Episode 1: Kären M. Mason


Kären M. Mason, curator of the Louise Noun-Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, discusses her experiences stewarding women’s collections, the role of women’s archives in contemporary archival practice, and SAA’s One Book, One Profession selection, Perspectives on Women’s Archives.



Episode Extras


Perspectives on Women’s Archives, edited by Tanya Zanish-Belcher with Anke Voss, features eighteen essays written by noted archivists and historians (including Kären Mason!) that illustrate the origins of a women-centered history, the urgent need to locate records that highlight the diverse experiences of women, and the effort to document women’s experiences.

Kären contributed the chapter, “‘A Grand Manuscripts Search’:  The Women’s History Sources Survey at The University of Minnesota, 1975–1979.” The book is available from the Society of American Archivists.

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