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Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project records, 1997-2014 (ongoing)
10.75 linear feet (14 boxes and digital files.)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00669

Abstract:
The project, begun by Arden Eversmeyer in 1997, continues to collect the life stories of lesbians 70 and older from around the country. The collection includes full transcripts and audio recordings (tapes and digital files); plus related correspondence, releases, and photographs (primarily color photocopies). Some interviewee files contain additional biographical material, writings, speeches, and memorabilia.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  1. Researchers must sign an Access Agreement Form to protect the privacy of interviewees and other third party individuals named in the records
  2. Some interviews require permission to be used (see list)
  3. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies--digital files are available for most interviews
Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the oral histories, except where noted on individual release forms. Copyright to other materials may be owned by the creators or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection

Biographical / Historical

This oral history project began in 1997 when Arden Eversmeyer started working with women she knew who were ill and dying in her community of Houston, Texas. Next, she began collecting stories from friends as she traveled. The project came to be called the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project and expanded to include the life stories of lesbians 70 and older (i.e., those who were born in the early years of the 20th century). Twenty two of the interviews were published in the book A Gift of Age: Old Lesbian Life Stories by Arden Eversmeyer and Margaret Purcell (2009).

Scope and Contents

The Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project includes interview transcripts and audio recordings (cassette tapes and digital files); plus related correspondence, releases, and photographs (primarily color photocopies). Some interviewee files contain additional biographical material, writings, speeches, and memorabilia.

Narrators include:

  1. Allen, Ann
  2. Atkins, Gail
  3. Austin, Delores
  4. Avery, Charlotte
  5. Bailey, Karen
  6. Bambeck, Kathy
  7. Barfield, Beth
  8. Barnes, Shaba
  9. Bart, Pauline
  10. Beers, Jinx
  11. Berman, Ruth
  12. Bissell, LeClair
  13. BlueHeron, Hannah
  14. Borders, Virginia (Ginny)
  15. Bottini, Ivy
  16. Boudreaux, Jean ("Shewolf")
  17. Brand, Doreen
  18. Breed, Deedy
  19. Breeze, Nancy
  20. Brindley, Mary Beth
  21. Bronson, Ricci (AKA Cortez, Ricci)
  22. Brown, Janet
  23. Brundage, Pauline (interview closed, permission required)
  24. Campbell, Laurel
  25. Carroll, Miriam
  26. Cason, Louise
  27. Cassingham, Barbee
  28. Cathcart, Helen
  29. Clegg, Roberta
  30. Clifton, Mickie
  31. Cohn, Sally
  32. Coleman, Marion
  33. Coleman, Pat (audio quality very poor, no transcript)
  34. Cooper, Gerry
  35. Cosgrave, Sandy
  36. Daly, Edith (Edie)
  37. Debra, Ruth
  38. Deetz, Ann
  39. deLeeuw, Care
  40. Doclar, Charlotte
  41. Doublex, Vashte
  42. Downey, Phyllis
  43. Dunnewald, Ann
  44. Duplaix, Sally
  45. Durham, Pat
  46. Eaton, Fran
  47. Eden, Jean
  48. Eversmeyer, Arden
  49. Fagan, Portia
  50. Feingold, Marlene
  51. Ficklen, Martha
  52. Fine, Judith
  53. Fitzgerald, Jessie
  54. Flagg, Bonita
  55. Fly, Alta
  56. Foley, Mary
  57. Ford, Tre
  58. Fowler, Dorothy (Dotty)
  59. Frey, Lucille
  60. Gandy, Patricia
  61. Gates, Jennie
  62. Gerber, Barbara
  63. Gieske, Mickie
  64. Glass, Kathryn
  65. Gobrecht, Elli
  66. Gold, Laura
  67. Goodrich, Ellen
  68. Hathaway, Rosemary
  69. Hayes, Ethyl (aka Kim) (Interview closed, permission required)
  70. Healey, Shevy (audio quality very poor, no transcript)
  71. Heindselman, Lois (Partial audio only)
  72. Herrick, Lynn (interview closed, permission required)
  73. Hickok, Beverly
  74. Hiner, Jo
  75. Hoffman, Dorothy
  76. Howard, Bea
  77. Ives, Janice
  78. Johanson, Johanna
  79. Jones, Barbara
  80. Jones, Joann
  81. Kalish, Barbara
  82. Kalscits, Helen
  83. Kate, Arden
  84. Kelley, Cynthia
  85. Kennedy, Barbara
  86. Killough, Margaret
  87. Knowles, Bobbie
  88. Kostenbader, Margot
  89. Kurtz, Connie
  90. Lane, Sunlight
  91. Larsen, Vivian
  92. Lawler, Carmah
  93. Levy, Janice
  94. Lloyd, Jean
  95. Majors, Nelda
  96. Marevis, Ann
  97. Mariano, Marie
  98. Marks-Nelson, Harriet
  99. Martin, Vera
  100. Maser, Shirley
  101. McConnell, Betsy
  102. McGough, BJ
  103. McVey, Jess
  104. Meyers, Joan
  105. Mirkin, Jackie
  106. Morris, Bessie
  107. Morton, Virginia
  108. Mountaingrove, Jean
  109. Murray, Ruth
  110. Neal, Aminita
  111. Nessler, Violet
  112. Osborne, Nancy
  113. Palmer, June
  114. Parke, Avis
  115. Parrish, Maxine
  116. Pearce, Marie
  117. Pepper, Adobe Jean (audio very poor, no transcript)
  118. Perry, Ocie
  119. Pierson, Joyce
  120. Pontius, Leoma
  121. Pratt, Sue
  122. Quinn, Lucy
  123. Rasmussen, Joan
  124. Red, Ida
  125. Reed, Suzanne
  126. Reeves, Joy
  127. Reynolds, Christine
  128. Ridalls, Shirley (no transcript available)
  129. Riddle, Katherine
  130. Rivers, Diana
  131. Roerdon, Chris
  132. Rudnick, Betty
  133. Russ, Joanna
  134. Rust, Marjorie (interview closed, permission required)
  135. Samuels, Eunice
  136. Santikos, Kiki
  137. Schafer, Eleanor ("Ellie")
  138. Sciacca, Barbara (interview closed, permission required)
  139. Scott, Emma Lou
  140. Shoemaker, Betty
  141. Siegle, Anne (interview closed, permission required)
  142. Silver, Ruth
  143. Sjogren, Elizabeth
  144. Stancich, Gloria
  145. Stewart, Annalee
  146. Stoneking, Carole
  147. Swofford, Leanne
  148. Tate, Sandy
  149. Taylor, Ruth
  150. Thomas, Helen
  151. Thompson, Joanna
  152. Tignor, Sandra
  153. Tippit, Mattie
  154. Tobias, Jane
  155. Todd, Beverly
  156. Ullman, Kate
  157. Van Cleave, Kay
  158. VanDiggelen, Margaret
  159. Voelkel, Donna
  160. Walton, Jeanne
  161. Wansley, Ann (Restricted access)
  162. Warner, Nancy
  163. Weber, Elaine
  164. Weiss, Irene
  165. Wheeler, Phoenix
  166. Wilkins, Karen
  167. Williams, Jayne
  168. Williams, Sue Parker (Rainbow)
  169. Wilson, Jean
  170. Wilson, Pat
  171. Yoder, Marilyn
  172. Zarchin, Natalie

Audio interviews and transcripts are also available online (Smith campus access only), unless otherwise noted above.


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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following caveats:

  1. Researchers must sign an Access Agreement Form to protect the privacy of interviewees and other third party individuals named in the records
  2. Some interviews require permission to be used (see list)
  3. Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies--digital files are available for most interviews
Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the oral histories, except where noted on individual release forms. Copyright to other materials may be owned by the creators or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

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

Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00671, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

Additional Formats

Transcripts and Original audio tapes have been copied to digital files for research use.

History of the Collection

The Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project collection was donated to the Sophia Smith Collection beginning in 2011 by Arden Eversmeyer and Margaret Purcell.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
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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

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Aged women -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Allen, Ann
  • Atkins, Gail
  • Austin, Delores
  • Avery, Charlotte
  • Bailey, Karen
  • Bambeck, Kathy
  • Barfield, Beth
  • Barnes, Shaba
  • Bart, Pauline
  • Beers, Jinx
  • Berman, Ruth
  • Bissell, LeClair
  • BlueHeron, Hannah
  • Borders, Virginia (Ginny)
  • Bottini, Ivy
  • Boudreaux, Jean ("Shewolf")
  • Brand, Doreen
  • Breed, Deedy
  • Breeze, Nancy
  • Brindley, Mary Beth
  • Bronson, Ricci (AKA Cortez, Ricci)
  • Brown, Janet
  • Brundage, Pauline
  • Campbell, Laurel
  • Carroll, Miriam
  • Cason, Louise
  • Cassingham, Barbee
  • Cathcart, Helen
  • Clegg, Roberta
  • Clifton, Mickie
  • Cohn, Sally
  • Coleman, Marion
  • Coleman, Pat
  • Cooper, Gerry
  • Cosgrave, Sandy
  • Daly, Edith (Edie)
  • Debra, Ruth
  • Deetz, Ann
  • Doclar, Charlotte
  • Doublex, Vashte
  • Downey, Phyllis
  • Dunnewald, Ann
  • Duplaix, Sally
  • Durham, Pat
  • Eaton, Fran
  • Eden, Jean
  • Eversmeyer, Arden
  • Eversmeyer, Arden and Margaret Purcell. A Gift of Age: a collection of stories based on interview transcripts in the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project -- Sources
  • Fagan, Portia
  • Feingold, Marlene
  • Ficklen, Martha
  • Fine, Judith
  • Fitzgerald, Jessie
  • Flagg, Bonita
  • Fly, Alta
  • Foley, Mary
  • Ford, Tre
  • Fowler, Dorothy (Dotty)
  • Frey, Lucille
  • Gandy, Patricia
  • Gates, Jennie
  • Gerber, Barbara
  • Gieske, Mickie
  • Glass, Kathryn
  • Gobrecht, Elli
  • Gold, Laura
  • Goodrich, Ellen
  • Hathaway, Rosemary
  • Hayes, Ethyl (aka Kim)
  • Healey, Shevy
  • Heindselman, Lois
  • Herrick, Lynn
  • Hickok, Beverly
  • Hiner, Jo
  • Hoffman, Dorothy
  • Howard, Bea
  • Ives, Janice
  • Johanson, Johanna
  • Jones, Barbara
  • Jones, Joann
  • Kalish, Barbara
  • Kalscits, Helen
  • Kate, Arden
  • Kelley, Cynthia
  • Kennedy, Barbara
  • Killough, Margaret
  • Knowles, Bobbie
  • Kostenbader, Margot
  • Kurtz, Connie
  • Lane, Sunlight
  • Larsen, Vivian
  • Lawler, Carmah
  • Lesbianism -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Lesbians -- United States -- Biography -- Sources
  • Levy, Janice
  • Lloyd, Jean
  • Majors, Nelda
  • Marevis, Ann
  • Mariano, Marie
  • Marks-Nelson, Harriet
  • Martin, Vera
  • Maser, Shirley
  • McConnell, Betsy
  • McGough, BJ
  • McVey, Jess
  • Meyers, Joan
  • Mirkin, Jackie
  • Morris, Bessie
  • Morton, Virginia
  • Mountaingrove, Jean
  • Murray, Ruth
  • Neal, Aminita
  • Nessler, Violet
  • Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project
  • Osborne, Nancy
  • Palmer, June
  • Parke, Avis
  • Parrish, Maxine
  • Pearce, Marie
  • Pepper, Adobe Jean
  • Perry, Ocie
  • Pierson, Joyce
  • Pontius, Leoma
  • Pratt, Sue
  • Purcell, Margaret, 1951- (Margaret Christine)
  • Purcell, Margaret, 1951- (Margaret Christine)
  • Purcell, Margaret, 1951- (Margaret Christine)
  • Quinn, Lucy
  • Rasmussen, Joan
  • Red, Ida
  • Reed, Suzanne
  • Reeves, Joy
  • Reynolds, Christine
  • Ridalls, Shirley
  • Riddle, Katherine
  • Rivers, Diana
  • Roerdon, Chris
  • Rudnick, Betty
  • Russ, Joanna
  • Rust, Marjorie
  • Samuels, Eunice
  • Santikos, Kiki
  • Schafer, Eleanor ("Ellie")
  • Sciacca, Barbara
  • Scott, Emma Lou
  • Shoemaker, Betty
  • Siegle, Anne
  • Silver, Ruth
  • Sjogren, Elizabeth
  • Stancich, Gloria
  • Stewart, Annalee
  • Stoneking, Carole
  • Swofford, Leanne
  • Tate, Sandy
  • Taylor, Ruth
  • Thomas, Helen
  • Thompson, Joanna
  • Tignor, Sandra
  • Tippit, Mattie
  • Tobias, Jane
  • Todd, Beverly
  • Ullman, Kate
  • Van Cleave, Kay
  • VanDiggelen, Margaret
  • Voelkel, Donna
  • Walton, Jeanne
  • Wansley, Ann
  • Warner, Nancy
  • Weber, Elaine
  • Weiss, Irene
  • Wheeler, Phoenix
  • Wilkins, Karen
  • Williams, Jayne
  • Williams, Sue Parker (Rainbow)
  • Wilson, Jean
  • Wilson, Pat
  • Yoder, Marilyn
  • Zarchin, Natalie
  • deLeeuw, Care

Genre terms
  • Audiocassettes
  • Book
  • Computer media
  • Contracts
  • DVD video discs
  • Electronic mail
  • Electronic records
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories
  • Transcripts
  • correspondence
  • photographs


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