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COLLECTION Identifier: Vt-1: DVD-34

Video collection of Betty Friedan, ca.1970-2006


Video collection of Betty Friedan, feminist, activist, and author.


  • Creation: 1970-2006


Language of Materials

Materials in English and Japanese.

Access Restrictions:

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

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in the video materials created by Betty Friedan is held by her heirs. Copyright in other video materials in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


61 videotapes
1 DVDs

Video materials included in other finding aids from the library's collection have been re-listed here, maintaining original reel numbers. Some items from previous finding aids may have been removed because they were duplicates or deemed unrelated. Materials are in VHS format unless otherwise noted.

Series I, Television and video appearances, ca.1970-2000 includes Friedan in interviews and biographies, giving talks, as well as commentaries by Friedan inserted within more general programs on the topics of women's history and aging. Items are listed in chronological order. There is no reel 1.

Series II, Speeches and lectures, 1987-1999 includes Friedan's speeches and lectures given at universities, conferences, the National Press Club, and Veteran Feminists of America awards ceremonies. Items are listed in chronological order.

Series III, Symposia, 1989-2006 includes Women, Men and Media symposia on specific topics related to the media's treatment of women, coverage of gender issues, and women's representation in broadcast media; the exception is DVD-34, disc 5, which is a panel about Friedan's impact on the feminist movement.


Feminist, activist, and author Betty Goldstein Friedan (1921-2006) helped found the National Organization for Women (NOW), and served as its first president (1966-1970). Her first book, The Feminine Mystique, was published in 1963. Afterwards, Friedan quickly became a leading advocate for change in the status of women in the United States. Her subsequent books included It Changed My Life (1976), The Second Stage (1981), and The Fountain of Age (1993). Friedan was active in many feminist and political organizations, taught at several universities, lectured widely, and published numerous articles on gender and aging related issues until her death.


The collection is arranged in three series:

  1. Series I. Television and video appearances, ca.1970-2000
  2. Series II. Speeches and lectures, 1987-1999
  3. Series III. Symposia, 1989-2006

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 87-M7, 92-M131, 96-M122, 96-M141, 97-M160, 99-M137, 2002-M124, 2004-M79, 2005-M17, 2007-M63

These audiovisual materials were given to the Schlesinger Library by Betty Friedan and Marlene Sanders from 1987 through 2007.

Related Material:

There is additional material at the Schlesinger Library; see Betty Friedan Papers, 1952-1993 (MC 576), Betty Friedan Papers, 1933-1985 (MC 575), Betty Friedan Papers, 1941-2006 (MC 577), and Betty Friedan Audio collection, 1963-2007 (T-97, T-125, or Phon-7).

Processing Information

Processed: November 2010

By: Melissa Dollman



Friedan, Betty. Video collection of Betty Friedan, ca.1970-2006: 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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The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future. In addition to its traditional strengths in the history of feminisms, women’s health, and women’s activism, the Schlesinger collections document the intersectional workings of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in American history.

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