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Black Lesbian Newsletter / Onyx Collection, 1979-1989 GLC 102
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Series 1 Black Lesbian Newsletter and Onyx, 1982-1984

Scope and Contents

The first issue of Black Lesbian Newsletter begins with a "Dear Readers" column which describes the purpose of the publication. The newsletter includes poems, drawings, political perspectives, photographs, book reviews, event listings, personals, and some business listings. There is one letter to the newsletter and two mounted newsletter covers.

Arrangement

Arranged into 4 subseries: Subseries 1A. Black Lesbian Newsletter issues; Subseries 1B. Onyx issues; Subseries 1C. Correspondence; Subseries 1D. Mounted Front Covers.
 

Subseries 1A Black Lesbian Newsletter issues, 1982

Physical Description: 4.0 folders
Folder 1

[volume 1, number 1] "first issue," June 1982

General note

2 copies. Includes: drawings by Storme Webber; a photograph by Joan Franklin; "Dear Readers" an introduction to BLN by Laverne Gagehabib, A. C. Barber, Vivienne Walker-Crawford; "Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual?" by Vivienne Walker-Crawford; and a review by Mary Hope Whitehead Lee of Black Lesbians: an Annotated Bibliography by J. R. Roberts (1981).
Folder 2

volume 1, number 4, October 1982

General note

Includes: drawings by Sarita Johnson; photographs by Joan Franklin; poems "Pass The Word," "Songs of the Hummingbird," "Changes," and "Wonder...ment" by Nedra Williams; "We Sound Like This" by Vivienne Walker-Crawford.
Folder 3

volume 1, number 5, November 1982

General note

2 copies. Includes: a drawing by Sarita Johnson; a drawing by Alicia Stiles; "Coming Out in '61" by Joyce Penalver; "Black Lesbian Theatre" by Paula Ross; and "Observation" by Ka'ni. One issue has notes in margins.
Folder 4

volume 1, number 6, December 1982

General note

3 copies. Includes: cover design by Sarita Johnson; "Encounter at Ollie's" by Marlene Bonner; "Our Demands" and "Update" related to Ollie's; "Farewell" from BLN to Vivienne Walker-Crawford; "Letter to My Sisters" by Anonymous.
 

Subseries 1B Onyx: Black Lesbian Newsletter issues, 1983-1984

Physical Description: 10.0 folders
Folder 5

volume 2, number [1], February [19]83

General note

Numbered "7" should be "1." Includes: cover design by Sarita Johnson; editorial "Onyx"; drawing by Praylo; poems "Act More Like a Human Being" and "Untitled" by A. S.; poem "Sister, My Heart Cries" by Windy Sky; a book review by Paula Ross of Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo by Ntozake Shange (1982); a photograph by Helen Keller; announcement including "Conference: The Future of Women in the Trades"; Black History Month; "Lorraine Hansberry" by Paula Ross; Follow up--Oroville: March Against Attacks Against Ourselves and Our Children; Ollie's Update; and "Just Wanna Be Seen as Sane" by Camille Barber.
Folder 6

volume 2, number 2, April/May [19]83

General note

Includes: cover design by Sarita Johnson; "Dear Readers" letter regarding the Ollie's encounter and a letter written by Bea Morris that was published in Plexus and Coming Up; "New Notes on Lesbianism" by Cheryl Clarke; "Occupation: Ornament (or) How to Be Used at Your Own Expense" by Sarita Johnson; "Cassie Lopez: Runs for North Oakland Council Seat" with photograph; Letter to the Editor from Storme Webber regarding a d. j. at Amelia's, with Camille Barber's reply on behalf of Onyx; and announcements including "Black Women's Health Conference."
Folder 7

volume 2, number 4, August/September [1983]

General note

2 copies. Includes: cover design by Sarita Johnson; a review by Paula Ross of The Color Purple (1983); "Miss Burma" by Raymina Y. Mays; and, Local news: Third World Lesbian and Gay Conference, Pat Norman Candidate for Supervisor in '84, Casselberry-Dupree Plan Tour, Linda Tillery, Sisters Bonding Together, National Lesbians of Color Conference, Ollie's Update, Bay Area Black Lesbians and Gays (BAYBLAG).
Folder 8

volume 2, number 5, October/November [19]83

General note

Includes: cover design by Sarita Johnson; "A Report About the Lesbians of Color Conference"; "Writing As A Lesbian: The March on Washington, August 29, 1963 and August 27, 1983" by Cheryl Clarke; "They Sing Life Into Their Music" about J. Casselberry and Jaque DuPree; "Casselberry-DuPree" photograph by Orlanda; "Coming Soon...Black Lesbian Herstories"; a review by Sarita Johnson of The Color Purple.
Folder 9

volume 2, number 6, December [1983]/January [19]84

General note

Includes: cover design by Sarita Johnson; "Dear Readers: You Took a Chance on Us: A Look Back--A Look Ahead"; "National Third World People Of Color Conference Postponed"; "Kwanzaa" by Sarita Johnson; "The Abolitionist, 9979 (for my sisters)" by Doris Davenport; Letters to the Editor...from Virginia Harris, San Francisco, about the Lesbians of Color Conference, and from Gale Golden, San Francisco, about the newsletter; and announcements including "Strength in Diversity: A Black Feminist Conference."
Folder 10

volume 3, number 1, February/March [19]84

General note

Includes: cover design by Sarita Johnson; "Journal Entry: Reminders" by Lucille Hunt; " You speak of my manner or better yet / you speak of my response to them as that of a REVOLUTIONARY / TELL ME..." poem by Suasuarana; "Lesbianism Is A Reality" by Tania Abdulahad; announcements; and "February--Black History Month."
Folder 11

volume 3, number 2, April/May [19]84

General note

Includes: cover design by Sarita Johnson; " Home Girls in Review" by Synthia E. Green [book review of Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology edited by Barbara Smith]; "Audre Lorde speaks on Grenada" by Cara Vaughn; "A Tribute to You," a poem by Suasuarana; "Personal Statement: Number 2" by Dezeria Collins, a. k. a. "Dimples;" and "The Black Women's Anti-Violence Project."
Folder 12

volume 3, number 3, June/July [19]84

General note

2nd anniversary issue. Includes: cover design by Sarita Johnson; Letters from Jeannette, Hawaii, from Barbara Smith, New York regarding " Home Girls, and from Joann Washington, Oakland; Letter to Audre Lorde from Yasmin A. Sayyed; "Passages" by Mayrann Turner; and "Coming Out In '61" by Joyce Penalver.
Folder 13

volume 3, number 4, August/September [19]84

General note

Includes: cover design by Sarita Johnson; Report on 3rd National Third World/People of Color/Lesbian/Gay Conference; Human Rights Commission Report; "Passages" by Mayrann Turner; "Trouble with the Term of with the Lying" by Yasmin A. Sayyed; and "Lesbian Moan," a poem by Terri L. Jewell.
Folder 14

volume 3, number 5, October/November [19]84

General note

Includes: cover design by Sarita Johnson; "Passages" by Mayrann Turner; "Open Letter To The Black Lesbian Community" by Helen L. Keller; "Spoken From the Heart" by Vivienne regarding S. E. P. S. (Separatist, Enraged, Proud and Strong); "Que Viva La Musica" about poet/musician/vocalist Avotcja; and "Today," a poem by Avotcja.
Folder 15

Subseries 1C Correspondence, 1983

Physical Description: 1.0 folder
 

Subseries 1D Mounted front covers

Physical Description: 2.0 folders
Folder 16

Black Lesbian Newsletter, volume 1, number 4, October 1982

Folder 17

Onyx: Black Lesbian Newsletter, volume 2, number 3, June/July 1983

 

Series 2 Subject Files, 1979-1989, undated

Scope and Contents

The subject files contain materials on the Bay Area Black Lesbian Political Caucus. The group was formed by Vivienne Crawford, Joyce Penalver, and Brenda Crawford, and the Caucus materials include a grant proposal sent to the Vanguard Public Foundation in 1989 and the minutes of the first meeting. In addition there are some notes related to BAST Cafe (Bay Area African-American Sisters Together), flyers for different events, and some notecards and postcards.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Folder 18

BAST Cafe [Bay Area African-American Sisters Together], 1989

 

Bay Area Black Lesbian Political Caucus, 1989

Scope and Contents

The collection also includes two mounted newsletter covers, as well as related materials on the Bay Area Black Lesbian Political Caucus. The group was formed by Vivienne Crawford, Joyce Penalver, and Brenda Crawford. The Bay Area Black Lesbian Political Caucus materials include a grant proposal sent to the Vanguard Public Foundation in 1989 and the minutes of the first meeting.
Folder 19

Grant proposal, Vanguard Public Foundation, June 1989

Folder 20

Minutes of first meeting (Oakland, California), June 20, 1989

Folder 21

Flyers, 1980-1989, undated

General note

Includes: "Becoming Visible: The First Black Lesbian Conference, San Francisco Women's Building, October 17-19, 1980"; "Partnering: A One-Day Seminar to Develop Fulfilling Personal Relationships through Interdependence. Presented by Prime Performance and The Berkeley Community YWCA, April 8, 1989"; "Kallmar, Storyteller, Alameda," undated; "In Celebration of Black History Month A Woman's Place Bookstore Presents: Vivienne Louise and Winn Gilmore...Sunday, February 26th, Oakland" [probably 1984 or 1989].
Folder 22

Notecards and postcards featuring lesbians and lesbian themes, 1979-1983, undated

General note

Includes: 4 cards by Willow Moon Designs, 3 are from the "Womyn in Patterns" series; "Lovers in Kapok Tree, Virgin Islands" by Nadine Rosenthal (1980); "Feminist Against Anti-Semitism, Fight Racism" by Jewels Joyce Marcus (1983); Gertrude Stein, 1946, copyright Horst P. Horst (1979); Pagan & Kady, photograph by JEB, 1979; "Family Affair, congregating after the parade, Sunday, June 25" photo by Denise Macias; silkscreened notecard; postcard "Designs by Judith;" postcard "Pepin Pictures;" "Rue Abriot, Paris, 1975. Photograph by Helmut Newton" (1982); "Cees van Gelderen (1980) Maja;" postcard "Anna May Wong...photograph by Carl Van Vechten;" "Amazon Reality (1983) Arleen Olshan;" "In My Studio, Paris, 1978. Photography by Helmut Newton" (1982); and, "David Hurn. Les Amies (1970). Friends, Editions Agathe Gaillard."