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Low Income and Minority Women Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH001496
The collection consists of photocopies of 56 transcripts of interviews by Fran Leeper Buss with 56 low-income and minority women on their lives and work experiences, with a focus on their labor struggles, health care and the health care professions, housing, and family lives, including problems of domestic violence. A master index containing indexes by race, ethnic group, geographic area, and subject is available in Box 1 of the collection, as well as an individual index for each interviewee, located with that interview.

Dates

  • 1976 - 1992

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

Many of the interviewees have used a pseudonym. Researchers agree to preserve the privacy of the interviewees and may not attempt to identify pseudonymous interviewees or contact any of the interviewees.

Copyright to the materials is held by Radcliffe College for the Schlesinger Library. During the donor's lifetime Radcliffe College will not authorize extensive quotation without her written permission. Readers may, however, make brief quotations (250 words or fewer in any one publication) from the collection with the prior written permission of the Director of the Schlesinger Library.

Extent

4 Linear Feet ((8 MB).) : Consists of 74 printed transcripts, a master index, and an index for one set of interviews.

Abstract

Between 1976 and 1990, Fran Leeper Buss conducted a series of interviews with low-income and minority women across the Southern, Western, Midwestern, and Appalachian regions of the United States. As part of a collaborative project of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women at the University of Arizona and the Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women at Radcliffe, these interviews were then transcribed, indexed, and processed, with funding from the Ford Foundation. The collection consists of photocopies of 56 transcripts of interviews by Fran Leeper Buss with 56 low-income and minority women on their lives and work experiences, with a focus on their labor struggles, health care and the health care professions, housing, and family lives, including problems of domestic violence. A master index containing indexes by race, ethnic group, geographic area, and subject is available in Box 1 of the collection, as well as an individual index for each interviewee, located with that interview.

History

Between 1976 and 1990, Fran Leeper Buss conducted a series of interviews with low-income and minority women across the Southern, Western, Midwestern, and Appalachian regions of the United States. As part of a collaborative project of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women at the University of Arizona and the Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women at Radcliffe, these interviews were then transcribed, indexed, and processed, with funding from the Ford Foundation. Buss was then a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Arizona, and had been a longtime community organizer, with personal experience struggling with poverty and single motherhood herself. Buss initiated the project and served as Assistant Project Director. Janice Monk, of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, served as Project Director. As part of the collaborative project, the Reuther Library was among seven libraries across the country where interview transcript copies were deposited.

Arrangement

Transcripts are arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name (or by first name when no last name is provided).

Other Access Aids

Finding aid also available as a pdf file. https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/files/LOH001496.pdf

Custodial History

Original project and collection names include "Work and Family: Low Income and Minority Women Talk about Their Lives" and "Oral Histories of Low Income and Minority Women."

Acquisition

Donated by Fran Leeper Buss in 1992.

Existence and Location of Originals

Tapes, original transcripts, and other original materials are housed at the Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women at Radcliffe College.

Other Copies

Other copies of the interview transcripts were deposited with six additional repositories: the New Mexico State University Library; the State Historical Society of Wisconsin; the University of Arizona Library; the General Library at the University of California, Davis; and the Walter Royal Davis Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on March 18, 2016. Inventory created on April 03, 2019 by Ciera Casteel.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Low Income and Minority Women Oral Histories.
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid created by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-03-18
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Revision Statements

  • March 29, 2019: Inventory added by Ciera Casteel.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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