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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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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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Batch 3 on it’s way to being digitized

by Jolene M. Beiser, Project Archivist

Four hundred and twenty-five more tapes are on their way to George Blood, LP in Philadelphia PA for digitization! 1,200 hundred down, 425 more to go!

Women in Labor History

by Jolene Beiser, Project Archivist

Happy (belated) Labor Day!  The Zinn Education Project: Women in Labor History page is an excellent resource honoring the women who fought for workers rights, a few of whom are included in the American Women’s project! Great work Zinn Education Project!

Click to link to the Zinn Education Project Women in Labor History page

Click to link to “Zinn Education Project: Women in Labor History”

 

 

From the Vault: Pacifica Radio Achives’ weekly radio program

by Jolene Beiser, Project Archivist

Over the years, Pacific Radio Archives has digitized hundreds of recordings featuring important women–artists, activists, politicians, etc. But we have just cracked the surface, having over 1,600 more to digitize and preserve as part of the American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 project.

Several of these recordings have been used for Pacifica’s weekly radio program entitled From The Vault.  I wanted to use this blog post to highlight some of these programs that have already been digitized.

Recently we featured a program from 1980, produced by Moira Rankin and co-produced by Deborah George for Sophie’s Parlor Collective, the oldest women’s radio collective on the air at Pacifica’s youngest station, WPFW in Washington D.C. This “Retrospective on Radical Feminism” was digitized in-house in 2013 and featured in a From The Vault episode available streaming here.

Also in March we feature a 1980 program entitled “Woman to Woman: Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” a documentary about the relationship between and accomplishments of these two women.  This program was one episode of an eight-part KPFA (Berkeley, CA) series entitled Great Women. The remaining recordings in this series will be digitized as part of the American Women project and the entire series will be preserved together for the long-term. You can listen to this episode of From the Vault here.

One last highlighted program is Germaine Greer at the National Press Club (1971). Germaine Greer: theorist, academic, and journalist, was the first woman ever to be invited to address the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in 1971. An important voice of the feminist movement in the 1970s, she is captured here explaining to the private social club why it is important to examine the ways women are being presented in the press, and why women should be given more opportunities to speak for themselves. Listen to this episode of From the Vault here.

Thank you to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for the generous grant to support this important project.

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–More information about the American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 project can be found here.