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Jennifer Abod papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00513

Scope and Contents

The Jennifer Abod Papers consist almost entirely of audiovisual materials (video and audio tapes) pertaining to her work as a filmmaker. There is also a small amount of correspondence and press releases. The papers document a range of topics, primarily second wave feminism and women's rights, abortion, gay and lesbian rights, race relations, and numerous individuals involved with those issues. There is a substantial amount relating to her documentaries on African American feminist and writer, Audre Lorde.

Other individuals include Phil Donohue, Joseph Beam, Sarah Caldwell, Barbara Johnson. Recorded events and shows include the Jennifer Abod Show, I Am Your Sister, Harvard Women's Studies, Writing for Radio, International Women's Day, A.T. C. Franklin Park, Fifth of July, Sojourner Show, Gay Pride Week.

Dates

  • 1975 - 2007

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

All audiovisual materials identified for use in commercial and financial projects must be approved of by Jennifer Abod. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

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

To the extent that she owns copyright, Jennifer Abod has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. Audre Lorde readings of her work are copyrighted to The Sheedy Agency and require approval by Sheedy and Abod. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Jennifer Abod, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Jennifer Abod (1946- ) is an audio and video documentarian. She was born in Chicago, Illinois and holds a PhD in Intercultural Media Education and Women's Studies.

Abod hosted and produced programs on community, public, and commercial radio in New Haven, Philadelphia and Boston for nearly twenty years. She was the first woman in Connecticut to host a nightly AM radio talk program, The Jennifer Abod Show, which she ran for four years. She is a co-founder of the New Haven (CT) Women's Liberation Rock Band, and co-writer of Liberating Lydia, the first feminist radio soap opera.

In 1988, Jennifer Abod created Profile Productions to produce and distribute media featuring feminist activists and cultural workers, particularly women of color and lesbians who influence broad constituencies. She developed the skills necessary to pursuing her interest in documenting women's lives while working for Digital Equipment Corporation where she directed, wrote and produced corporate audio and videotapes. Her first audio documentary was Audre Lorde: An Audio Profile (1988), and she completed her first feature video documentary, The Edge of Each Other's Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde, in 2002. Abod has also organized and moderated Fighting Racism: White Feminist Stories, a panel and work session at the National Women's Studies Association Conference, which has provided an opportunity for white women to reflect and learn from each other's experiences after years of work.

Abod has lectured widely, teaching at the Univeristy of Massachusetts, Boston; Worcester State; Hofstra University; and California State University, Long Beach. She has also facilitated workshops on such topics as the making of the Audre Lorde film, creating feminist documentary, and the role of film and culture in social justice movements.

Jennifer Abod married her partner of more than 30 years, Angela Bowen (1936-2018), in 2013.

Source: Jennifer Abod's website.

Extent

9.75 linear feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Jennifer Abod is an audio and video documentarian. She hosted and produced programs on community, public, and commercial radio in New Haven, Philadelphia and Boston for nearly twenty years. In 1988, she created Profile Productions to produce and distribute audio and video projects featuring feminist and lesbian activists, cultural workers, particularly women of color. The collection documents a range of topics, primarily second wave feminism and women's rights, abortion, gay and lesbian rights, race relations, and numerous individuals involved with those issues. The collection almost entirely consists of audiovisual materials (video and audio tapes) pertaining to Abod's work as a filmmaker.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is comprised of the following accessions, some of which may not have accession records: 20005-S-0002, 2008-S-0083. Accessions were received on the following dates: 2004-12-22, 2008-08-14. Source unknown.
Title
Finding aid to Jennifer Abod papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Ellice Yasner Amanna
Date
2020-03-25
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-08-02: Amanda Ferrara updated the resource record.
  • 2020-02-25: Description added and finding aid updated to current standards

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063