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Jezebel Productions records

Identifier: SSC-MS-00534

Scope and Contents

Various documents relating to Jezebel films are included, as are books, articles and film reviews by Andrea Weiss. Original footage and outtakes consist of a variety of audiovisual formats including film, video and audio tapes, digital production files, still images, aduio and transcripts. Some materials in the collection are not the works of Jezebel Productions, such as materials related to the film Before Stonewall, co-produced by Greta Schiller.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1951 - 2017


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

Jezebel Productions owns copyright to their works. Copyright to materials authored 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

Jezebel Productions is an independent film production company, founded in 1984 by Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss. The company has been based in New York City and London since 1998. Films include International Sweethearts of Rhythm (1986), Tiny and Ruby: Hell Divin' Women (1988), and Maxine Sullivan: Love To Be In Love (1991), a trilogy about women in jazz; Woman of the Wolf (1994); Paris Was A Women (1995); A Bit of Scarlet (1997); Seed of Sarah (1998); The Man Who Drove With Mandela (1998); Escape To Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story (2000); I Live At Ground Zero (2002); and Recall Florida (2003). Prior to founding Jezebel Productions, Schiller was Producer/Director and Weiss served as Research Director for Before Stonewall (1985), an Emmy Award- winning documentary that traced the social, political, and cultural development of the gay and lesbian community in New York City.

Greta Schiller has produced and directed documentries for European Television and for MayaVision International, and has been awarded numerous grants and prizes for her work, including the first Fulbright Arts Fellowship in Film. Her films are held in many prestigious collections around the world.

Andrea Weiss earned a B.A. in English and Women's Studies from the State Univerisity of New York at Binghamton in 1977, an M.A. in English and Women's Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 1981, and a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University. She has taught women's studies, history, film studies, and film/video production at a variety of institutions. She is currently a Professor in the Film/Video Program of the Department of Media and Communication Arts at the City College of New York, where she has taught since 2003.

In addition to making independent films, she is the author of Vampires and Violets: Lesbians in Film (1993), Paris Was A Woman: Portraits from the Left Bank (1995)--which formed the basis for the Jezebel productions documentary of the same name-- and In the Shadow of Magic Mountain: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story (2008), about the children of Thomas Mann. She is also the co-author with Greta Schiller of Before Stonewall (1987). Weiss has written many book chapters, articles and film reviews, and has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants. She has taught at the International Film and Photo Workshops, New York University, the City University of New York, and the National Film and Television School of Great Britain.


51.69 linear feet (71 containers)

1930.319 Gigabytes (8686 digital files)

Language of Materials



Film production company. Collection includes original film and video footage and outtakes, scripts, production notes, interviews, catalogs from film festivals where Jezebel films were shown; and books, articles and film reviews by Andrea Weiss. Some records included in this collection are not the works of Jezebel Productions, such as materials related to the making of "Before Stonewall," co-produced by Greta Schiller.


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.

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.

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request the creation of and access to digital copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss, 2005-2018.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2006. Further accessions processed by Kathleen Nutter.

The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created.

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. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.



Finding Aid to the Jezebel Productions records
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:22-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 12/10/2018: Container list added for latest accession; updated all collection-level notes to current standards.
  • 2020-05-26: Description added for born-digital content.

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063