Audio collection of Elizabeth Holtzman, 1973-2006
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Conditions Governing Use
1 phonograph records
Series I, PUBLIC APPEARANCES, 1973-1992 (#T-184.1 - T-184.65), contains public appearances by Holtzman as a candidate for public office and as an elected official.
Subseries A, Campaign speeches and talks, etc., 1987-1992 (#T-184.1 - T-184.5), includes Holtzman on the campaign trail running for district attorney, comptroller and senator, delivering speeches, participating in a debate, and giving a radio interview.
Subseries B, Other speeches and talks, 1973-1991 (#T-184.6 - T-184.65), includes Holtzman speaking at a wide variety of events held by churches and community groups, and hosts public hearings on the state of New York City's economy.
Series II, RADIO APPEARANCES AND POLITICAL CAMPAIGN ADVERTISEMENTS AND MISCELLANEOUS, 1973-2006, n.d. (#T-184.66 - T-184.91, Phon-13.1), includes campaign-related radio interviews with Holtzman, Holtzman's own radio talk show, political advertisements, and related material.
Subseries A, Radio appearances, 1973-1980 (#T-184.66 - T-184.80, Phon-13.1), contains radio and television (audio track only) interviews with Holtzman pertaining both to recent and up-coming elections, as well as her own radio program The Liz Holtzman Show during which she, guests, and callers discuss recent events.
Subseries B, Political campaign advertisements and miscellaneous, ca.1980-1993, n.d. (#T-184.81 - T-184.91), contains campaign radio spots, an interview with a journalist who is writing a piece about her candidacy, and campaign music possibly used by Holtzman.
Series III, CONSTITUENTS, 1973 (#T-184.92), contains one audiotape removed from MC 793, Series I, Subseries E, folder #17.75. The tape consists of a constituent's comments regarding his personal, professional, and military history. He is African-American and speaks about his poor treatment and dishonorable discharge from the Army, which he feels was unjust. He mentions health trouble, poor medical care, difficulty finding a job because of his "nervous condition," race politics, disdain for politicians, and poor treatment of veterans. He is asking Holtzman for assistance and for her help in securing him back pay.
In 1985 Holtzman was re-elected on the strength of her record of achieving the highest conviction rate in New York City for 1983 and 1984. In 1989 Holtzman was elected as New York City's first female comptroller; and in 1992 Holtzman ran again for the United States Senate, running against Geraldine Ferraro, Al Sharpton, Robert J. Mrazek and Robert Abrams in the Democratic primary. Abrams won the primary. Holtzman lost her bid for re-election as Comptroller in 1993; her term ended in 1994.
Holtzman has co-authored three books with Cynthia Cooper, Who Said It Would Be Easy: One Woman's Life in the Political Arena (1996), The Impeachment of George W. Bush: a Practical Guide for Concerned Citizens (2006), and Cheating Justice: How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law, Plotted to Avoid Prosecution, and What We Can Do about It (2012). Holtzman has blogged periodically for The Huffington Post since 2006; topics include politics, women's rights, and the civil rights movement. Holtzman has practiced law at Herrick Feinstein, LLP, in New York City since 1994.
- Series I. Public appearances, 1973-1992 (#T-184.1 - T-184.65)
- ___Subseries A. Campaign speeches and talks, etc. 1987-1992 (#T-184.1 - T-184.5)
- ___Subseries B. Other speeches and talks, 1973-1991 (#T-184.6 - T-184.65)
- Series II. Radio appearances and political campaign advertisements, 1973-2006, n.d. (#T-184.66 - T-184.91, Phon-13.1)
- ___Subseries A. Radio appearances, 1973-1980 (#T-184.66 - T-184.80, Phon-13.1)
- ___Subseries B. Political campaign advertisements and miscellaneous, ca.1980-1993, n.d. (#T-184.81 - T-184.91)
- Series III. Constituents, 1973 (#T-184.92)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The audiotapes and phonograph record of Elizabeth Holtzman were given to the Schlesinger Library by Elizabeth Holtzman in 1981, 1994, and 2012.
By: Melissa Dollman
Updated: October 2015
By: Laura Peimer
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)--Politics and government
- Elections--New York (State)
- Feminists--United States
- Jewish women--United States
- Lawyers--United States
- New York (N.Y.)--Officials and employees
- New York (N.Y.)--Politics and government--1951-
- New York (N.Y.)--Social conditions
- New York (State)--Politics and government--1951-
- Phonograph records
- Political campaigns--United States
- Politicians--United States
- Radio programs
- Women lawyers--United States
- Women politicians--United States
- Women--Political activity--United States
- Holtzman, Elizabeth. Audio collection of Elizabeth Holtzman, 1973-2006: A Finding Aid
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