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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1204

Oral history transcripts of the American Bar Association Women Trailblazers Project, 1998-2019


Oral history transcripts, legal agreements, and biographical materials of the interviewees of the Women Trailblazers in the Law Project.


  • Creation: 1998-2019

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright: Copyright in the transcripts created by The Women Trailblazers Oral History Project is held by The American Bar Association.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Use of the interview transcript of Judith Winston in a commercial publication requires the prior written permission of Judith Winston.


7.3 linear feet (17+ 1/2 file boxes)

This collection contains oral history interview transcripts, biographical information, curriculum vitae, release agreements, and schedules. The oral histories of Judith Areen and Joan Z. Bernstein include additional oral histories conducted by the Historical Society of the DC Circuit Oral History Project; their Women Trailblazers oral histories begin as an extension of their DC Circuit Oral Histories and thus often gloss over topics already in the DC Circuit Oral Histories. This collection is arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name. In these transcripts the interviewees discuss their childhood, family, education, personal, and professional life with special attention paid to the roles played by gender.


The Women Trailblazers in the Law Project was initiated in 2004 by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and primary responsibility was taken by the Senior Lawyers Division (with ongoing cooperation of the Commission). It interviewed senior women lawyers from all areas of the profession: the judiciary, academia, government, law firms, corporations, and public interest organizations.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2009-M110, 2010-M19, 2010-M124, 2010-M178, 2011-M13, 2011-M189, 2012-M11, 2012-M84, 2012-M187, 2013-M17, 2013-M221, 2014-M48, 2014-M111, 2014-M178, 2015-M182, 2016-M58, 2017-M68, 2018-M28, 2018-M76, 2019-M26, 2019-M11

Interview transcripts of the Women Trailblazers in the Law Project were given to the Schlesinger Library by the American Bar Association between June 2009 and July 2019.

Related Material:

There are digital transcripts and selected recordings, some of which are not held in this collection, available at the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford Law School; see Women Trailblazers in the Law 1995-2015 (LAW-WTP). Physical transcripts are also available at the Library of Congress; see Women Trailblazers in the Law Project oral histories, 2005-2018 (MSS85388)

Processing Information

Processed: March 2023

By: Dominic Scheidegger, with assistance from Yolande E. Bennett

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


American Bar Association. Commission on Women in the Profession. Oral history interviews of the American Bar Association Women Trailblazers Project, 1998-2019: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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