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COLLECTION Identifier: Vt-150; MP-58; DVD-85

Video and motion picture collection of Shere Hite, ca.1978-2006


Video recordings and films featuring author and sex educator Shere Hite.


  • 1978-2006


Language of Materials

Materials in English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese, and Italian.

Access Restrictions:

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

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the unpublished video materials created by Shere Hite is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in the published works created by Shere Hite is held by Shere Hite. Copyright in other audiovisual materials in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Unrestricted for personal use for all video and motion picture materials upon signing of the special permission form. Materials may not be reproduced on the Internet without the permission of the Schlesinger Library. Open materials may not be reproduced on the Internet without the permission of the Schlesinger Library. Written permission obtained from Shere Hite for access to restricted materials includes permission to copy.


72 videotapes
1 DVDs
2 motion pictures (visual works)
The Shere Hite video and motion picture collection documents roughly thirty years of appearances by Hite, discussing her research, books, and other topics, before both live and television audiences. Videotapes, motion pictures, and one DVD are organized by content into two series, and in chronological order within those series.

Series I, FILMS, TELEVISION PROGRAMS, AND UNEDITED FOOTAGE, ca.1978-2006 (#Vt-150.1-66; MP-58.1-2; DVD-85.1), includes television appearances by Hite, primarily in interview, on a variety of programs produced in many different countries. Other appearances include two short films about Hite, and other vignettes within programs, such as pieces on her research, and a music video featuring Hite and her then husband Friedrich Höricke. Additionally, some of the tapes contain unedited footage intended for a final edited program, while others simply record of the event. Many of the videotapes included in this series are formatted for television in regions outside of the United States, so access copies may take additional time to produce. Tapes with minimal description have not been viewed.

Series II, LECTURES AND TALKS, ca.1978-1989 (#Vt-150.67-72), contains three public talks given by Hite, including lectures at Harvard University and with her then husband Friedrich Höricke translating by her side in Germany.


American-born German author, sex educator, and feminist, Shere Hite was born Shirley Diana Gregory in Saint Joseph, Missouri, to Paul Gregory and Shirley Hurt Gregory on November 2, 1942. Shirley Gregory was 16 years old when Hite was born, and divorced her husband and later remarried. Hite was adopted by her stepfather, Raymond Hite, though she was raised by her grandparents and then by her mother's sister.

After graduating from Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1960, Hite earned degrees in history (BA, 1963 and MA, 1966) from the University of Florida, Gainesville. From 1969 to 1972 she worked towards a PhD in history at Columbia University (New York City). She would complete her doctorate in international relations with a specialty in gender politics at Nihon University (Tokyo, Japan) in 1996.

Early in her career, Hite worked as a model and posed nude for Playboy magazine. In the 1970s, she became active in feminist circles and began her groundbreaking research relating to women's sexuality. From 1972 to 1982, she directed the feminist sexuality project for the National Organization for Women, New York Chapter, and in 1976 published The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality, which was based upon anonymous responses to questionnaires in which women detailed their sexual experiences. This was followed by other works based on responses to questionnaires, including The Hite Report on Male Sexuality (1981), The Hite Report on the Family: Growing Up under Patriarchy (1994), and The Hite Report on Women Loving Women (2007), among others.

In 1976, Newsweek magazine named Hite one of the "most outstanding people of the year," and the World Almanac named her one of "America's 25 most influential women" in 1978.

By the early 1990s, she began writing regular opinion pieces and articles for various newspapers and magazines and traveling internationally as a lecturer and consultant. Starting in the late 1990s, Hite founded the Hite Research Foundation, part of Hite Research International, to increase and advance the visibility and potential of women around the world. Related companies and projects included Hite Research Enterprises, which was designed to provide counseling and networking services among women's rights activist groups. Also during this time she began teaching at Nihon University, Chongqing University (China), and Maimonides University (Florida).

Hite married the classical pianist Friedrich Höricke in 1985 and moved to Europe in 1989. Due to ongoing criticism of her research and methodology, Hite renounced her United States citizenship in 1995 and became a German citizen. She divorced in 1999 and subsequently married Paul Sullivan. Hite died September 9, 2020, in London, England.


The collection is arranged in two series:
  1. Series I. Films, television programs, and unedited footage, ca.1978-2006 (#Vt-150.1-66; MP-58.1-2; DVD-85.1)
  2. Series II. Lectures and talks, ca.1978-1989 (#Vt-150.67-72)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2008-M69, 2008-M91, 2008-M158

The video and motion picture materials of Shere Hite were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Shere Hite in 2008.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Shere Hite papers (MC 698) and the Shere Hite audio collection (T-340).

Processing Information

Processed: September 2012

By: Melissa Dollman
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Hite, Shere. Video and motion picture collection of Shere Hite, ca.1978-2006: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

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