Roberta Cantow papers
Scope and Contents
Audiovisual materials include original prints and copies in various formats (16mm film, video tape, DVDs, soundtrack, audio recordings, digitized and born-digital recordings) of Cantow's films and performance pieces. The films are documentary and include Clotheslines, "an homage to women and their daily work,...a lively and humorous look at the relationship that women have with the chore of cleaning the family clothes.... In this documentary, layers of emotions come to the surface as the commonality of women's work is exposed." Other films include Dr. Clown, about Patch Adams, M.D.; The Book of Laughs, about the shared memories of two sisters; If This Ain't Heaven, the reminiscences of a fifty-year-old African American man; and Illuminada, a visual impression of Mexico. There are smaller amounts of materials pertaining to other films and film possibilities that Cantow pursued, e.g. a script for TThe Revolt of the Mother, based on the novel by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. There are also recorded interviews by Cantow of herbalist, Susan Weed, and Goddess scholar, Karen Tate.
Dates of Materials
- Cantow, Roberta (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Roberta Cantow has placed the following additional restriction on copying of her films donated to Smith College: "film materials may be made available for research but not copied for any use other than research."
To the extent that she owns copyright, Roberta Cantow has assigned the copyright in her non-film works to Smith College. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators.
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, or which may regard materials in the collection not created by Roberta Cantow, 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 / Historical
She has produced, directed and edited numerous independent films and videos, including The Book of Laughs (1988), If This Ain't Heaven (1984), Clotheslines (1981), Moon Festival (1994), Mosaics (1994), and Doctor Clown (1992).
Cantow often presents and discusses her work in public forums, and has served as an educator among multi-ethnic populations in community college, adult education, and youth-oriented museum and artist-in-residence programs. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, and has garnered many honors and awards for her work.
14.75 linear feet (18 boxes)
2.30 Gigabytes (electronic mail, video, audio and one archived website)
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Adams, Patch, 1945-
- Buffalo Rose Productions
- Cantow, Roberta
- Computer media
- DVD-Video discs
- Documentary films -- United States -- Production and direction
- Electronic mail
- Independent filmmakers
- Motion pictures
- Motion pictures -- United States -- Production and direction
- Sound recordings
- Web archives
- Women in the motion picture industry
- Women motion picture producers and directors -- Fiction
- Finding aid to Roberta Cantow papers
- Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
- Ellice Yasner Amanna
- 2014; 2020
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2017-07-26T17:48:22-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2020-05-14: Recent digital accessions added
- 2020-11-10: Added Accession 2020-S-0015
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