The Ladder Periodical Collection

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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.

 

The Ladder Periodical Collection Bulk, 1965-1966 1963-1966

Language of Material: English

Physical Description

One box

Scope and Content of Collection

The Ladder Periodical Collection consists of magazine issues from the The Ladder—A Lesbian Review dating between the years 1963-1966. The Ladder was first nationally distributed magazine created by lesbians for lesbian in the United States and ran from 1956-1972. In 1956, the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) launched The Ladder as a means to attract new members and to provide a lesbian voice in the larger male-dominated homophile (love of same) community. DOB co-founder Phyliss Lyon served as the editor from 1956-1960; Lyon’s life-long partner, Del Martin served from 1960-1963; Barbara Gittings served from 1963-1966; Helen Sandoz served from 1966-1968; and Barbara Grier served from 1968-1972.
The Ladder became an important communication forum for lesbians across the country, providing a venue for DOB to appeal to the community for financial support and volunteers, while providing the readership with reports on national homophile conventions, and provided updates on local DOB chapter activities. 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.

Arrangement

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

Folder 1A, The Ladder, November 1957, February 1962

 

Folder 1B, The Ladder, May- June 1963

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 2, The Ladder, May 1964

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 3, The Ladder, December 1964

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 4, The Ladder, January 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 5, The Ladder, February/March 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 6, The Ladder, May 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 7, The Ladder, June 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 8, The Ladder, July/August 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 9, The Ladder, September 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 10, The Ladder, November 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 11, The Ladder, December 1965

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 12, The Ladder, February 1966

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 13, The Ladder, April 1966

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 14, The Ladder, May 1966

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 15, The Ladder, June 1966

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 16, The Ladder, July 1966

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Folder 17, The Ladder, December-January, 1969-1970

Physical Description: 1.0 folder