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Women of Rock Oral History Project records

 Collection
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

  • 2014-2017

Creator

Language of Materials

English

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 Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

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.

Extent

154.5 Gigabytes (167 digital files)

Overview

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 contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is comprised of the following accessions, some of which may not have accession records. Accession numbers: 2015-S-83; 2017-S-0065; 2018S-0047. Accessions were received on the following dates: 2015-10-14; 2017; and 2018.

Additions to the Collection

Periodic additions to collection are expected.

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.

Creator

Title
Finding aid to Women of Rock Oral History Project oral histories
Status
Minimum Finding Aid (Completed)
Author
Maureen Callahan and Jasmine Jones
Date
2017
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Sponsor
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 (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 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.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063