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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Ada Harden Video Collection, 1983-1989

Austin History Center

Ada Harden Video Collection

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Harden, Ada
Title: Ada Harden Video Collection
Dates: 1983-1989
Abstract: Ada Harden is an African American actress, model, and community leader in Austin, Texas. This collection contains DVDs with episodes of her television show "It's Your Future." This show was developed for the Austin Independent School District (AISD), to encourage children to see the importance of education and to inspire them to think about their future career paths. The talk show features Ada Harden interviewing notable community members about their careers.
Identification: AR.2015.041
Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 box containing 50 DVD discs)
Quantity 483 GB (141 files)
Location: Archives Video Collection; Digital Storage
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Ada Harden is a native of Austin, Texas. She is an African American actress and model who appeared in movies, television shows, commercials, and theater productions. Later in life, she took on many leadership roles in the Austin community and was a member of an extensive list of community and faith-based organizations. She actively promoted women's health issues and children's education. After retiring from a job in the Austin Independent School District (AISD), she created, developed, co-produced, and hosted a television program called "It's Your Future" that was aimed at teaching children and young adults about the possible career paths they might take. "It's Your Future" was a thirty minute talk show in which Ada Harden interviewed notable community members about their career paths and the tools that they used to succeed. The show was initially sponsored by the Austin Independent School District (AISD) and produced by AISD Media Production Services. It aired on Austin's Cable Channel 8.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains video interviews with 22 Austin-area community members and 3 video profiles of Austin-area businesses conducted between the years 1983-1989. The business profiles consist mainly of interviews with the people who worked at those businesses.

The DVDs in this collection were created in the fall of 2005 by members of the "Survey of Digitization" class at the University of Texas at Austin's Graduate School of Information from VHS copies. The original content would have been produced on 3/4" U-matic tapes.

Some of the videos in the collection are available on the Austin History Center's YouTube channel. See the It's Your Future with Ada Harden playlist.

There are a few epsiodes that have not been digitized, but are available on VHS:


  • Balugh-Holloway (A VHS 331.702 IT)
  • Pelzel, Mary Guerrero (A VHS 690.0924 IT)
  • Pittmon, Madger (AR 2009.073 #00066)
  • Sanders, Dr. Curtis (A VHS 331.702 IT)
  • Ullrich (A VHS 331.702 IT)

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Arrangement

The DVDs are housed in a single box. They have been recorded and numbered alphabetically by the last name of the person interviewed. Three interviews are focused on particular organizations. These are listed alphabetically by the organization name following the list of episodes focused on people. Digital files are available for viewing through a dedicated workstation in the Austin History Center Reading Room.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Access to digital content are only available through a dedicated workstation in the Austin History Center Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In Some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Users must contact the Austin Independent School District to obtain permissions for any use beyond viewing the materials.

Access to digital content is only available through a dedicated workstation in the Austin History Center Reading Room.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons
Adams, John.
Anderson, Ada.
Anderson, MJ.
Cisneros, Rudy.
Conradt, Jody.
Cronkite,Kathy.
Denny, Ruth.
Ellis, John.
Galindo, Ernestine.
Harden, Ada.
Hastings, Ann.
Keys, Margaret.
King, John.
Kozmetsky, Ronya.
Pena, Amado.
Pryor, Cactus.
Quinn, Mike.
Rowland, Dorothy.
Sears, Joe.
Tyler, Carolyn.
Villalva, George.
Wilkison, Gordon.
Wyatt, Tommy.
Organizations
Austin American-Statesman.
Austin Independent School District (Tex.).
El Galindo, Inc.
H.E.B. Food Stores.
Zachary Scott Theater Center.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Travis County.
Subjects
African American women on television.
Television programs.
Interviewing on television.
Document Types
Videocassettes (VHS).
Videodiscs (DVD).

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Related Material

Austin Files


  • AF Biography Ada Collins Anderson
  • AF Biography Jody Conradt
  • AF Biography John Ellis
  • AF Biography Tomas Galindo, Sr., 1889-1986
  • AF Biography Ada Harden
  • AF Biography Margaret Keys
  • AF Biography John King
  • AF Biography George Kozmetsky
  • AF Biography Amado Maurilio Pena, Jr
  • AF Biography Cactus Pryor
  • AF Biography Dorothy Rowland
  • AF Biography Joe Sears
  • Af Biography George Villalva
  • AF Biography Tommy Wyatt
  • AF Subject Newspapers - American-Statesman N2405
  • AF Subject Food - El Galindo, Inc. F2500 (10)
  • AF Subject Groceries - H.E.B. Food Stores G4200 (3)
  • AF Zachary Scott Theater Center Z0300

General Collection


  • VHS copies of the original recordings can be found in the general catalog with the following call number A VHS 331.702 IT, and one with the following number: A VHS 690.0924 IT

Archives and Manuscripts


  • AR 2009.073 #00066 It's Your Future with Ada Harden with Madger Pittmon

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials were donated by Ada Harden, but copyright is owned by the Austin Independent School District.

Preferred Citation

Ada Harden Video Collection (AR.2015.041). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #:DO/1983/079

Donation Date:02-08-2006

Processing Information

Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Katherine Hoffman and Tim Hamblin, January 2016. Updated by Afsheen Nomai, January 2020.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Digital access copies of all video in this series are available on a dedicated workstation in the Austin History Center Reading Room.

Ada Harden Video Collection, 1983-1989

Box Disc
1 001 It's Your Future with John Adams, President Adams Extract Company, 1984 December 6
002 It's Your Future with MJ and ADA Anderson Real Estate, 1987 October 8
003 It's Your Future with Rudy Cisneros, 1987 October 23
004 It's Your Future with Jody Conradt, 1985 April 24
005 It's Your Future with Kathy Cronkite, 1986 June 2
006 It's Your Future with Ruth Denney, Education, 1984 May 3
007 It's Your Future with Dr. John Ellis, Superintendent 1983, 1983 June 15
008 It's Your Future with Ernestine Galindo, El Galindo Tortillas, 1984
009 It's Your Future with Ada Harden, 1986 September 17
010 It's Your Future with Ann Hastings, Undated
011 It's Your Future with Margaret Keys, Public Relations, 1987 March 18
012 It's Your Future with Dr. John King, 1985 April 24
013 Ronya Kozmetsky (VHS to DVD dub produced at AHC), 1987
014 It's Your Future Interview with Amado Pena, Artist 1986, 1987 January 29
015 It's Your Future: Cactus Pryor, 1984
016 It's Your Future: Mike Quinn, 1985 January 16
017 It's Your Future: Dorothy Rowland, 1983 April 20
018 It's Your Future with Joe Sears, 1983 October 18
019 It's Your Future with Carolyn Tyler, 1984
020 It's Your Future with George Villalva, 1984 November 14
021 It's Your Future: Gordon Wilkison, 1983 June 8
022 It's Your Future: Tommy Wyatt, 1983 April 13
023 It's Your Future: Austin-American Statesman, 1989 September 7
024 It's Your Future: HEB, 1988
025 It's Your Future: Zachary Scott Theater, 1988

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