This collection consists of 11 boxes of administrative/business records, photographs, meeting minutes, ephemera, and financial
records. The date range for this collection is 1983-2019.
In 1984, 4 women – Mary Jeffrey, Marilyn Cook, Karen Hester, and Amy Caffrey – founded Sisterspirit Bookstore, a women's bookstore
and coffeehouse where women could socialize and enjoy live music. The group's mission statement was: "To promote women's culture
and community in the South Bay Area, to help unify and strengthen the South Bay women's community and provide a multicultural
information center to enable networking with other women's groups and communities. To develop and promote educational projects
responsive to human, civil, and women's rights. To teach and promote women's culture by providing a meeting place for all
women, by providing space and support for local women's artistic works, by providing information on women's history, women's
music, women's literature, etc. by providing a women's bookstore and coffeehouse. To work in solidarity with other women's
organizations on projects and events which support women's issues and culture." By 1985, Sisterspirit became a fully-fledged
non-profit organization, selling books and records by mail.
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permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission
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to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions
also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational