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Audio Collections

Identifier: BC46

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of original and duplicate audio recordings of speeches and lectures, forums, conferences, interviews, anniversary celebrations, reunions, inaugurations, degree candidate presentations, concerts at Barnard College from 1936 to 2007. Barnard College presidents that appear in the collection include Virginia Gildersleeve, Millicent McIntosh, Martha Peterson, Rosemary Park, Jacquelyn Mattfeld, and Ellen Futter. Prominent speakers include Elie Wiesel, Atallah Shabazz, Jean Stafford, Bella Abzug, Edwidge Danticat, Thulani Davis, Isabel Allende, and Antonia Novello. There is significant crossover between the reel-to-reels and audiocassettes due to transferring.
The CDs in the collection are Barnard acapella group Bacchantae performances, On Dance lectures, and other lectures given at Barnard College.
The records in the collection are of the song Barnard! Barnard! performed by the Columbia University Choir and recorded in 1964 for the 75th Anniversary of Barnard College. There are also speeches by Dean Gildersleeve and a 1938 Barnard Day radio broadcast.
341 audiocassettes and 6 CDs of presentations from Scholar and Feminist Conferences, 1975-1996, were deaccessioned and moved to the Barnard Center for Research on Women collection, BC13.58, because they fit more appropriately into the scope of that collection.


  • 1936-2007


This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard College Archives. The Barnard College Archives approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.


32.17 Linear Feet (10 boxes, 28 cartons)




The collection consists of original and duplicate audio recordings of speeches and lectures, forums, conferences, interviews, anniversary celebrations, reunions, inaugurations, degree candidate presentations, and concerts.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged in four series.The series arrangement of the materials is as follows:

Series 1, Audiocassettes, 1945-2004

The audiocassettes are arranged into subjects listed here: 75th Anniversary, Academic Assembly, Alumnae Council, Barnard Forum, Bicentennial, Bus to Barnard, Centennial, Class Officers' Day, Commencement, Alumane Conferences, Career Conferences, Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Female Adolescence Conference, Haddasah Conference, International Association of Personnel Women, MLK Conference, New Perspectives on Women and Work, NOW Forum, Seven College Conference, STING Conference, Suicide Conference, Symposium for Alumnae in Teaching, Symposium for New York Women, Women in Politics, Women in Science, Women in the Arts, Barnard Conference for Women Over 50, Women Poets, Women's Words, Writers on Writing, Conversations with Women, Convocation, Speeches/Lectures, Gildersleeve Lectures, Reid Lectures, Dinners/Luncheons, Distinguished Artist Series, Interviews, Oral Herstory, Junior Show, Memorials, Music, Parent's Day, Presdents' Inaugurations/Speeches, Radio/TV Broadcasts, Readings for Alumnae, Reunion, Transitions, Women's Studies Seminars, College Quiz Bowl, Barnard Campaign, Works by Women, On Dance Lectures.

Series 2, Reel-to-reel, 1938-1982

Series 3, CDs, 1951, 2003-2007

Series 4, Records, 1936-1964

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

This collection is made up of several different accessions: The College Quiz Bowl materials were acquired in 2012 from an alumnae donor. Materials from the 20th anniversary celebration of the First-Year Seminar program were transferred from the Barnard College History Department in 2013. Materials from the Barnard College English Department's events were transferred in 2004. Most of the materials were transferred from the Audiovisual Office in 2003. The acquisition date and source of the remainder of the collection is unknown.


Additions are expected.

Processing History

Inventory and initial arrangement of the audiocassettes done by JLW in March 2003. This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Alice Griffin in May 2015.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to Barnard College Audio Collections
Alice Griffin
© 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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