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Lesbian Feminist Publications Collection
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Title: Lesbian Feminist Publications Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2014.07.09
    Physical Description: 8 boxes (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 tape.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    Lesbian Feminist Publications Collection, MSS-2014-07-09, San Jose State University Library, Special Collections and Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by DariAnna Mills. Finding aid created by DariAnna Mills. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.

    Collection Information

    This collection was donated by Kathleen Magner and Helen Woods.

    Related Materials

    Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Periodicals Collection, MSS.2005.05, San Jose State University Library, Special Collections and Archives.
    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