and other programs or lectures discussing breast cancer and health care in
the lesbian/bisexual/transgender community.
Series II, GALAS,1996-2006 (Vt-227.31 - Vt-227.50, DVD-74.1 - DVD-74.3), documents
the yearly galas sponsored by the Mautner Project , which include award ceremonies,
remembrances of the recently deceased, testimonies by celebrities and members of the
community, and dance parties. The series also includes additional footage and outtakes.
All recordings are on videotape or DVD, exact format is noted throughout. Reels are
organized chronologically, within series.
- Series I. EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS, TELEVISION PROGRAMS, AND LECTURES, 1990-2004 (#Vt-227.1
- Vt-227.4-7. Raw footage for Keeping the Promise. 1995.
Scope and Contents: Reel 4: Interviews with Susan Messina, Susan Hester and others on the history of the
Project and its many activities, lesbians as a community, volunteerism, and personal
experiences. Also includes footage shot around the office. Reel 5: Interviews with
volunteers; board member Deb Morris about outreach to the larger lesbian and women's
health community; board member Beth Miller and her partner Cathy Metzger about surviving
cancer; and Cathy Batson and Bethany Anner discuss surviving the loss of a partner,
dealing with their partners' families, etc. Reel 6: Interview with direct services
volunteer Lillian Wolfe; a second interview with Susan Hester on the origins of the
Mautner Project and the legacy of Mary-Helen Mautner; the first part of the Beth Miller
and Cathy Metzger interview, Project services they utilized, surviving cancer together,
etc.; and family coordinator Libby Leader discusses her duties, volunteering in direct
services, Mary-Helen Mautner's legacy, dealing with death, etc. Reel 7: Footage of
a Gay Pride march, including Mautner Project, in Washington, DC; the Project's information
table; and a second interview with Lillian Wolfe on direct services and how it makes
a difference. 4 reels. VHS. 402 minutes.
- Vt-227.8. Tools for Caring about Lesbian Health. 1998.
Scope and Contents: Lesbian and bisexual women, patient advocates and partners, and medical professionals
discuss the difficulties encountered while communicating about health and sexual orientation.
Advice for practitioners follows. Accompanies a discussion guide. VHS. 18 minutes.
For related material, see MC 683, #19.1-19.2.
- Vt-227.9-24. Raw footage for Tools for Caring about Lesbian Health. September 30-November 14, 1997.
Scope and Contents: Reel 9: "Dr. Katherine Alley." Interview with breast surgeon Alley about getting to
know her lesbian clients, training her staff to be sensitive to a diverse clientele,
sexual behavior versus sexual identity and how they relate to a patient's health care,
etc. Reel 10: "Dr. Katherine Alley and Judith Macon." Alley interview continued. Interview
with Macon, health educator and program coordinator for the Surburban Breast Center
in Washington, DC, on treating lesbian patients and sensitivity training. Reels 11-12:
"Judith Macon." Continuation of interview with Macon on making her center a lesbian-
and woman-friendly place, advice to other health care providers. Reels 13-14: "Dr.
[Gigi] El-Bayoumi." Dr. El-Bayoumi discusses the diversity of her patients, sensitivity
training in medical school, myths related to lesbian health, the need for community-oriented
research and personalized care, and resources for health care providers regarding
the homosexual community. Reel 15: "Dr. Joanne Zujewski." Zujewski discusses working
with lesbian patients and their caregivers and partners, issues around choosing whom
to give power of attorney, sensitivity training, myths about lesbian health care.
Reel 16: "Zujewski/Esparraguera." Zujewski continues with advice to other practitioners,
etc. Dr. Ileana Esparraguera, a primary care physician who specializes in women's
health, discusses lesbian patients and their health concerns. Reels 17-18: "Esparraguera."
Esparranguera discusses non-heteronormative in-take forms, advice to other practitioners,
fear of disclosure, sexual identity versus behavior as it relates to medical care,
etc. Reel 19: "Keimowitz." Dr. Robert Keimowitz, Dean of Georgetown University School
of Medicine, discusses inherent problems with some educators' approaches to lesbian
health care, sexual behavior versus orientation, patients' rights, and advice to practitioners.
Reel 20: "Keimowitz/Richards." Keimowitz continues on sexual orientation, teaching
students sensitivity, etc. Dr. John Richards discusses working with his lesbian clientele,
building trust, the importance of obtaining a patient's medical history. Reel 21-22:
"Richards." The business side of the medical industry and exclusion, his staff, empathy
as a professional of color, sexual orientation versus behavior, the client-friendly
layout of his office, sensitive waiting room literature, non-heteronormative intake
questions, advice to practitioners, discrimination against gays and how it might deter
coming out to practitioners, etc. Reel 23: "Terry Boggis." Reel 24: "Franchelle S.
Dorn/Narration Tracks." 16 reels. Betacam videotape. 398 minutes.
For related material, see MC 683, #19.1-19.2.
- Vt-227.25. Barriers to Care for Lesbian Clients. Mid-1990s.
Scope and Contents: Interviewees discuss communication barriers between medical professionals and lesbians
of color, and those who are disabled, elderly, etc. VHS. 7 minutes.
For related material, see MC 683, #19.3-24.4.
- Vt-227.28. Gay News Network (GNN) programs. 2004. "The Gay Agenda."
Scope and Contents: Episode focuses on LGBT health care and features Kathleen DeBold as one of the speakers.
"GNN Presents." Episode includes an interview with Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew
Shepard, and others, on harassment and bullying of homosexual kids in school. VHS.
- Series II. GALAS, 1996-2006 (#Vt-227.31 - Vt-227.50, DVD-74.1 - DVD-74.3)
- Vt-227.34-36, DVD-74.2. "Tenth Anniversary Celebration." Washington, DC. 2000.
Scope and Contents: Speakers, comedians, awards, in memoriam montage, footage of the dance party, and
credits that ran throughout the presentations. 3 reels, 1 disc. 1 DVD, 3 BetaSP videotapes.
ca. 90 minutes each.
- Vt-227.37-38. "Hearts and Hands" gala. Washington, DC. September 15, 2001.
Scope and Contents: Speakers, comedians, awards, and in memoriam montage. 2 reels. DVCam videotape. ca.
- Vt-227.39-40. "Healing Works" gala. Washington, DC. September 28, 2002.
Scope and Contents: Speakers, comedians, awards, an auction, and in memoriam montage. Includes a performance
by Margie Adam and a dance party. 2 reels. VHS. 148 minutes.
- Vt-227.41-44. "Health-Hope-Love" gala. Washington, DC. September 20, 2003.
Scope and Contents: Reels 41-42: Speakers, comedians, awards, birthday tributes, the Laura Innes message
(see Reel 44), an auction, and in memoriam montage. Reel 43: "A Special Message from
Laura Innes, star of E.R." Actress Innes, who plays the role of a lesbian doctor on
the television program, discusses the importance of the Mautner Project. Screened
during the gala. Reel 44: Clips of Innes on E.R. 4 reels. VHS. 153 minutes.
- Vt-227.46-49. Fifteenth anniversary gala. September 17, 2005.
Scope and Contents: Reel 46-47: Speakers, comedians, awards, auction, dance party, an acceptance speech
by Melissa Etheridge, a special greeting by Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, tributes
to the Project by Congressman Barney Frank and others, an auction, and in memoriam
montage. Sweet Honey in the Rock performs. Reel 48-49: "Mautner Toasts/Raw Footage."
Outtakes and raw footage from the tribute monologues, and a public service announcement
for the Project's voter registration card. 4 reels. 2 VHS, 2 DVCPRO videotape. 260
- Vt-227.50, DVD-74.3-4. "Celebrate!" gala. 2006.
Scope and Contents: Disc 2: Speakers, comedians, awards, auction, dance party, and in memoriam montage.
Disc 3: The L Word opening sequence and a "thank you" from the cast. Reel 50: Includes scenes from the
television show, and outtakes from the "thank you" recording. 2 discs, 1 reel. 2 DVDs
and 1 VHS. 107 minutes.
Bisexual women--Health and hygiene--United States
Cancer--Social aspects--United States
Health care reform--United States
Health education--United States
Lesbians--Health and hygiene--United States
Lesbians--Medical care--United States
Lesbians--United States--Social conditions
Medical personnel--Training of
Patient advocacy--United States
Television public service announcements
Transsexuals--Health and hygiene--United States
Women--Health and hygiene--United States
Women--Social networks--United States
Women health reformers--United States
Women's health services--United States