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American Women project completed!

Over 1,900 historic broadcast recordings available streaming online!

We are pleased to announce that our “American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982” project is completed! All of the grant project deliverables have been met. These include:

  1. A searchable finding aid available on the Online Archive of California.
  2. Over 1,900 recordings streaming freely on the Internet Archive and the UC Berkeley Library catalog OskiCat.
  3. Item level descriptions of recordings available on the Pacifica Radio Archives online catalog.
  4. A manual for completing similar digital preservation projects.
  5. Reports and more. Visit the project’s official webpage here: http://www.pacificaradioarchives.org/nhprc1/home

We invite you to listen to these historic recordings and share with fellow students, researchers, professors, librarians, archivists, and media creators far and wide.

We want to say a special thanks to the National Historic Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives and Records Administration for their matching funds making this project possible, and to our partners: the Internet Archive, UC Berkeley Library, and George Blood, LP.

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Malvina Reynolds story featured in the OC Weekly

A beautiful article about activist musician Malvina Reynolds by Gabriel San Roman was published this week in the OC Weekly. Audio preserved as part of the American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 project was used for research for this article by Gabriel. And the piece includes a link to a recording of a conversation between Malvina and activist Dorothy Healey preserved in this collection.

Enjoy Gabriel’s wonderful article and this interview on behalf of the Pacifica Radio Archives and the American Women Making History and Culture project! Also, browse other recordings of Malvina preserved in the project here.

We are so happy the audio preserved in this collection is being used for wonderful work like this!

Thank you to the NHPRC for their generous funding for the American Women project.

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Report from Archives 2015: SAA in Cleveland

by Jolene M. Beiser, Project Archivist

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Greetings! I recently returned to Los Angeles after a trip to Cleveland for the Society of American Archivists 2015 Annual Meeting. This trip and conference was an opportunity to let other archivists know about the important work we’re doing here at Pacifica to preserve women’s history, and to find out more about similar undertakings at other institutions.

My first two stops were the Recorded Sound Roundtable and Women’s Collections Roundtable meetings. At the Recorded Sound meeting we learned about the state of the initiatives having to do with Audiovisual Archives collections, including the publication of the ARSC Manual and the upcoming AMIA conference in Portland, OR. We also discussed initiatives the Roundtable might want to undertake during the 2015-2016 year, trainings seeming to be the most popular idea. I announced at the Women’s Collections Roundtable that we are almost finished with the American Women project (!!) and received enthusiastic interest and encouragement. Postcards announcing the project were also made available at the conference.

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On Thursday afternoon I presented with Carrie Daniels, Director of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Louisville, Aaron Rosenblum, Associate Curator of Special Collections at The Filson Historical Society, and Josh Ranger of A/V Preserve on the topic “Can I Trash This? Managing Physical Media Collections Post-digitization“. We had an energetic conversation about the special needs of audiovisual materials and why institutions choose to hold on to the analog materials once they’ve already been digitized, especially in light of their short (10-15 year) future lifespan. I talked about how as a result of the American Women project, we now have a plan to store digital preservation masters at the California Digital Library, Internet Archive, and in house, and are shipping the master tapes to the University of Maryland for long-term safekeeping. This will allow more room in our in-house vault for finding, digitally preserving, and making accessible more gems from our collection.

The conference allowed for more connections with Women’s collections archivists who can spread the word about the American Women collection to scholars and researchers at their institutions, and with audiovisual archivists with whom we are sharing ideas and best practices for preserving and sharing our collections.

Thank you to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for their support of this great project.

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American Women project presentations

by Jolene Beiser, Project Archivist

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Beautiful Bryn Mawr College!

In May I traveled to the lovely state of Pennsylvania to, as part of this NHPRC-funded undertaking, give presentations on the “American Women” project at two conferences.  The first was “Women’s History in the Digital World 2015,” the second conference of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education, held on the campus of Bryn Mawr College on May 21 and 22, 2015.  The conference was to “bring together experts, novices, and all those in between to share insights, lessons, and resources for the many projects emerging at the crossroads of history, the digital humanities, and women’s and gender studies…the conference will feature the work of librarians and archivists, faculty, students, independent scholars, and other stakeholders in the development of women’s and gender histories within digital scholarship.” You can view the presentation I gave to scholars and researchers about the American women project here: BrynMawr2015_20150519.

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Beautiful Pittsburgh!

On May 26th I traveled to Pittsburgh for the 49th annual Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) conference, held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. I gave a presentation as part of the one day Pre-conference Workshop “From Idea to Deliverable: Planning and Executing Your Grant-Funded Project” on “Writing a Convincing Narrative”. You can view this presentation by clicking here: JBeiser_Narrative_20150527

And on Friday, May 29th, myself and former Pacifica Archivist Holly Rose McGee gave a presentation at the ARSC conference on the American Women project.  You can see our presentation here: Pacifica_ARSC_2015_audioOK

It was a pleasure to bring this important project and collection into the awareness of scholars, educators, archivists and librarians from all over the country. I was shown so much enthusiasm about the important work we’re doing here at Pacifica.

Quarterly Report to National Archives

by Brian DeShazor, Project Director

Pacifica Radio Archives recently submitted our quarterly report to the National Archives, describing the grant project activities undertaken during the quarter that included January, February and March of 2015. Highlights include the many ways we’ve promoted the project, particularly during March–Women’s History Month, via social media ( https://twitter.com/PacificaRadioAr, Soundcloud.com https://soundcloud.com/pacificaradioarchives, and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/19664526892/), via public service announcements on the radio, and events including the March 28th “Anaïs Nin’s Influence: Women who Knew Nin Talk About her Writing, Her Life and Their Friendship with Her” at the City of West Hollywood City Council Chambers and March 31st “Poetry Slam at Busboys and Poets” in Washington, D.C.

Feel free to peruse the report by downloading here: NHPRC report_April 30 2015.

Pacifica Archivists attend NWHP 35th anniversary

by Brian DeShazor, Project Director

On March 28th, 2015, Project Archivist Jolene Beiser and Pacifica Archivist Holly Rose McGee attended the 35th anniversary celebration of the National Women’s History Project in Los Angeles. The archives donated a package of women’s recordings as a silent auction gift. An advertisement for the Pacifica Radio Archives was included in their event program  which you can see below. This shows how important our materials are to the people who are continuing to work toward a more equal society.

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Dear Partners and Supporters

from Brian DeShazor, Project Director

Hi! We’re excited to write you about our progress with “American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982” and give you ways to help us promote it further. Because of you we received the support we requested from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) at the National Archives and Pacifica Radio Stations and listeners to do this project.

We’re in the homestretch. 1500 recordings of Pacifica Radio Station broadcasts documenting The Women’s Movement in the United States (1963 – 1982) have been transferred from the reel-to-reel analog tape and we’re already in the cataloging and description phase. We’ve finished pre-processing the remaining 500 that are being digitized at George Blood Audio.

Review the full list of the programs preserved by this project:

HEAR some these extraordinary recordings: Congresswoman Bella Abzug describes being a woman in politics during the “Decade of the Woman” (1981). Suffragist Isola Dodic remembers marching around the White House in 1913 to win women the vote (1978). Actress and activist Ruby Dee speaks about fighting apartheid in South Africa (1964). Poet Audre Lorde recites “To Be Young, Black and Lesbian” (1982) and early (1970’s) “consciousness raising” sessions, broadcasting all the personal and noisy revolutionary fervor for the world to hear.
How you can help us now! Please answer the following questions so we may serve our mission to have these materials used in various settings, academic, film, television, news, etc.

1. When all the audio and descriptive records are available in December of 2015, how can we alert scholars, artists, journalists and educators they are here?

2. Whom shall we contact? What will they need to know about the project?

3. Are there organizations, publications, or individuals that would be interested in spreading the word about this collection? Can you contact them directly? Or, give us an introduction? Please let us know!!!

4. What is the best form in which to present this material, and knowledge of its existence, so that it will be used? What will users have to know?

5. Can you select a recording, request a copy, listen to it and write a review or comment? This would enhance our online presentation, reports to the NHPRC and serve one of our project objectives to show increased use of the materials.

How you can help us continue!
We’ve got 5 months to go and it’s a matching grant. We’re in need of funds to make these resources visible and available. Donations to Pacifica Radio Archives are tax deductible and are dedicated to the AWMHC project. Http://www.pacificaradioarchives.org Please pass it on…

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom 100th Anniversary

by Jolene M. Beiser, Project Archivist

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This month celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)–founded in 1915 in the midst of the first World War.  The Women’s Power to Stop War Conference is currently underway  at the Hague in the Netherlands to commemorate this important event and the women who have been fighting for Peace all over the world.

Pacifica Radio’s Amy Goodman is there, and you can listen to her Democracy Now broadcast from the conference here: http://www.democracynow.org/

Naturally, Pacifica Radio has interviewed several members and recorded several events of WILPF over the years, and we have found six such recordings, four of which are included in our American Women Making History and Culture project.  You can see descriptive records for these programs here: http://pacificaradioarchives.org/subject-tags/womens-international-league-peace-and-freedom-0.

These recordings and an other 1,996 will be available streaming through the U.C. Berkeley Library’s online catalog and through the Internet Archive this fall! Stay tuned!