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COLLECTION Identifier: T-285; Vt-191

Audiovisual collection of the Women's Research & Education Institute, 1986-1998


Audiovisual recordings of Women's Resource & Education Institute events, as well as promotional material and interviews with its representatives.


  • 1986-1998

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 audiovisual materials created by the Women's Research & Education Institute is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other materials in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

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


8 audiotapes
4 videotapes
Series I, AUDIOTAPES, 1986-1993 (#1-8), includes conference proceedings on public health and the merits of hiring women veterans, as well as a radio interview with representatives from Women's Research & Education Institute.

Series II, VIDEOTAPES, 1992-1998 (#1-4), contains Women's Research & Education Institute events such as a panel discussion about science and public policy and a conference on women in the armed forces. Also includes a promotional video about Women's Research & Education Institute activities and hiring women veterans.


In 1977, the Women's Research & Education Institute was created as the non-partisan data and research arm of the Congresswomen's Caucus Corporation (Washington, D.C.). The bipartisan Congresswomen's Caucus joined together the 20 women serving in the U.S. Congress in 1977 to become an effective advocate for women's issues and equity. As the research arm of the Congresswomen's Caucus, the Institute gathers and distributes information on the lives of women and provides data that guides impending legislation on the status of women. The Institute facilitates and strengthens the link between legislators, women's research and policy centers, and women's advocacy groups across the country and is a leading source of information on the lives, health, family, workplace, etc., of American women. In 1980, the Institute became an independent nonprofit organization, which continues to provide information, research, and policy analysis to the Congresswomen's Caucus (renamed the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues in 1982) and members of Congress. The Institute also provides information to state and local officials, the media, the public, and other women's advocacy organizations. Among the Institute's continuing projects are the Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy, the American Woman book series, Women and the Military, Connecting the Dots...Women, Religion, and Public Policy, Crossing Boarders, Women Writing Africa, Women's Health, and the American Woman Award. In addition, the Institute continues to provide ongoing research reports and briefing sheets and sponsors conferences, discussion groups, and other research projects that help inform and shape the public policy debate on women's issues.


The collection is arranged in two series:
  1. Series I. Audiotapes, 1986-1993 (#1-8)
  2. Series II. Videotapes, 1992-1998 (#1-4)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2008-M212

The audiovisual materials of the Women's Research & Education Institute were given to the Schlesinger Library by Susan Scanlan (representing the Women's Research & Education Institute as owner of the Institute's records) in November 2008.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Women's Research & Education Institute Records, 1977-2008 (MC 668).

Processing Information

Processed: March 2011

By: Melissa Dollman
Link to catalog
Women's Research & Education Institute. Audiovisual collection of the Women's Research & Education Institute, 1986-1998: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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