Holtzman, Elizabeth. Audio collection of Elizabeth Holtzman, 1973-2006: A Finding
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-184; Phon-13
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Elizabeth Holtzman
Title: Audio collection of Elizabeth Holtzman, 1973-2006
Quantity: 92 audiotapes
Quantity: 1 phonograph records
Language of materials: Materials in English and Spanish.
Abstract: Recordings of speeches, talks, radio interviews, and campaign advertisements, etc.,
of Elizabeth Holtzman, lawyer and politician.
Accession numbers: 81-M300, 94-M161, 2012-M125
The audiotapes and phonograph record of Elizabeth Holtzman were given to the Schlesinger
Library by Elizabeth Holtzman in 1981, 1994, and 2012.
Processed: October 2012
By: Melissa Dollman
Updated: October 2015
By: Laura Peimer
Access. Researchers who wish to use #T-184.92 must sign a special permission form.
An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright. Copyright in the audio created by Elizabeth Holtzman is held by Elizabeth
Holtzman during her lifetime. Upon the death of Elizabeth Holtzman, copyright will
be transferred to her heir. Copyright in other audio in the collection may be held
by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Elizabeth Holtzman audio collection, 1973-2006; item description, dates. T-184; Phon-13,
reel or disc #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Elizabeth Holtzman papers,
1945-1981 (MC 793
); Elizabeth Holtzman moving image collection, 1974-1993 (Vt-11; MP-23
); and Elizabeth Holtzman additional papers, 1977-1994 (MC 709
Elizabeth Holtzman was born on August 11, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York. Her father,
Sidney Holtzman, was a lawyer in private practice in New York City, and her mother,
Filia (Ravitz) Holtzman, was a professor of Russian at Hunter College. Elizabeth Holtzman
graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York, in 1958. After graduating
from Radcliffe College magna cum laude (A.B.,1962), she entered Harvard Law School
(J.D.,1965). While attending law school, Holtzman joined the Student Non-Violent Coordinating
Committee (SNCC); during the summer months she worked as a law clerk for civil rights
lawyer C. B. King. In 1965 Holtzman joined the Wachtell, Lipton law firm in New York
City. Two years later she was recruited to work for New York City mayor John Lindsay,
becoming the first woman assistant to a New York City mayor. Holtzman was first elected
to the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat from New York's 16th District
in 1972; she served from January 1973 to December 1980 and was on the Judiciary Committee.
She was, in 1972, the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives.
After an unsuccessful campaign for the United States Senate in 1980, Holtzman was
elected New York City's first female district attorney in 1982, heading the city's
largest office, Brooklyn.
In 1985 Holtzman was re-elected on the strength of her record of achieving the highest
conviction rate in New York City for 1983 and 1984. In 1989 Holtzman was elected as
New York City's first female comptroller; and in 1992 Holtzman ran again for the United
States Senate, running against Geraldine Ferraro, Al Sharpton, Robert J. Mrazek and
Robert Abrams in the Democratic primary. Abrams won the primary. Holtzman lost her
bid for re-election as Comptroller in 1993; her term ended in 1994.
Holtzman has co-authored three books with Cynthia Cooper, Who Said It Would Be Easy: One Woman's Life in the Political Arena (1996), The Impeachment of George W. Bush: a Practical Guide for Concerned Citizens (2006), and Cheating Justice: How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law, Plotted to Avoid Prosecution,
and What We Can Do about It (2012). Holtzman has blogged periodically for The Huffington Post since 2006; topics include politics, women's rights, and the civil rights movement.
Holtzman has practiced law at Herrick Feinstein, LLP, in New York City since 1994.
The collection is arranged in three series:
- Series I. Public appearances, 1973-1992 (#T-184.1 - T-184.65)
- ___Subseries A. Campaign speeches and talks, etc. 1987-1992 (#T-184.1 - T-184.5)
- ___Subseries B. Other speeches and talks, 1973-1991 (#T-184.6 - T-184.65)
- Series II. Radio appearances and political campaign advertisements, 1973-2006, n.d.
(#T-184.66 - T-184.91, Phon-13.1)
- ___Subseries A. Radio appearances, 1973-1980 (#T-184.66 - T-184.80, Phon-13.1)
- ___Subseries B. Political campaign advertisements and miscellaneous, ca.1980-1993,
n.d. (#T-184.81 - T-184.91)
- Series III. Constituents, 1973 (#T-184.92)
The audio collection of lawyer and politician Elizabeth Holtzman primarily contains
speeches, talks, and interviews given by Holtzman at both live events and on the radio.
There is also a healthy amount of campaign material both in the form of talks and
political campaign advertisements. Subseries are organized chronologically. Descriptions
for audio reels 9-53 and 59-68 contain location and date only, and their times are
approximate. Media formats are 1/4-inch reel-to-reel, audiocassette, microcassette,
and phonograph record. Format is audiocassette unless otherwise noted. Titles in quotes
and/or italics were transcribed from tape labels. All other titles were devised by
the processor. In October 2015, one audiotape (T-184.92) and phonograph record (Phon-13.1)
from accession number 81-M300 were added to this inventory. All other audio are from
accession numbers: 94-M161 and 2012-M125.
Series I, PUBLIC APPEARANCES, 1973-1992 (#T-184.1 - T-184.65), contains public appearances
by Holtzman as a candidate for public office and as an elected official.
Subseries A, Campaign speeches and talks, etc., 1987-1992 (#T-184.1 - T-184.5), includes
Holtzman on the campaign trail running for district attorney, comptroller and senator,
delivering speeches, participating in a debate, and giving a radio interview.
Subseries B, Other speeches and talks, 1973-1991 (#T-184.6 - T-184.65), includes Holtzman
speaking at a wide variety of events held by churches and community groups, and hosts
public hearings on the state of New York City's economy.
Series II, RADIO APPEARANCES AND POLITICAL CAMPAIGN ADVERTISEMENTS AND MISCELLANEOUS,
1973-2006, n.d. (#T-184.66 - T-184.91, Phon-13.1), includes campaign-related radio
interviews with Holtzman, Holtzman's own radio talk show, political advertisements,
and related material.
Subseries A, Radio appearances, 1973-1980 (#T-184.66 - T-184.80, Phon-13.1), contains
radio and television (audio track only) interviews with Holtzman pertaining both to
recent and up-coming elections, as well as her own radio program The Liz Holtzman Show during which she, guests, and callers discuss recent events.
Subseries B, Political campaign advertisements and miscellaneous, ca.1980-1993, n.d.
(#T-184.81 - T-184.91), contains campaign radio spots, an interview with a journalist
who is writing a piece about her candidacy, and campaign music possibly used by Holtzman.
Series III, CONSTITUENTS, 1973 (#T-184.92), contains one audiotape removed from MC 793
, Series I, Subseries E, folder #17.75. The tape consists of a constituent's comments
regarding his personal, professional, and military history. He is African-American
and speaks about his poor treatment and dishonorable discharge from the Army, which
he feels was unjust. He mentions health trouble, poor medical care, difficulty finding
a job because of his "nervous condition," race politics, disdain for politicians,
and poor treatment of veterans. He is asking Holtzman for assistance and for her help
in securing him back pay.
- Series I. PUBLIC APPEARANCES, 1973-1992 (#T-184.1 - T-184.65)
- Subseries A. Campaign speeches and talks, etc., 1987-1992 (#T-184.1 - T-184.5)
- 4. "LifeForce AIDS/Senate Race Discrimination." New York City. ca. 1991.
Scope and Contents: Radio interview with Holtzman on her recent decisions as comptroller, up-coming elections,
etc., with questions from callers. Followed by Holtzman talking to a group regarding
AIDS patient care in New York City and women's health; and addressing an audience
of African-Americans (NAACP?) regarding her approach to racial discrimination issues
as a candidate for Senate, etc. Questions from the audience follow. Poor sound quality
at times. 87 minutes.
- 5. "Downtown Dems." New York City. ca. 1992.
Scope and Contents: Debate proceeding includes Holtzman, Geraldine Ferraro, Reverend Al Sharpton, and
others. 100 minutes.
- Subseries B. Other speeches and talks, 1973-1991 (#T-184.6 - T-184.65)
- 22. "Hillcrest." April 22, 1990.
- 42. Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. October 21, 1990.
- 62. "Radcliffe." March 9, 1991.
- Series II. RADIO APPEARANCES AND POLITICAL CAMPAIGN ADVERTISEMENTS AND MISCELLANEOUS,
1973-2006, n.d. (#T-184.66 - T-184.91, Phon-13.1)
- Subseries A. Radio appearances, 1973-2006 (#T-184.66 - T-184.80, Phon-13.1)
- 66. "Attention New York." WABC. New York City. March 25, 1973.
Scope and Contents: Holtzman discusses the disagreements she has with President Nixon on issues such as
the high cost of food, rights for the disabled, executive authority generally, mass
transit, returning veterans, and her committee work as a freshman congressperson.
Reel-to-reel. ca.60 minutes.
- 67. "Daybook." WKCR. New York City. May 6-7, 1973.
Scope and Contents: Brief interviews with Holtzman on adjusting to Washington, and committees and party
caucuses in Congress, lobbying, and other topics. Reel-to-reel. ca.20 minutes.
- Phon-13.1. "Direct News" interview with Holtzman re: trains and spaceships, May 16, 1979
- 68. "WNEW News Close-up." WNEW. New York City. June 30, 1977.
Scope and Contents: Jim Gash interviews candidates Holtzman, Carol Bellamy, and Karen Burstein on being
female politicians and lawyers, current power structures, etc. Reel-to-reel. ca.40
- 69. Television interview with Holtzman. WXXI-TV. Rochester, New York. ca.1980.
Scope and Contents: Interview with Holtzman regarding the up-coming election, her political record, issues
she intends to address, and her opponents. Topics include environmental control, foreign
policy, etc. [Audio only.] Reel-to-reel. ca.30 minutes.
- 70. The Liz Holtzman Show. WBAI. New York City. March 10, 1998.
Scope and Contents: Holtzman and United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Zachary Carter
discuss a violent attack on Abner Louima by New York City police officers, and how
the case was handled by authorities, etc. Includes comments from callers. 70 minutes.
- 72. The Liz Holtzman Show. WBAI. New York City. ca. May 1998.
Scope and Contents: Topics include discrimination against gays in the workplace, "soft money" and campaign
finance reform, gun control and a recent high school shooting in Oregon. Includes
comments from callers. 70 minutes.
- 74. The Liz Holtzman Show. WBAI. New York City. ca. 1998.
Scope and Contents: Topics include Iraq-United States relations, campaign finance reform, an article in
George magazine regarding John Travolta's portrayal of President Bill Clinton in the film
Primary Colors, the City University of New York (CUNY) system, etc. Includes comments from callers.
- 76. The Liz Holtzman Show. WBAI. New York City. ca.1998.
Scope and Contents: Topics include a possible peace treaty in Northern Ireland, an article in George magazine about Vernon Jordan and the Whitewater scandal, and other topics. Includes
comments from callers. 70 minutes.
- 79. The Liz Holtzman Show. WBAI. New York City. ca.1998.
Scope and Contents: Topics include middle class tax relief benefits, an article on the rape of four American
nuns in El Salvador, the proposed impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and other
issues. Includes comments from callers. 70 minutes.
- 80. The Leonard Lopate Show. WNYC. New York York City. November 30, 2006.
Scope and Contents: Holtzman discusses her reasons for impeaching President George W. Bush, bipartisan
support for impeachment proceedings against former president Richard Nixon, and her
related article in The Nation. Unrelated material follows on the program. 60 minutes.
- Subseries B. Political campaign advertisements and miscellaneous, ca.1980-1993, n.d.
(#T-184.81 - T-184.91)
- 83. "Interview with Bob Liff." New York City. August 14, 1989.
Scope and Contents: Holtzman discusses how her experience as a prosecutor will add to her ability to be
a good comptroller, her stance generally on the role of comptroller, her plans for
the office, etc. 48 minutes.
- Series III. CONSTITUENTS, 1973 (#184.92)
- 92. Constituent audiotape, 1973.
Scope and Contents
: Consists of a constituent's comments regarding his personal, professional, and military
history. He is African-American and speaks about his poor treatment and dishonorable
discharge from the Army, which he feels was unjust. He mentions health trouble, poor
medical care, difficulty finding a job because of his "nervous condition," race politics,
disdain for politicians, and poor treatment of veterans. He is asking Holtzman for
assistance and for her help in securing him back pay.15 minutes. Tape removed from
#17.75 (MC 793
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