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Women of Rock Oral History Project records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00756

Scope and Contents

This collection includes oral histories of women and gender non-conforming rock musicians prominent from the late twentieth century to the present. Interview narrators were chosen by Tanya Pearson. Interviews are available as videorecordings; and transcripts are available for some interviews. The remaining transcripts will be available after 2025.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 2014-2017


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Several of the oral histories in this series have restrictions on access to the full interview. Please see the notes attached to an individual interview for information about restrictions that apply to it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to all interviews in this collection is held by Tanya Pearson until 2025. After 2025, copyright will pass to Smith College.

Biographical / Historical

The Women of Rock Oral History Project began as an independent study project by Tanya Pearson while she was at Smith College. During that time, and since graduating, Pearson has collected the stories of musicians who rose to prominence before the advent of modern web-based tools for documenting their lives and work. This project is ongoing.


154.5 Gigabytes (167 digital files)


The Women of Rock Oral History Project documents the lives and careers of women in rock who have been underrepresented or omitted from rock journalism and historical scholarship. The project, created and managed by Tanya Pearson, seeks to facilitate a more comprehensive cultural history, by women, for women and gender non-conforming individuals who have historically been silenced or overlooked as a result of their gender.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection was received from the donor in digital form. Most, but not all interviews are available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email to request access to digital content that cannotbe accessed online.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Tanya Pearson, 2015-2018.

Existence and Location of Copies

Most interviews in this collection are available online. See links in contents listing. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email to request access to digital content that is not online.

Related Materials

More interviews and recordings of performances can be found on the Women of Rock oral history project Vimeo channel.

Processing Information

The digital files received from the donor on external hard drives were copied to networked storage by Special Collections staff for preservation and access. Access copies were created for online use.



Finding aid to Women of Rock Oral History Project oral histories
Minimum Finding Aid (Completed)
Maureen Callahan and Jasmine Jones
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
The project was made possible with the support of a Helen Gurley Brown Magic Grant.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:23-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-04-09: Finding aid revised by Margaret Jessup reflecting new additions, digital objects, and additional administrative information.
  • 2020-05-18: Agents and access and use notes added to interviews

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063