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The Ladder Periodical Collection
MSS.2012.07.05  
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  • Related Materials Note
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: The Ladder Periodical Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2012.07.05
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet, 1 box
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1965-1966
    Date (inclusive): 1963-1966
    Abstract: The Ladder Periodical Collection consists of incomplete magazine issues from the The Ladder—A Lesbian Review dating between the years 1963-1966. These magazines were very important to the acceptance of homosexuality in the United States during the 1960s and1970s. The Ladder was published by the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), a lesbian organization, and was the primary form of communication within that group. It was the first nationally distributed magazine of its type in the United States. This magazine became an important communication forum for lesbians across the country. The magazine content typically consisted of reports, reviews, anecdotes, and book reviews concerning the sensitive content of the public and private lives of all homosexuals, but with a specific focus on lesbians. This single series collection is arranged chronologically by month/date: Series I: The Ladder Periodical Collection, 1963-1966.
    Physical Location: Vault 1, Range 20A

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    The Ladder Periodical Collection, MSS-07-05-2012, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Maegan Sloggett. Encoded in the Archivist Toolkit. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.

    Bibliography

    Gallo, Marcia M. “The Ladder: A Lesbian Review 1956-1927,” in the Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1600-2000, Kathryn Kish Skar and Thomas Dublin, eds., (Alexander Street Press, 2010): 1-17. Meeker, Martin. Contacts Desired; Gay and Lesbian Communications and Community, 1940s-1970's (Chicago University Press, 2006).

    Related Materials Note

    Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender periodicals collection, MSS-2005-05, San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives.
    One Periodical Collection, MSS-07-09-2005, San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Arrangement

    This single series collection is arranged chronologically by month/date: Series I: The Ladder Periodical Collection, 1963-1966.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Ladder Periodical Collection consists of incomplete magazine issues from the The Ladder—A Lesbian Review dating between the years 1963-1966. These magazines were very important to the acceptance of homosexuality in the United States during the 1960s and1970s. The Ladder was published by the Daughters of Bilitis, a lesbian organization, and was the primary form of communication within that group. It was the first nationally distributed magazine of its type in the United States. This magazine became an important communication forum for lesbians across the country. The magazine content typically consisted of reports, reviews, anecdotes, and book reviews concerning the sensitive content of the public and private lives of all homosexuals, but with a specific focus on lesbians.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay newspapers--United States.
    Gay press publications--United States.
    Lesbian Community -- United States.