Month: March 2014

American Women Batch 1–Shipping to George Blood, LP

by Jolene Beiser, Project Archivist

The tapes were assessed, re-boxed, cataloged and packed; readied to take the long road trip across America to George Blood, LP in Philadelphia, PA. We hired art movers, US Art, to safely transport our first batch of 425 one-of-a-kind recordings in climate controlled trucks.

Project Director Brian DeShazor and Project Archivist Jolene Beiser, along with Pacifica Radio Archives staff Edgar Toledo, Joe Gallucci, and Mark Torres helped to pack up the tapes in heavy-duty plastic crates, protected from impact with bubble wrap, and with desiccant packs dropped in each box to protect against moisture.

According to George Blood, LP, they arrived safe and sound, and are being prepped for digitization.

Thank you to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for the funding to transport and digitize these precious recordings as part of our project American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982.

See more about the project here.

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Happy International Women’s Day

by Jolene Beiser, Project Archivist

Our NHPRC grant funded American Women Making History and Culture (1963-1982) Project is underway and there are so many incredible programs on their way to being digitally preserved. Since we’re celebrating International Women’s Day this weekend, I thought I’d highlight some recordings of international women that I’ve come across just this week! These three were recorded in the 1960’s, before the Women’s movement really began to take steam, highlighting how unique Pacifica Radio content was at this time, and how lucky we are to have these recordings in our collection.

hindu dancingIshvani Hamilton talking about Hindu Dancing.(1960)

MADAME NHU AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. Trần Lệ Xuân (22 August 1924 – 24 April 2011), popularly known as Madame Nhu, wife of South Vietnamese Premier and de facto First Lady of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1963, – See more at:

HAN_SUYINInterview with Dr. Han Suyin, a Chinese physician, and author of books in English and French on modern China, including “Love is a Many Splendor Thing”(1967)

tranlexuan0Madam Nhu (Trần Lệ Xuân) wife of South Vietnamese Premier and de facto First Lady of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1963, speaks at UC Berkeley (1963)

 These tapes are being sent to George Blood, L.P. in Philadelphia to be digitally preserved in the next few weeks, and digital versions will be available for listening in the upcoming months. In the meantime, listen to a special Women’s Day From The Vault recording–Anais Nin in conversation with Judy Chicago–HERE.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Dr. Lily Golden-Hanga , a Black woman born in the U.S.S.R. of U.S. parentage – See more at: