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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

  • 1950-1992


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

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 ( 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

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection.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.


7 boxes (7 linear feet)


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. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.

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Additions to the Collection

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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.

Repository Details

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

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063