Audiovisual collection of Naomi Weisstein, 1970-2005
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Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Audiovisual materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1 phonograph records
Subseries A, Live performances, interviews, and rehearsals, 1970-1972 (#T-309.1-T-309.20), includes audio recordings of rehearsals and live shows, as well as spoken work/comedy performances by and an interview with Naomi Weisstein. Track listings, when available, are included in the collection. The Schlesinger Library, Rounder Records, and Weisstein collaborated on the reissue of Mountain Moving Day. Working with Northeastern Digital, the original live performances were transferred to CD. Weisstein, working with Rounder Records, selected tracks to be remastered and included in the reissue.
Subseries B, Commercially released music, 1972-2005 (#T-309.21-T-309.23), contains an original album released by the Chicago and New Haven Women's Liberation Rock Bands, 1972, a reissued CD, 1999, and a compilation CD, 2005.
Series II, Correspondence, 1988-1996 (#T-309.24-T-309.100), contains recorded personal "letters" and professional correspondence regarding Weisstein's scientific research and memoir. John Burke letters are closed until January 1, 2060.
Series III, Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, 1997 (#T-309.101-T-309.111), contains various recorded telephone conversations between Naomi Weisstein, her nurse Anne St. George, and her husband Jesse Lemisch with experts, doctors, and a journalist. about treatment options for Chronic Fatigue and other topics. Many of the tapes also include material unrelated to the topic.
Series IV, Videotapes, ca.1973-1999 (#Vt-154.1-Vt-154.6), contains a brief film about the Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band by Weisstein, footage of the band performing live, and the funeral service for Weisstein's mother Mary, etc.
Weisstein was also an important figure in the feminist movement. In 1969 Weisstein became a founding member of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union and in 1970 she founded the Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band (CWLRB). Weisstein was physically active as both a scientist and a feminist until the early 1980s when she became bedridden from Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS). Although still bedridden in 2010, she continues to work and write.
- Series I. Music and performances, 1970-2005 (#T-309.1-T-309.23)
- Series II. Correspondence, 1988-1996 (#T-309.24-T-309.100)
- Series III. Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, 1997 (#T-309.101-T-309.111)
- Series IV. Videotapes, ca.1973-1999 (#Vt-154.1-Vt-154.6)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The audiovisual collection of Naomi Weisstein was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Naomi Weisstein and John V. Burke in 2000. One videotape (Vt-154.6) was transferred from the Papers of Ti-Grace Atkinson (MC 785) in July 2017.
By: Melissa Dollman
Updated: July 2017
By: Johanna Carll
- Chronic fatigue syndrome--Patients--United States
- Compact discs
- Feminism--United States
- Feminist music
- Feminists--United States
- Jewish women--United States
- Musicians--United States
- One-person shows (Performing arts)
- Personal recordings
- Phonograph records
- Radio programs
- Women in science--United States
- Women musicians--United States
- Women scientists--United States
- Weisstein, Naomi. Audiovisual collection of Naomi Weisstein, 1970-2005: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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