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Guide to the Bettye Lane Photographs, 1959-2007, bulk 1970s-1980s

Abstract

Photojournalist who has been documenting human rights, women's equality, and environmental issues and campaigns since the 1960s.

The Bettye Lane Photographs collection spans the years 1959-2007, with the bulk dating from the 1970s and 1980s. This documentary photography collection consists of black and white and some color prints taken by Bettye Lane during the course of her career as photojournalist. The subject matter focuses largely on individuals and events associated with the women’s rights movement from the 1970s and 1980s. Events include Equal Rights Amendment demonstrations, International Women’s Year marches, and National Organization for Women protests, in major cities such as New York City, Washington DC, Mexico City, and Houston. Also included are photographs of women participating in conferences; notable feminists and other personalities; women at work; and women playing sports. A smaller number of images documents protests and rallies concerning lesbian and gay rights, pro-choice, and pornography. The collection also includes photographs of Bettye Lane covering various events as well as a few portraits of her.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Lane, Bettye
Title
Bettye Lane photographs 1959-2007, bulk 1970s-1980s
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet, 1200 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Bettye Lane Photographs span the years 1959-2007, with the bulk dating from the 1970s and 1980s. This documentary photography collection consists of black and white and some color prints taken by Bettye Lane during the course of her career as photojournalist. Bettye Lane has worked for many publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, the National Observer, and the New York-based German weekly publication Der Spiegel. The subject matter of the images in this collection focuses largely on individuals and events associated with the women’s rights movement from the 1970s and 1980s. Events include Equal Rights Amendment demonstrations, International Women’s Year marches, and National Organization for Women protests, in major cities such as New York City, Washington DC, Mexico City, and Houston. Also included are photographs of women participating in conferences; notable feminists and other personalities; women at work; and women playing sports. A smaller number of images documents protests and rallies concerning lesbian and gay rights, pro-choice, and pornography. The collection also includes photographs of Bettye Lane covering various events as well as a few recent photographic portraits of her. The photographs are arranged thematically by topic and in rough chronological order. Other Lane photographs are also found in the institutions referred to in a note below. There is some overlap between the collections, but many of the prints at Duke University are unique images. Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from: Bettye Lane, 463 West Street, Studio D501, New York, N.Y. 10014. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from: Bettye Lane, 463 West Street, Studio D501, New York, N.Y. 10014. The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Photographic prints, the majority of which are in black and white with a few in color, document events and notable individuals associated with the women's rights movement during the 1970s and 1980s. Smaller groups of photographs document women at work, women athletes, and other social issues such as abortion rights, gay rights, poverty, and the environment. The last folder contains shots of the photographer, Bettye Lane. The majority of the prints are 8x10 in size, and are captioned on the back by the photographer with the date, subjects, and location. Original folder titles supplied by the photographer have been retained.

Marches-New York City, 1970-1980
Box 1
Demonstrations, 1971-1992
(2 folders)
Box 1
Conferences, 1972-1974
Box 1
Conferences and Meetings Misc, 1970-1993
(2 folders)
Box 1
Lesbian Rights, 1976-1984
Box 1
Abzug, Bella
Box 1
Anderson, Rev. Carol
Box 1
Angelou, Maya, with Coretta Scott King
Box 1
Baker, Ella
Box 1
Brown, Rita Mae
Box 1
Chicago, Judy
Box 1
Chisholm, Shirley
Box 1
Ferraro, Geraldine
Box 1
Friedan, Betty
Box 1
Greer, Germaine
Box 1
Hite, Shere
Box 1
Huarte, Delores
Box 1
Jordan, Barbara
Box 1
Kennedy, Florynce
Box 1
Kuhn, Maggie
Box 1
Mead, Margaret
Box 1
Paul, Alice
Box 1
Rankin, Jeannette
Box 1
Ride, Sally
Box 1
Steinem, Gloria
Box 1
Wattleton, Faye
Box 1
International Women's Year Conference, 1977
Box 1
NOW Conference, 1974
Box 1
Sports, 1972-1981
Box 1
Air Traffic Controller
Box 1
Aircraft Maintenance
Box 1
Architect
Box 1
Armed Forces
Box 1
Audio-Video
Box 1
Banking
Box 1
Bus Driver (the first in New York)
Box 1
Business Women
Box 1
Camerawoman TV NBC
Box 1
Carpenter
Box 1
Construction Workers
Box 1
Engineers
Box 1
Film Crew
Box 1
Park Ranger
Box 1
Photographers
Box 1
Policewomen
Box 1
Postal Carrier
Box 1
Sound Woman (ABC/TV NY)
Box 1
State Policewoman (first in New Mexico)
Box 1
TV Floor Camerawoman
Box 1
TV Floor Producer
Box 1
UPS Truck Driver
Box 1
Signs and Graffiti, 1970-1982
Box 1
International Women's Year, 1975-1985
Box 1
Politics, 1972-1976
Box 1
New York NOW Regional Conference, 1972
Box 2
Washington DC NOW National Conference, 1973
Box 2
Houston NOW National Conference, 1974
Box 2
Atlantic City Regional Conference, 1974
Box 2
Philadelphia National Conference, 1975
Box 2
Demonstrations, Miscellaneous, 1971-2006
(2 folders)
Box 2
Marches for Women's Equality, 1970-1980
Box 2
Religion and Spirituality, 1974-1984
Box 2
Men for Women's Rights, 1970-1994
Box 2
Anti-choice and Anti-ERA, 1970-1978
Box 2
Poverty and Homelessness, 1972-1984
Box 2
Politics, 1972-1984
Box 2
Conferences and Meetings, Miscellaneous, 1970-1985
Box 2
Lesbians, 1971-1983
Box 2
Words [newspapers and magazines, sexist ads, shirts, bumper stickers, buttons], 1970-1992
Box 3
Houston, 1977
Box 3
Mexico City, 1975
Box 3
Health, 1972-1989
Box 3
Professional and Blue Collar Jobs, 1971-1988
(2 folders)
Box 3
Abzug, Bella, 1970-1995
Box 3
Alpert, Jane, 1975
Box 3
Artists, miscellaneous, 2003
Box 3
Atkinson, Ti Grace, 1972-1974
Box 3
Barrett, Rev. Ellen, 1977
Box 3
Berger, Dr. Judith, 1977
Box 3
Braithwaite, Yvonne, 1976
Box 3
Brownmiller, Susan, 1976
Box 3
Caldwell, Sarah, 1976
Box 3
Chesler, Phyllis, 1973
Box 3
Chisholm, Shirley, 1972
Box 3
Constanze, Midge, 1977
Box 3
Dubic, Isola, 1978
Box 3
Dworkin, Andrea, 1983
Box 3
Ferraro, Geraldine, 1981
Box 3
Friedan, Betty, 1970-1999
Box 3
Height, Dorothy, 1979
Box 3
Hite, Shere, 1976-1981
Box 3
Kennedy, Florynce, 1974-1987
Box 3
Jong, Erica, 1978
Box 3
King, Coretta, 1977
Box 3
MacLaine, Shirley, 1973
Box 3
Mead, Margaret, 1977
Box 3
Millett, Kate, 1977
Box 3
Morgan, Robin, 1979
Box 3
Neel, Alice, 1981
Box 3
Nevelson, Louise, 1979
Box 3
Old Guard Feminists, 1987
Box 3
Rankin, Jeanette, 1972
Box 3
Rich, Adrienne, 1979
Box 3
Shange, Ntozake, 1981
Box 3
Shulman, Alix Kate, 1979
Box 3
Smeal, Ellie, 1978
Box 3
Sontag, Susan, 1986
Box 3
Steinem, Gloria, 1972-2000
Box 3
Wallace, Michelle, 1979
Box 3
Women in Sports, 1973-1984
Box 3
Pro-choice Demonstrations, Meetings, and Clinics, 1971-1995
(2 folders)
Box 3
Uncategorized Photographs, 1971-1993
Box 3
Photographs of Bettye Lane, 1959-2007
Box 3

Historical Note

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1959-1962Attended the Boston University School of Public Relations and Communications
1959-1962Affiliated with Harvard University News Office
1960Hired by CBS Television
1962-1964Photojournalist with The Saturday Evening Post
1966-1977Photojournalist for the Associated Press and the National Observer
2002Contributed her work to a group exhibition entitled "'For Which it Stands': The American Flag in Social Protest" at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Bettye Lane Photographs, 1969-1981 (1500 items) (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute)
  • Bettye Lane papers, 1979-1980 [photographs], 0.2 linear ft. (21 items) (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.)
  • The International Gay Information Center Archives, Ephemera: Photographs, Bettye Lane Series (The New York Public Library, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bettye Lane Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Bettye Lane Photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Jonathan Grilli and Meghan Lyon, January 2009

Encoded by Jonathan Grilli, Meghan Lyon, Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, January 2009

Accession 2007-0179 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.