Betty Rollin papers, 1958-2007

Rollin, Betty

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Sound Recordings; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Videos, Slides, Films
  • Physical Details
    • 4.4 cubic feet (12 archives boxes)
    • 27 tape recordings
    • 35 photographs
    • 1 negative
    • 8 transparencies, and
    • 49 videorecordings; plus
    • additions of 0.8 cubic feet, and
    • 58 videorecordings
  • OCLC ocn173712197, ocn173700286
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  • RESTRICTED: Access to the Rollin papers requires the written permission of Betty Rollin until January 3, 2030.
  • COPYRIGHT RESTRICTION: Copyright in the Rollin papers is retained by Betty Rollin until January 3, 2030, at which time it becomes the property of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.


  • Papers of an author and news broadcaster best known for her autobiographical books "First, You Cry," which concerned her experience with breast cancer, and "Last Wish," which concerned her mother's terminal cancer and suicide. Included are clippings, recorded interviews, photographs, and other biographical materials; scripts, memoranda, proposals, and film clips for news stories broadcast by "NBC Nightly News," "Today," "Women Like Us," and "ABC Nightline"; multiple drafts of her books; and correspondence with editors, agents, readers and viewers, and friends. The extensive files of reader mail contain many personal accounts of experiences with cancer and family suicide.
  • Prominent correspondents include Joan Didion, Phil Donahue, Erich Fromm, Arthur Herzog III, Mary Tyler Moore, Grant Tinker, and Mortimer B. Zuckerman. Individuals prominent in the text and film reportage portion of the collection include Rona Barrett, David Brinkley, Tom Brokaw, Dick Cavett, John Chancellor, Phyllis Diller, Mike Douglas, Betty Ford, Merv Griffin, Larry King, Ted Koppel, Cloris Leachman, Groucho Marx, Barbara Mikulski, Walter Mondale, Joe Namath, Jane Pauley, Ronald Reagan, Marlene Sanders, Phyllis Schlafly, Gloria Swanson, Dionne Warwick, and Ruth Westheimer.


  • The video recordings in this collection also are being cataloged individually.
  • Presented by Betty Rollin, New York, N.Y., 1986-1988.
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