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Eleanor Sanger papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00286

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, appointment books, films, videotapes, printed material, organization files, and writings. Strengths of the collection include writings, correspondence, memos, and notes related to Sangers' production of television sports coverage for ABC, as well as her professional relationships with top ABC executives such as Roone Arledge, John Martin and Chuck Howard.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1950-1992


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Born Hong Kong, 1929; graduate Smith College, 1950; married Robert N. Riger; had four children. Was later married to [?] Keys. From 1958-66, worked at WNBC-TV New York, first as a production assitant, then as producer of "The Open Mind," then Manager of Public Affairs. Writer and producer for ABC News, 1966-68; produced shows related to the Olympics and promotional films for ABC Sports, 1968- retirement; wrote and produced landmark prime-time specials on women's sports; first woman to hold a full producership and executiveposition in network sports; served as director of the Women's Sports Foundation. Won two Emmy awards; Smith College medal, 1982.


6.092 linear feet (8 containers)

Language of Materials



Journalist and television producer. Included are writings, correspondence, memos, and notes related to Sangers' production of television sports coverage for ABC.


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

Most of the collection was donated by Robert P. Riger in 1993. Additional records were donated by Barbara Fultz in 1993.

Processing Information

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 1993-S-0061, Box 1 renumbered as Box 7



Eleanor Sanger papers
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:15-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2021-07-09: Content list added from accession inventory

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063