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Series 1: Magazine Production. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

Series 1, Magazine Production documents the creative and physical production process of Broomstick from start to finish. This series offers a unique perspective on the process of creating a grassroots, independent magazine. It contains layouts, typesettings, artwork and cartoons, articles used for research, letters to the Editor, ideas for editorials, drafts and potential content for magazine columns, promotional contests, as well as a complete set of finished Broomstick issues, including Indexes – published annually cataloging authors, themes, and published issues – and a self-produced Writer’s Packet to guide contributors in the submission process. This series is divided into four subseries: Production, Magazine Layout, Content and Research, and Broomstick Issues.
 

Subseries 1.1: Production. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

Production is comprised of any physical elements that went into the making of Broomstick, such as artwork, cartoons, typesettings, indexes, covers, table of contents, and self-published writer’s packets. These were all recurring or fixed elements of the magazine.
Box 1, Folder 1

Broomstick History. 1978-1993.

Box 1, Folder 3

Production Schedule. 1978-1993.

Box 1, Folder 4

Artwork: 1of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 1, Folder 5

Artwork: 2 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 1, Folder 6

Cartoons: 1 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 1, Folder 7

Cartoons: 2 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 1, Folder 8

Cartoons: Bulbul. 1979-1993.

Box 1, Folder 9

Cartoon Citations. 1978-1993.

Box 1, Folder 10

Author Index. 1978-1993.

Box 1, Folder 11

Index Covers. 1978-1993.

Box 2, Folder 1

Index Flyer. 1980-1993.

Box 2, Folder 2

Index Notes. 1991.

Box 2, Folder 3

Index Notes. 1992.

Box 2, Folder 4

Index Notes. 1993.

Box 2, Folder 5

Index: Typesetting. 1978-1993.

Box 2, Folder 6

Last Issue Original Articles. 1993.

Box 2, Folder 7

Logos. 1980-1993.

Box 2, Folder 8

Out of Print Back Issues. 1978-1993.

Box 2, Folder 9

Table of Contents. 1981-1990.

Box 2, Folder 10

Table of Contents: Notes. 1993.

Box 2, Folder 11

Typesetting: Advertising. 1978-1993.

Box 2, Folder 12

Typesetting: Editorial Policy. 1980-1993.

Box 3, Folder 1

Typesetting: Fixed Settings. 1980-1993.

Box 3, Folder 2

Typesetting: Masthead. 1980-1993.

Box 3, Folder 3

Typesetting: Note Fillers. 1980-1993.

Box 3, Folder 4

Typesetting: Signatures. 1980-1993.

Box 3, Folder 5

Typesetting: Table of Contents. 1980-1993.

Box 3, Folder 6

Writers' Packet. 1982-1987.

Scope and Content

The Writer's Packet is a set of self-identified and self-published guidelines and methods on how to write for Broomstick. The editors of Broomstick evaluated authors and submitted material based on these guidelines. The purchase of a Writer's Packet and subscription to Broomstick were preliminary requirements for any author or material submitted for publication in Broomstick.
 

Subseries 1.2: Magazine Layout. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

This subseries includes internal correspondence concerning the layout and publication process, as well as the physical layout of the magazine before it went to press. The method of laying out the magazine using hot wax was the inspiration for paper painting, which opened up a new world of artistic exploration for Mickey from the late 1980’s until her death. This series is housed in oversized boxes and organized chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence, Layout. 1980-1993.

Mixed materials 8, Folder 1

Layout: V. I, no. 1. November 1978.

Mixed materials 9, Folder 1

Layout: V. I-III. 1978-1981.

Mixed materials 9, Folder 2

Layout: V. III, no. 12. 1980.

Mixed materials 9, Folder 3

Layout: V. IV, no. 1. January-February 1982.

Mixed materials 9, Folder 4

Layout: V. IV, no. 3. May-June 1982.

Mixed materials 9, Folder 5

Layout: V. IV, no. 4. July-August 1982.

Mixed materials 9, Folder 6

Layout: V. IV, no. 5. September-October 1982.

Mixed materials 9, Folder 7

Layout: V. IV, no. 6. November-December 1982.

Mixed materials 9, Folder 8

Layout: V. V, no. 1. January-February 1983.

Mixed materials 9, Folder 9

Layout: V. V, no. 2. March-April 1983.

Mixed materials 9, Folder 10

Layout: V. V, no. 3. May-June 1983.

Mixed materials 9, Folder 11

Layout: V. V, no. 4. July-August 1983.

Mixed materials 8, Folder 2

Layout: V. VI, no. 1. January-February 1984.

Mixed materials 8, Folder 3

Layout: V. VI, no. 2. March-April 1984.

Mixed materials 8, Folder 4

Layout: V. VI, no. 3. May-June 1984.

Mixed materials 8, Folder 5

Layout: V. VI, no. 4. July-August 1984.

Mixed materials 8, Folder 6

Layout: V. VI, no. 5. September-October 1984.

Mixed materials 8, Folder 7

Layout: V. VI, no. 6. November-December 1984.

Mixed materials 8, Folder 8

Layout: V. VII, no. 1. January-February 1985.

Mixed materials 8, Folder 9

Layout: V. VII, no. 2. March-April 1985.

Mixed materials 8, Folder 10

Layout: V. VII, no. 3-4. May-July 1985.

Mixed materials 10, Folder 1

Layout: V. VII, no. 5. September-October 1985.

Mixed materials 10, Folder 2

Layout: V. VII, no. 6. November-December 1985.

Mixed materials 10, Folder 3

Layout: V. VIII, no. 1. January-February 1986.

Mixed materials 10, Folder 4

Layout: V. VIII, no. 2. March-April 1986.

Mixed materials 10, Folder 5

Layout: V. VIII, no. 3. May-June 1986.

Mixed materials 10, Folder 6

Layout: V. VIII, no. 4. July-August 1986.

Mixed materials 10, Folder 7

Layout: V. VIII, no. 5. September-October 1986.

Mixed materials 10, Folder 8

Layout: V. VIII, no. 6. November-December 1986.

Mixed materials 10, Folder 9

Layout: V. IX, no. 1. January-February 1987.

Mixed materials 10, Folder 10

Layout: V. IX, no. 2. March-April 1987.

Mixed materials 11, Folder 1

Layout: V. IX, no. 3. May-June 1987.

Mixed materials 11, Folder 2

Layout: V. IX, no. 4. July-August 1987.

Mixed materials 11, Folder 3

Layout: V. IX, no. 5. September-October 1987.

Mixed materials 11, Folder 5

Layout: V. X, no. 1. January-February 1988.

Mixed materials 11, Folder 6

Layout: V. X, no. 2. March-April 1988.

Mixed materials 11, Folder 7

Layout: V. X, no. 3. May-June 1988.

Mixed materials 11, Folder 8

Layout: V. X, no. 4. July-August 1988.

Mixed materials 11, Folder 9

Layout: V. X, no. 5. September-October 1988.

Mixed materials 12, Folder 1

Layout: V. X, no. 6. November-December 1988.

Mixed materials 12, Folder 2

Layout: V. XI, no. 1. January-February 1989.

Mixed materials 12, Folder 3

Layout: V. XI, no. 2. March-April 1989.

Mixed materials 12, Folder 4

Layout: V. XI, no. 3. May-June 1989.

Mixed materials 12, Folder 5

Layout: V. XI, no. 4. July-August 1989.

Mixed materials 12, Folder 6

Layout: V. XI, no. 5. September-October 1989.

Mixed materials 12, Folder 7

Layout: V. XI, no. 6. November-December 1989.

Mixed materials 13, Folder 1

Layout: V. XII, no. 1. January-February 1990.

Mixed materials 13, Folder 2

Layout: V. XII, no. 2. March-April 1990.

Mixed materials 13, Folder 3

Layout: V. XII, no. 3. May-June 1990.

Mixed materials 13, Folder 4

Layout: V. XII, no. 4. July-August 1990.

Mixed materials 13, Folder 5

Layout: V. XII, no. 5. September-October 1990.

Mixed materials 13, Folder 6

Layout: V. XII, no. 6. November-December 1990.

Mixed materials 13, Folder 7

Layout: Winter #1, 1991. 1991.

Mixed materials 13, Folder 8

Layout: Spring #2, 1991. 1991.

Mixed materials 13, Folder 9

Layout: Summer #3, 1991. 1991.

Mixed materials 13, Folder 10

Layout: Autumn #4, 1991. 1991.

Mixed materials 14, Folder 1

Layout: Winter #1, 1992. 1992.

Mixed materials 14, Folder 2

Layout: Spring #2, 1992. 1992.

Mixed materials 14, Folder 3

Layout: Summer #3, 1992. 1992.

Mixed materials 14, Folder 4

Layout: Autumn #4, 1992. 1992.

Mixed materials 14, Folder 5

Layout: Winter #1, 1993. 1993.

Mixed materials 14, Folder 6

Layout: Spring #2, 1993. 1993.

Mixed materials 14, Folder 7

Layout: Summer #3, 1993. 1993.

Mixed materials 14, Folder 8

Layout: Autumn #4, 1993. 1993.

 

Subseries 1.3: Content and Research. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

This subseries consists of materials that were collected and organized into subject files, with intent to create various recurring themes or sections within Broomstick magazine, such as: disability, feminism, sexuality, class, the politics of language, racism, ageism, consciousness raising, activism, and praise/criticism. The subject files contain notes, research, drafts, ideas, and correspondence for various elements of the magazine. These materials were gathered for various purposes, such as editorials, ideas for potential editorials, letters to the Editor, columns, book reviews, and a section of the magazine, titled Bazaar. Bazaar was devoted to creating an exclusive subscriber community that would foster a greater consciousness of issues relevant to the concerns of older women. It also contains materials from promotional projects aimed toward reader participation and increased publicity. This subseries follows the original order established by owner/creator Maxine Spencer, tracing her conceptual framework and what she envisioned as the political objective and intellectual life of Broomstick magazine.
Box 3, Folder 7

Articles. 1993.

Box 3, Folder 8

Bazaar. 1978-1993.

Box 3, Folder 9

Book Reviews. 1978-1993.

Box 3, Folder 10

Column: Apple a Day. 1984-1988.

Box 3, Folder 11

Column: Lesbians over 60. 1991.

Box 3, Folder 12

Column: News. 1978-1993.

Box 3, Folder 13

Column: Pass the Word. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 1

Column: Sweep it Away. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 2

Column: Watchcraft. 1986-1988.

Box 4, Folder 3

Editorials: 1 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 4

Editorials: 2 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 5

Ideas for Editorials: Class. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 6

Ideas for Editorials: Criticism. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 7

Ideas for Editorials: Disability. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 8

Ideas for Editorials: Lesbians. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 9

Ideas for Editorials: Miscellaneous. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 10

Ideas for Editorials: Nasty Letters. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 11

Ideas for Editorials: Oppression. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 12

Ideas for Editorials: Politically Correct. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 13

Ideas for Editorials: Politics of Language. 1978-1993.

Box 4, Folder 14

Ideas for Editorials: Racism. 1978-1993.

Box 5, Folder 1

Ideas for Editorials: Retirement Homes. 1978-1993.

Box 5, Folder 2

Ideas for Editorials: Social Responsibility. 1978-1993.

Box 5, Folder 3

Ideas for Editorials: Volunteering. 1978-1993.

Box 5, Folder 4

Ideas for Editorials: Writers. 1978-1993.

Box 5, Folder 5

Letters to the Editor: "Love Letters". 1978-1991.

Box 5, Folder 6

Letters to the Editor: "Love Letters". 1992-1993.

Box 5, Folder 7

Personal Experiences. 1979-1992.

Box 5, Folder 8

Poetry. 1978-1993.

Box 5, Folder 9

Reward Project. 1985.

Box 5, Folder 10

Subject Files: Ageism. 1977-1993.

Box 5, Folder 11

Subject Files: Ageism. 1978-1993.

Box 5, Folder 12

Subject Files: Consciousness Raising. 1992.

Box 5, Folder 13

Subject Files: Feminism. 1978-1993.

Box 5, Folder 14

Writing Contest. 1989-1991.

 

Subseries 1.4: Broomstick Magazine Issues. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

This subseries contains the complete published run of Broomstick issues, including Indexes. Magazine issues are organized chronologically.
Box 6, Folder 1

Publisher's Proofs. November 1978.

Box 6, Folder 2

V. 1: no. 1-12. 1978-1979.

Box 6, Folder 3

V. 2: no. 1-12. 1979-1980.

Box 6, Folder 4

V. 3: no. 1-12. 1980-1981.

Box 6, Folder 5

V. 4: no. 1-6. 1982.

Box 6, Folder 6

V. 5: no. 1-6. 1983.

Box 6, Folder 7

V. 6: no. 1-6. 1984.

Box 7, Folder 1

V. 7: no. 1-6. 1985.

Box 7, Folder 2

V. 8: no. 1-6. 1986.

Box 7, Folder 3

V. 9: no. 1-6. 1987.

Box 7, Folder 4

V. 10: no. 1-6. 1988.

Box 7, Folder 5

V. 11: no. 1-6. 1989.

Box 7, Folder 6

V. 12: no. 1-6. 1990.

Box 15, Folder 1

1991: no. 1-4. 1991.

Box 15, Folder 2

1992: no. 1-4. 1992.

Box 15, Folder 3

1993: no. 1-4. 1993.

Box 15, Folder 4

Broomstick Index. 1978-1993.

 

Series 2: Publicity. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

Series 2, Publicity, covers Broomstick’s advertising and public outreach strategies. It includes advertisements published in Broomstick, Broomstick’s advertisements in other publications, reader requests to advertise within Broomstick, and requests from other companies and institutions who wished to advertise in the journal. The series also contains general correspondence with special interest groups, contextualizing Broomstick’s relationship to other feminist organizations and publications.
 

Subseries 2.1: Advertising. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

Subseries Advertising includes all material on individuals and organizations that wished to advertise in Broomstick. Companies, institutions, other publications, and individuals that advertised in Broomstick are filed under “Advertisers” alphabetically. This subseries also includes Broomstick advertisements in other publications. “Advertising Inquiries” documents correspondence with those seeking to advertise in Broomstick but may or may not have been accepted by the editors.
Box 16, Folder 1

Advertisers: A. 1978-1993.

Box 16, Folder 2

Advertisers: B. 1978-1993.

Box 16, Folder 3

Advertisers: C: 1 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 16, Folder 4

Advertisers: C: 2 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 16, Folder 5

Advertisers: D. 1978-1993.

Box 16, Folder 6

Advertisers: E-F. 1978-1993.

Box 16, Folder 7

Advertisers: G. 1978-1993.

Box 16, Folder 8

Advertisers: H. 1978-1993.

Box 16, Folder 9

Advertisers: Herspectives, H. 1978-1993.

Box 17, Folder 1

Advertisers: I-K. 1978-1993.

Box 17, Folder 2

Advertisers: L. 1978-1993.

Box 17, Folder 3

Advertisers: M. 1978-1993.

Box 17, Folder 4

Advertisers: N. 1978-1993.

Box 17, Folder 5

Advertisers: O. 1978-1993.

Box 17, Folder 6

Advertisers: P. 1978-1993.

Box 17, Folder 7

Advertisers: R. 1978-1993.

Box 18, Folder 1

Advertisers: S. 1978-1993.

Box 18, Folder 2

Advertisers: Sinister Wisdom. 1978-1993.

Box 18, Folder 3

Advertisers: T. 1978-1993.

Box 18, Folder 4

Advertisers: U-V. 1978-1993.

Box 18, Folder 5

Advertisers: W: 1 of 3. 1978-1993.

Box 18, Folder 6

Advertisers: W: 2 of 3. 1978-1993.

Box 18, Folder 7

Advertisers: W: 3 of 3. 1978-1993.

 

Subseries 2.2: Public Relations. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

Public Relations documents Broomstick’s working relationship with other companies, organizations, and institutions. This subseries traces the creation and dissemination of Broomstick’s public image and promotional outreach strategies. It also contains material that offers a unique perspective on how the magazine was received by its feminist contemporaries and fellow organizations, as well as how feminist networks are created and maintained. This subseries includes general correspondence with other groups, individuals, publications, companies, institutions, book stores, and distributors regarding promotional content for Broomstick magazine. It also contains transcripts of publicity talks, radio interviews, conferences hosted by Broomstick and conferences attended by Mickey Spencer. Extensive correspondence, subscription exchanges, and mutual advertisements document Broomstick’s working relationship with their sister organizations, such as OPTIONS for Women Over Forty, and established feminist literary journals Sinister Wisdom, Herspectives, and Dynamic Years. Broomstick offered workshops and information for others on how to independently publish, raise money, organize, increase circulation, and foster support. From 1987 to 1989 Broomstick confronted Frances Lear and her national feminist commercial magazine, Lear’s, for misrepresentation for the title of “First Feminist Magazine for Women over Forty.” Broomstick (unsuccessfully) threatened a civil lawsuit against the company. These records are significant for their documentation of Broomstick’s relationship to a growing subculture of a national radical feminist movement and of how small, independent, upstart grassroots organizations like Broomstick came to be.
Box 19, Folder 3

Advertising Inquiries. 1980-1983.

Box 19, Folder 4

Advertising Inquiries. 1991-1993.

Box 19, Folder 5

Advertisements in Other Publications, 1 of 3. 1978-1993.

Box 19, Folder 6

Advertisements in Other Publications, 2 of 3. 1978-1993.

Box 19, Folder 7

Advertisements in Other Publications, 3 of 3. 1978-1993.

Box 21, Folder 2

Best of Broomstick Conference. 1986.

Box 21, Folder 1

Conferences. 1970-1985.

Box 19, Folder 2

Exchange Advertising Forms. 1978-1993.

Box 20, Folder 6

Exchange Subscriptions. 1978-1993.

Box 20, Folder 5

Frances Lear, Lear's Magazine. 1987-1989.

Box 20, Folder 1

General Correspondence with other Groups. 1978-1993.

Box 19, Folder 1

How to Advertise, Start-up. 1980.

Box 20, Folder 4

Options for Women over 40. 1981-1993.

Box 20, Folder 7

Outreach, Bookstores: 1 of 2. 1978-1983.

Box 20, Folder 8

Outreach, Bookstores: 2 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 20, Folder 9

Outreach, Distributors: 1 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 20, Folder 10

Outreach, Distributors: 2 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 21, Folder 6

Political Action. 1980-1986.

Box 21, Folder 7

Political Action, Wishing Well. 1981-1986.

Box 21, Folder 5

Promotional Material. 1991-1993.

Box 20, Folder 3

Publications, Dynamic Years. 1980-1983.

Box 21, Folder 3

Publicity Talks. 1980.

Box 21, Folder 4

Radio Broadcast. 1979-1993.

Box 20, Folder 2

Relationship with Other Groups. 1978-1993.

 

Series 3: Administrative Records. 1978-1998.

Scope and Content

The materials in Broomstick’s Administrative Records series predominantly concern the business side of the operation, with correspondence and reports relating to circulation, distribution, and financing. This series illustrates the infrastructure behind Broomstick magazine. It includes meeting minutes, invoices, non-profit status documents, donation and compensation records, financial advice acquired through public forum meetings, financial statements, and applications for grants. It also contains documents used in the internal structure and organization of Broomstick, such as policies and procedures, administrative forms, form letters, schedules, and hiring paperwork. Administrative Records are organized into three subseries: Internal Records, Financial, and Correspondence.
 

Subseries 3.1: Internal Records. 1978-1996.

Scope and Content

Internal Records document staff correspondence, administrative policies, infrastructure and organizational strategies. Within Internal Records are Staff Records, these include correspondence between editors, volunteers, and hired staff. For the majority of its existence, Broomstick did not have a fixed headquarters and most operations were performed from Maxine Spencer’s home in Berkeley, CA. When the magazine did have office space in the Women’s Building in Berkeley, they did not have a phone, so conversations about daily business and the internal workings of Broomstick are well documented in these records. These records document the day to day operations of Broomstick. The contents include meeting minutes, business forms, contracts, personnel records, goals and projected future plans, policies and procedures, inventory, and staff records. Also included is documentation from Broomstick’s annual strategic planning meetings which were, open to their readers and supporters; these meetings were used to discuss Broomstick’s future and to solicit advice. The file “Mazer Records” documents the correspondence, process, and coordination of collecting and donating Micky Spencer’s personal papers and the Broomstick magazine records for donation to the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives. Broomstick’s materials on their policies and procedures are of notable research interest, particularly those which detail Broomstick’s policy on men because they document Spencer’s separatist ideology. These materials can be found in the folder titled Policies and Procedures.
Box 24, Folder 4

Advising Meetings. 1980-1983.

Box 28, Folder 1

Back Issue Orders: 1 of 2. 1993-1995.

Box 28, Folder 2

Back Issue Orders: 2 of 2. 1993-1995.

Box 28, Folder 3

Closedown Files. 1993-1995.

Box 21, Folder 11

Collective Work Process. 1978-1993.

Box 15, Folder 5

Contract. 1982.

Box 24, Folder 7

Filing System. 1978-1993.

Box 25, Folder 3

Forms: Bookstore. 1978-1993.

Box 25, Folder 1

Forms: General: 1 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 25, Folder 2

Forms: General: 2 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 25, Folder 6

Forms: Renewal. 1978-1993.

Box 25, Folder 5

Forms: Submission. 1978-1993.

Box 25, Folder 4

Forms: Subscriber. 1978-1993.

Box 25, Folder 7

Form Letters: 1 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 25, Folder 8

Form Letters: 2 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 26, Folder 9

Hiring. 1978-1993.

Box 21, Folder 12

Inventory. 1978-1993.

Box 24, Folder 8

Mailing Policy. 1978-1993.

Box 15, Folder 7

Mazer Records. 1994-1996.

Box 24, Folder 1

Meeting Minutes. 1978-1979.

Box 24, Folder 2

Meeting Minutes. 1979-1982.

Box 24, Folder 9

Postal Records. 1978-1993.

Box 26, Folder 10

Potential Editors. 1993.

Box 21, Folder 13

Printing Service. 1978-1993.

Box 24, Folder 5

Procedures and Policies: 1 of 2. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

Note - Policy on Men. Instructs editors to reject and discourage men from submitting material to Broomstick.
Box 24, Folder 6

Procedures and Policies: 2 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 26, Folder 2

Staff Records, Elizabeth Keir. 1985-1993.

Box 26, Folder 3

Staff Records, Elizabeth Keir. 1985-1993.

Box 26, Folder 4

Staff Records, Frieda Feen. 1990-1993.

Box 26, Folder 5

Staff Records, Sandra Shepherd. 1988-1990.

Box 26, Folder 6

Staff Records, Carole Morton. 1982-1983.

Box 26, Folder 7

Staff Records, Francoise Le Plat. 1983-1984.

Box 26, Folder 8

Volunteer Staff. 1978-1993.

Box 15, Folder 6

Women's Building. 1986-1993.

Box 24, Folder 3

Yearly Agenda, Notes. 1979-1982.

 

Subseries 3.2: Financial. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

Financial records include documents on fundraising, donations, invoices, subscriptions, budgets, financial statements, nonprofit status records, grant applications, and financial closedown records. These materials document the financial standing and hardship the magazine faced in the early 1990s, and provide a more holistic picture of the journal’s reader base. The majority of invoices, and therefore the primary reader base, were from California, specifically the San Francisco Bay area. However, the invoices also provide evidence that the magazine had a healthy national audience and a small but growing international audience. International invoices consist of universities purchasing subscriptions for their respective institutions. Broomstick’s fundraising documents provide evidence that the magazine was almost solely funded by donations solicited from its subscribers. Also within Broomstick’s financial records is what Maxine Spencer labeled Closedown records. Closedown records document the exit strategy of Broomstick; they contain correspondence between staff, institutions, companies, and invoices paid.
Broomstick struggled with high production costs and a limited subscriber base; ultimately the magazine did not have enough revenue to cover basic production or growth. Broomstick’s economic troubles can be traced to several factors, for example, Broomstick maintained a sliding scale subscription policy - you pay what you can afford. Many of Broomstick’s readers struggled with financial hardship or fell within the lower economic stratum of society and could not afford to pay the full subscription price. Broomstick also compensated many issues for those who requested the magazine could not pay at all. The combination of slow turnaround, including reader correspondence and financial accountability, coupled with Broomstick’s limited staff resources, the magazine struggled to stay solvent and was forced to end operations in 1993.

Organization and Arrangement

Invoices are organized numerically by zip code according to Broomstick’s own filing system.
Box 21, Folder 8

Applications for Grants. 1978-1993.

Box 23, Folder 8

Bookstore Invoices. 1978-1982.

Box 23, Folder 6

Broomstick Invoices Paid. 1990-1995.

Box 27, Folder 2

Budget. 1980-1983.

Box 27, Folder 17

California Sales Tax. 1991.

Box 27, Folder 15

Compensation Records. 1982-1985.

Box 21, Folder 9

Donations. 1987-1993.

Box 27, Folder 1

Financial Advice. 1980-1993.

Box 27, Folder 13

Financial Closedown Records. 1993-1995.

Box 27, Folder 14

Financial Notes. 1980-1985.

Box 27, Folder 4

Financial Statements. 1978-1979.

Box 27, Folder 5

Financial Statements. 1980.

Box 27, Folder 6

Financial Statements. 1981.

Box 27, Folder 7

Financial Statements. 1988.

Box 27, Folder 8

Financial Statements. 1989.

Box 27, Folder 9

Financial Statements. 1990.

Box 27, Folder 10

Financial Statements. 1991.

Box 27, Folder 11

Financial Statements. 1992.

Box 27, Folder 12

Financial Statements. 1993.

Box 21, Folder 10

Fundraising. 1978-1993.

Box 22, Folder 1

Institution Invoices: 0-1. 1978-1993.

Box 22, Folder 2

Institution Invoices: 2-4. 1978-1993.

Box 22, Folder 3

Institution Invoices: 5. 1978-1993.

Box 22, Folder 4

Institution Invoices: 6-8. 1978-1993.

Box 22, Folder 5

Institution Invoices: 9: 1 of 3. 1978-1993.

Box 23, Folder 1

Institution Invoices: 9: 2 of 3. 1978-1993.

Box 23, Folder 2

Institution Invoices: 9: 3 of 3. 1978-1993.

Box 23, Folder 3

Institution Invoices: Miscellaneous. 1978-1993.

Box 23, Folder 4

International Subscriptions, Invoices. 1978-1993.

Box 27, Folder 3

Monthly Financial Reports. 1985-1989.

Box 27, Folder 16

Nonprofit Status. 1982-1993.

Box 23, Folder 7

Publishing Invoices. 1978-1993.

 

Subseries 3.3: Correspondence. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

The final subseries in Administrative records, Correspondence, documents any communication with Broomstick after the publication’s end. It is composed of miscellaneous internal correspondence, letters to the editor requesting additional information, promotional material, invitations, or subscription requests.
Box 23, Folder 5

Institutions. 1979-1993.

Box 26, Folder 1

Internal Correspondence. 1991-1993.

Box 28, Folder 4

Out of Business Correspondence: 1 of 2. 1993-1995.

Box 28, Folder 5

Out of Business Correspondence: 2 of 2. 1993-1995.

Box 28, Folder 6

Requests for Broomstick: 1 of 2. 1993-1995.

Box 28, Folder 7

Requests for Broomstick: 2 of 2. 1993-1995.

 

Series 4: Author Files. 1978-1995.

Scope and Content

Series 4, Submissions is composed primarily of correspondence between the editors of Broomstick and subscribers and/or contributors. This series is divided into two subseries: Author Files, which comprise a significant portion of the entire collection, and Rejections, which comprise a small subset of material that the editors envisioned as the beginning of a book project.
 

Subseries 4.1: Submissions. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

Author Files includes general correspondence, praise and criticism for Broomstick, and accepted submissions that were published within Broomstick; however the predominance of submissions were rejected by the editors. This subseries is composed primarily of general correspondence between subscribers and the editors of Broomstick. The majority of correspondence is focused on submissions to Broomstick for consideration of publication in the magazine. Files include detailed correspondence with subscribers and authors describing why a piece of work was accepted or rejected and follow up correspondence including drafts, revisions, comments, reactions, ideas, criticisms, and praise. Readers sent in newspaper clippings, notices on community events, and copies of other independent publications that they felt were relevant to Broomstick’s audience. This series provides unique insight into the networking process behind a growing subculture of feminist literature from the late 1970s through the 1980s and into the early 1990s. These records also provide perspective on the political mindset of many of its subscribers.

Organization and Arrangement

The files follow original order and are organized alphabetically by first name, rather than last name, of the contributor. In reaction to the common practice of women taking the surname of their husband upon marriage, the Broomstick staff chose to file by first name in an attempt to maintain female identity. The Broomstick staff organized these files based on the author’s status: contributing vs non-contributing, active and inactive authors. There is a loose chronological order to the files; it seems there may have been two filing systems, one for records up to 1985 and one from 1986 to 1993. The files after 1994 are not very well organized. For more information on the organizational structure of Author Files and how they were filed, please refer to Series 3.1, Box 24, Folder 7: Filing Policy.
Box 29, Folder 1

Author Files: A. 1978-1993.

Box 29, Folder 2

Author Files: Anne Grimm Richardson. 1979-1988.

Box 29, Folder 3

Author Files: A: 1 of 2. 1980-1986.

Box 29, Folder 4

Author Files: A: 2 of 2. 1980-1986.

Box 29, Folder 5

Agnes Moses. 1981-1988.

Box 29, Folder 6

Author Files: A. 1982-1986.

Box 30, Folder 1

Author Files: A. 1983-1993.

Box 30, Folder 2

Author Files: A. 1987-1993.

Box 30, Folder 3

Author Files: Astra: 1 of 2. 1987-1993.

Box 30, Folder 4

Author Files: Astra: 2 of 2. 1987-1993.

Box 30, Folder 5

Author Files: A. 1988-1993.

Box 30, Folder 6

Author Files: A. 1995.

Box 31, Folder 1

Author Files: B. 1980-1984.

Box 31, Folder 2

Barbara Mcdonald. 1980-1985.

Box 31, Folder 3

Author Files: B: 1 of 2. 1980-1986.

Box 31, Folder 4

Author Files: B: 2 of 2. 1980-1986.

Box 31, Folder 5

Author Files: B. 1980-1992.

Box 31, Folder 6

Bertha Lubin. 1983-1993.

Box 32, Folder 1

Author Files: B. 1984-1993.

Box 32, Folder 2

Author Files: B. 1984-1994.

Box 32, Folder 3

Author Files: B: 1 of 2. 1986-1993.

Box 32, Folder 4

Author Files: B: 2 of 2. 1986-1993.

Box 32, Folder 5

Author Files: B. 1987-1992.

Box 32, Folder 6

Charlotte St. John (Evans). 1979-1983.

Box 33, Folder 1

Charlotte St. John (Evans). 1983-1990.

Box 33, Folder 2

Author Files: C: 1 of 2. 1980-1986.

Box 33, Folder 3

Author Files: C: 2 of 2. 1980-1986.

Box 33, Folder 4

Charlene Baldridge. 1980-1990.

Box 33, Folder 5

Catherine Kidwell. 1981-1984.

Box 33, Folder 6

Author Files: C: 1 of 2. 1982-1992.

Box 33, Folder 7

Author Files: C: 2 of 2. 1982-1992.

Box 34, Folder 1

Author Files: C. 1982-1993.

Box 34, Folder 2

Author Files: C: 1 of 2. 1986-1993.

Box 34, Folder 3

Author Files: C: 2 of 2. 1986-1993.

Box 34, Folder 4

Author Files: C. 1988-1994.

Box 34, Folder 5

Author Files: C. 1989-1992.

Box 34, Folder 6

Dorothy Rose. 1979-1984.

Box 35, Folder 1

Dorothy Rose. 1981-1992.

Box 35, Folder 2

Author Files: D. 1980-1984.

Box 35, Folder 3

Darlene Geer. 1980-1984.

Box 35, Folder 4

Author Files: D. 1982-1986.

Box 35, Folder 5

Author Files: D. 1982-1992.

Box 35, Folder 6

Author Files: D. 1984-1992.

Box 35, Folder 7

Author Files: D. 1985-1992.

Box 36, Folder 1

Author Files: D. 1986-1989.

Box 36, Folder 2

Author Files: D. 1986-1992.

Box 36, Folder 3

Author Files: D. 1986-1993.

Box 36, Folder 4

Author Files: D. 1987-1995.

Box 36, Folder 5

Demeter Aries-Pottrov-Aruru. 1988-1990.

Box 36, Folder 6

Author Files: E. 1978-1987.

Box 37, Folder 1

Author Files: E. 1979-1987.

Box 37, Folder 2

Author Files: E. 1981-1984.

Box 37, Folder 3

Author Files: E. 1985-1989.

Box 37, Folder 4

Author Files: E. 1986-1993.

Box 37, Folder 5

Esther Holt. 1989-1993.

Box 37, Folder 6

Author Files: E. 1992-1995.

Box 38, Folder 1

Author Files: F. 1979-1984.

Box 38, Folder 2

Author Files: F. 1986-1995.

Box 38, Folder 3

Author Files: G. 1980-1993.

Box 38, Folder 4

Author Files: G. 1986-1993.

Box 38, Folder 5

Author Files: H. 1979-1986.

Box 38, Folder 6

Author Files: H. 1979-1987.

Box 38, Folder 7

Author Files: H. 1986-1993.

Box 39, Folder 1

Author Files: I. 1978-1994.

Box 39, Folder 2

Isabelle Lyle. 1982-1987.

Box 39, Folder 3

Isabelle Lyle. 1987-1992.

Box 39, Folder 4

Author Files: J: 1 of 3. 1979-1986.

Box 39, Folder 5

Author Files: J: 2 of 3. 1979-1986.

Box 39, Folder 6

Author Files: J: 3 of 3. 1979-1986.

Box 40, Folder 1

Author Files: J. 1979-1987.

Box 40, Folder 2

Author Files: J. 1980-1992.

Box 40, Folder 3

Author Files: J. 1981-1986.

Box 40, Folder 4

Author Files: J. 1982-1992.

Box 40, Folder 5

Author Files: J. 1983-1992.

Box 40, Folder 6

Author Files: J. 1983-1993.

Box 41, Folder 1

Author Files: J. 1985-1992.

Box 41, Folder 2

Author Files: J: 1 of 2. 1986-1989.

Box 41, Folder 3

Author Files: J: 2 of 2. 1986-1989.

Box 41, Folder 4

Janny MacHarg, Jacqueline Lapidus. 1986-1991.

Box 41, Folder 5

Author Files: J. 1986-1992.

Box 41, Folder 6

Author Files: J. 1986-1993.

Box 42, Folder 1

Author Files: J. 1987-1992.

Box 42, Folder 2

Jessy Luanni Blackburn. 1990-1993.

Box 42, Folder 3

Author Files: J. 1991-1994.

Box 42, Folder 4

Judith M. Bernhard. 1995.

Box 42, Folder 5

Author Files: K. 1979-1985.

Box 42, Folder 6

Author Files: K: 1 of 2. 1980-1992.

Box 42, Folder 7

Author Files: K: 2 of 2. 1980-1992.

Box 42, Folder 8

Author Files: K. 1983-1995.

Box 43, Folder 1

Author Files: K. 1986-1993.

Box 43, Folder 2

Author Files: Kathleen McNamara. 1987-1990.

Box 43, Folder 3

Louise Mattlage. 1978-1991.

Box 43, Folder 4

Author Files: L: 1 of 4. 1979-1986.

Box 43, Folder 5

Author Files: L: 2 of 4. 1979-1986.

Box 43, Folder 6

Author Files: L: 3 of 4. 1979-1986.

Box 43, Folder 7

Author Files: L: 4 of 4. 1979-1986.

Box 44, Folder 1

Author Files: L. 1984-1992.

Box 44, Folder 2

Author Files: L: 1 of 2. 1986-1992.

Box 44, Folder 3

Author Files: L: 2 of 2. 1986-1992.

Box 44, Folder 4

Author Files: L. 1987-1992.

Box 44, Folder 5

Author Files: L. 1987-1993.

Box 44, Folder 6

Author Files: L. 1992-1994.

Box 45, Folder 1

Martha Gresham. 1979-1983.

Box 45, Folder 2

Marge Harburg. 1979-1983.

Box 45, Folder 3

Author Files: M: 1 of 2. 1979-1985.

Box 45, Folder 4

Author Files: M: 2 of 2. 1979-1985.

Box 45, Folder 5

Author Files: M: 1 of 2. 1979-1986.

Box 45, Folder 6

Author Files: M: 2 of 2. 1979-1986.

Box 45, Folder 7

Author Files: M. 1979-1987.

Box 46, Folder 1

Author Files: M. 1979-1992.

Box 46, Folder 2

Marjory Nelson: 1 of 2. 1980-1986.

Box 46, Folder 3

Marjory Nelson: 2 of 2. 1980-1986.

Box 46, Folder 4

Author Files: M. 1980-1986.

Box 46, Folder 5

Millie Raskin (Sandy Lewis). 1980-1992.

Box 46, Folder 6

Mary Lou Skinner Ross. 1981-1986.

Box 46, Folder 7

Marilyn Carmen (Alisha Eshe). 1984-1991.

Box 47, Folder 1

Miriam Bradley. 1984-1991.

Box 47, Folder 2

Author Files: M. 1985-1991.

Box 47, Folder 3

Author Files: M: 1 of 3. 1986-1993.

Box 47, Folder 4

Author Files: M: 2 of 3. 1986-1993.

Box 47, Folder 5

Author Files: M: 3 of 3. 1986-1993.

Box 47, Folder 6

Author Files: M: 1 of 2. 1986-1992.

Box 48, Folder 1

Author Files: M: 2 of 2. 1986-1992.

Box 48, Folder 2

Maureen Williams. 1987-1991.

Box 48, Folder 3

Author Files: M: 1 of 3. 1987-1993.

Box 48, Folder 4

Author Files: M: 2 of 3. 1987-1993.

Box 48, Folder 5

Author Files: M: 3 of 3. 1987-1993.

Box 48, Folder 6

Author Files: M. 1989-1993.

Box 49, Folder 1

Mildred Miller. 1990-1992.

Box 49, Folder 2

Author Files: M. 1990-1995.

Box 49, Folder 3

Author Files: N. 1978-1993.

Box 49, Folder 4

Author Files: N. 1979-1986.

Box 49, Folder 5

Author Files: N. 1980-1992.

Box 49, Folder 6

Nan Sherman. 1981-1991.

Box 49, Folder 7

Author Files: N. 1986-1992.

Box 50, Folder 1

Norma Cole. 1987-1991.

Box 50, Folder 2

Author Files: N. 1987-1992.

Box 50, Folder 3

Author Files: O. 1979-1992.

Box 50, Folder 4

Polly Taylor. 1978-1993.

Box 50, Folder 5

Author Files: P. 1979-1984.

Box 50, Folder 6

Author Files: P. 1980-1986.

Box 50, Folder 7

Author Files: P. 1983-1992.

Box 51, Folder 1

Author Files: P: 1 of 2. 1985-1992.

Box 51, Folder 2

Author Files: P: 2 of 2. 1985-1992.

Box 51, Folder 3

Author Files: P. 1985-1993.

Box 51, Folder 4

Author Files: P. 1988-1995.

Box 51, Folder 5

Author Files: R. 1978-1987.

Box 51, Folder 6

Author Files: R. 1979-1986.

Box 52, Folder 1

Author Files: R. 1980-1986.

Box 52, Folder 2

Ruth Harriet Jacobs. 1980-1991.

Box 52, Folder 3

Rose Levan. 1983-1992.

Box 52, Folder 4

Author Files: R: 1 of 2. 1985-1992.

Box 52, Folder 5

Author Files: R: 2 of 2. 1985-1992.

Box 52, Folder 6

Author Files: R. 1986-1993.

Box 53, Folder 1

Author Files: R. 1989-1992.

Box 53, Folder 2

Author Files: R. 1991-1995.

Box 53, Folder 3

Author Files: S. 1978-1986.

Box 53, Folder 4

Author Files: S: 1 of 2. 1979-1986.

Box 53, Folder 5

Author Files: S: 2 of 2. 1979-1986.

Box 53, Folder 6

Sandra Hershkowitz. 1980-1983.

Box 53, Folder 7

Author Files: Susan Faulkner. 1980-1988.

Box 54, Folder 1

Author Files: S. 1984-1992.

Box 54, Folder 2

Author Files: Sue Williams. 1985-1989.

Box 54, Folder 3

Author Files: S: 1 of 2. 1986-1993.

Box 54, Folder 4

Author Files: S: 2 of 2. 1986-1993.

Box 54, Folder 5

Author Files: Susan Koppelman. 1986-1991.

Box 54, Folder 6

Author Files: S. 1987-1992.

Box 54, Folder 7

Author Files: S. 1987-1993.

Box 55, Folder 1

Author Files: S. 1990-1993.

Box 55, Folder 2

Author Files: S. 1993-1995.

Box 55, Folder 3

Author Files: T. 1978-1993.

Box 55, Folder 4

Author Files: T. 1979-1992.

Box 55, Folder 5

Author Files: U. 1978-1993.

Box 55, Folder 6

Author Files: V: 1 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 55, Folder 7

Author Files: V: 2 of 2. 1978-1993.

Box 56, Folder 1

Author Files: Virginia Harris. 1982-1993.

Box 56, Folder 2

Author Files: W. 1978-1994.

Box 56, Folder 3

Wilma Elizabeth McDaniels. 1978-1983.

Box 56, Folder 4

Wilma Elizabeth McDaniels. 1984-1986.

Box 56, Folder 5

Wilma Elizabeth McDaniels. 1986-1987.

Box 56, Folder 6

Wilma Elizabeth McDaniels. 1987-1993.

Box 56, Folder 7

Author Files: Y-Z. 1978-1993.

Box 58, Folder 2

Correspondence: Miscellaneous. 1978-1993.

 

Subseries 4.2: Rejections. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

These files were collected and organized by the co-editors, Mickey Spencer and Polly Taylor, with the intention to write a book titled, Specimens. They collected a sampling of the rejected submissions to create a guidebook on common problems when submitting material for publication. “Specimens” was meant to showcase the rejected submissions to Broomstick in order to guide potential contributors to Broomstick in the future. The book never made it to print; however, this collection is an excellent representation of the types of material submitted, as well as correspondence between authors and Broomstick. This subseries is important for documenting the political thinking of Maxine Spencer and the consequential tone of Broomstick. For information on how submitted work was evaluated, please see Series 1, Box 3, Folder 6: Writer’s Packet, for writing guidelines and Series 3.1, Box 24, Folder 5: Policies and Procedures which details Broomstick’s internal policy on accepting and rejecting submissions.
Box 57, Folder 1

"Specimens Book": Letters. 1984-1988.

Scope and Content

This file includes a memo from Mickey Spencer explaining the purpose of compiling Specimens.
Box 57, Folder 2

"Specimens Book": Letters. 1989.

Box 57, Folder 3

"Specimens Book": Letters. 1990-1992.

Box 57, Folder 4

"Specimens Book": Letters. 1992.

Box 57, Folder 5

"Specimens Book": Letters: 1 of 2. 1993.

Box 57, Folder 6

"Specimens Book": Letters: 2 of 2. 1993.

Box 57, Folder 7

"Specimens Book": Response Letters, A-J. 1978-1993.

Box 58, Folder 1

"Specimens Book": Response Letters, L-W. 1978-1993.

 

Series 5: Personal Papers. 1970-1995.

Scope and Content

This series includes the personal papers of Maxine Spencer, Cynthia Rich, Barbara MacDonald and other contributors.

Organization and Arrangement

This Series is organized chronologically.
 

Subseries 5.1: Maxine Spencer. 1970-1995.

Scope and Content

This subseries provides a more holistic picture of the woman behind Broomstick and helps the researcher conceptualize Mickey Spencer’s involvement in the radical feminist movement, which coincided and influenced the direction and scope of Broomstick magazine. These records document her life as a radical feminist and lesbian from 1969 to 1998. It also documents her personal interests such as a local Reader’s Theater group, art galleries, and an activist group called Wishing Well.
Spencer’s personal notes on her counseling, radical therapy, and sexuality – including a manual on radical sex practices are contained here. Documents on Consciousness Raising (CR) that she collected from her personal meetings, as well as material she helped author and meetings she led are also included. These records provide evidence as to how CR meetings were created, organized, held, and led during and after the 1970s through educational material, workshops, leadership training, and a list of CR topics. Spencer’s correspondence details her involvement with other feminist and lesbian publications and organizations and meetings that she attended, such as the Feminist Perspective on Aging, a peer-led-group, and the Crones Caucus, where the idea of Broomstick was originally born. Also included in this subseries is evidence of Spencer’s professional and academic work; it contains several unpublished manuscripts and her literary works against ageism and stereotypes. There is a heavy concentration of research material on the formation of feminist thought, and what Spencer deemed as the feminist process. She submitted many of these essays, art, poetry, and scripts to many other publications; correspondence detailing these submissions is included here. She also kept course notes, syllabi, reading lists, and essays from classes that she attended at Berkeley and the East Bay Socialist School. Spencer designed and taught her own feminist courses taught at local community colleges; included are her syllabi, class roster, lectures, and notes. After Broomstick ceased publication, she continued her radical feminist work and wrote for several publications, specifically authoring a special article/chapter for Sinister Wisdom’s book, Old Lesbians and Dykes. Maxine Spencer’s papers also include other journal publications, pamphlets, books, essays, and manuscripts by her feminist contemporaries that she collected and believed pertinent to the scope of her own work.
Box 64, Folder 4

Book: We Speak for Peace, Anthology. 1993.

Box 64, Folder 1

The Invisible Minority: Aging and Lesbianism. 1982.

Box 15, Folder 8

Journals: A-H. 1973-1993.

Scope and Content

Amazon Quarterly: Vol. 2, Issue 2, 1973 Encore, A Bi-Monthly Magazine Celebrating the Return of the Crone: Vol. 1, Issue 5, 1993 The Feminist Writers Guild, 1986 Directory Hikane, The Capable Womon: Disabled Wimmin's Magazine for Lesbians & Our Wimmin Friends: Issue 7, Summer 1992 Humpty Dumpty Report: February/March 1983, Issue 4
Box 15, Folder 9

Journals: Heresies: no. 12, Sex Issue. 1981.

Box 64, Folder 2

Journals: O-W. 1969-1986.

Scope and Content

On Our Backs, Entertainment for the Adventurous Lesbian: Vol. 3, No. 2, Fall 1986 The Review of Radical Political Economics, The Political Economy of Women: Vol. 4, No. 3, July 1972 "Sister," Los Angeles Feminist Newspaper: Vol. 5, No. 6, September 1974 Tooth and Nail, Published by members of Women's Liberation: Vol. 1 No. 1, September 16, 1969 Woman's Way, The Path of Empowerment: Vol. 1, No. 1, June 1993 Women Writing Pamphlet
Box 64, Folder 3

Journals: Sinister Wisdom. 1991-1994.

Scope and Content

Sinister Wisdom: 43/44, Summer 1991: The 15th Anniversary Retrospective Sinister Wisdom: 53, Summer/Fall 1994: Old Lesbians/Dykes
Box 58, Folder 3

Notes: "Ageist uses of the word 'Mother'". 1994-1995.

Box 58, Folder 4

Essay: "Ageist uses of the word 'Mother'". 1995.

Box 58, Folder 5

Notes: "The Syndrome...". 1995.

Box 58, Folder 6

Artist's Statements. 1989-1996.

Box 58, Folder 7

Art. 1989-1998.

Box 59, Folder 1

Birth Story. 1970s.

Box 59, Folder 2

Radical Therapy. 1970-1974.

Box 59, Folder 3

Consciousness Raising. 1970-1991.

Box 59, Folder 4

Consciousness Raising Topics. 1970-1993.

Box 59, Folder 5

Consciousness Raising Handbook. 1974.

Box 59, Folder 6

Radical Sex Manual. 1972.

Box 59, Folder 7

Research Study Group. 1974.

Box 59, Folder 8

Crones Caucus. 1976-1978.

Box 59, Folder 9

Reader's Theater. 1977.

Box 59, Folder 10

Scripts. 1977-1978.

Box 59, Folder 11

Counselling. 1980-1981.

Box 59, Folder 12

Feminist Perspectives on Aging Group. 1984-1995.

Box 59, Folder 13

Miscellaneous. 1978-1993.

Box 60, Folder 1

Manuscript: "Feminist Process," Notes. 1974.

Box 60, Folder 2

Manuscript: "Feminist Process," Draft. 1974.

Box 60, Folder 3

Manuscript: "Feminist Process," Finished Work. 1974.

Box 60, Folder 4

Marxism and Feminism Course. 1975.

Box 60, Folder 5

Marxism and Feminism Course, Notes. 1975.

Box 60, Folder 6

Mother-Daughter Essay. 1975-1978.

Box 60, Folder 7

Mother-Daughter Essay: Drafts. 1975-1981.

Box 60, Folder 8

Mother-Daughter Course: Drafts. 1976-1977.

Box 60, Folder 9

Mother-Daughter Course: Discussions. 1976-1977.

Box 61, Folder 1

Mother-Daughter Course: Completed Work. 1977.

Box 61, Folder 2

Essays. circa 1970's.

Box 61, Folder 3

Essays. 1975-1994.

Box 61, Folder 4

Submissions to Publications. 1975-1978.

Box 61, Folder 5

Submissions to Publications. 1985-1989.

Box 61, Folder 6

Correspondence: "Society on Trial," Draft. 1977-1981.

Box 61, Folder 7

Essay: Women in the U.S., Status Report. 1978.

Box 61, Folder 8

Sinister Wisdom, Old Lesbians and Dykes. 1994.

 

Subseries 5.2: Other Contributors. 1978-1993.

Scope and Content

This subseries contains the papers of Cynthia Rich and Barbara Anne (Charles) MacDonald, in addition to a small group of papers by other contributors. These documents include papers, talks, articles, books, pictures, and correspondence. Several important conferences are documented within these files, including the First West Coast Conference of Old Lesbians.
Barbara Macdonald, social worker, lesbian feminist activist, and author, was born on September 11, 1913. Cynthia Rich, teacher, author, and a lifelong progressive political activist in the lesbian community, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 12, 1933. Rich and Macdonald were domestic partners for 26 years. Both Rich and Macdonald's work appeared frequently in lesbian and feminist publications such as Equal Times, Lesbian Ethics, Ms., New Directions, New Women's Times, Sinister Wisdom, Sojourner, and Broomstick. Macdonald received national recognition for her writings. In 1983, along with Rich, Macdonald co-authored Look Me in the Eye: Old Women, Aging and Ageism. The book, which appeared in two expanded editions (1991, 2001), combined her personal experiences of ageism with ground-breaking lesbian feminist theory, and was named by Ms. magazine as one of 35 classics of the second wave of feminism. It also was widely anthologized for women's studies courses and was translated into Japanese in 1995. Her work was the inspiration for the First West Coast Conference of Old Lesbians in 1987. Macdonald died June 15, 2000, of Alzheimer's disease.

Organization and Arrangement

Folder titles reflect the original titles created by Macdonald or Rich and are organized chronologically.
Box 62, Folder 1

Barbara Macdonald: Articles. 1979-1984.

Box 62, Folder 2

Barbara Macdonald: Articles. 1985.

Box 62, Folder 3

Barbara Macdonald: Articles. 1985-1991.

Box 62, Folder 4

Barbara Macdonald: Spinsters Ink. 1983-1989.

Box 62, Folder 5

Barbara Macdonald Talks. 1984-1994.

Box 62, Folder 6

Lesbian and Feminist Conferences. 1983-1990.

Box 62, Folder 7

Lesbian and Feminist Conferences. 1988-1989.

Box 63, Folder 1

Dissertation: The Politics of Women's Liberation, by Jo Freeman: Part 1 of 2. 1973.

Box 63, Folder 2

Dissertation: The Politics of Women's Liberation, by Jo Freeman: Part 2 of 2. 1973.

Box 63, Folder 3

Cynthia Rich: Articles. 1972-1992.

Box 63, Folder 4

Cynthia Rich: Articles. 1979-1980.

Box 63, Folder 5

Cynthia Rich: Articles. 1979-1988.

Box 63, Folder 6

Cynthia Rich: Articles. 1980-1984.

Box 63, Folder 7

Photographs. 1979-1993.

Box 63, Folder 8

West Coast Conference of Old Lesbians. 1986-1987.