Jennifer Abod papers
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 of Materials
- Creation: 1975 - 2007
- Abod, Jennifer (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
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. All audiovisual materials identified for use in commercial and financial projects must be approved of by Jennifer Abod.
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.
8.167 linear feet (10 containers)
Language of Materials
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.
This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Jennifer Abod, 2004 and 2008.
Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 2005-S-0002, Boxes 1-4 renumbered as Boxes 8-11
- Abortion -- Political aspects -- United States
- African American feminists
- African American women
- Civil rights (LGBTQ)
- Feminism and motion pictures
- Feminists -- United States
- Independent filmmakers
- Lesbian and queer women
- Lesbian community
- Lesbians -- United States
- Motion pictures -- United States -- Production and direction
- Women in the film and television industry
- Women motion picture producers and directors -- Fiction
- Finding aid to Jennifer Abod papers
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