The items in this online exhibition evoke the stories of American women through the ages.
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Alford Lake Camp film, ca. 1944


Researchers are often surprised to discover the extent of the Library’s audiovisual holdings. While they are often part of larger manuscript collections, some stand on their own. The collection comprises upwards of 35,000 items ranging from wire recordings to digital video. Access to the materials is now provided via streaming from links in the finding aids, allowing researchers to listen or view at their convenience. We have selected six clips that provide a glimpse into these rich holdings. The clips represent broad collecting areas of the Library and include a Lamaze birth class, scenes from a girls’ camp, Radcliffe College life, ERA march footage, a feminist rock and roll band, and June Jordan reading a poem that speaks to the intersectionality of racism, sexism, and homophobia. 

Alford Lake Camp motion picture of camp life, Hope, Maine, c. 1944
Excerpt: 2 minutes, silent

Alford Lake Camp Records

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Explore the Schlesinger Library’s research guide to its audiovisual materials.

Heather Min