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COLLECTION Identifier: Vt-174

Focus on Women Additional videotapes, 1996-1999


Videotape collection of Focus on Women, a television show featuring half-hour interviews with women of achievement.


  • Creation: 1996-1999

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

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

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in Focus on Women videotapes is held by is held by Florence Rapoport. Upon her death, copyright transfers to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.

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


29 videotapes

The collection consists of 56 individual shows, with two 30-minute shows on each videotape, followed by a tribute to Florence Rapoport. Tapes are listed in the order provided by the donor, which is roughly chronological, spanning the years 1996-1999. Some shows repeat. Note that show numbers on the tape labels duplicate show numbers in the series found in the finding aid, Focus on Women Videotapes, 1983-1993 (Vt-59); hence that numbering scheme was not used in this inventory.


Focus on Women, a television program featuring women of achievement, was initiated by Florence Rapoport in 1983, and produced by Long Island Cablevision. Each show consists of a half-hour interview by Rapoport. Prevalent among the women interviewed are writers, psychologists, artists, teachers, scholars, social activists, entrepreneurs, politicians, and health professionals. The program was directed by Shari Schultz, with assistance from Gayle Chokas.

Rapoport was formerly a screen-and speech writer, an economic analyst for the federal government, and for more than twenty years a schoolteacher. In 1978 she co-founded Womanspace, a center created to serve the educational, psychological, and social needs of women in the Great Neck area of Long Island, New York.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 98-M100, 99-M166

These videotapes were given to the Schlesinger Library by Cablevision in June 1998 and November 1999.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Focus on Women Videotapes, 1983-1993 (Vt-59).

Processing Information

Processed: May 2010

By: Melissa Dollman

Focus on Women Additional videotapes, 1996-1999: 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

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