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Collection Number: 04608

Collection Title: Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992

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Abstract Transcriptions of interviews in the Oral Histories of Low Income and Minority Women project of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women at the University of Arizona in collaboration with the Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women at Radcliffe College with funding from the Ford Foundation. The fifty-six interviews, with transcriptions ranging in length from 17 to over 2,000 pages, were conducted by Fran Leeper Buss during the 1970s and 1980s. Interviewees, some of whom chose to remain anonymous, include three Asian-Americans, twelve African-Americans, and six Native-Americans. The women resided in fourteen states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas in the South; Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Wyoming in the West; Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the Midwest. Appalachia is represented by women from Kentucky and Tennessee. The subjects covered document all aspects of these women's lives--their personal lives, their attitudes and interactions with members of their families and others in their communities, and their feelings about their status at the time of the interview and about their prospects for the future. An extensive subject index is provided. The Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of seven depositories for this material; the original tapes and other materials are housed at the Schlesinger Library.
Creator Southwest Institute for Research on Women (U.S.)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Oral histories of low income and minority women #4608, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, University of Arizona, in February 1992 (Acc. 92032).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Transcriptions of interviews in the Oral Histories of Low Income and Minority Women project of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women at the University of Arizona in collaboration with the Schlesinger Library on the History of American Women at Radcliffe College with funding from the Ford Foundation. The fifty-six interviews, with transcriptions ranging in length from 17 to over 2,000 pages, were conducted by Fran Leeper Buss during the 1970s and 1980s. Interviewees, some of whom chose to remain anonymous, include three Asian-Americans, twelve African-Americans, and six Native-Americans. The women resided in fourteen states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas in the South; Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Wyoming in the West; Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the Midwest. Appalachia is represented by women from Kentucky and Tennessee. The subjects covered document all aspects of these women's lives--their personal lives, their attitudes and interactions with members of their families and others in their communities, and their feelings about their status at the time of the interview and about their prospects for the future. An extensive subject index is provided. The Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of seven depositories for this material; the original tapes and other materials are housed at the Schlesinger Library.

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Box 1

Index to Interviews #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Allen, Marie #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Ana from El Salvador #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Aragon, Elena #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Aragon, Jesusita (3 folders) #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Armijo, Stella #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Banker, Lily #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Berklich, Helen (2 folders) #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Bower, Dr. #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Bowman, Sophie #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Carmona, Gloria Ann #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Cubias, Daisy #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Dakota, Cynthia #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Davis, Ella #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Deer, Jenny #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Dixon, Betty #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Flatly, Rhonda #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Foster, Opal #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Franklin, Judith #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Germaine, Bonne #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Gonzalez, Bonita #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Hanson, Doris #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Hunter, Josephine #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Hustede, Emma Jo #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Jackson, Nancy #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Johnson, Sarah #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Jones, Wanda #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Klitzkie, Dorothy #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Leache, Darlene #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Interviews Lopez, Mary #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 1

Box 2

Interviews Mathias, Ann (2 folders) #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 2

Interviews McEwin, Mildred #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 2

Interviews Meyer, Susan #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 2

Interviews Morgan, Lucy #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 2

Interviews Muhar, Maggie #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 2

Interviews Ngeth, Chin #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 2

Interviews Ortega, Maria Elena (16 folders) #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 2

Box 3

Interviews Parsons, Ruth #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Powers, Ruby #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Pyawasit, Irene #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Rackley, Edith #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Ramon, Esperanza #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Rhymes, Kasandra #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Richards, Lee #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Robinson, Mary #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Sanchez, Carolita #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Schmidt, Jo #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Smith, Viola #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Stokes, Willa Mae #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Sullivan, Helen #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Swanson, Florence #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Tafolla, Consuela #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Tsukamoto, Mary #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Watkins, Marra #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Williams, Cynthia #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Yang, Ka #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

Interviews Young, Sarita #04608, Series: "Oral histories of low income and minority women, 1970s-1992." Box 3

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