Scope and Content of Collection
Language of Material:
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: Lesbian Feminist Publications Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2014.07.09
(10 linear feet).
Date (inclusive): 1967-2004
Date (inclusive): 1970-1990
Abstract: The Lesbian Feminist Publications Collection consists of a variety of lesbian feminist publications, including periodicals,
anthologies, bibliographies, fiction and non-fiction books, poetry, bookstore bookmarks, event pamphlets, games, and a VHS
The collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives. All requests for
permission to publish or quote manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections and Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files from or derived
from these collections is restricted to research and educational purposes.
Lesbian Feminist Publications Collection, MSS-2014-07-09, San Jose State University Library, Special Collections and Archives.
Collection processed by DariAnna Mills. Finding aid created by DariAnna Mills. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.
This collection was donated by Kathleen Magner and Helen Woods.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Periodicals Collection, MSS.2005.05, San Jose State University Library, Special Collections
The Ladder Periodical Collection, MSS.2012.07.05, San Jose State University Library, Special Collections and Archives.
One Inc. Magazine Collection, MSS.2012.09.14, San Jose State University Library, Special Collections and Archives.
San Diego LGBT Magazine Collection, MSS.2012.10.06, San Jose State University Library, Special Collections and Archives.
Scope and Content of Collection
This Lesbian Feminist Publications Collection, 1967-2004 (bulk 1980-1990), consists of publications that include periodicals,
anthologies, bibliographies, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and miscellaneous items which include bookmarks, games, event pamphlets,
and audiovisual media.
The periodicals contains some of the cultural milestones in the lesbian publishing world, including "The Ladder," the first
widely distributed lesbian periodical in the United States. Other printed materials written or edited by lesbian women are
also represented. Included are American lesbian mystery genre authors Katherine V. Forrest and Claire McNab; the "Queen of
Lesbian Romance" Karin Kallmaker; and African American poet Pat Parker.
Some of the miscellaneous items include trivia card games that focus on historical knowledge of lesbian feminist movements
and women’s history, as well as bookmarks from independent and female focused bookstores in California. Miscellaneous items
also include event pamphlets for women centered celebrations and the VHS tape "Better Than Chocolate."
The Lesbian Feminist Publications Collection is arranged into three series and organized alphabetically by format, author,
and date: Series I. Periodicals, 1967-2004 (bulk 1980-1990); Series II. Printed Materials, 1972-2000 (bulk 1980-1990); and
Series III. Miscellaneous, 1977-1999.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Lesbian Community -- United States.
Feminism -- United States -- History
Lesbian Feminism -- Periodicals
Lesbian Feminism -- Miscellanea
Lesbian Life and Literature