Month: April 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!

April update

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Edgar, prepping the boxes for shipment.

by Jolene M. Beiser, Project Archivist

We are two-thirds of the way through this incredible project, having digitized 1,275 recordings out of the 1,700 to be digitized. Or final batch of 425 tapes have arrived at George Blood, LP in Philadephia, PA and are being cooled down prior to digitization due to extensive sticky-shed syndrome found in the batch, a common problem found in 1/4 inch reel-to-reel tapes from this time period (late 70s-early 80s).

Preparing this batch before shipping was also a rough go, which is why we jokingly referred to it as “BARTCH 4”. It contains hundreds of recordings that had little-to-no descriptive information in their records nor on their box labels, many of them requiring new descriptive records altogether. We are ever grateful for the funding from NHPRC to preserve this batch because there are so many gems that could have been lost without this project! Some highlights include: Black Ms. America, Eleanor Smeal announces the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and numerous Women’s music festivals and concert recordings. We’re looking forward to getting these digital files back and listening to them in June!

 

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