Guide to the HerBooks Feminist Press Archive 1984-2002

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Guide to the HerBooks Feminist Press Archive, 1984-2002

Collection number: MS 37

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Descriptive Summary

Title: HerBooks Feminist Press Archive,
Date (inclusive): 1984-2002
Collection number: MS 37
Creator: Reti, Irene
Extent: 5 cartons, 2 flats

6.75 linear ft.
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection includes correspondence, business records, manuscripts, and ephemera on the subjects HerBooks has published.
Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Special Collections Librarian.

Preferred Citation

HerBooks Feminist Press Archive, MS 37, Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Irene Reti.

Agency History

HerBooks Feminist Press was founded in Santa Cruz, California in 1984 by Irene Reti, a poet and creative nonfiction writer. The emphasis of the press has been on publishing anthologies of creative writing, poetry, and other works by lesbians.
HerBooks is known for its groundbreaking collections, such as The Lesbian in Front of the Classroom: writings by Lesbian Teachers (1988) and Childless by Choice: A Feminist Anthology, both of which were the first anthologies published in the United States on these topics. Irene Reti's Remember the Fire: Lesbian Sadomasochism in a Post Nazi-Holocaust World (1986) and Unleashing Feminism: Critiquing Lesbian Sadomasochism in the Gay Nineties (1993) were outspoken critiques of s/m and pornography which put the press on the forefront of radical feminist inquiry.
HerBooks is also known for publishing innovative books about lesbian culture, such as Cats (and their Dykes) and Garden Variety Dykes: Lesbian Traditions in Gardening. Another strength of the press is Jewish feminism.
HerBooks published Bubbe Meisehs by Shayneh Maidelehs: an anthology of poetry by Jewish Granddaughters about our Grandmothers, A Transported Life: Memories of Kindertransport, the Oral History of Thea Feliks Eden, and The Keeper of Memory: A Memoir.
HerBooks also distributed the first anthology of Pacific/Asian Lesbian writing, Between the Lines (Dancing Bird Press, 1987). In 1994 HerBooks published The Second Coming of Joan of Arc and Other Plays by Carolyn Gage, a finalist for the Lambda Book Award.

Bibliography

Lesbian Words: A Santa Cruz Anthology, edited by Irene Reti and Sue McCabe (1984).
Lesbian Words II: Photographs and Writing, edited by Irene Reti, Sue McCabe, and Terese Armstrong (1985).
To Live with the Weeds, Poetry by D.A. Clarke (1985).
The World Between Women: An Anthology, edited by Irene Reti, Sarah-Hope Parmeter and Abby Bogomolny (Bee) (1986).
Prepositions, poetry by Linda Hooper (1986). Distributed by HerBooks.
Nauseous in Paradise, poetry by Abby Bee (Bogomolny) (1986). Distributed by HerBooks.
Remember the Fire: Lesbian Sadomasochism in a Post-Nazi Holocaust World, an essay by Irene Reti (1986).
Past, Present, and Future Passions: poetry by Barbara Ruth. Distributed by HerBooks (1986).
The Lesbian in Front of the Classroom: Writings by Lesbian Teachers, edited by Irene Reti and Sarah-Hope Parmeter (1988).
Love Me Like You Mean It, poetry by Lesléa Newman (1987).
Between the Lines: An Anthology of Pacific/Asian Lesbians of Santa Cruz, California, edited by Alison Kim, Christy Chung and A.K. Lemeshewsky, distributed by HerBooks (Dancing Bird Press, 1987).
Love, Politics and "Rescue" in Lesbian Relationships, an essay by Diana Rabenold (1987).
Lizards/Los Padres, short stories by Bettianne Shoney Sien (1988).
Messages: Music for Lesbians by D.A. Clarke (1988).
Bubbe Meisehs by Shayneh Maidelehs: An Anthology of Poetry by Jewish Granddaughters about our Grandmothers, edited by Lesléa Newman (1989).
Cats (and their Dykes): An Anthology, edited by Irene Reti and Bettianne Shoney Sien (1991).
Sweet Dark Places: Poetry by Lesléa Newman (1991).
Childless by Choice: A Feminist Anthology, edited by Irene Reti (1992).
Unleashing Feminism: Critiquing Lesbian Sadomasochism in the Gay Nineties, an anthology edited by Irene Reti (1993).
The Second Coming of Joan of Arc and other plays, by Carolyn Gage (1994).
Garden Variety Dykes: Lesbian Traditions in Gardening, edited by Irene Reti and Valerie Chase (1994).
A Transported Life: Memories of Kindertransport, the Oral History of Thea Feliks Eden, edited by Irene Reti and Valerie Chase (1995).
The Keeper of Memory: A Memoir, by Irene Reti (2001).

Collection Scope and Content

The HerBooks Feminist Press Archive contains the general history of HerBooks, and materials related to the publication, promotion, and distribution. There are also materials on the Childless-by-Choice movement; lesbian feminism in the 1980's and 1990's; and materials on Holocaust studies, including on Lesbian Daughters of Holocaust Survivors and the Kindertransport program (which rescued Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Austria and Germany and brought them to England during 1938-1939); antipornography activism and theory; and the Women In Print Movement. The archive also contains writings by Irene Reti, including her memoir, The Keeper of Memory (published by HerBooks in 2001), as well as work by other Santa Cruz women writers.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Reti, Irene
Herbooks Feminist Press--Archive
Lesbian feminism
Children of Holocaust survivors
Authors, American--California--Santa Cruz County

Related Archives

  • Asian/Pacific Islander Lesbian Collection, MS 40
  • Papier-Mache Press Archive, MS 27 (unprocessed)
  • Shameless Hussy Press Archive, MS 92

Related Works

Irene Reti and HerBooks Feminist Press by the Regional History Project, University Library, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2001. http://library.ucsc.edu/reg-hist/reti.html 
Sandra Martz: Papier-Mache Press and the Gentle Art of Consciousness Raising,
Date: 1984-1999
by the Regional History Project, University Library, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2001. http://library.ucsc.edu/reg-hist/martz.html 
Alta and the History of Shameless Hussy Press,
Date: 1969-1989
by the Regional History Project, University Library, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2001. http://library.ucsc.edu/reg-hist/alta.html 

Collection Contents

 

Series 1 HerBooks Press, 1984-2000,

Physical Description: Box 1, 5-7

Scope and Content Note

This series contains general correspondence, promotional materials, interviews, audio cassettes and press ephemera relating to the business of HerBooks.

Arrangement

The material has been arranged by content.
Box-folder 1:1-5

History & Business

Box-folder 1:1

History of HerBooks.

Box-folder 1:2

General business & promotional materials (letterhead, bookmarks, business cards).

Box-folder 1:3

Herbooks catalogs.

Box-folder 1:4

Correspondence.

Box-folder 1:5

Financial records.

Box-folder 6:1

Irene Reti, 3/1/90 interview

Box-folder 1:6-8

Distribution

Box-folder 1:6

Herbooks distribution.

Box-folder 1:7

Diaspora Distribution Company.

Box-folder 1:8

Alamo Square Distributors.

Box-folder 1:9

Community Printers of Santa Cruz

Box-folder 1:10

The Women in Print Movement.

Box-folder 1:11

Feminist publisher catalogs.

Box-folder 1:12

Feminist publishers correspondence.

Box-folder 1:13

The Lesbians and Gays in Print Movement.

Box-folder 1:14

Outwrite! Conferences

Box-folder 1:15

Skills of Self-Publishing - proposed workshop.

Carton 5

Press ephemera

Carton 5

Sinister Wisdom, misc. issues

Carton 5

Common Lives/Lesbian Lives, misc. issues

Carton 5

Gossip, misc. issues

Carton 5

Lesbian Ethics, misc. issues

Carton 5

Conditions, misc. issues

Carton 5

HerBooks banner.

Carton 5

HerBooks T-shirt

Carton 5

"So Precious a Place" on women-only space - video tape

Box 6-7

Audio Cassettes - a collection of interviews and business related tapes.

 

Series 2. Publications, 1984-2002,

Physical Description: Boxes 1-4

Scope and Content Note

This series contains publication correspondence, corrected manuscripts, production materials, publicity, reviews, promotional materials, and archival copies of publications.

Arrangement

The material has been arranged by publication.
Box-folder 1:16

Lesbian Words: A Santa Cruz Anthology, edited by Irene Reti and Sue McCabe

Box-folder 1:17

Lesbian Words II: Photographs and Writings, edited by Irene Reti, Sue McCabe, and Terese Armstrong

Box-folder 1:18-21

The Lesbian in Front of the Classroom: Writings by Lesbian Teachers, edited by Irene Reti and Sarah-Hope Parmeter

Box-folder 1:18

Contributor Correspondence

Box-folder 1:19

Lesbian Teachers

Box-folder 1:20

Unpublished sequel

Box-folder 4:1

Camera-ready copy

Box-folder 1:21

Reviews

Box-folder 1:22-26

To Live with the Weeds, by D.A. Clarke

Box-folder 1:22

Correspondence

Box-folder 4:2

Camera-ready copy

Box-folder 4:3

Printed sheets - complete copy

Box-folder 1:23

Publicity

Box-folder 1:24

Reviews

Box-folder 1:25-26

1st ed. & 2nd ed. archive copies

Box-folder 1:27-33

Messages: Music for Lesbians, by D.A. Clarke

Box-folder 1:27

Lyrics and notes, and production notes.

Box-folder 1:28

Correspondence

Box-folder 1:29-33

Additional writing by D. A. Clarke.

Box-folder 1:29-30

Articles, stories, etc.

Box-folder 1:31

Clippings

Box-folder 1:32

Sinister Wisdom no.35, 38; Lesbian Ethics, v.2:2

Box-folder 1:33

Poetry

Box-folder 1:34

Distribution - Ladyslipper.

Box-folder 1:35

Reviews

Box-folder 6:2

Messages: Music for Lesbians, archive copy of audio cassette.

Box-folder 1:36-39

The World Between Women: An Anthology, edited by Irene Reti, Sarah-Hope Parmeter and Abby Bogomolny

Box-folder 1:36

Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County grant

Box-folder 1:37

Correspondence

Box-folder 1:38

Publicity

Box-folder 1:39

Archive copy

Box-folder 1:40-42

Nauseous in Paradise by Abby Bogomolny

Box-folder 1:40

HerBooks distribution and archive copy

Box-folder 1:41

Abby Lynn Bogomolny Collected Writing

Box-folder 1:42

Abby Bogomolny - misc. publications

Box-folder 1:43

Prepositions, by Linda Hooper, distributed by HerBooks

Box-folder 1:43

Research, distribution, and archive copy

Box-folder 1:44

Between the Lines: An Anthology of Pacific/Asian Lesbians of Santa Cruz, California, edited by Alison Kim, Christy Chung and A.K. Lemeshwsky, distributed by HerBooks.

Box-folder 1:44

Reviews

Box-folder 1:45

Alison Kim - other writings

Box-folder 2:1-2

Lizards/Los Padres, by Bettianne Shoney Sien

Box-folder 4:4

Camera-ready copy

Box-folder 2:1

Reviews

Box-folder 2:2

Archive copy

Box-folder 2:3

Love, Politics and "Rescue" in Lesbian Relationships, by Diana Rabenold

Box-folder 2:4

Past, Present and Future Passions: Poetry by Barbara Ruth, distributed by HerBooks

Box-folder 2:4

Distribution & archive copy

Box-folder 2:5-8

Bubbe Meisehs by Shayneh Maidelehs: An Anthology of Poetry by Jewish Granddaughters about our Grandmothers, edited by Lesléa Newman

Box-folder 2:5

Correspondence

Box-folder 2:6

Production

Box-folder 4:5

Camera-ready copy

Box-folder 2:7

Publicity

Box-folder 2:8

Reviews & archive copy

Box-folder 2:9-10

Love Me Like You Mean It: Poems by Lesléa Newman

Box-folder 2:9

Correspondence

Box-folder 2:10

Reviews & archive copy

Box-folder 2:11-15

Sweet Dark Places: Poems by Lesléa Newman

Box-folder 2:11

Correspondence

Box-folder 2:12

Manuscript

Box-folder 4:6

Camera-ready copy

Box-folder 2:13

Publicity, Reviews, archive copy

Box-folder 2:14-15

Lesléa Newman

Box-folder 2:14

Correspondence

Box-folder 2:15

Biographical Information

Box-folder 2:16-19

Remember the Fire: Lesbian Sadomasochism in a Post-Nazi Holocaust World, an essay by Irene Reti

Box-folder 2:16

Response Letters

Box-folder 2:17

Manuscript, comments by D. A. Clarke

Box-folder 2:18

Production

Box-folder 2:19

Reviews & archive copy

Box-folder 2:20-24

Unleashing Feminism: Critiquing Lesbian Sadomasochism in the Gay Nineties, edited by Irene Reti

Box-folder 2:20

Correspondence

Box-folder 2:21

Response letters

Box-folder 4:7

Camera-ready copy

Box-folder 2:22

Publicity material

Box-folder 2:23

Reviews

Box-folder 2:24

Archive copy

Box-folder 2:25-29

Cats (And Their Dykes): An Anthology, edited by Irene Reti and Bettianne Shoney Sien

Box-folder 2:25

Contributor Correspondence

Box-folder 2:26

Response Letters

Box-folder 2:27

Production

Box-folder 4:8-9

Camera-ready copy

Box-folder 4:8

Pgs. 1-80/81

Box-folder 4:9

Pgs. 82/83 - 158/159

Box-folder 2:28

"Toward a Feminist History of the Cat" by Irene Reti - handwritten draft

Box-folder 2:29

Reviews & archive copy

Box-folder 2:29-33

Childless by Choice: A Feminist Anthology, edited by Irene Reti

Box-folder 2:29

Contributor Correspondence

Box-folder 2:30

Correspondence

Box-folder 2:31

Outreach

Box-folder 2:32

Research

Box-folder 4:10

Camera-ready copy

Box-folder 2:33

Reviews & archive copy

Box-folder 2:34-37

Garden Variety Dykes: Lesbian Traditions in Gardening, edited by Irene Reti and Valerie Chase

Box-folder 2:34

Correspondence

Box-folder 2:35

Manuscripts w/corrections

Box-folder 4:11

Camera-ready copy

Box-folder 2:36

Publicity

Box-folder 2:37

Reviews & archive copy

Box-folder 2:38-46

The Second Coming of Joan of Arc and Other Plays by Carolyn Gage

Box-folder 2:40

Corrected galleys

Box-folder 2:39

Production

Box-folder 2:38

Correspondence

Box-folder 2:41

Publicity

Box-folder 2:42

Reviews & archive copy

Box-folder 6:6

The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, archive copy of audio cassette

Box-folder 2:43-46

Carolyn Gage

Box-folder 2:43

Miscellaneous writing

Box-folder 2:44

Theatre Productions

Box-folder 2:45

"Radical Propositions" - draft

Box-folder 2:46

Other plays - not published in HerBooks collection

Box-folder 3:1-15, 5

A Transported Life: Memories of Kindertransport: The Oral History of Thea Eden, edited by Irene Reti and Valerie Jean Chase

Box-folder 3:1

Correspondence

Box-folder 3:2

Oral history - transcript

Box-folder 3:3

Research

Box-folder 3:4

Production

Box-folder 3:5

Galley proofs

Box-folder 3:6

Photographs

Box-folder 3:7

Publicity

Box-folder 3:8

Donation letters

Box-folder 3:9

Archive copy

Box-folder 3:10-12

Kindertransport

Box-folder 3:10

Research

Box-folder 3:11

Kindertransport Association of America (KTA)- information & newsletter "Kinderlink", 1995-2001

Box-folder 3:12

Reunion of Kindertransport (ROK) -- Great Britain

Box-folder 3:13-14

Jewish Lesbian Daughters of Holocaust Survivors

Box-folder 3:13

Organization information

Box-folder 3:14

Chosen of the Chosen

Box-folder 3:15

Correspondence with women who didn't know they were Jewish until adulthood.

Box 5

A Holocaust Family Album (videotape)

Box-folder 3:16

Shards of Memory & other writing by Irene Reti

Box-folder 3:17-22

The Keeper of Memory: A Memoir, by Irene Reti

Box-folder 3:17

Background research notes

Box-folder 3:18

Draft, with comments by Gloria Anzaldua

Box-folder 3:19

Draft, with comments by Lori Klein

Box-folder 3:20

Draft, with comments by Barbara Wilson

Box-folder 3:21

Draft, with comments by Jeanne Freebody

Box-folder 3:22

Reviews & Archive copy

Box-folder 3:23-25

Women runners : stories of transformation, edited by Irene Reti and Bettianne Shoney Sien

Box-folder 3:23

Manuscript, pt.1

Box-folder 3:24

Manuscript, pt.2

Box-folder 3:25

Promotion

Box-folder 3:26-32

Writers

Box-folder 3:26

Gloris Anzaldua

Box-folder 3:27

Ellen Bass

Box-folder 3:28

Roz Spafford

Box-folder 3:29

Lesbian community of Santa Cruz

Box-folder 3:30

Celeste West

Box-folder 3:31

Irene Zahava

Box-folder 3:32-33

Irene Reti

Box-folder 3:32

Cottages at Hedgebrook Residency

Box-folder 3:33

Norcroft Residency