A Guide to the Pamela Lechtman Collection, 1926-1936, 1972-1996
Writer, editor, activist, and radio personality Pamela Lechtman is known for her extensive writing on the women’s movement, anti-smoking campaigns, travel, spas, and cuisine. Her work has been published in over 100 newspapers and magazines, such as Shape, where she was travel editor for eight years. Lechtman also produced spa videos for the tourist boards of Switzerland and Italy and served as an advisor for the National Geographic Traveler survey of spas in the United States. As an advocate for women’s rights, Lechtman has participated in the National Organization for Women (NOW), the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and the Women’s Information Network, in addition to her involvement in the anti-smoking movement.
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Comprised of correspondence, newsletters, press releases, ads, travel brochures, posters, newspaper clippings, reports, magazines, articles, audio cassette tapes, slides, maps, and other materials, the Pamela Lechtman Collection, 1926-1936, 1972-1996, documents Lechtman’s involvement in the women’s rights movement and anti-smoking campaigns nationally and in Ventura, California, as well as her research and writing on travel, hotels, spas, and cuisine. The women’s rights materials, such as correspondence, newsletters, juvenile literature, articles, ads, reports, and newspaper clippings, shed light on issues related to sexism in education, gender roles in society, women’s history resources, sex role stereotyping, and domestic violence. The collection also contains newsletters and literature from the National Organization for Women and the American Association of University Women. Documents concerning the anti-smoking movement include articles, newspaper clippings, ads, and correspondence regarding nonsmoker’s rights, smoke-free hotels and travel, as well as the relationship between smoking and health. Composed of brochures, hotel and resort packets, guides to bed and breakfast hotels, slides, posters, audiocassette tapes, and guide maps, travel material in the collection relates to tourism in the United States and Europe.
This collection is open for research use.
A portion of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Pamela Lechtman Collection, 1926-1936, 1972-1996, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
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.
Detailed Description of the Papers