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Halprin (Sara) Interviews of Seema Weatherwax
MS.153  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Finding aid revision statement
  • Related Materials
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Sara Halprin interviews of Seema Weatherwax
    Creator: Halprin, Sara
    source: Halprin, Sara
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.153
    Physical Description: 2.75 Linear Feet 4 boxes
    Physical Description: 52.31 GB (109 digital files)
    Date (inclusive): 1976-2004
    Abstract: Sara Halprin was an American writer, filmmaker, teacher, and therapist. This collection contains interviews and research materials the writer collected while working on her 2005 biography of photographer Seema Weatherwax, Seema's Show: A Life of the Left. Accordingly, the bulk of the collection consists of recorded conversations between Halprin and Weatherwax. Topics covered include Weatherwax's life from her birth in 1905 in Chernigov, Russia; her immigration to Leeds, England in 1912; her immigration to Boston in 1918; her involvement in the Young Communist League and later the Communist Party; moving cross country to Los Angeles during the Great Depression; her time in Tahiti in the early 1930s; working as a photography developer for Ansel Adams in Yosemite from 1938-1941; her marriage with writer Jack Weatherwax; her move to Santa Cruz, California, in 1985; and life in Santa Cruz through 2001. Forms of materials in this collection are digital files, audiocassettes, MiniDiscs, and VHS tapes.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection open for research. Audiovisual media is unavailable until reformatted. Digital files are available in the UCSC Special Collections and Archives reading room. Some files may require reformatting before they can be accessed. Technical limitations may hinder the Library's ability to provide access to some digital files. Access to digital files on original carriers is prohibited; users must request to view access copies. Contact Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access to audiovisual media and digital files.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Sara Halprin, 2006.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in three series:
    • Series 1: Interviews with Seema Weatherwax
    • Series 2: Interviews with Weatherwax's family
    • Series 3: Other recordings
    Materials within each series are arranged chronologically by date created.

    Biographical / Historical

    Sara Halprin was an American writer, filmmaker, teacher and therapist. Born Barbara Joan Sakofsky on February 19, 1943 in New York City, she legally changed her name to Sara Halprin in 1982. As an academic, Halprin received a master's degree from the University of Edinburgh and a master's degree and doctorate from Columbia University. She taught at several colleges including the University of Toronto, Marylhurst University, and Lewis and Clark College. As a writer Halprin published two books: Seema's Show: A Life on the Left (University of New Mexico Press, 2005) and 'Look At My Ugly Face!' - Myths And Musings On Beauty And Other Perilous Obsessions With Women's Appearance (Penguin Books, 1995). As a filmmaker and film critic, Halprin worked under the pen name of Barbara Halpern Martineau. She was a key political and intellectual voice in lesbian feminist criticism on the Toronto scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, writing a regular column in the Toronto women's magazine Broadside and contributing reviews and articles to Canadian film magazines such as Cinema Canada and Take One . As a documentary filmmaker, she was responsible for proto-transgender manifesto Keltie's Beard (1983) and Heroes: A Transformation Film (1983). Halprin settled in Portland, Oregon in the 1990s with her husband, Herbert D. Long where she studied and worked as a Process Work therapist under Amy and Arnold Mindell. She died from complications related to cancer on November 10, 2006 at age 63.
    Seema Aissen Weatherwax was an American photographer. She began her photography career in Boston in the 1920s, and continued her work throughout the United States until her death in 2006. Weatherwax associated and collaborated with artists and activists such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, and Woody Guthrie.

    Preferred Citation

    Sara Halprin Interviews. MS 153. Special Collections and Archives. University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Brock Stuessi in the Center for Archival Research of Training (CART) with assistance from Alix Norton in the Fall of 2020. Descriptions of digital files were created during processing and offer a summary of each interview. Descriptions of physical tapes were transcribed directly from the tape labels. The interviews in the collection were originally recorded on tape, both VHS and audiocassette. Some of these tapes were digitized to CD prior to the collection donation, and the CDs were transferred to digital files by Special Collections staff in 2019. The digital files ms0153_med_0067, 0068 and 0092 were transferred directly from audiocassette and are split by side to 0067a and 0067b. Duplicate audio recordings and out-of-scope files were separated from the collection during processing (0051, 0052, 0069, 0086, and 0100).

    Finding aid revision statement

    This finding aid was revised in the Reparative Archival Redescription Project in 2021-2022. Previous versions of this finding aid are available upon request.

    Related Materials

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains interviews and research materials collected by the writer, filmmaker and therapist Sara Halprin for her book Seema's Show: A Life on the Left chronicling the life of photographer Seema Weatherwax. The collection includes interviews Halprin conducted with Weatherwax, Tamara "Tama" Smith (Weatherwax's sister), Jason Weston and Marge Frantz; a series of interviews between Joy Gonzales (Weatherwax's niece, daughter of Tama) and Reva Aissen (Weatherwax's mother); recordings of memorial services for her husband Jack Weatherwax and Virginia Adams; personal videotapes of various celebrations and gatherings; and radio and television programs about Weatherwax. These interviews and ephemera cover Weatherwax's life from her birth in 1905 in Chernigov, Russia; her immigration to Leeds, England in 1912; her immigration to Boston in 1918; her involvement in the Young Communist League and later the Communist Party; moving cross-country to Los Angeles during the Great Depression; her time in Tahiti in the early 1930s; working as a photography developer for Ansel Adams in Yosemite from 1938-1941; her marriage with Jack Weatherwax; her move to Santa Cruz in 1985, and her life in Santa Cruz through 2001. Forms of materials in this collection are digital files, audiocassettes, MiniDiscs, and VHS.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright for the items in this collection is owned by the creators and their heirs. Reproduction or distribution of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether a use is fair use, and to obtain any necessary permissions. For more information see UCSC Special Collections and Archives policy on Reproduction and Use.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Photographers -- Interviews
    Video recordings
    Interviews
    Weatherwax, Seema, 1905-2006
    Halprin, Sara