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Recorded Sound Section--Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division



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Brander Matthews Dramatic Museum Collection




Vital History Cassettes
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Betty Friedan. Fred Palumbo, photographer. 1964. Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZ62-114907 (b&w film copy neg.).

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The Vital History Cassettes series contains interviews, press conferences, and special events recorded by CBS News from 1970 to 1982. Several shows in the series deal with women's issues or contain interviews with notable women. For example, three generations of the Peabody family of Massachusetts—Mary Peabody (1891-1981), civil rights activist; Marietta Tree (1917-1991), first woman ambassador to the United Nations; and Frances FitzGerald (b. 1940), author of Fire in the Lake (1972), the Pulitzer Prize-winning book on Vietnam—are interviewed for the series (RZA 0768). Eleanor McGovern (b. 1921) talks about her role in the 1972 presidential campaign (RZA 0758), and Sandra Day O'Connor (b. 1930) discusses her nomination to the Supreme Court in 1981 (RZA 0786). Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (1936-1996), and Governor Ella Grasso (b. 1919) [picture] are also participants. Feminism is a popular topic of discussion: author Marilyn French (b. 1929) gave a talk in 1980 on “making room for women” (RZA 0782); Betty Friedan [picture] spoke on women's liberation at the 1971 opening session of the National Women's Political Caucus (RZA 0753); and Elaine Heffner (b. 1926) talked about mothering after feminism. Other topics include psychoanalysis and feminism, the Equal Rights Amendment, and the working woman. These cassettes are accessible by name, title, and subject in the Library's online catalog.

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