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The Barnard Class of 1971 Oral History Collection

As of March 2016, BC Voices, Inc. has interviewed 77 B’71 classmates and donated the video tapes and transcripts to the Barnard Archives and Special Collections which now hosts the Barnard Class of 1971 Oral History Collection (B’71 OHC). The collection is in active use by scholars at Barnard and Columbia and the transcripts have been digitized by the Barnard Archives to make it widely available to scholars and to the general public.

To view the entire collection of videos and transcripts contact Shannon O’Neill, Barnard Archivist at soneill@barnard.edu Click here to access the digitized collection now.

The oral histories reflect the diversity of the women of B’71 in terms of their geographic, socio-economic, and ethnic backgrounds, as well as the choices they have made, the careers they have pursued and the lives they have lived since their Barnard days. They provide rich, primary source material on the many issues that touched women’s lives from 1949 to the present.

Classmates speak fully and frankly about:

  • growing up in the Jim Crow south;
  • being the child of Holocaust survivors;
  • growing up in poverty or relative privilege;
  • life and learning at a Seven Sisters college;
  • occupying buildings in 1968, witnessing events from the outside or, as a commuter, coming home every night to questioning parents;
  • participating in the social movements of their time including civil rights, feminism, anti-war activism, reproductive justice, gay liberation, anti-racism, and more;
  • pursuing careers and making a difference;
  • facing challenges, including sexism, at home and at work;
  • raising children and caring for aging parents;
  • reinventing themselves as they head into retirement.

These conversations document the diverse ways a generation caught up in the tsunami of Second Wave Feminism has coped with change and made change; faced discrimination and broken through barriers; balanced work and family and made hard choices; lived lives very different from their own mothers and cleared pathways for future generations.

Oral History Interviewers Include:

  • Frances Garrett Connell, B’71
  • Michelle A. Patrick, B’71
  • Carla Wengren Ricci, B’71
  • Janet Ruth Price, B’71
  • Katherine J. Brewster, B’71
  • Adele Bernhard, B’18
  • Amanda Breen, B’17
  • Jenna Davis, B’15
  • Kelly Reller, B’16

Oral History Narrators (Interviewees) Include:

  • Patricia A. Auspos
  • Ruth Stuart Bell
  • Beryl Benacerraf
  • Bettina E. Berch
  • Barbara L. Bernstein
  • Katherine J. Brewster
  • Constance Brown
  • Dona Summers Carter
  • Frances Garrett Connell
  • Catherine Bilzor Cretu
  • Darlene A. Dartt
  • Katherine M. Galvin
  • Mary Gorayeb Friberg
  • Margery Isacson Goldberg
  • Mary Kane Goldstein
  • Ann Ellen Goodstein
  • Mary Gordon
  • Barbara Gottlieb
  • Loren Wissner Greene
  • Joy Horner Greenberg
  • Lynne Haims
  • Michael Hart
  • Adele Keyes Homer
  • Sandra Willner Horowitz
  • Candace Howes
  • Christine Jaronski
  • Lynn Forberg Julian
  • Linda Parnes Kahn
  • Shulamit Beth Kahn
  • Deborah Kahen Kayman
  • Vajra A. Kilgour
  • Shelley J. Korshak
  • Esther Amini Krawitz
  • Kathie L. Krumm
  • Heather Kurze
  • Wilma B. Liebman
  • Beth Lief
  • Ellen Falek Leonard
  • Carolyn J. Lewis
  • Jocelyn S. Linnekin
  • Lily Soohoo Louie
  • Ruth M. Louie
  • Mary Jane Major
  • Linda Elovitz Marshall
  • Fay Chew Matsuda
  • Christine McDonnell
  • Patricia A. McGovern
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow
  • Xiomara Cortes Metcalfe
  • Joyce Monac
  • Janis Checkanow Nelson
  • Patria Baradi Pacis
  • Michelle A. Patrick
  • Gail J. Perlick
  • Janet Ruth Price
  • Caroline Quigley
  • Ayxa J. Rey-Diaz
  • Carla Wengren Ricci
  • Victoria Taylor Robertson
  • Meri-Jane Rochelson
  • Joyce Montgomery Rocklin
  • Julia Hong Sabella
  • Adrienne C. Schure
  • Martha Barzler Schweitzer
  • Barbara Ginsberg Shaw
  • Susan Slyomovics
  • Carol Santoniello Spencer
  • Karla Spurlock-Evans
  • Vikki Stark
  • Andrea Polk-Stephenson
  • Linda Graves Stewart
  • Maureen Ann Strafford
  • Deborah Lifschitz Veach
  • Agavni Pontish Zambak Yeramyan
  • Cheryl J. Weiner
  • Basha Yonis
  • Linda Peyster Balagur Zapulla