Soviet Women and Children in Moscow, USSR, 1961

Photo Images Taken During the Filming of A Visit to the Soviet Union, 1961


Harvey and Alice Richards, Mexico, late 1950s.

Harvey and Alice Richards, Mexico, late 1950s.

In 1961, Harvey and Alice Richards took their camera equipment and Harvey’s son, Paul Richards, to the Soviet Union to make a film about Soviet women and children. They were pro-socialist, radical activists during the intensely anti-communist Cold War years in the United States.  Their hope was to encourage friendship and understanding between the people of the USSR and the USA and to encourage peaceful international relations.

The photos images presented here focus on Moscow which was the first stop on the trip that later also included Sochi, Irkutsk and Tashkent. The photos show the work places, housing, education, child care and medical facilities available to women and children in a socialist society. These are positive images about the USSR, documenting the remarkable advances achieved in the conditions of women and children in a socialist society. The film trip was made with the assistance of the Soviet Women’s Committee, a branch of the government of the USSR. Harvey and Alice Richards had hosted several visits to the San Francisco Bay Area by Soviet women in the late 1950′s and 1960′s.  The Soviet Women’s Committee provided interpreters, transportation and arrangements for the visit and filming.

Whatever one thinks of the Russian Revolution, Stalin, Lenin, Trotsky, or communism, the history of care and relative prosperity experienced by women and children during the Soviet period is now a lasting legacy.  

About the Harvey Richards Media Archive: The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social justice upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation in western forests, and mines among other subjects.  All of his 22 films are available for streaming, downloading and as DVDs. The interest and demand for his images has continued to grow along with the interest in the legacy of the 1960’s political and cultural upsurge. Estuary Press is the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive video and photo image collections.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, or visit for more details.

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