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COLLECTION Identifier: Vt-227; DVD-74

Video collection of the Mautner Project, 1990-2006


Videotapes and DVDs of the Mautner Project, an organization committed to improving the health of women who partner with women, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, through direct and support services, education and advocacy.


  • Creation: 1990-2006

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 the videotapes and DVDs created by the Mautner Project is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other videotapes and DVDs in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

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


50 videotapes
4 DVDs

Series I, EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS, TELEVISION PROGRAMS, AND LECTURES, 1990-2004 (#Vt-227.1 - Vt-227.30), includes videos produced by the Mautner Project to educate clients and medical practioners, outtakes, television programs featuring interviews with Project staff, and other programs or lectures discussing breast cancer and health care in the lesbian/bisexual/transgender community.

Series II, GALAS,1996-2006 (Vt-227.31 - Vt-227.50, DVD-74.1 - DVD-74.3), documents the yearly galas sponsored by the Mautner Project , which include award ceremonies, remembrances of the recently deceased, testimonies by celebrities and members of the community, and dance parties. The series also includes additional footage and outtakes.

All recordings are on videotape or DVD, exact format is noted throughout. Reels are organized chronologically, within series.


Mary-Helen Mautner was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1982, and in 1989 died from the disease at the age of forty-four. Three weeks before her death, she envisioned an organization that could extend to other lesbians the support and assistance she had received from her partner and friends. In January 1990, a few months after her death, her partner Susan Hester and a group of friends and supporters founded the Mary-Helen Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer. The Mautner Project is a nonprofit organization located in Washington, DC, whose mission is to provide direct services to lesbians with cancer, as well as to their partners and caregivers; to inform the lesbian community about cancer; to educate the health care community about the special concerns of lesbians with cancer and their families; and to advocate on lesbian health issues in national and local arenas. The organization provides support groups and education in the DC area and within a thirty-mile radius and the majority of the work is carried out by volunteers.


The collection is arranged in two series:

  1. Series I. Educational videos, television programs, and lectures, 1990-2004 (#Vt-227.1 - Vt-227.30)
  2. Series II. Galas, 1996-2006 (Vt-227.31 - Vt-227.50, DVD-74.1 - DVD-74.3)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2008-M92, 2008-M204

The videotapes and DVDs of the Mautner Project were given to the Schlesinger Library by the Mautner Project in 2008.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Records of the Mautner Project, 1989-2010 (MC 683).

Processing Information

Processed: October 2011

By: Melissa Dollman

Mautner Project. Video collection of the Mautner Project, 1990-2006: 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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