Hite, Shere. Audiotape collection of Shere Hite, 1977-2004: 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-340
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Shere Hite
Title: Audiotape collection of Shere Hite, 1977-2004
Quantity: 54 audiotapes
Language of materials: Materials in English, German, and Spanish.
Abstract: Audiotapes by or pertaining to the research of author and sex educator Shere Hite.
Accession numbers: 2008-M69, 2008-M91, 2008-M158
The audiotapes of Shere Hite were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Shere Hite in 2008.
Processed: September 2012
By: Melissa Dollman
Access. Researchers must sign a special permission form to use the collection. In
addition, access to materials in Series IV requires the written permission of Shere
Hite, a restriction that expires upon her death. Audio materials containing personal
information, including financial information, are closed until January 1, 2043. An
appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright. Copyright in the unpublished audio recordings created by Shere Hite is
held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.
Copyright in the published works created by Shere Hite is held by Shere Hite. Copyright
in other audiovisual materials in the collection may be held by their authors, or
the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Unrestricted for personal use for all audio materials to which access is
open upon signing of the special permission form. Open materials may not be reproduced
on the Internet without the permission of the Schlesinger Library. Permission obtained
from Shere Hite for access to restricted materials includes permission to copy.
Shere Hite Audiotape collection, 1977-2004; item description, dates. T-340, reel #.
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Shere Hite papers (MC 698
) and the Shere Hite video and motion picture collection (Vt-150; MP-58; DVD-85
American-born German author, sex educator, and feminist, Shere Hite was born Shirley
Diana Gregory in Saint Joseph, Missouri, to Paul Gregory and Shirley Hurt Gregory
on November 2, 1942. Shirley Gregory was 16 years old when Hite was born, and divorced
her husband and later remarried. Hite was adopted by her stepfather, Raymond Hite,
though she was raised by her grandparents and then by her mother's sister.
After graduating from Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1960, Hite
earned degrees in history (BA, 1963 and MA, 1966) from the University of Florida,
Gainesville. From 1969 to 1972 she worked towards a PhD in history at Columbia University
(New York City). She would complete her doctorate in international relations with
a specialty in gender politics at Nihon University (Tokyo, Japan) in 1996.
Early in her career, Hite worked as a model and posed nude for Playboy magazine. In the 1970s, she became active in feminist circles and began her groundbreaking
research relating to women's sexuality. From 1972 to 1982, she directed the feminist
sexuality project for the National Organization for Women, New York Chapter, and in
1976 published The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality, which was based upon anonymous responses to questionnaires in which women detailed
their sexual experiences. This was followed by other works based on responses to questionnaires,
including The Hite Report on Male Sexuality (1981), The Hite Report on the Family: Growing Up under Patriarchy (1994), and The Hite Report on Women Loving Women (2007), among others.
In 1976, Newsweek magazine named Hite one of the "most outstanding people of the year," and the World Almanac named her one of "America's 25 most influential women" in 1978.
By the early 1990s, she began writing regular opinion pieces and articles for various
newspapers and magazines and traveling internationally as a lecturer and consultant.
Starting in the late 1990s, Hite founded the Hite Research Foundation, part of Hite
Research International, to increase and advance the visibility and potential of women
around the world. Related companies and projects included Hite Research Enterprises,
which was designed to provide counseling and networking services among women's rights
activist groups. Also during this time she began teaching at Nihon University, Chongqing
University (China), and Maimonides University (Florida).
Hite married the classical pianist Friedrich Höricke in 1985 and moved to Europe in
1989. Due to ongoing criticism of her research and methodology, Hite renounced her
United States citizenship in 1995 and became a German citizen. She divorced in 1999
and subsequently married Paul Sullivan. In 2012, she was living in London.
The collection is arranged in four series:
- Series I. Interviews, 1981-2002 (#1-24)
- ___Subseries A. Live interviews and informal conversations, 1981-2002 (#1-16)
- ___Subseries B. Radio programs, 1981-1982 (#17-24)
- Series II. Lectures and talks, 1981-2004 (#25-37)
- ___Subseries A. Live, 1982-2004 (#25-35)
- ___Subseries B. Pre-recorded programs, 1981-1982 (#36-37)
- Series III. Questionnaire responses, 1977-1984 (#38-46)
- Series IV. Financial and legal conversations, and personal correspondence, etc. 1977-1985
The Shere Hite audio collection documents roughly thirty years of appearances by Hite,
discussing her research, books, and other topics, before both live and radio audiences.
Audiocassettes are organized by content into series, and in chronological order within
Series I, INTERVIEWS, 1981-2002 (#1-24), contains interviews conducted both live and
over the radio, as well as more informal conversations.
Subseries A, Live interviews and informal conversations, 1981-2002 (#1-16), contains
in-person interviews conducted by or with Hite regarding her research, as well as
informal conversations with other writers or artists on related topics.
Subseries B, Radio programs, 1981-1982 (#17-24), contains interviews with Hite on
radio programs all over the United States, most pointedly regarding her book on male
sexuality, but also on her research generally.
Series II, LECTURES AND TALKS, 1981-2004 (#25-37), includes live recordings and those
pre-recorded for broadcast, of Hite delivering lectures, talks, and participating
in panel discussions.
Subseries A, Live, 1982-2004 (#25-35), includes Hite speaking live before a variety
of audiences at conferences in the United States and abroad. Recordings include question
and answer interaction between Hite and audiences.
Subseries B, Pre-recorded programs, 1981-1982 (#36-37), contains two pre-recorded
programs featuring Hite as part of a panel discussion.
Series III, QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES, 1977-1984 (#38-46), contains responses to Hite's
various questionnaires, recorded and sent in by respondents.
All of the questionnaires were intended to be anonymous. Labels containing identifying
information of those who chose to provide personal names or addresses have been redacted
to protect their privacy.
Series IV, FINANCIAL AND LEGAL CONVERSATIONS, AND PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.,1977-1985
(#47-54), includes recordings of conversations regarding shared property, taxes, gaining
dual citizenship, and a defamation case; it also contains correspondence of a more
personal nature such as audiotaped letters from a friend, a conversation with her
grandfather, and a recording of her husband performing.
WRITTEN PERMISSION OF SHERE HITE IS REQUIRED FOR ACCESS TO THIS SUBSERIES.
- Series I. INTERVIEWS, 1981-2002 (#1-24)
- Subseries A. Live interviews and informal conversations, 1981-2002 (#1-16)
- 1. "Interview [with] Ana Costa/[Illegible]." August 1981.
Scope and Contents: Hite, Costa and another woman discuss Hite's research on male sexuality, reviews,
women and orgasms, etc. (Sound quality is poor on side 2.) 85 minutes.
- 2-3. "Men Only." New York City. September 3, 1981.
Scope and Contents: As research for an article, Hite speaks informally with a group of unmarried men about
her survey on men's sexuality and relationships, specifically regarding such topics
as women working versus staying home, their upbringings, trust and break-ups, choosing
partners, women and orgasms, monogamy, how a woman's looks gives her status, casual
sex, paying for dates, etc. 2 tapes. 146 minutes.
- 4-6. "Hite-Heyman Interview." October 1981.
Scope and Contents: Informal conversation in Hite's home between her and a journalist from Cosmopolitan magazine, about Kinsey, her findings regarding male sexuality, reception of her reports
by the press, changing cultural mores regarding dating and sex roles since the 1960s,
her research methodology, her own reactions to interviewees' responses, her educational
background and current research, her upbringing, ideas about success, future research
on teenagers, rape and physical violence, women and masturbation, etc. Unrelated material
follows. 3 tapes. 214 minutes.
- 7-8. Conversation regarding developing a [British?] television program. July 1982.
Scope and Contents: During a discussion of the development of a series of television programs, Hite and
another woman informally converse about religion and female sexuality in various cultures,
male and female sex roles, media in different countries, etc. 2 tapes. 129 minutes.
- 9-10. Interview with Slavenka Drakulic. ca.1987-1989.
Scope and Contents: Hite and Drakulic discuss a book the latter is writing on mother-daughter relationships,
women and solidarity, Hite's relationship with her mother, metaphysical concerns,
etc. Conversation continues between Drakulic and filmmaker Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan; Mr. Right). Other unrelated material follows. 2 tapes. 250 minutes.
For related material, see MC 698, folders #48.11.
- 13-14. Hite interviews fashion designer Tom Ford. France. ca. 2002.
Scope and Contents: Topics include depictions of women's and men's bodies in advertising and the arts,
sexual responses to images in advertising, vulgarity, homosexuality, etc. 2 tapes.
Microcassette. 120 minutes.
For related material, see MC 698, folder #12.1.
Conditions Governing Access: WRITTEN PERMISSION OF SHERE HITE IS REQUIRED FOR ACCESS TO THIS REEL.
- 15. "Hite/[Viveka] Vogel." n.d.
Scope and Contents: Informal conversation between Hite and friend Vogel regarding her book on male sexuality
and the findings of her research, how Hite's life has changed since the publishing
of her reports, reception of her books, etc. 88 minutes.
- Subseries B. Radio programs, 1981-1982 (#17-24)
- 19-20. "LKS[The Larry King Show]/Shere Hite." Mutual Broadcasting System. August 8, 1981.
Scope and Contents: Hite and King discuss her career, social history, her research methodology, reception
of her books, and unexpected results of her research. Includes questions by callers
regarding physiology, her methodology, rape, etc. 2 tapes. 150 minutes.
- 21. "Talk of Houston." KTRH. Houston, Texas. November 24, 1982.
Scope and Contents: Hite discusses the paperback edition of her report on male sexuality, her findings,
and other studies, etc. Questions from callers follow. 70 minutes.
- 22-24. Because the Night. WBAI. New York City. 1980s.
Scope and Contents: Linda Perry and Hite discuss her research on male sexuality, relationships between
men and their fathers, male friendships, reception of her book on female sexuality
by men, male-female relationships, historical views of sex and reproduction, her research
methodology, etc. Includes a reading of one of her questionnaires on the air, and
many questions from callers on a variety of topics. 3 tapes. 214 minutes.
- Series II. LECTURES AND TALKS, 1981-2004 (#25-37)
- Subseries A. Live, 1982-2004 (#25-35)
- 25. "World Future Society Speech [with] Gerald Phillips." World Future Conference. Washington,
D.C. July 19, 1982.
Scope and Contents: Following Phillips, Hite discusses social science generally, her methodology versus
other sex researchers, etc. Questions from the audience follow. 86 minutes.
- 26-27. Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality annual meeting. San Francisco, California.
November 13, 1982.
Scope and Contents: Reel 26: "The Hite Reports." Wardell Pomeroy critiques The Hite Report on Male Sexuality; and Leah Schaefer discusses Hite's work generally. Next, Hite discusses her report
on male sexuality, research methodology, and reception of her work. Questions from
the audience follow. Reel 27: "Women's Orgasm Panel." Continuation of Hite's discussion
on the topic, panel feedback, and audience participation. (First half is missing.)
Followed by William D. Mosher's talk, "Human Sexual Response." 2 tapes. 155 minutes.
- 28-30. Speeches on the topic of emotional violence. 1990.
Scope and Contents: Reels 28-29: Hite addresses the topic and introduces a series of speakers who address
related issues of gendered definitions of work and the domestic sphere, and gendered
conversational styles. Reel 30: Naomi Weisstein delivers a speech on the intersection
of love and feminism via audiotape, while Hite runs the group discussion. Unrelated
material follows. 3 tapes. 256 minutes.
- 31. Aletta Jacobs lecture in The Netherlands. March 8, 1991.
Scope and Contents: At a tenth anniversary lecture in honor of Aletta Jacobs, a famous Dutch women's suffrage
activist, Hite discusses public images of women in the private sphere and stereotypes
during the twentieth century, the book Women Who Love Too Much, ideologies of beauty, etc. Reactions to the lecture by a fellow researcher and questions
from the audience follow. 126 minutes.
- 32. "Bok and Bibliotek." Sweden. September 2004.
Scope and Contents: Hite addresses an audience on the topics of women's equality in the bedroom as a human
right, pornography, and commentary on current research for her up-coming The Hite Report on Women Loving Women, etc. Questions from the audience follow. 68 minutes.
- 34. "[Illegible] Questions/Speech--Caracas." n.d.
Scope and Contents: Hite delivers a speech on the women's movement and the history of her research on
female sexuality and women's rights; she also takes questions from the audience on
the women's movement and promiscuity, spirituality and sexuality, sex roles, women's
rights globally, single women in society, etc. (In English and Spanish.) 120 minutes.
For related material, see MC 698, folder #103.3.
- 35. "Shere Hite." University of Hartford. Hartford, Connecticut. n.d.
Scope and Contents: Hite speaks about her early career and research, other research in her field, a discussion
of anatomy and sexual response, etc. 50 minutes.
- Subseries B. Pre-recorded programs, 1981-1982 (#36-37)
- 37. "National Town Meeting." National Public Radio. January 15, 1982.
Scope and Contents: Panelists, including Hite, in front of an audience at the Kennedy Center in Washington,
DC, address the topic of masculinity and sexuality. Hite discusses biological versus
cultural influences on male sexuality, and her report on men generally. Questions
from the audience follow on the issues of loneliness, changes in cultural mores regarding
sex, her research methodology, pornography, love and romance, etc. Unrelated material
follows. 120 minutes.
- Series III. QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES, 1977-1984 (#38-46)
Gender identity--United States
Married women--Sexual behavior
Mothers and daughters--United States
Sex in marriage
Sex in mass media--United States
Sexual behavior surveys
Sexual intercourse--Psychological aspects
Women authors, American
Women in public life--United States
Ford, Tom, 1962- , interviewee
Hite, Shere. Hite report: a nationwide study of female sexuality
Hite, Shere. Hite report on male sexuality
Hite, Shere. Hite report: women and love: a cultural revolution in progress
Hoch, Zwi, interviewee
Jungk, Peter Stephan, 1952- , interviewee
National Organization for Women. New York Chapter