University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Melina Mara Collection, 2001-2003



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mara, Melina, 1962-, photographer.
Title: Mara, Melina, collection
Dates: 2001-2003
Abstract: The Melina Mara Collection consists primarily of over 35 black and white exhibit photographic prints and other materials from the “Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate” exhibit, documenting 15 female lawmakers in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2003.
Accession No.: AR 2004-093; 2004-094; 2004-115; 2004-172; 2005-168; 2005-243; 2010-337
Extent: approx. 4 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

A political science major at Sarah Lawrence College, Melina Mara worked for former U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.) and as a teacher before pursuing graduate studies at the acclaimed University of Missouri School of Journalism. Since then, storytelling photographs have been a focus of Mara’s career at newspapers and magazines in cities around the country. Mara, who currently covers national and international politics for the Washington Post, was previously an Associated Press freelance photographer. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications including the Washington Post Magazine, Newsweek, People and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Mara’s book on women legislators in the Senate, entitled Changing the Face of Power, was published in 2005 in the Briscoe Center’s Focus on American History Series for the University of Texas Press. In 2014, Mara won two first prizes in the Eyes of History still image contest in both the Picture Story Politics and Political Portfolio categories.


Scope and Contents

The Melina Mara Collection consists primarily of over 35 black and white exhibit photographic prints and other materials from the “Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate” exhibit, documenting 15 female lawmakers in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2003. Mara persuaded a majority of the senators and their staffs to allow her to document the then-unprecedented role of women in the Senate, both behind the scenes and before the media. Senators pictured in the collection include Susan Collins, Kay Bailey Hutchison and Olympia Snowe. The collection additionally includes interviews made with the senators by White House journalist Helen Thomas and digital materials.


 

Arrangement

The papers are arranged by material type into four series:
  • I. Photographic prints
  • II. A/V materials
  • III. Digital materials
  • IV. Printed materials

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Use of digital video by appointment only; please contact digital archivist for more information.

Use Restrictions

Photographer maintains copyright.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Collins, Susan, 1952---Photographs.
Hutchison, Kay Bailey, 1943---Photographs.
Mara, Melina, 1962---Archives.
Snowe, Olympia J. (Olympia Jean), 1947---Photographs.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Congress. Senate--Photographs.
Subjects
Legislators--United States--Photographs.
Women legislators--United States--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Melina Mara Collection, 2001-2003, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amy Bowman, May 2014.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

I. Photographic prints:

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3S245 46 black and white photographic prints (11 in. x 14 in. and smaller)
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3S305 27 black and white digital prints (8.5 in. x 11 in.) in promotional binder
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OD1405 4 photographs of two U.S. Senators from Maine, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins



 

II. A/V materials:

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3H13 Helen Thomas interviews with women senators
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3D72 Reading room access CD of Helen Thomas interviews
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3W91 “Women in the U.S. Senate, ” VHS videotape for used in “Women in the Senate” exhibit



 

III. Digital materials:

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3W92d Two CDs with 38 JPEG images of the “Changes the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate” exhibit
Digital videocassette of exhibit



 

IV. Printed materials:

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OD1405 Signed exhibit poster with photo Kay Bailey Hutchison and daughter, September 11, 2002
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3D72 Marketing prospectus developed and distributed by CAH