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Finding aid to the Fabled Asp Collection, 1986-2010
GLC 142  
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Fabled Asp is a multimedia archive that documents forty years of activist history and creativity. The project illuminates the myriad ways disabled lesbians have been moving against invisibility through civil rights actions, theater, dance, sports, and visual arts. The collection contains the oral histories, photographs, organizational files, documents and ephemera from events, and digital documents and events from Fabled Asp. The paper records include files that cover the arrangements for the Special Needs area for the 1986 San Francisco Pride celebration. There is good representation of photos, flyers, and team play diagrams for the Bay Area Meteorites, and the East Bay Pirates, both women's wheelchair basketball teams. Many files concern the planning and production of the 2010 exhibition at the San Francisco Public.
FABLeD ASP is an acronym for Fabulous Activist Bay Area Lesbians with Disabilities: A Storytelling Project. Since the founding of Fabled Asp in 2010, they've been recording oral histories that capture these rarely-heard stories. This community collaboration has so far collected over 80 stories about disabled lesbian history and culture, using audio-booth dialogues in collaboration with StoryCorps, video documentaries, art and film pieces, and digital stories.
5 Cubic Feet (5 cartons) and extensive digital files
Copyright retained by Fabled Asp (Laura Rifkin) during her lifetime. Photographers retain copyright for their photographs. Poets retain copyright of their poems. Oral histories filmed by GJ Stillson MacDonnell and Helen Walsh may be used under Fair Use for educational purposes; however, permission of the filmmakers must be sought for commercial/profit use. Silvia Kohan's work is being donated to the San Francisco Public Library. Additional copyright and use specifications available from LGBTQIA Archivist.
UNPROCESSED COLLECTION. Contact Hormel LGBTQIA Center archivist for access.