The collection, which dates from the 1980s and measures 1.42 linear feet, was compiled in the course of preparations for the "Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds" exhibit, which was staged at the Anacostia Museum from February 1976 to December 1976. This collection documents the lives and achievements of African American women in a variety of fields, including law, medicine, education, politics, science and the arts. The collection is comprised of documents, magazine and newspaper clippings, correspondence, photocopies, brochures and pamphlets.
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Narrator, for the Sketches from Life slide show, provides biographical vignettes of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Rosa Parks, Maggie Lena Walker, and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Narration and music. Part of Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds Audiovisual Records. AV00310, AV003315, AV003383-1: same content. AV003315-1: narration until 001130, followed by static and beeps. AV003315-2: narration begins at 001234, preceded by static and beeps. AV003310: dated 19841031. AV003315 and AV003383: undated.
Biographical / Historical:
Photographs, artifacts, a slide show, and films form the exhibition - Black women: Achievements Against the Odds - that examines the contributions of 113 American black women in such areas as government, education, fine arts, civil rights, medicine, law, and industry. The women represent the world-famous as well as the little-known and include poet Phillis Wheatley, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Patricia Roberts Harris, educator Nannie Helen Burroughs, the first female editor-in-chief of the Boston University Law Review Clara Burrill Bruce, author Maya Angelou, sculptor Edmonia Lewis, and businesswoman Eartha M.M. White. The exhibition was created and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service; and it was on display at Anacostia Neighborhood Museum from February 8, 1976 - January 2, 1977 and October 21, 1984 - June 30, 1985.
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