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Betsko-Koenig Women Playwrights collection

Identifier: SSC-MS-00427

Scope and Contents

The Betsko-Koenig Women Playwrights Collection consists of 8 linear feet of audio tapes, edited and unedited transcripts, and related material on 30 women playwrights. The edited transcripts were published as Interviews with Contemporary Women Playwrights compiled by Kathleen Betsko and Rachel Koenig (Beech Tree Books, 1987). The inclusive dates are 1955 to 1986. The papers are arranged by individual playwright including co-author Kathleen Betsko. The authors collected related material, which includes plays, reviews, clippings, other interviews, programs, flyers, and correspondence. All related material follows each transcript. Material specifically related to the publication of the book, including photographs of the subjects, is located with Kathleen Betsko's file. The audio tapes and those transcripts that are closed to research have been separated and are in the first and last boxes, respectively.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1955-1990


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Conditions Governing Access

Some of the oral histories in this collection have restrictions on access. Please see the notes attached to an individual interview for information about restrictions that apply to it.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection does not own copyright to this material. Rights to the edited transcripts are owned by Kathleen Betsko and Rachel Koenig, and rights to the tapes, unedited transcripts, and plays are owned by the individual playwrights. 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 those few instances beyond fair use, 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.


9.104 linear feet (9 containers)


Source material for book, Interviews with Contemporary Women Playwrights compiled by Kathleen Betsko and Rachel Koenig (1987), featuring thirty women playwrights, including Rosalyn Drexler, Beth Henley, Marsha Norman, Ntozake Shange, Megan Terry, and Kathleen Betsko. Materials include audio tapes, edited and unedited interview transcripts, biographical materials, play scripts, reviews, programs, correspondence, and photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Betsko-Koenig Women Playwrights Collection was received from Kathleen Betsko and Rachel Koenig in 1986 and 1988 with several small additions in 1989.

Rochelle Owens donated a book of her poems and an audio recording of a reading in 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Boone, 1990



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Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063