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Guide to the United Women Firefighters Records and Photographs WAG.057

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Laurie B. Green, 1987, and Jennifer Steenshorne, 2006

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 28, 2013
Description is in English.

 Finding aid written by Laurie B. Green, 1987, and Jennifer Steenshorne, 2006, updated to include materials reincorporated from the United Women Firefighters Photographs (NP 140) by Hanan Ohayon  , July 10, 2013.

Container List

Series IV: Photographs and Memorabilia, circa 1980-1999

Scope and Content Note

Series consists of approximately one hundred black-and-white and color prints of various sizes, nineteen color slides, a small amount of negatives, and one black-and-white contact sheet, with portraits, event and documentary photographs from circa 1980 to 1999. Also includes a small amount of artifacts and memorabilia from Brenda Berkman's career as a firefighter including badges, membership cards, a UWF pin, FDNY calendars, and ephemera related to Berkman's termination in 1983.

Photographs include a 5x7 black-and-white print and corresponding 4x5 negative of Berkman in FDNY uniform; black-and-white prints, and color prints and negatives, from a City Council Press Conference on July 19, 1992; 4x6 color prints from a Women's Action Coalition Demonstration against FDNY sexual harrassment on September 10, 1992; and 8x10 black-and-white prints including Brenda Berkman speaking at a press conference with city officials, of Women Tell the Truth: A Conference on Parity, Power and Sexual Harrassment on April 25th, 1992 at Hunter College, including Anita Hill and Gloria Steinem, and of Berkman and Comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman. Two large color group portraits of women firefighters include the Fourth National Conference of Fire Service Women in San Diego in 1991.

Nineteen color slides, mostly from 1982, include images of the first women firefighters training for their physical exam in 1982, including at the Fire Academy on Randall's Island; candidate Katrina Cannon taking the oath of office in 1982 as a probationary firefighter, representing the first group; portraits of Brenda Berkman and attorney Robert King; as well as a group portrait, circa 1988, of the first women firefighters of New York City.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Artifacts and Memorabilia [Includes Membership Cards, Badges, Pin, Ephemera]
1982-1983, undated
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Booklet ["The Role of Women in the Fire Service," FEMA]
Aug 1980
Box: 16 Folder : 3 Correspondence [Includes Letter from Brenda Berkman Identifying People in Some Photographs]
1990, 1993
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Brenda Berkman, Photographs of [Includes Women's History Night, Two Portraits]
1987, 1993, undated
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Calendars [UFA FDNY and UFO ASSN]
Box: 16 Folder : 6 City Council Press Conference Photographs
July 19, 1992
Box: X0S002 Group Portraits of Women Firefighters (Oversized) [Includes Fourth National Conference of Fire Service Women, San Diego, 1991]
1991, undated
Box: 16 Folder : 7 Portrait of Brenda Berkman, First Woman Firefighter of New York City (Permission Required to Reproduce) [4x5 Negative]
Box: 16 Folder : 8 Slides [Includes Group Portraits and Photographs of First Women Firefighters of New York City]
circa 1980-1989
Box: 16 Folder : 9 United Women Firefighters, Assorted Photos, "Women Tell the Truth," and others
Box: 16 Folder : 10 United Women Firefighters, Various Color Photos
1999, undated
Box: 16 Folder : 11 Women's Action Coalition Demonstration Photographs
Sep 10, 1992

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