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Class of 1971 Oral History Collection

Identifier: BC16-02

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Class of 1971 Oral History Collection contains 79 oral histories of individuals who were part of Barnard College's class of 1971. Included in the collection are transcripts, audio recordings, and video recording of interviews. The oral histories discuss the experiences of Barnard alums and are contextualized within the social, cultural, political, and economic histories of the United States. Narrators also discuss their individual life histories, including their paths leading to Barnard and their lives after college. Themes common across interviews include female friendship, feminism, political involvement during and after their time at Barnard College, issues of race and class among students at Barnard, and romance.

Participants to date: Adele Keyes Homer, Adrienne Schure, Andrea Polk-Stephenson, Ann Goodstein, Axya Rey-Diaz, Barbara Bernstein, Barbara Ginsberg Shaw, Barbara Gottlieb, Basha Yonis, Beryl Benacerraf, Beth Lief, Bettina Berch, Candace Howes, Carla Ricci, Carol Lewis, Carol Spencer, Caroline Quigley, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Catherine Cretu, Cheryl Weiner, Christine Jaronski, Christine McDonnell, Constance Brown, Darlene Dartt, Debbie Kayman, Deborah Veach, Dona Summers Carter, Ellen Falek Leonard, Ellen Geiger, Esther Amini, Fay Chew Matsuda, Frances Garrett Connell, Gail Perlick, Heather Kurze, Helen Armfield Marcelli, Ina May Wool, Janet Price, Janis Nelson, Jocelyn Linnekin, Joy Horner Greenberg, Joy Rocklin Montgomery, Joyce Morac, Julia Hong Sabella, Karla Spurlock Evans, Katherine Brewster, Kathie Krumm, Kathy Galvin, Lauren Wissner Greene, Lily Soohoo Louie, Linda Elovitz Marshall, Linda Graves Stewart, Linda Kahn, Linda Zapulla, Loren Greene, Lynn Julian, Lynne Haims, Margery Isaacson Goldberg, Martha Schweitzer, Mary "Mitzi" Major, Mary Gorayeb Friberg, Mary Gordon, Mary Kane Goldstein, Maureen Strafford, Meri-Jane Rochelson, Michael Hart, Michelle Patrick, Patricia Auspos, Patricia McGovern, Ruth Louie, Ruth Stuart Bell, Sandy Wilner Horowitz, Shelley Korshak, Shulamit Kahn, Susan Slyomovic, Varja Kilgour, Victoria Taylor Robertson, Vikki Stark, Wilma Liebman, and Xiomara Metcalfe.

Interviewers: Frances Connell, Katherine Brewster, and Michelle Patrick. Videographer: Bob Solomon.


  • Creation: 2011



Audio and visual materials must be accessed on-site, and transcripts of oral histories are available via the Barnard Archives and Special Collections digital collections. The oral history of Linda Elovitz Marshall is restricted until 2030 or until Marshall's death, whichever is first. The video of the oral history of Wilma Liebman is restricted until Liebman's death.

Publication Rights

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

Reproductions Restrictions

No copies of the audio and visual resources may be made or distributed until September 12, 2019.


0.5 Linear Feet

619 Gigabytes (Born digital materials (329 files), 2 boxes of media)




The Class of 1971 Oral History Collection currently contains 39 oral histories from members of Barnard College's class of 1971.

Collection Arrangement

Collection is presently arranged by the name of the interviewee. Final transcripts will be provided to researchers via the archives site and digital collections.

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

Gift of BC Voices, Inc., 2014 and 2015.


Additions are expected.

Alternative Forms of Materials

Transcripts of oral history interviews may be accessed from the Barnard Digital Collections:

Related Collections

The Joy Greenberg Papers (BC 20.37) contain letters, an essay and photographs closely related to this collection.

Additionally, there are media logs and summaries available for each of the oral history transcriptions.

Processing History

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Dinah Handel, March 2015. The finding aid was updated by Martha Tenney, October 2015.

Guide to the Class of 1971 Oral History Collection
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Dinah Handel
© 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

3009 Broadway
New York NY 10027 United States