Inventory of the Lori Twersky Papers

UCSC OAC Unit
The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
Email: specoll@library.ucsc.edu
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© 2008
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Lori Twersky Papers

Collection number: MS 79

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
UCSC OAC Unit
Date Completed:
June 2008
Encoded by:
UCSC OAC Unit
© 2008 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lori Twersky papers
Dates: 1954-1991
Collection number: MS 79
Creator: Twersky, Lori
Collection Size: 26 boxes
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection contains business files, cassette tape interviews, early writings, drafts of "Bitch Book of Women in Rock", correspondence, notebooks, art work, clippings and appearences.
Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Access Restrictions

The following boxes have access restrictions: Boxes 11-16, 18-19, 23
Boxes 11-12 16, 18, 23 require permission to read or reproduce be obtained from William Abbott, Susan McCarthy or Cheryl Cline.
Boxes 13-15, 19 require permission to reproduce from William Abbott, Susan McCarthy or Cheryl Cline.

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 Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Lori Twersky papers. MS 79. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William B. Abbott, IV.

Biography

Lori A. T. S. N. Twersky was born on October 20, 1954 in Palo Alto, California, to Victor and Shirley Twersky of Los Altos Hills. She went to school in Palo Alto, and then entered UCSC in the fall of 1972. However, when the Yom Kippur War broke out she went to Israel and worked as a babysitter on a kibbutz. Upon her return, she began attending UCSC again, but left before taking her degree. Before leaving, however, she met William Abbott, who she later married. Using her college training as an artist, Twersky helped found the Center Street Gallery in Santa Cruz. But she was also very interested in writing and soon became a free-lance writer, and the editor as well as publisher of Bitch: The Women's Rock Mag With Bite, which documented the roll of women in rock from 1985-1989. Her writing also included stories and reviews for the Good Times newspaper in Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Chronicle, Trouser Press and entries in the Feminist Dictionary. She also published The Chocolate Lover's Guide to Silicon Valley.
Lori Twersky died on November 3, 1991 at the age of 37.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains business files, cassette tape interviews, early writings, drafts of "Bitch Book of Women in Rock", correspondence, notebooks, art work, clippings and appearences.
This collection has been inventoried in donor order.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Twersky, Lori--Archives
Women Periodicals Editors--California
Women Rock Musicians--Interviews
Women Authors, American--Pacific Coast (North America)


Container List

box 1

Interview Tapes

box 1

The Flying Karamazov Brothers

box 1

The Ace of Cups (Diane V.)

box 1

Bonnie Guitar

box 1

Duck's Breath Theater

box 1

Davenport Fire Department

box 1

Sara Lee

box 1

Lady Bo

box 1

Bebe Bueu

box 1

Lydia Lunch

box 1

Computer discs

box 1

My Sins

box 1

Bands That Matter

box 1

Bitch Book of Women in Rock (rough draft)

box 1

Misc. essays, stories

box 2

Obituaries 1991

box 2

Lori Twersky 1991

box 2

Others 1991

box 3

Textile Art

box 3

Batik

box 3

Beadwork

box 3

Pen decorated curtain

box 4

Autobiographical outline with clippings and notebooks ca. 1960-1991

box 5-6

Apprearences of Twersky's writings ca. 1960-1991

box 7

Drafts

box 7

Bitch Book of Women in Rock and Pop

box 7

My Sins

box 7

No One would be Crazy Enough to Arm the Bedouins

box 8

Miscellaneous writings, clippings, correspondence

box 8

No One would be Crazy Enough to Arm the Bedouins, master

box 8

Bands that Matter, master

box 8

My Sins, master & drafts

box 8

Black Star, the Pony, Twersky's first work

box 8

Black Girl Groups and the British Invasion

box 8

Bitch - office papers

box 8

'50's Food Fun - clippings

box 8

My Sins - correspondence

box 8

Misc. first drafts, rock criticism and queries

box 8

Book mail

box 9

Original art, cartoons, studies and sketches ca. 1960-1991

box 9

Campus Community Game

box 10

Writings, drafts, notes, misc. ca. 1960-1991

box 10

Feminist is a Sexist Word, final version

box 10

Highways, final version

box 10

The Imperial Waters

box 10

Old Lawrence Waters

box 10

Notebook One

box 10

Stage Setting

box 10

100 Perfectly Good Reasons

box 10

Med Vedia

box 10

Bitch, reviews

box 10

Freedom to be Happy, final version

box 10

Hillare's Novel, script

box 10

Rape and the Romance novel

box 10

Vegas on a Dare

box 10

Fat Style

box 10

Art is Essay

box 10

Women of Mars

box 10

William Wizard

box 10

Stray Writing

box 10

Sasha

box 10

Plants

box 10

Silly Semantics Games

box 10

Drafts

box 10

Bands that Matter, draft

box 10

BizBitch Book, with drawings - draft

box 10

Notes

box 10

On Hollywood Hall of Shame

box 10

On Jackwada

box 10

On My Sister's Castle

box 10

On No Evidence for Richard Brautigan

box 10

Plots for Midas Valley

box 10

Miscellaneous materials

box 10

Fan 'stuff'

box 10

Media Medea - W.D.

box 10

2 Object of, Object to

box 10

Odds & ends

box 11-12

Incoming Correspondence ca. 1960-1991

Scope and Content Note

Access Restriction: Permission to read or reproduce must be obtained from William Abbott, Susan McCarthy or Cheryl Cline.
box 13-15

The Language Lab

Scope and Content Note

Access Restriction: Permission to read or reproduce must be obtained from William Abbott, Susan McCarthy or Cheryl Cline.
box 13

Book 1 draft, query and sample chapter, with commentary by Susan McCarthy ca. 1960-1991

box 14

Book 2 [?] draft ca. 1960-1991

box 15

Book 3 to the end draft ca. 1960-1991

box 16

Outgoing Correspondence ca. 1960-1991

Scope and Content Note

Access Restriction: Permission to read or reproduce must be obtained from William Abbott, Susan McCarthy or Cheryl Cline.
box 17

Early writings

Note

Please note: Some titles are unclear due to handwriting.
box 17

Belgium

box 17

Black Swasbuckler

box 17

Blue Shirt Mystery

box 17

This Bride

box 17

Bubbles

box 17

Chronic Illiad [?]

box 17

Poems

box 17

Groucho Sphinx

box 17

Hangnails

box 17

Incubus

box 17

Jack

box 17

Rite of the Anchovies

box 17

Romantic Message [?] of Bernice and Emil

box 17

The Scientists

box 17

Songs

box 17

Vamps

box 17

Virus

box 17

Vita Nuova

box 17

Woman's Acts [?] on Film

box 18

Bitch Book of Women in Rock and Pop, "most complete draft" ca. 1960-1991

Scope and Content Note

Access Restriction: Permission to read or reproduce must be obtained from William Abbott, Susan McCarthy or Cheryl Cline.
box 19

Notebooks, diaries, loose sheets ca. 1960-1991

Scope and Content Note

Access Restriction:Diaries may be read but not copied. Note taking prohibited.
box 20

Bitch: The Woman's Rock Magazine with Bite, back issues 1985-[1990]

box 21

Correspondence, notes, pictures ca. 1960-1991

box 22, 25

Art work undated

box 23:1-5

"Classic Dance" ca. 1960-1991

box 23:1-3

Notes

box 23:4-5

Research - photocopied pages

box 23:6-8

Writings - "San Jose Face" & "Bitch" Magazine files ca. 1960-1991

Scope and Content Note

Access Restriction: Permission to read or reproduce must be obtained from William Abbott, Susan McCarthy or Cheryl Cline.
box 24

Computer discs - Encyclopedia listings, masters; Other's First Drafts; My Listings; History masters; My History drafts ca. 1960-1991

Scope and Content Note

Access Restriction: Permission to read or reproduce must be obtained from William Abbott, Susan McCarthy or Cheryl Cline.
box 24

Card files - assorted contacts ca. 1960-1991

Scope and Content Note

Access Restriction: Permission to read or reproduce must be obtained from William Abbott, Susan McCarthy or Cheryl Cline.
box 26

Office files ca. 1960-1991