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Halprin (Sara) Interviews of Seema Weatherwax
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Interviews with Seema Weatherwax 1987-2001

Scope and Contents

This series comprises recordings of interviews between Sara Halprin and Seema Weatherwax from between 1987 to 2001. Early recordings give a broad overview of Weatherwax's life for Halprin's 1986 film Re-entry: Stories of Six Women. Recordings made after 1997 were created for Halprin's book, Seema's Show. This series contains the digital files and audiocassettes from interviews which were matched using the date of the interview.
 

1987

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0001

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4957 GB, 48 minutes, 36 seconds

Scope and Contents

In this interview, originally recorded on video, Sara Halprin talks to Seema Weatherwax who gives a broad overview of her life from childhood to her early thirties. Weatherwax discusses her childhood in Chernigov, Ukraine (then a part of Tsarist Russia) and the position of her mother and father in that community with particular attention to their Jewish identity. Additionally she describes her family's attempt immigrating to England, their subsequent imprisonment, and later successful immigration to Leeds, Yorkshire in 1913. Weatherwax briefly discusses life and school in England and the family's immigration to the United States in 1922 following her father's death. Following this, Weatherwax gives a brief overview of her first marriage to James Lacey, moving to Los Angeles, her time in Tahiti, and the start of her work with Ansel Adams in Yosemite.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0002

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4543 GB, 43 minutes

Scope and Contents

In this interview with Halprin, originally recorded on video, Weatherwax gives an overview of her time living in Los Angeles from 1939 onward following her time in Yosemite. She is joined in the interview by her friend of 40 years, Hattie Brown. Weatherwax spends the majority of the interview talking about her marriage with Jack Weatherwax and the various places they lived together. She and Hattie discuss the community of Commonwealth Avenue they were a part of in Los Angeles and the various political activities going on there in the 1950s. In addition, Weatherwax talks about the political organizing she and her husband did throughout their time in Los Angeles, and their move to Santa Cruz at the end of his life.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0003

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4965 GB, 47 minutes

Scope and Contents

In this interview with Halprin, originally recorded on video, Weatherwax describes various photographs from her life, including photographs and scenes from her life in Chernigov, Leeds, Paterson, New Jersey, Yosemite and Los Angeles. She also describes relationships with James Lacey, Chan Weston, Jack Weatherwax and Ansel Adams. There is an undigitized video component to this recording on VHS in the collection.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0004

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4957 GB, 47 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax gives a broad overview of her life from childhood to her early thirties. She discusses her childhood in Chernigov, Ukraine (then a part of Tsarist Russia) and the position of her mother and father in that community with particular attention to their Jewish identity. She describes her family's attempt immigrating to England, their subsequent imprisonment, and later successful immigration to Leeds, Yorkshire in 1913. Weatherwax briefly discusses life and school in England and the family's immigration to the United States in 1922 following her father's death. Weatherwax gives a brief overview of her first marriage to James Lacey, moving to Los Angeles, her time in Tahiti, and the start of her work with Ansel Adams in Yosemite. Additionally, Weatherwax describes her introduction to Marxist philosophy in Boston in the 1920s, the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and her activities with the Film and Photo League in the 1930s.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0005

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4945 GB, 47 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about the success of her relationship with Jack Weatherwax. She talks about her inability to have children and the many young people they had parent-like relationships with throughout their life together. Weatherwax talks about her time in Boston with specific attention to the development of her political thought there. She also goes into detail about her mother Reva Aissen.
Box 3, Box 4

Audiocassettes 1987

Physical Description: 5 audiocassettes

Scope and Contents

Audio from videos
 

1995 March 16

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax mostly discusses her current state of mind and life at the age of 90 in Santa Cruz. She discusses her social life in the La Posada retirement community, her concept of peace and involvement in social activism, the death of her husband Jack Weatherwax, and her life without him. Additionally, Weatherwax talks about how she thinks about her own death and the kind of legacy she is working toward leaving. Lastly, she discusses how she perceives her appearance and body as well her spiritual beliefs and regrets she has looking back on her younger self.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0006

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .8463 GB, 80 minutes
Box 3

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
Box 3

ms0153_med_0127 1997 February 17

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette

Scope and Contents

Seema Weatherwax: England to Boston
Box 3

ms0153_med_0128, ms0153_med_0129 1997 April 3

Physical Description: 2 audiocassettes

Scope and Contents

Seema Weatherwax: Yosemite
Box 3

ms0153_med_0133 - ms0153_med_0138 circa 1997

Physical Description: 6 audiocassettes

Scope and Contents

Seema Weatherwax: Tahiti, Woody Guthrie, Yosemite, Los Angeles, Russia
Box 1

ms0153_med_0111 1998 February 9

Physical Description: 1 VHS

Scope and Contents

Seema Weatherwax: Kasandra "La Posada" also Jack
Box 1

ms0153_med_0112, ms0153_med_0113 1998 October

Physical Description: 2 VHS

Scope and Contents

Seema Weatherwax: Russia to Tahiti 1906 - 1931-32, Tahiti 1931-32; Yosemite 1938 (Spring)
 

1999 May 12

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0007

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .671 GB, 67 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax details her early life and family history in Chernigov, Ukraine from 1905 to 1912. She talks about her paternal grandparents (the Aissen family) and her father Avram Aissen's commitment to self-education. Additionally, she describes what she remembers about being Jewish at that time in Tsarist Russia, her own experiences with racism and what she remembers of her older sister Freda's experience in Orthodox Christian school. Lastly, Weatherwax discusses her father's bookshop and the upper middle class social position he and the family enjoyed because of it.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0008

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3368 GB, 32 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about the experience of attempting to illegally migrate with her family from Russia to England in 1912 to try to escape her father's compulsory military service. The family was caught and brought to prison for a few months before being let go without any further charges. Weatherwax details this prison experience she went through with her mother and sisters and the effect it had on her. She then describes the bribe her father paid to obtain legal travel papers and what she remembers from the subsequent trip to Leeds, England, where they initially stayed with her maternal grandparents, the Abelovs.
Box 3

Audiocassettes

Physical Description: 2 audiocassettes
 

1999 June 6

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0009

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5017 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax describes what she sees as a thread running through her life of sharing time and sharing people. She discusses this in the context of her time in Santa Cruz from 1984 to 1999 and the variety of projects she involved herself with during that time. She talks about joining the WILPF and NAACP in Santa Cruz. She describes her photography collection and the time she has spent organizing, collecting, and distributing her photographs in various ways.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0010

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5013 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about her involvement in the Santa Cruz chapter of Women's International League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She also talks extensively about how she came to join the Santa Cruz NAACP and the work she has done to help create a dialogue between WILPF and the NAACP in Santa Cruz. In a related segment, Weatherwax discusses her experiences with and perceptions of racial struggle in the United States beginning in the 1930s in Los Angeles. Halprin and Weatherwax discuss Weatherwax's contemporary day-to-day life.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0011

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4028 GB, 38 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax continues the discussion of her current life in Santa Cruz. She talks about her time as a child in England: how her and her sister's names were changed in school, World War I, the restaurant and hotel her parents owned and operated, and the social life that formed around that hotel, the Continental in Leeds. She also talks about attending Jewish school and learning Hebrew while at the same time learning English and deliberately forgetting Russian. Lastly she again discusses the experience in prison in Russia, and her dream life as both a young child and adult.
Box 3, Box 4

Audiocassettes

Physical Description: 2 audiocassettes
 

ms0153_med_0012 1999 June 13

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .343 GB, 33 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax answers various specific questions from Halprin, presumably filling in gaps or missed information from previous interviews. They discuss Weatherwax's continued belief in communism following the revelations about Stalin's violence toward the Soviet people. She briefly talks about her own photography and why she had not printed many of her photos until very recently. They talk about Mr. Weatherwax's appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1942. Lastly, they discuss Ms. Weatherwax's views on sex and her life of many loves.
 

1999 July 19

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0013

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5035 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax describes photographs hanging on the walls of her apartment. These photos include photographs of the Commonwealth Community in LA, Yosemite National Park, Dust Bowl refugee camps, Woody Guthrie, and Fred Ross. Additionally Weatherwax discusses her early life in England and living through the Spanish Flu epidemic that took her father Avram's life in 1918.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0014

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5026 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax discusses her relationships with her sisters Tama and Freda and how they were each affected by their father's death and moving from England to Boston. She discusses her romantic relationships in England. Weatherwax also talks about her school life in England: specifically, her experiences as a woman interested in studying math and science, having to petition the board of education to attend the technical college to study chemistry, and being the only woman at the technical college.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

1999 July 20

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0015

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5025 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about sex and relationships throughout her life. She talks about the culture shock of moving from Leeds, England to Boston and the sexual naivete of both her and her sisters. Additionally, she talks about the progressive political friends she became involved with when she first lived in Boston. Weatherwax talks about her marriage with James Lacey in 1925 at the age of 19 and the dysfunctionality between them that followed. Weatherwax talks about their cross-country trip during the start of the depression and being homeless, jobless, and hungry in the midwest and southwest. Once in Los Angeles, she talks about the end of her marriage with James and the beginning of her relationship with Clarence Lingerman, with whom she traveled to Tahiti.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0016

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5112 GB, 49 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about the end of her time in Tahiti and the subsequent end of her relationship with Lingerman. She talks about needing companionship in her relationships. Additionally, Weatherwax talks about the experiences she had working in the darkroom for the Winstead Brothers and facing sexual discrimination and abuse in the workplace.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0017

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5796 GB, 55 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about joining the Film and Photo League in 1934 in Los Angeles. She talks about the various political activities the League took part in, but mostly discusses her relationship with Chan Weston, whom she met through the League. She talks about her romantic relationship with Chan, and the connections she built with his father, photographer Edward Weston. Weatherwax also briefly describes going to Yosemite in 1938 in the context of her relationship with Chan. In the second half of the interview, Weatherwax begins to discuss her ideas about the importance of sharing as a political act. This discussion includes how this concept developed importance in her life and some of the criticisms she holds about progressive politics.
Box 4

Audiocassettes

Physical Description: 2 audiocassettes
 

1999 July 21-23

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0018 1999 July 21

Physical Description: 1 CD; .5017 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about her political life in Los Angeles, specifically during the time she and Jack Weatherwax were living in the predominantly African American community on Commonwealth Avenue. She also talks about childhood and learning about relationships and sex through books. Weatherwax then talks about her time in England, the male companions she had there, and her early thoughts about class and ethics. Lastly, Weatherwax talks about the boat ride from Liverpool to Boston and first getting settled in Boston.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0019 1999 July 21

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4991 GB, 47 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about her first professional experiences working in photo development in Boston. She talks about sexual discrimination in the workplace, expectations of working women, and being fired for being a woman. She also talks about working at a summer camp in Massachusetts and the first sexual experience she had there. Weatherwax ends the interview talking about her marriage with James Lacey and the sexual dysfunction between them that she believes led to the quick end of the relationship.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0020 1999 July 21

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5075 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax and Halprin walk around Weatherwax's apartment and talk about the various photographs and art works she has on her walls. They discuss a group of Mexican artists surrounding Diego Rivera, who Weatherwax collected a brochure from early on in their career. Weatherwax talks about her own photography, both portraiture work and landscape; she talks about why she never took her own photography seriously. Additionally, Weatherwax talks about photographs of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Dorothy Lange, all artists she knew, hanging on her walls.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0021 1999 July 21

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5054 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about the various pieces of artwork and photography on the walls of her apartment. She discusses photos she took of Ansel Adams, and photos taken by Adams. Additionally, Weatherwax discusses artwork by Pablo Higgins, Emmy Lou Packard, Diego Rivera, and folk art. Weatherwax talks about the house she and her husband Jack shared on Edgemont Street in Los Angeles. Weatherwax discusses the development of her feminist philosophy at a young age.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0022 1999 July 21-22

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5048 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax begins with talking about the art and photographs on her walls. She talks about various photographs she took in Las Vegas and in Julian, California. Additionally, Weatherwax discusses photographs taken by Ansel Adams and her experiences working with him. In the second half of the interview, Weatherwax talks about the beginning of her friendship with Halprin through one of Halprin's documentaries.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0023 1999 July 22-23

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5018 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about the trip she took with Halprin to Yosemite in 1987. It was the first time she had been back since the mid-1960s and she reminisces about how much the park had changed during that time. Additionally, Halprin asks Weatherwax about her experience throughout her life with money. Weatherwax talks about learning how to budget and the times she had no money while traveling cross-country during the depression. When talking about this cross-country trip, Weatherwax talks about the various jobs she had in Kansas City and Phoenix.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0024 1999 July 23

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5014 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Weatherwax talks about money and the various forms of importance money had at different times in her life. She talks about always working as a way for maintaining her independence. Additionally, she talks about taking control of finances from her husband Jack and their differing philosophies about money. She discusses his will and an early change in it that left half of his inheritance to his business partners in Los Angeles. Weatherwax talks about her sexual relationships with Lingerman and Chan Weston, specifically when she spent time with Weston in Santa Cruz after Mr. Weatherwax had passed away.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0025 1999 July 23

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5015 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax begins by talking about her relationship with Chan Weston. Halprin questions her about the specifics of their sexual connection and the times he would come to visit Weatherwax in Yosemite. They also discuss dinners at Ansel Adams's house and the times the Weatherwaxes traveled to Yosemite together. Lastly, Weatherwax begins to discuss the beginning of her relationship with her husband Jack, including the first time they slept together.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0026 1999 July 23

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3804 GB, 36 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax mostly talks about her relationship with Jack Weatherwax. She discusses the beginning of their relationship in Los Angeles and their sexual relationship. Weatherwax talks about how that relationship changed over the years, especially when Mr. Weatherwax got sick, and her thoughts on romance after his death.
Box 4

Audiocassettes 1999 July 21-23

Physical Description: 4 audiocassettes
 

1999 November 17

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0027

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4943 GB, 47 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax mostly discusses the beginnings of her political involvement in Boston in the early 1920s. She talks about joining The Young Pioneers and later the Young Communist League. She talks about the actions she took part in with these groups and the political life of her sisters and mother. Halprin and Weatherwax discuss Reva's (Weatherwax's mother) involvement with the Workmen's Circle in England and the ties between her family after leaving Russia and the Bolshevik revolution.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0028

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .1428 GB, 14 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about her political involvement and beginning of her identification with the working class and the working class struggle.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

1999 November 22

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0031

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .502 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin and Weatherwax discuss Weatherwax's involvement with the Communist Party throughout her life. Weatherwax talks about her own personal political philosophies, and why she still believes in the communist philosophy. The majority of the interview is a debate between Halprin and Weatherwax about the historical understanding of the Soviet Union, and the relationship between oppressive governmental power and communism.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0032

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5057 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax continues to discuss politics and the various political organizations she was involved with throughout her life. She talks about the Unemployment Council and the Young Communist League. Weatherwax and Halprin continue to debate the merits of communism in a historical context.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

1999 November 24

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0033

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5056 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin and Weatherwax discuss what they believe Halprin's book should be about and what is currently missing from the interviews of Weatherwax. They then continue to talk about politics and the Communist Party. Weatherwax talks about her husband Jack's writing and experiences with publishing and attempting to sell his books. She also talks about Ansel Adams's political views. Lastly, Halprin and Weatherwax continue to talk about communism, and Weatherwax's current views on both the philosophy and the party.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0034

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .2617 GB, 25 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about her affiliations with the Communist Party chapter in Santa Cruz. Additionally, Halprin talks to Weatherwax about the kind of things she needs from Weatherwax to make her book successful. The two finish their talk with a discussion about spirituality.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

1999 December 10-12

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0035 1999 December 10

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .666 GB, 63 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax gives an overview of various highlights of her life from England to Long Beach. These highlights include convincing the Leeds school board to allow her into technical school, learning photography development by sneaking into the dark room in Boston, her photo job in Paterson, New Jersey, and moments on her cross-country trip during the Great Depression in Kansas City and Phoenix. The interview concludes with Weatherwax talking about meeting Clarence Lingerman, and a miscarriage she experienced in Long Beach.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0036 1999 December 10

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6658 GB, 63 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about her experiences in the Film and Photo League in Los Angeles and her time in Yosemite. She begins with discussing the end of her relationship with Clarence Lingerman and involvement in showing films of the Spanish Civil War around Los Angeles. The bulk of the interview has to do with Weatherwax's time in Yosemite. She talks about Yosemite Valley in the 1940s and her day-to-day life there. She also talks about her friendship with Imogen Cunningham and draws a vivid picture of who Ansel Adams was.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0037 1999 December 10

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6651 GB, 63 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax continues to talk about the various political activities she was involved with in the 1940s. She talks about her time in the Dust Bowl refugee camp in Shafter, California (near Bakersfield) with Woody Guthrie and Mr. Weatherwax, and the photographs she took there. Halprin and Weatherwax also discuss why Weatherwax is hesitant to call herself or the people she was affiliated with communists. They talk about her husband Jack's appearance before the Tenney/Un-American Activities Committee, the Free India movement, and the 1945 meeting of the United Nations in San Francisco.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0038 1999 December 11

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6767 GB, 64 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax continues to talk about her various political involvements in Los Angeles. She talks about distributing the People's World newspaper and the social anxiety she often felt doing political organizing work. She also talks about putting her own creative work aside to support her husband Jack, and the partial regret she feels in making that decision. Lastly Weatherwax talks about her time living with him in Laguna Beach and working in an airplane factory during World War II.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0039 1999 December 11

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6847 GB, 65 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax continues to talk about her various political involvements in Los Angeles. She talks about living in the Commonwealth community and her and her husband Jack's involvement with the Black Baptist church in that area. She talks about her role in the Los Angeles Communist Party, and an FBI investigation into the Weatherwaxes in the early 1950s. Additionally, Weatherwax talks about the Interracial Council she helped to found in the Commonwealth community and her views on the disconnect between the Communist Party and racial justice issues.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0040 1999 December 11

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6706 GB, 64 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax continues to talk about her various political involvements in Los Angeles. She talks about living in the Commonwealth community and the sewing group she started there as a women's organization. They also talk about the National Association of Colored Women that Weatherwax was involved with, and Mr. Weatherwax's work with the Hopi Tribe. Lastly, they discuss a joint art show between visiting Soviet artists and the Black Los Angeles art community in the 1950s and the fallout in the U.S. Communist Party after the revelations about Stalin came to light in the 1950s.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0041 1999 December 12

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .67 GB, 63 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax discusses the ways she has felt about aging throughout her life and the various significant deaths in her life. She discusses her own bouts of pneumonia and a stroke she suffered in 1979. She also talks about the death of her mother, Reva Aissen and her older sister, Freda in the early 1980s. Lastly, she discusses Mr. Weatherwax's health struggles and the pancreatic cancer that eventually led to his death in 1985.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0042 1999 December 12

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6566 GB, 62 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax discusses the ways she has felt about aging throughout her life. She talks about feeling herself getting older and her experience of menopause. She reflects on what she perceives to be the fullest parts of her life and the work she did during her sixties. Halprin and Weatherwax then talk about Weatherwax's life post-retirement, and the ways she and her husband kept themselves entertained when not dealing with health-related matters. Lastly, Weatherwax talks about taking care of loved ones and the stress it brought her.
Box 3, Box 4

Audiocassettes 1999 December 10

Physical Description: 4 audiocassettes
 

1999 December 16

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0043

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5555 GB, 53 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax begins by continuing her discussion of aging. Halprin asks her about her current sexual desire and Weatherwax's experience of the sexual aging process. In the second portion of the interview, Halprin asks Weatherwax to talk about her life in Boston both socially and professionally. Weatherwax goes into detail about learning the craft of photographic development and printing. In the process she details the barriers she encountered to learning that craft related to being a woman and the ways she taught herself much of what she learned.
Box 4

Audiocassette

 

ms0153_med_0044 2000 January 6

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6768 GB, 64 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax begins with a discussion of her experiences with homeopathic medicine. She talks about this in specific relation to an allergic reaction she experienced to photo development chemicals in the mid-1930s. In the second part of the interview, Halprin asks Weatherwax about her time in Boston, specifically about her experiences with the Young Communist League. Weatherwax details how she got involved with the Young Communist League and the summer camps she attended and worked at for the Young Communist League. Weatherwax then talks about the family she had around her in Boston, specifically highlighting the strands of political radicalism in her extended family. Included in this discussion is Weatherwax's mother, Reva Aissen, and the Workmen's Hall meetings she regularly attended.
 

2000 January 13

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0045

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4992 GB, 47 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax details her first photo finishing job in Boston. She talks about the specific processes she learned there and the ways that she picked up photo developing skills by watching people work in the darkroom. Additionally, Weatherwax describes her Aunt Seema and Uncle Oscar and more specifics of her extended family structure in Boston. Weatherwax describes what she remembers of her home in Leeds.
 

2000 January 20

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0046

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3284 GB, 31 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about the time living with her first husband, James Lacey, in Paterson, New Jersey. Halprin asks her about her job as photo machine attendant and what she learned in that role. Weatherwax describes the unhappiness she felt in Paterson and the small social world she had there.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2000 February 8-10

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0047 2000 February 08

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5065 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax discusses her journey cross-country from New Jersey to Los Angeles during the beginning of the Great Depression. Halprin asks Weatherwax about the time Weatherwax spent with the labor organizer, Ella Reeve Bloor, or Mother Bloor, in Kansas City. Weatherwax then goes on to detail the various ways she made money in Kansas City and Omaha, Nebraska. She also talks about the various camps and union halls she stayed with her husband, James Lacey.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0048 2000 February 10

Physical Description: 1 CD; .4722 GB (1 file; 45 minutes)

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax continues to talk about her journey cross-country with her husband James Lacey from New Jersey to Los Angeles during the beginning of the Great Depression. She talks about her time in Phoenix, the work she found there, and contracting the flu. Weatherwax then talks about arriving in Los Angeles and reconnecting with Reva, Tama, and Freda while staying at her mother's house.
Box 3

Audiocassette 2000 February 08

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2000 March 7

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0049

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5041 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin asks Weatherwax specifics about her time living in England and in Long Beach. Weatherwax talks about flowers and the significance she remembers in always having freshly picked flowers in the house in both Leeds and Boston. She also talks about a trip she took to London in 1921. In the second half of the interview, Weatherwax talks about her job with the Winstead Brothers in Long Beach and the beginning of her relationship with Clarence Lingerman.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0050

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4953 GB, 47 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks primarily about her time with Clarence Lingerman. She talks about the first time she met Lingerman and the time they spent together in Tahiti. Weatherwax also talks about swimming in the ocean for the first time in Santa Monica, and her relationship with smoking and alcohol.
 

2000 March 14

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0056

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .51 GB, 49 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin and Weatherwax discuss the time in her life between her relationships with Clarence Lingerman and Chan Weston. She discusses the various partners she had during that time. One of these unnamed partners was part of the Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish Civil War and died in Spain. Weatherwax also talks about the various political projects she became involved with during that time, including organizing with the African American community around the Scottsboro Boys trial and involvement with Works Project Administration photography initiatives.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0057

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .505 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax discusses her relationship with Chan Weston during the late 1930s. She talks about Chan's house in Los Angeles and Weatherwax's relationship with the Weston family, including Chan's mother, Flora Mae Chandler. Weatherwax talks about the parties she would go to with Weston -- she refers to them as "orgies." Lastly, Weatherwax talks about her introduction to homeopathic medicine in attempting to treat an allergy she acquired to photo developer fluid.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2000 May 16

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0060

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3368 GB, 32 minutes

Scope and Contents

Jason Weston joins Weatherwax as she talks about her first interactions with Ansel Adams via Edward Weston and her interview for the developing job in Yosemite. Weatherwax describes arriving in Yosemite, her first impressions of the Yosemite Valley, and of working with Adams. She details the cottage she stayed in during her time there and the darkroom.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0061

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .2891 GB, 28 minutes

Scope and Contents

Jason Weston joins Weatherwax as she talks about her working relationship with Ansel Adams in Yosemite and what she learned from him both about developing and shooting photographs. She talks about the process of critique and feedback that went on in Adams's dark room and her perception of the work as quite easy. Lastly, Weatherwax talks about the growing fame of Adams and the visitors who increasingly came to see his studio. Related to this popularity, Weatherwax discusses Adams's first photography workshop he held in Yosemite and the ways she assisted in the workshop.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2000 May 31

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0067a

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3286 GB, 31 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about various aspects of her time in Yosemite working for Ansel Adams. Weatherwax talks about the development of the Valley and her knowledge of and acquaintance with the Curry family. Weatherwax talks about the various ways she spent her time while not working and the group of friends she had in the valley. Lastly, Weatherwax talks about her friendship with Virginia Adams and the things they would do together during time off.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0067b

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .1771 GB, 31 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about her experiences learning to ice skate and the various friends she made in Yosemite. Lastly, Weatherwax discusses the record Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday and sharing that record with others in Yosemite.
Box 4

Audiocassette

 

2000 June 13

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0068a

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .336 GB, 31 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about her own photographic practice and getting her photographs appraised. She also talks about watching both Edward Weston and Ansel Adams work. Lastly, Weatherwax talks about spending time in the ocean and an early form of bodyboarding she did.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0068b

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3342 GB, 31 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about learning to ride a bicycle and the various times in her life she owned a bicycle. Halprin asks Weatherwax about dancing, how she learned to dance, and her experiences dancing with different partners. Weatherwax talks about playing basketball in England during her primary and high school years in the 1910s and 1920s. Lastly, Weatherwax talks about arriving in Yosemite and seeing the Yosemite Valley for the first time.
Box 3

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2000 July 7

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0070

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5044 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax discusses the period of time she was working for Ansel Adams in Yosemite. They discuss Weatherwax's friendship with Imogen Cunningham and the impression Weatherwax had of her work. Weatherwax talks about photography's relationship to the fine art and her thoughts on more experimental forms of photography in the 1940s. Weatherwax describes Virginia Adams's role in the Yosemite day-to-day operations. Lastly, Weatherwax describes meeting Jack Weatherwax, her future husband, their long distance relationship, and her eventual decision to leave the Adams darkroom in Yosemite to be with him.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0071

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5011 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about her life in the 1940s. This discussion includes her political awareness during her time in Yosemite and the beginning of World War II shortly after her return to Los Angeles in 1941. She talks about the various movements and organizations she was involved with during that time including the Film and Photo League, the Unemployment Councils and the Free India Movement. In a related note, Weatherwax discusses living in the Commonwealth Avenue community and the joint art show she helped to organize between artists in the Black community and artists from the Soviet Union. Lastly Weatherwax talks about the job she worked in the early 1940s at a camera store in Hollywood named Castle Brothers.
Box 3

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2000 August 22

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0073

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6806 GB, 64 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks to Weatherwax about her upcoming photography show at Mulberry Gallery in Santa Cruz and her early days with Jack Weatherwax. Weatherwax talks about the various photos she has selected for the show, all the work that has gone into it, and her motivations for putting on the show. In the second half of the interview, Weatherwax talks about the beginning of her relationship with Jack Weatherwax and the strong connection she felt with him from early on in the relationship.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0074

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6796 GB, 64 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about the time she spent in Las Vegas in order to get a divorce from her first husband, James Lacey, to marry Jack Weatherwax. In the last part of the interview, Weatherwax talks about Mr. Weatherwax being called before the Los Angeles Tenney Committee, an extension of the Anti-Communist House Un-American Activities Committee.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0075

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .2645 GB, 25 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax discusses the various dances she and Mr. Weatherwax did together in the 1940s, including the foxtrot, one step, and tango. Weatherwax then talks about the trip she and her husband Jack took with Woody Guthrie to the Bakersfield Dust Bowl refugee camps in the mid-1940s. She concludes the interview talking about Mr. Weatherwax's friendship with Guthrie.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2000 September 22

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0077

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6761 GB, 64 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin interviews Weatherwax about Jack Weatherwax's mother Dody's house on Edgemont Street in Los Angeles where the Weatherwaxes lived at the beginning of their marriage in the 1940s. Weatherwax describes the food of the time and the dining customs in the house. She also talks about her relationship with the Weatherwax family, including her friendship with Clara Weatherwax and the death of Jack's brother, Robert Weatherwax.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0078

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5836 GB, 55 minutes

Scope and Contents

Ms. Weatherwax discusses her relationship with Dody Weatherwax, Jack's mother, and what she knows of Weatherwax family history. She talks about the job she had during World War II and the continued employment she took on in order to support the two of them. Additionally, Weatherwax discusses what her mother and sisters thought about Mr. Weatherwax in the beginning of their relationship.
Box 3

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
Box 2

ms0153_med_0114 2000 October 1

Physical Description: 1 VHS

Scope and Contents

Seema at Mulberry Gallery - Aptos, CA
 

2000 October 14-15

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0081

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6616 GB, 63 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks to Weatherwax about Weatherwax's time in Santa Cruz and how she thinks about her life. Weatherwax talks about the Mulberry Gallery show, impressions of her photography and why it took her until 2000 to show her work. Weatherwax then goes on to talk about the various ways she has engaged the community in Santa Cruz in the fifteen years she has been there. This community involvement includes her event organizing at La Posada retirement community, WILPF, NAACP, and involvement with the Jewish community. Lastly Weatherwax reflects on her life, why she thinks it's important to talk about, and how she spends her days at the time of the interview.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0082

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6925 GB, 66 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax discusses her feelings about death and dying. Halprin and Weatherwax talk about notable artists that the Weatherwaxes helped to organize shows and concerts for in Los Angeles including Charles White and Paul Robeson. They continue their discussion on the Communist Party in the 1950s. Lastly, Weatherwax talks about her film developing job for Frank Holmes in Hollywood and the efforts she made to unionize the film workers.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0083

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6674 GB, 63 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks to Weatherwax about her jobs working with filmstrip developing and production in Los Angeles from the 1950s to the 1970s. Weatherwax talks mostly about working for Frank Holmes and the various attempts at unionizing she was involved with. She details the processes of all the jobs she did and her coworkers. Additionally, she talks about the effects these jobs had on her vision and the way her eyesight degraded over the years.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0084

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .676 GB, 64 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks with Weatherwax about various aspects of the Weatherwaxes' life in Los Angeles. They discuss the death of Dody Weatherwax, Jack's mother, and her beliefs in Christian Science. Weatherwax also talks about living on Commonwealth Avenue and the apartment she and her husband Jack had there. Lastly, Weatherwax talks about some of the parties she would hold in the Commonwealth neighborhood, particularly the square dancing they did.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0085

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .8463 GB, 80 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks with Weatherwax about various aspects of her life in the late 1970s. They discuss Weatherwax's sister Tama's marriage to Frank Gonzalez, the unemployment councils, an arm injury Weatherwax had that kept her from work, and O'Neal Cannon, who was one of the people working to support and publish Jack Weatherwax's writing in Los Angeles.
Box 3, Box 4

Audiocassettes

Physical Description: 4 audiocassettes
Box 4

2000 December

Physical Description: 2 audiocassettes

Scope and Contents

Audio from video
Box 4

2000 December 6

Physical Description: 1 MiniDisc

Scope and Contents

Seema: Deaths, Dody
Box 4

2000 December 7

Physical Description: 1 MiniDisc

Scope and Contents

Seema, control
 

2001 March 15

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0087

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3905 GB, 37 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks to Weatherwax about her continued relationship with the Weston family. They talk about Weatherwax's friendship with Chan Weston later in life and about Edward Weston. Additionally, they talk about Edward Weston's widow Charis, Weatherwax's friendship with her, and her current state of affairs.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2001 March 22

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0088

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3481 GB, 33 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks to Weatherwax about various aspects of her current life. They talk about a library lecture series Weatherwax is giving in Santa Cruz county and Weatherwax's current health and well-being.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0089

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3447 GB, 33 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about going through menopause in the 1940s and the difficulties she encountered at work because of it. She talks about her current life and what is important to her at the time of the interview. In this discussion, she mostly talks about her involvement with the NAACP and the activities she misses doing.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2001 March 29

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0090

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3434 GB, 33 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about a bicycling accident in Tahiti and one of Imogen Cunningham's double-negative photographs. She also talks about her three goddaughters and how their relationships came to be.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0091

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .1207 GB, 12 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks to Weatherwax about political activist and co-founder of the Communist Party USA, Ella Goldberg Wolfe. Weatherwax talks about meeting her and disliking her.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2001 April 5

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0092a

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3303 GB, 31 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about various aspects of her health including homeopathic medicine and the diagnosis of her rapid heartbeat. She also talks about her longtime friends Anne and Ron Adams and their daughter, Weatherwax's goddaughter, Janice.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0092b

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3322 GB, 32 minutes
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2001 July 12

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0093

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5505 GB, 52 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks briefly about her time living in Laguna Beach and the job she had in an airplane factory during World War II. She then talks about her current life activities that include thoughts about her photography and projects she is working on at La Posada, the community she lives in. Lastly, Weatherwax talks about giving her photography collection to UC Santa Cruz Special Collections.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0094

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3242 GB, 31 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about her friendship with lifelong friend, Hattie Brown. She talks about organizing going on with the Communist Party in Los Angeles in the 1940s. Lastly she talks about a summer camp where she worked and taught photography in Lake Arrowhead in the 1950s.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2001 July 17

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0095

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .7186 GB, 68 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about Jack Weatherwax's family, including his father, his mother Dody, and his four siblings. Additionally, Weatherwax details her various involvements with photography after leaving Yosemite in 1940. She talks about the various portraits she took, including photographs of the famous Calypso singer, Sir Lancelot. Lastly, Weatherwax talks about an art show she and Mr. Weatherwax organized with a number of artists from Mexico. This was made possible through a friendship with Pablo O'Higgins.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2001 July 25

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0096

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5123 GB, 49 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin asks Weatherwax about where she was during certain historical moments surrounding World War II. Weatherwax details Jack Weatherwax's funeral service held shortly after his death in Los Angeles in 1985. She talks about organizing it and the variety of people who attended. Lastly, Weatherwax talks about starting her life without her husband in Santa Cruz, and joining WILPF and the NAACP.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0097

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3367 GB, 32 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks to Weatherwax about various aspects of her life in Santa Cruz. Seema talks about how she has shared her story publicly with radio interviews, library appearances, and talks at public schools. Additionally, Weatherwax talks about her involvement with the Jewish community in Santa Cruz and the various Seder suppers she has organized.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

2001 October 11

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0098

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .2293 GB, 22 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about the predominantly Black neighborhood she lived in on Commonwealth Avenue in Los Angeles. She also speaks about her impressions of the Black experience in Los Angeles, and the interracial council she and Mr. Weatherwax helped to start in the neighborhood.
Box 3

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

ms0153_med_0099 2001 October 15

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6857 GB, 65 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax talks about the death of Dody Weatherwax, Jack's mother, and the move she and her husband made from the Commonwealth community to Dody's house on Edgemont Street at that time. She also talks about the Commonwealth community, including the People's World newspaper she distributed there. Lastly, Ms. Weatherwax talks about the time she lived in Los Angeles.
 

undated

Box 3

Audiocassette ms0153_med_0139

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette

Scope and Contents

Russia
Box 1

VHS ms0153_med_0125

Physical Description: 1 VHS

Scope and Contents

Tahiti to Yosemite (1931-1941)
 

Interviews with Weatherwax's family 1976-2000

Scope and Contents

This series comprises interviews of and by various members of Seema Weatherwax's extended family. These include interviews between Sara Halprin and Tama Smith (Weatherwax's sister) and Jason Weston, and a series of interviews between Joy Gonzales (Weatherwax's niece, daughter of Tama Smith) and Reva Aissen (Weatherwax's mother) made between 1976 and 2000. This series contains the digital files and audiocassettes from interviews that were matched using the name and date of the item.
 

Joy Gonzales interviews Reva Aissen 1976 March 17

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0101

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3293 GB, 31 minutes

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Joy Gonzales, Tama's daughter, talks to her grandmother, Seema's mother, Reva Aissen. Reva talks about her early life in Russia and her relationship with her siblings and parents. Additionally, she talks about the experience of being Jewish in Tsarist Russia at that time in the late 19th century.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0102

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .428 GB, 41 minutes

Scope and Contents

Reva tells Joy stories from her youth including early 20th century political activity, traveling she did, and navigating life in Tsarist Russia.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

Joy Gonzales interviews Reva Aissen 1976 March 17

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0103

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6438 GB, 61 minutes

Scope and Contents

Reva talks to Joy about meeting Weatherwax's father and their young marriage. She talks about various marriage customs and how they influenced her and her sibling's relationships.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0104

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4928 GB, 47 minutes

Scope and Contents

Reva tells Joy about the births of Freda, Seema, and Tama and the house she lived in at that time. Additionally Reva talks about the child rearing practices she used with her daughters and her interests in child psychology.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

Joy Gonzales interviews Reva Aissen 1976 March 17

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0105

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4902 GB, 47 minutes

Scope and Contents

Reva tells Joy about the lives of her siblings. She also talks about immigrating to Leeds, England in order to escape her husband's compulsory military service. She then talks about the death of her husband from the Spanish Flu in 1918.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0106

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4967 GB, 47 minutes

Scope and Contents

Reva tells Joy about life after the death of her husband and her efforts to take over his business of selling wholesale textiles. She talks about having to sell her house to make ends meet and her decision to move to the United States to be with her family.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

Joy Gonzales interviews Reva Aissen 1976 March 17

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0107

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4638 GB, 44 minutes

Scope and Contents

Reva talks to Joy about the boat trip from England to the United States. She talks about the cultural differences of the United States and what she left behind in England. Lastly, she discusses the family she and her daughters settled with in Boston.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0108

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4945 GB, 47 minutes

Scope and Contents

Reva talks to Joy about the house she lived in in Boston and the various jobs she was able to find making drapes and doing upholstery.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

Joy Gonzales interviews Reva Aissen 1976 March

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0109

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4957 GB, 47 minutes

Scope and Contents

Reva talks to Joy about the lives of her daughters. She talks about Seema and Tama's first relationship experiences in Boston. She also talks about Weatherwax's marriage to James Lacey.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0110

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .2867 GB, 27 minutes

Scope and Contents

Reva talks to joy about living in New York City and the work she continued to do there, making and selling drapes. She also talks about the journey across the country Seema and Tama took together during the start of the Great Depression.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
Box 1

Interview with Seema Weatherwax, Tama Smith, and Charles Hanson ms0153_med_0115 1988 June 13

Physical Description: 1 VHS

Scope and Contents

Info about Tama's time w/ YWCA + WILPF
 

Sara Halprin interviews Tama Smith 1999 November 18

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0029

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5026 GB, 48 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin speaks with Weatherwax's sister Tama Smith about living in Boston and England. They talk about the initial shocks she remembers of moving to the United States and getting involved politically with Weatherwax. Related to politics, she talks about joining the Young Communist League and the various actions and protests taking place in the 1920s. Lastly, they discuss living in England and life after the death of her father.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0030

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .2478 GB, 24 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin speaks with Weatherwax's sister, Tama Smith, about what she remembers of living in Leeds and Boston. They talk about Tama's boyfriends in Boston and the fashion of the time. Additionally they discuss traveling across the country in the late 1920s at the start of the great depression. Tama recalls the various labor camps they lived in on that journey and experiences of being homeless. Lastly, Tama talks about her marriage with Al, the birth of her daughter Joy and Al's death.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

Sara Halprin interviews Tama Smith 2000 March 23

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0058

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3348 GB, 32 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks to Tama Smith, Weatherwax's younger sister. They discuss the birth of Tama's daughter Joy in 1931 and the death of her husband, Al, shortly thereafter. In the remaining time of the interview, Tama talks about moving from Los Angeles to New York for four years and discusses her and Weatherwax's relationships with Chan Weston upon returning to Los Angeles.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0059

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .1251 GB, 12 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks to Tama Smith, Weatherwax's younger sister. They discuss various parts of her life in Los Angeles in an attempt to understand what year Weatherwax stopped dating Clarence Lingerman.
Box 4

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

Sara Halprin interviews Tama Smith ms0153_med_0072 2000 August 5

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6023 GB, 57 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks to Tama Smith, Weatherwax's younger sister. The two discuss the various houses Tama lived in during her time in Los Angeles and the social scenes that formed around them. This includes houses in Silverlake and Highland Park. They discuss what Tama remembers about the first time meeting Jack Weatherwax and the beginnings of his and Weatherwax's relationship. They also discuss Tama's first husband, Al, and the man she met after he died, Ralph.
 

Sara Halprin interviews Jason Weston 2000 August-September

General

There is a discrepancy in dates between the digital file and the audiocassette, but the recording is most likely the same.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0076 2000 August 28

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .446 GB, 42 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin interviews Jason Weston, the grandson of Chan Weston, who is helping Weatherwax print the photos for her Mulberry Gallery show. Jason talks about being in the darkroom with Weatherwax and how the process incorporated both of their printing styles. He discusses what he finds compelling about both Weatherwax and her photographs and gives an overview of the photo printing process more generally.
Box 3

Audiocassette 2000 September 28

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
Box 4

Sara Halprin interviews Joy Gonzales 2000 December

Physical Description: 1 MiniDisc
Box 3

Reva Aissen interviewed by Joy Gonzales, Seema Weatherwax interviewed by Charles Hanson ms0153_med_0140 undated

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

Other recordings 1985-2004 and undated

Scope and Contents

This series comprises video recordings and some interviews pertaining to Sara Halprin's research for her book Seema's Show. These include recordings of memorial services for Jack Weatherwax, Virginia Adams, and Paul Robeson; VHS recordings of Weatherwax speaking in public; recordings of Weatherwax's appearances on radio and television; VHS recordings of various birthday parties and celebrations; and other television program recordings.
 

Jack Weatherwax Memorial ms0153_med_0062 1985

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5314 GB, 50 minutes

Scope and Contents

In this audio recording of Jack Weatherwax's memorial service, various friends and family, including Ms. Weatherwax, pay tribute to Mr. Weatherwax and his life. Most of the discussion centers on his written contributions, including children's literature, his writings on African American history, his contributions to Los Angeles public school curriculum, writings on the 1946 United Nations meeting in San Francisco, and a theatrical production named Seed.
 

Prime Time With Joe Fahey, Elena Leland, Seema Weatherwax, Carolyn Burke ms0153_med_0053 1993 August 12

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .5864 GB, 56 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax appears on the Prime Time radio program with Elena Leland and Carolyn Burke. Her and Carolyn discuss their experiences emigrating to the United States early in life and how that experience shaped them. They go on to discuss cultural education in Santa Cruz and the various ways children of immigrants can be better supported.
Box 2

Seema Weatherwax at Foothill College ms0153_med_0117 1996 January 30

Physical Description: 1 VHS
 

Talk of the Bay, Erick Sheck and Seema Weatherwax ms0153_med_0066 1998 September 30

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .3394 GB, 32 minutes

Scope and Contents

Eric Sheck interviews Weatherwax for the radio program Talk of the Bay on the station KUSP. Weatherwax discusses her birth, early life, and childhood in both Chernigov, Ukraine and Leeds, England. She discusses her family's attempted immigration and their imprisonment that followed. She also talks about arriving in Boston and the various political causes she took interest in, specifically the Sacco and Vinzetti trial going on in Boston. Weatherwax also talks about meeting Woody Guthrie in the early 1940s and her work for Ansel Adams.
Box 2

Paul Robeson Memorial, WILPF Santa Cruz ms0153_med_0116 1998

Physical Description: 1 VHS
 

Seema Weatherwax on KUSP, "Woman of the Year" 1999 March 17

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0065

Physical Description: 1 CD; .3501 GB (1 file; 33 minutes)

Scope and Contents

Eric Sheck interviews Weatherwax on the radio station KUSP after receiving a 1999 Woman of the Year award from the California legislature. They discuss Weatherwax's political work and why she got involved in work surrounding discrimination in the United States at a very early time. Weatherwax talks about her experiences with discrimination for being a woman in the workplace, and talks about how this informed the political work she did on racial discrimination in Los Angeles. Lastly, Weatherwax discusses her life philosophy and why she believes she has lived such a long life.
Box 2

VHS ms0153_med_0118 1999 March 15

Physical Description: 1 VHS
 

Sara Halprin interviews Marge Frantz 2000 October 13

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0079

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6872 GB, 65 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin interviews Marge Frantz, a longtime political organizer and teacher, about the Communist Party in the United States. Frantz talks about her early involvement in the Young Communist League in the 1930s in New York and what she sees as the golden age of the Communist Party in the United States from 1936 to 1941. They talk about the Communist Party in Oakland during World War II and the shifting politics of the party in that period. Frantz then talks about the ouster of the party leader, Earl Browder, and her decision to leave the Communist Party in 1956 following revelation about Stalin's atrocities. Lastly, Frantz talks about McCarthyism and the fear that swept through the Communist Party following World War II.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0080

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .6663 GB, 63 minutes

Scope and Contents

Halprin talks to Marge Frantz for the first fifteen minutes and Weatherwax for the remainder of the time. Halprin and Frantz discuss Frantz's friendship with and impressions of Weatherwax. They also talk about the opening reception for Weatherwax's gallery show at the Mulberry Gallery. Halprin and Weatherwax discuss the events Weatherwax took part in when she first moved to Santa Cruz, specifically a fundraiser she organized for the cannery workers in Watsonville. They discuss Weatherwax's involvement in the WILPF and NAACP chapters in Santa Cruz and Weatherwax's lasting relationship with the Black community. Weatherwax then goes on to talk about what she sees as broad themes of her life: fighting discrimination, relationships, photography, and life philosophy.
Box 3

Audiocassette

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
 

Virginia Adams Memorial ms0153_med_0055 2000

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .4556 GB, 43 minutes

Scope and Contents

Originally recorded on video, this is an audio recording of the memorial service of Virginia Adams, Ansel Adams's wife, at the Monterey Unitarian Universalist church in 2000. Her son Michael speaks about her life, and other unnamed family members pay homage to her life.
Box 1

Happy Birthday Seema 95 ms0153_med_0119 circa 2000

Physical Description: 1 VHS
Box 1

Seema Weatherwax at Watsonville Library ms0153_med_0120 2001 May 12

Physical Description: 1 VHS

Scope and Contents

Video by Norman Abe
 

Seema Weatherwax with Erica Lan Clarke 2004 March

 

Digital file ms0153_med_0063

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .8463 GB, 80 minutes

Scope and Contents

In this interview between Weatherwax and Erica Lan Clarke, Weatherwax gives a broad overview of her life from her childhood in Chernigov to working in Ansel Adams's Yosemite studio. She discusses her childhood in Chernigov, Ukraine (then a part of Tsarist Russia) and the position of her mother and father in that community with particular attention to their Jewish identity. Additionally she describes her family's attempt immigrating to England, their subsequent imprisonment and later successful immigration to Leeds, Yorkshire in 1913. Weatherwax briefly discusses life and school in England and the family's immigration to the United States in 1922 following her father's death. Following this, Weatherwax gives a brief overview of her first marriage to James Lacey, moving to Los Angeles, her time in Tahiti and the start of her work with Ansel Adams in Yosemite.
 

Digital file ms0153_med_0064

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .1601 GB, 15 minutes

Scope and Contents

Weatherwax discusses the last few jobs she held in her life, including her job developing film for motion pictures in Hollywood.
 

Scenes demo ms0153_med_0054 undated

Physical Description: 1 digital file; .1232 GB, 12 minutes

Scope and Contents

Audio demo of Sara Halprin's music project, Scenes.
Box 1

Book TV #152 "Seema's Show" ms0153_med_0121 undated

Physical Description: 1 VHS
Box 1

Imogen Cunningham at 93, Seema Weatherwax Party ms0153_med_0122 undated

Physical Description: 1 VHS
Box 2

For: Joy Gonzales, Seema Weatherwax Party ms0153_med_0123 undated

Physical Description: 1 VHS
Box 2

Dust Bowl Memories ms0153_med_0124 undated

Physical Description: 1 VHS