University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Frieda Werden Papers, 1968-1985

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Werden, Frieda
Title: Werden, Frieda, Papers
Dates: 1968-1985
Abstract: The Frieda Werden Papers, 1968-1985, include correspondence, literary productions, research notes, and articles published by Werden throughout her career.
Accession No.: 81-113, 83-49, 83-272, 84-27, 85-293, 86-182, 86-269, 88-7, 88-193, 88-353, 89-66, 91-110-1, 91-154, 91-188, 91-331, 96-110-2, 96-337, 97-004, 97-076
Extent: ca. 27 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

American and Canadian radio personality Frieda Lindfield Werden was born Linda Catherine Samfield in Austin, Texas, in 1947, and married Noble Horace Dunson, Jr., in 1968. After divorcing Dunson in 1972, she changed her name to Frieda Lindfield Werden. In 1986, she co-founded and produced the radio production company Wings: Women’s International News Gathering Service. She immigrated to Canada in 2002 and three years later, Werden was elected president of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television. She also served on the International Board of Directors of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Campus and Community Radio Association of Canada (2006).


!earshot Online. “WINGS Around the World.” !earshot/NCRA. Accessed June 21, 2010

WINGS: Women’s International News Gathering Service. Accessed July 16, 2010.

Scope and Contents

The Frieda Werden Papers, 1968-1985, include correspondence, literary productions, research notes, articles published by Werden throughout her career, and other printed materials relating to avant-garde arts in Texas, public radio production, the gay community in Austin, Texas, and elsewhere, Texans in New York, poets and poetry in Austin and Texas (including Werden’s own compositions), feminist poets, small press publishing in Texas, women and religion (specifically Unitarianism and Judaism), feminist movement, and journals and newsletters about feminism in Texas. This collection also contains photographic and audio materials including photographs, color slides in a carousel, reel-to-reel tapes, tape cassettes, and videocassettes.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Jackson, Jack, 1941-2006
Kuzminsky, Constantin
McAnally, Mary
Millett, Kate
Morrison, Morris
Moser, Norman
Nunley, Margaret
Pace, Charles
Samfield Family
Schiro, Mari
Starr, Belle
Taylor, Charles B.
Taylor, Pat Ellis, 1941
Werden, Frieda -- Archives
Wiggins, Bernice Love. b. 1897
Winegarten, Ruthe
Womack, Sheila
Subjects (Organizations)
Austin Women's Center
Cedar rock
First Unitarian Church of Austin
Five Talents Agency (Austin, Tex.)
Texas Circuit (Austin organization of small press publishers and writers)
Texas woman
Texas Women's History Project
Travis County Democratic Women
University of Texas at Arlington
Texas Humanitis Resource Center
KUT (Radio station : Austin, Tex.)
American poetry -- Texas
American poetry -- Women authors
American poetry -- 20th Century
Avant-garde (Aesthetics) -- United States -- History -- 20th Century
Feminism -- United States
Feminist literary criticism -- United States
Feminist literature -- United States
Feminist theory
Film & video productions
Homosexuality -- Texas
Homosexuality -- United States
Judaism -- 20th Century
Lesbianism -- United States
Public radio -- United States
Women in mass media
Women journalists -- United States -- Archives
Women poets -- Texas
Women -- Political activity
Women's rights
Women -- Social conditions
New York (NY)
Austin (Tex.)

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Collection, the Ephemera Collection, and the Artifacts Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frieda Werden Papers, 1968-1985, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

This collection includes unprocessed additions.

Detailed Description of the Papers


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