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COLLECTION Identifier: PC 32

Bettye Lane Photographs, 1969-1981


Photographs of women in the United States by photographer Bettye Lane.


  • 1969-1981

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Physical Description

Extent is approximate.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the photographs created by Bettye Lane is held by Donna McAlpine, Gary O'Neil, and Leon Barstad.

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


99 folders (1585 photographs)

This collection consists of over 1500 black and white photographs of women in the United States. The emphasis of the collection is on women actively participating in politics, sports, demonstrations, the arts and conventions. Also included are photographs of well-known personalities, older women, children and teenagers, and on such issues as rape, prostitution, battered women, lesbianism, the occult and religion.

The pictures are arranged in folders using headings assigned by Lane whose description and negative numbers appear on the backs of the photographs: #1 contains Lane's inventory which lists each photograph.


Bettye Lane began working as a free-lance photographer in 1959. She attended the Boston University School of Public Relations and Communications from 1959 to 1962, concentrating in photojournalism. Lane had affiliations with the Harvard University News Office (1959-1962), CBS Television (1960), The Saturday Evening Post (1962-1964), the Associated Press, and the National Observer (1966-1977). After leaving the National Observer, Lane became an independent, but took assignments for publications including Time, Life, and Der Spiegel. Lane gained recognition especially for photographs showing the plight of Native Americans, the social unrest of the 1960s, minority turmoil in the ghettos, and the women's rights movement. Lane died in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 81-M173, 81-M196, 82-M32, 81-M268

The photographs of Bettye Lane were given to the Schlesinger Library in July, 1981 by Bettye Lane.

Processing Information

Processed: August 1981

By: Margaret Jacquelyn Green

Lane, Bettye, 1930-2012. Bettye Lane Photographs, 1969-1981: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Schlesinger collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

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