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COLLECTION Identifier: T-339

Audiotape collection of Sattareh Farman-Farmaian, 1987-2008 (inclusive), 1987-1988 (bulk)


Audiotape recordings of speaking engagements by and interviews with Sattareh Farman-Farmaian, pioneer in social work in Iran.


  • 1987-2008
  • Majority of material found within 1987-1988

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

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

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the audio materials created by Sattareh Farman-Farmaian 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.


80 audiotapes

This collection contains interviews with and speaking engagements by Sattareh Farman-Farmaian. The bulk of material (reels 1-62) relates to Farman-Farmaian's autobiography, Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem through the Islamic Revolution (1992).


The author of an autobiography entitled Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem through the Islamic Revolution (1992), Sattareh Farman-Farmaian was a founder and director of the Tehran School of Social Work (1958-1979), as well as founder/director of the Community Welfare Center of Iran and the Family Planning Association of Iran. From 1980 to 1992 she worked for the County of Los Angeles Department of Social Services, Children's Services. A delegate to the Bucharest Population Conference (1974), the Tehran International Human Rights Conference (1975), and the Mexico International Conference for Women's Year (1979), Farman-Farmaian also served on the board of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. She has lectured widely worldwide and in 1997 established a website to publicize and facilitate discussion of her autobiography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2004-M71, 2008-M112, 2009-M218

These audiotapes were included with the papers of Sattareh Farman-Farmaian that were given to the Schlesinger Library by Sattareh Farman-Farmaian in July 2004, July 2008, and October 2009.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Sattareh Farman-Farmaian Papers, 1925-2008 (MC 563).

Processing Information

Processed: February 2010

By: Melissa Dollman

Farman-Farmaian, Sattareh. Audiotape collection of Sattareh Farman-Farmaian, 1987-2008 (inclusive), 1987-1988 (bulk): 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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