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From the Vault 410: Woman to Woman: Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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This week on From the Vault we continue our celebration of Women's History Month with a radio docudrama from Pacifica's flagship station KPFA in Berkeley. Taken from a seven-part 1980 series called Great Women, this episode, titled Susan B. Antony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was broadcast on Saturday, July 19th 1980 at 1:00pm following a tribute to Sojourner Truth. Together, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded equal rights and suffrage associations across America. This program, produced by Joanna Brouk and Dorothy Gilbert, traces the lives, friendship, and work of Anthony and Stanton, and includes readings of some of their remarkable letters and lectures.

We'll also feature an excerpt from the 1959 KPFA documentary series, The American Woman, that focuses on a reading of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's new declaration of independence for women delivered on July 18th, 1848 at the first convention for women's rights in Seneca Falls New York. The American Woman series is part of our current preservation and access project called American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982, which is funded in part by a matching grant from the NHPRC at the NARA called Documenting Democracy. For more information on this project visit us at PacificaRadioArchives.org.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 Project Underway!

 NHPRC logoPacifica's largest grant preservation project "American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982", awarded from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grant for $128,000, launched October 1 and is underway! Our first batch of 450 tapes to be digitized and preserved are currently being pulled from their shelves and moved to the processing area in our climate-controlled vault. The box labels will soon be scanned, descriptions will be updated, and tape conditions assessed before being shipped to our digitization guru George Blood, LP in Philadelphia, PA. While you wait to hear more from this collection, consider making a $25 donation to receive our "American Women Sampler CD" available here: PZ0904

Wrapping up GRAMMY Foundation Grant work

The Pacifica Radio Archives thanks the GRAMMY Foundation for its assistance in funding our preservation of two terrific series of historical radio programs from WBAI-FM: The Free Music Store, an eclectic free concert series from the 1970s, and the Mind's Eye Theatre, WBAI's unique experiment in radio theatre from the late 1960's. Everything in our vaults from these two series has now officially been digitized and will be available as a pledge gift during our upcoming annual Pacifica Radio Archives Fund Drive!