The Women's Press/Up Press Records (5.1 linear feet) are arranged into 6 series; Women's
Press Project Files, Up Press Files, Women's Press Files, Printed Materials, Photographs,
and Oversized Items (mainly posters) covering the years 1972 through 1987. Within the
first 3 series (1.9 linear feet) folders are arranged alphabetically by title.
The Women's Press Project started in 1974 in the Mission district of San Francisco, as
part of a nonprofit women's vocational school at the Women's Skills Center. In 1976 they
became a collective, run by volunteer labor (later becoming paid staff), with the main
purpose being a school to teach women the skills of the printing trade in a supportive
environment. They gradually took on more printing jobs to support themselves. In 1980
they moved and became a business as well as a school, with a priority being the printing
of political and feminist work. They become a union shop in 1983.
Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay and Lesbian
Historical Society of Northern California.
The bulk of the records are open for research with student files restricted.