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COLLECTION Identifier: Vt-96

Videotapes of Vanda Sendzimir, 1989-1995


Videotapes concerning Tad Sendzimir and his life as an inventor and entrepreneur.


  • 1989-1995


Language of Materials

Materials in English and Polish.


Access. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Various copyrights; see individual tapes.

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


5 videotapes
Collection chiefly concerns Tad Sendzimir and his life as an inventor and entrepreneur. It includes a celebration of his 95th birthday, July 1989 (mostly in Polish); a memorial tribute to him, December 8, 1990; the consecration of the banner for Sendzimir Steel Works, Krakow, May 4, 1993 (entirely in Polish); an interview with Vanda Sendzimir regarding the publication of her book, Steel Will, April 11, 1994; and the wedding of Sendzimir and David Ludlow, Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 26, 1995.

The tapes are all 1/2 inch with sound and color and are arranged in chronological order.


Writer and social activist Vanda Sendzimir (1952-1996) was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut. She attended Reed College (1971-1973) and graduated from McGill University (1976), where she was one of the founders of Canada's first college women's newspaper and active in the anti-war and feminist movements. She lived in San Francisco (1977-1986), working as a graphic designer and for social change as a member of a small Marxist-Leninist party. Moving to Boston in 1986, Sendzimir worked as a freelance journalist, and published Steel Will: The Life of Tad Sendzimir (1993), a biography of her father, an inventor and entrepreneur. She was active in the Boston chapter of the National Writers Union and in organizations working for social justice and civil rights. An avid photographer, traveler, and mountaineer, Sendzimir fell to her death while climbing in Siberia with her husband, David Ludlow, in 1996.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 98-M109

The originals of these videotapes of Vanda Sendzimir were loaned to the Schlesinger Library by David Ludlow and duplicated at Eclipse Video in December 1998.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Vanda Sendzimir, 1967-1997 (MC 469.).

Processing Information

Processed: May 1999

By: Joanne Donovan
Link to catalog
Sendzimir, Vanda. Videotapes of Vanda Sendzimir, 1989-1995: A Finding Aid.
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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