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Dyke TV records, 1992-2007
105.25 linear feet (93 boxes) 6 items (5 CDs and 1 floppy disk)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00656

Abstract:
Television production company; Lesbian business. Collection includes video tapes, raw footage, and DVD dubs for Dyke TV programs. The materials cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to lesbians in sports, artists, gay pride, childhood and coming of age stories, political issues, gay and lesbian civil rights, sexuality, lesbian parenting, HIV/AIDS and other health issues, incest survivors, lesbian domestic violence, and women's rights. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that they own copyright, Sangfroid LLT (the production company that created Dyke TV) has retained copyright in works donated to Smith College. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by Sangfroid LLT, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Sophia Smith Collection

Biographical / Historical

Dyke TV was created by Ana Maria Simo (playwright and co-founder of Lesbian Avengers), Linda Chapman (theater director and producer) and Mary Patierno (independent film and video maker). The first show aired in New York City, June 8, 1993. Dyke TV produced national documentary television programming, by and for lesbians, designed to empower and to enhance the visibility of diverse lesbian communities; it mixed art, news, sports, political commentary, health coverage, music, and video as it examined issues of lesbian culture. The program reached over 6.5 million households nationwide, and was screened at many national and international film and music festivals. The half-hour weekly cable television show featured a five-minute news segment covering issues relevant to lesbian lives from a lesbian perspective; an in-depth look at an issue of particular interest to the lesbian community, including such topics as the International Dyke March at Stonewall 25, the murder of Brandon Teena, Camp Sister Spirit under siege, lesbians in the military, domestic partnership, and state-wide ballot initiatives and other anti-lesbian and anti-gay activities of the Christian Right; and interviews with lesbian artists, showcasing their work. Dyke TV won a Hometown Video Festival Award in 1994.

Scope and Contents

The records contain show master tapes, editor's master tapes, raw footage, and DVD dubs for Dyke TV programs. The materials cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to lesbians in sports, artists, gay pride, childhood and coming of age stories, political issues, gay and lesbian civil rights, sexuality, lesbian parenting, HIV/AIDS and other health issues, incest survivors, lesbian domestic violence, and women's rights.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

To the extent that they own copyright, Sangfroid LLT (the production company that created Dyke TV) has retained copyright in works donated to Smith College. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by Sangfroid LLT, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Dyke TV Records, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC.MS.00656, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

Additional Formats

Selected Dyke TV episodes and the complete show logs have been digitized and are available to view online.

History of the Collection

The Dyke TV Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by producers Sally Sasso and Mary Patierno in 2009.

Accruals:

Further additions to the collection were made on 2018 April 23 and 2018 July 17, under Accessions 2018-S-0026 and 2018-S-0043.

Processing Information

The original arrangement and folder titles were retained in most cases; moldy tapes quarantined.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request the creation of and access to digital copies. Viewing copies of most final broadcast shows are available.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
2018-S-0026. Patierno, Mary, Dyke TV records addition
ca.approximately 1995-2005
12.25 linear feet(10 records cartons and three bags of moldy tapes)

Physical characteristics:

Twenty-one moldy tapes removed from boxes 6, 7, and 10 and placed in in quarantine (3 bags) West St. Basement 195 C 3-4 (as boxes 6a, 7a, and 10a)

Scope and content:

The records contain show master tapes, editor's master tapes, raw footage, and DVD dubs for Dyke TV programs. Also included are meeting notes, financial records, and fundraising materials. The materials cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to lesbians in sports, artists, gay pride, childhood and coming of age stories, political issues, gay and lesbian civil rights, sexuality, lesbian parenting, HIV/AIDS and other health issues, incest survivors, lesbian domestic violence, and women's rights.

Provenance:

Donated by Mary Patierno, Dyke TV co-creator.

Processing information:

The original arrangement and folder titles were retained in most cases; moldy tapes quarantined and not yet thoroughly inventoried.

Search Terms
Patierno, Mary

Board materials and meeting notes, foundational materials, production materials, and publicity
1994-2004

Box 1 Box 2
Staff meeting notes and minutes, staff retreats
1995-2000

Box 2
Show logs
approximately 1995-2000

Box 2
Notes from starting Dyke TV
1992-1995

Box 2
Fundraising, fundraisers and events, including 10th anniversary gala
ca.approximately 1994-2004

Box 1 Box 2 Box 9
Financial summaries and budgets
approximately 1994-2003

Box 9
Video recordings "Marlene Talks About March" and "Ursala's Facial Exercises and Advice"
ca.approximately 1993-2005
2 items(2 U-matic video tapes)
Box 3
Search Terms
Videotapes

Video recordings "Eyewitness: Joan Nestle" and "Ani Di Franco," "Noemi Masliah Interview (Immigration Part 1)," "Boys Don't Cry," "Suddenly Not Susan," "Lesbians Talking Straight," "Peace Rally in D.C. (raw footage and interviews)," "Alice B. Toklas #2," and "Kiss the Girl"
1994-2001
9 items(9 Betacam video tapes)
Box 3
Search Terms
Videotapes

Video recordings "Doin' it til we're satisfied," "Harriet's workshop (?)," "Risk: Lesbians & AIDS," "Dyke TV: Avenge Tampa," and "On Our Backs"
1995
5 items(5 Betacam video tapes)
Box 4
Search Terms
Videotapes

Video recordings "Avengers, Part 1" & "Sapphic Spitcurls," "Cathy Opie" and Anita & Alexis," "Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) June [Millington] footage," "June Millington & IMA"
1993-2001
4 items(4 Betacam video tapes)
Box 4
Search Terms
Videotapes

Video recordings "African American Lesbian Child," "Anne Northrop" & Pamela Sneed," "Lori E. Seid," "Titi Liberation," and "Hot Head Paisan"
1993-1995
5 items(5 Umatic video tapes)
Box 4
Search Terms
Videotapes

Video recordings "Interview with Meg Riley," "Pamela Sneed," "Dyke March," "Pope, Clinton, Colorado," "Toshi Reagan--Arts," Mary Ellen Strom: School's Out," "Glow," "Lesbian Country Western Dancing," "Tattoo Talk 2," "Gay Women's Focus: Health care for Lesbians," "Dyke Signs, #1, #2, #3"
1990-1998
8 items(8 Umatic video tapes)
Box 5
Search Terms
Videotapes

Video recordings "Cupake Drag King piece," "Entrevista," "Latinas War," "Dyke March Doin' it til..." "Queen Nelora and the Fantastic Courting Yard," "Toi, No Case, News, Julie Goldman, etc."
1997-2004
6 items(6 Betacam video tapes)
Box 5
Search Terms
Videotapes

Dyke TV shows #178; 213-214; 228; 256-260; 268-271; 274-274; 276-278; 284-286; 317b; 318a; and 320b
ca.Approximately 1995-2005
23 items(23 shows)
Box 6
Search Terms
Videotapes

Video recordings "Rumours," "Outloud," "Astraea," and "No on one Main"
ca.Approximately 1995-2005
1 items(1 U-matic video tape)
Box 7
Search Terms
Videotapes

Video recordings "Ann Northrop News," "Dia en BA," "Blah Blah 2," " and "Cris Williamson, Holly Near, Ann Meredith"
2001-2002
4 items(4 Betacam SP video tapes, large format)
Box 7
Search Terms
Videotapes

Video recordings "Dyke TV Highlights," "Dyke TV Sample Show," "Matt Shephard Stills," "Poorly Understood: Jen Taylor(Formerly Known as History Lesson #1)" [2 copies]
1999-2001
5 items(5 BetaCam SP tapes, small format)
Box 7
Search Terms
Videotapes

Video recordings "Beijing"
1995
9 items(9 Betacam tapes in Box 8)11 items(9 Betacam SP tapes and 2 Hi8 videocassettes in Box 10)
Box 8 Box 10
Search Terms
Videotapes

Moldy video tapes

21 items(21 video tapes)
Box 6a Box 7a Box 10a
Physical characteristics:

21 moldy video tapes removed from boxes 6,7, and 10--put into quarantine as boxes 6a, 7a, and 10a, all in plastic bags in West St Basement 195 C 3 and 4.

Search Terms
Videotapes

2018-A-0043. Patierno, Mary, Dyke TV records further addition
1990-2005
3 linear feet(2 record cartons and 1 full letter document box)7 boxes(7 moldy boxes; quarantined in bags until further assessment is possible and thus not inventoried.)

Provenance:

Materials have been held by Mary Patierno, Dyke TV co-creator, since the time that Dyke TV was disbanded.

Scope and content:

Materials include video tapes of Dyke TV episodes and content, as well as photographs and slides of content and production. Also includes financial documents, incorporation information, job descriptions for various positions, advertisements, and programming.

Processing information:

Accessible tapes were organized. Original folders and labeling were retained, with some additional organization. Moldy tapes and materials were quarantined.

Physical characteristics:

CDs in Box 2 and floppy disc in Box 3 have been flagged for digital archivist.

Boxes with moldy contents were quarantined for further assessment and those not inventoried.

Search Terms
Patierno, Mary

Video recording "Gender Expression PSA"
April 2003
1 items(1 SONY Betacam SP video tape)
Box 1
Search Terms
Videotapes

Video recordings, "Footage for Night Life promo"
approximately 1995-2005
1 items(1 Maxell Betacam SP video tape)
Box 1
Video recording "Dyke TV 114: I'm You, You're Me"
1995 August 28
1 items(1 3M video tape)
Box 1
Video recording "Dyke TV 173" including, "Lesbian Living: Kate Clinton," "Hanging out in the Bathtub - cartoonists," "Butch wax: Music Video," "Anna Ferrer - Visual Artist," "Cyndy Rickman: Music Video," and "I was a Lesbian Child"
approximately 1997-1999
1 items(1 SONY KSP-30 video tape)
Box 1
Video recording "Dyke TV show 181"
1999 January
1 items(1 SONY KSP-30 video tape)
Box 1
Video recordings, "Dyke TV unmixed masters, shows 222-224"
approximately 2000-2002
1 items(1 SONY Betacam SP video tape)
Box 1
Video recording "Dyke TV 236"
approximately 2000-2002
1 items(1 3M video tape)
Box 1
Video recording "Dyke TV 241"
approximately 2000-2002
1 items(1 SONY KCA-30BRS video tape)
Box 2
Video recording "Dyke TV show 266"
approximately 2000-2002
1 items(1 SONY KCA-30BRS video tape)
Box 1
"Dyke TV 270"
2002 December 17
1 items(1 SONY KSA-30BRST video tape)
Box 2
Video recording "Dyke TV Pride vision shows (masters), 277 and 278"
approximately 2003-2005
1 items(1 Betacam SP video tape)
Box 1
Video recordings, "Dyke TV unmixed masters, shows 284, 287, 288"
approximately 2003-2005
1 items(1 SONY Betacam SP video tape)
Box 1
Video recording "Dyke TV Pridevision masters, 285, 287, 288"
approximately 2003-2005
1 items(1 Betacam SP video tape)
Box 1
Video recording "Master pridevision, 286, 289, 290"
approximately 2003-2005
1 items(1 Betacam SP video tape)
Box 1
Video recording "Episode ??" containing "Opening Trailer," "Brandon Teena," "I was a Lesbian Child," "Dyke Match," "Out in the Video Store," "Two Spirited People," "Flying," "risk: Lesbians and AIDS," "Margo Gomez," "Klexmatics," and "Lesbianism: What a Beautiful Choice"
approximately 1995-2005
1 items(1 3M video tape)
Box 1
Video recordings, "GLAAD Awards"
2002
1 items(1 SONY Betacam SP video tape)
Box 2
Video recordings, "Alice B. Toklas #3"
approximately 1995-2005
1 items(1 Kodak U-Matic video tape)
Box 2
Video recordings, "Raw Word Project," "VAL intros incl: DC Rally, NYC Rally, The Farm, Jennifer Munson, etc."
2001 Oct 1
1 items(1 SONY Betacam SP video tape)
Box 2
Video recordings, "Pills Profits and Protest," "Footage from Brazil"
approximately 1995-2005
1 items(1 SONY Betacam SP video tape)
Box 2
Video recordings, "AIDS ride #1," "Anat Salomon"
1999
1 items(1 SONY Betacam SP video tape)
Box 2
Video recordings, "Butch Beer Commercial"
1997 July
1 items(1 Fujifilm D2 video tape)
Box 2
Video recording "Compilation for the new festival"
1994
1 items(1 SONY video tape)
Box 2
Dyke TV advertisements and newspaper clippings
1994-1995
4 folders(4 folders)
Box 2
Dyke TV incorporation information and paperwork
1990-1995
1 folders(1 folder)
Box 2
Programming, sponsorship, production information, and production workshops
1994-1996
6 folders(6 folders)
Box 2 Box 3
Employee, volunteer, intern, and board policies and job descriptions
1994-2001
10 folders(10 folders)
Box 2 Box 3
"Snapshots at Dyke TV" photographs
approximately 1995-1998

Box 2
"Snapshots at Dyke TV"
approximately 1995-1998
5 items(5 CDs).430 Gigabytes(210 jpg image files)
Box 2
Physical characteristics:

This content was received from the donor in digital form and is not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access.

Slides for Dyke TV stills
approximately 1995-2000
2 Sheets(2 sheets of slides)
Box 3
Financial information (fundraising, fiscal reports, budgets, and tax information)
1994-1999
8 folders(8 folders)
Box 3
Newsletters and mailings
1995
1 folders(1 folder)Contains floppy disc
Box 3
Newsletter vol 2., no. 1: images, graphics
1995
1 items(1 floppy disk).236 Gigabytes(19 digital files)
Box 3
Physical characteristics:

This content was received from the donor in digital form and is not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access.

Note on file formats: contents consists of Mac desktop publishing software files from 1995 (Quark file format). Special Collections is not able to provide the required software or system specifications for this file format.

Processing information:

The contents of the floppy disk was copied to networked storage for preservation.


Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • Chapman, Linda
  • Chapman, Linda
  • Documentary television programs
  • Gay rights -- United States
  • Lesbian activists -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Lesbians -- United States -- History
  • Lesbians -- United States -- Social life and customs
  • Patierno, Mary
  • Patierno, Mary
  • Patierno, Mary
  • Sasso, Sally
  • Sasso, Sally
  • Sasso, Sally
  • Simo, Ana Maria
  • Simo, Ana Maria

Genre terms
  • Audiotapes
  • CDs
  • Floppy disks
  • Publicity
  • Videotapes
  • clippings


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