Pacifica Radio Archives

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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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.

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…

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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Revolutionary words

by Holly Rose McGee, Archivist

Today’s quote of the day comes from the amazing Margaret Sloan-Hunter (where have you BEEN all my life?!?), during her nationwide tour in 1972 with Gloria Steinem, speaking to young adults about sexism and racism. She ended her speech with a quote, and stated that she was using a quote from a man because the press still didn’t take women seriously enough! But it’s from Bobby Seale, which seemed to appease her audience (and we’re okay with that, too!).

In a Panther household, everyone sweeps the floor, everybody makes the bed, and everybody makes the revolution. Because real manhood depends on the subjugation of no one.
– Bobby Seale, Seize the Time

Hear this segment of the speech here: https://soundcloud.com/pacificaradioarchives/margaret-sloan-hunter-1973

And yes, this is from another of the amazing recordings I’m currently processing as part of the grant at Pacifica Radio Archives, and which will be available to listen to on the Internet Archive some day…until then, it’s Archive # BC2781 to you! This recording was made during Steinem’s and Sloan’s appearance at the Brooklyn Montessori School in June 1973, but you can read excerpts of their speeches in this report on their visit to the Ventura Junior College in California in October 1972. https://archive.org/stream/echo12cali#page/n23/mode/2up

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”