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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 39 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: Barbara Bernstein, Barbara Gottlieb, Bettina Berch, Candace Howes, Carol Santoniello Spencer, Caroline Quigley , Carla Ricci, Constance Brown, Deborah (Debbie) Kayman, Dona Summers Carter, Ellen Falek, Fay Chew Matsuda, Frances Connell, Heather Kurze, Julia Hong Sabella, Karla Spurlock-Evans, Katherine Brewster, Kathie Krumm, Linda Elovitz Marshall, Lynn Julian, Lynne Haims, Martha Schweitzer, Mary Jane (Mitzi) Major, Meri-Jane Rochelson, Michael Hart, Patria Baradi Pacis, Patricia (Pat) McGovern, Patricia Auspos, Pontish Yeramyan, Ruth Louie, Ruth Stuart Bell, Vajra Alison Kilgour, Victoria Taylor Robertson, and Wilma Liebman.

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 GB 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